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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 234 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best overall APS-C camera

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    GreenFlash
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    In my opinion, this is the best overall APS-C interchangeable lens camera available at any price. I have been using mine for just over a month. It produces outstanding images. There are many reasons why, but I want everyone to understand I am not writing this review for professionals who already know the features of the camera, but rather for beginner and intermediate photographers. These are the big things that are important to the quality of your images: 1. In Camera Body Image Stabilization (IBIS). Unless your hands are super steady, with 24 megapixels you will need image stabilization to get really sharp images. If you don't have IBIS, you are limited to those lenses which have in-lens image stabilization. But many small, truly outstanding prime lenses, do not have image stabilization. To name three, there is a Sony F2 28mm lens about $500, two Sony-Zeiss lenses, an APS-C F1.8 24mm and F1.8 55mm which are both outstanding. IBIS means you can shoot these lenses with this camera, hand held, and get tack sharp images. 2. Focus. a lot gets said about image quality, but IMHO the biggest single obstacle to shooting really good shots for every day photographers, is that the shot is a little out of focus. This camera has superb focusing. It's super quick and super accurate, so a much higher percentage of your shots are good. Not to harp on it, but if you don't get good focus on a key shot, well, it isn't going to happen again, so you just missed it. You have to learn how to use the focus settings on the camera. But when you do, wow! 3. Fast shooting and focusing. I have not used the camera at its fastest shooting speed (more than 10 frames per second) but only at it medium speed; plenty fast for me. It shoots and refocuses keeping your shots always in focus. For my wife's hula dancing it works like a charm. 4. Sony has a lot of video experience which translates into much more user friendly video capabilities. Sony's file formats work easily with multiple softwares, And by the way, the IBIS is really important for hand held video. For hand held, I also like that the size and weight are a lot less than the DSLR cameras. And just to mention the sensor APS-C size is the largest practical sensor size for video... and the video images and colors are imho much better than those in dedicated consumer level video cameras. 5. I personally favor APS-C cameras over full frame for a whole bunch of reasons. Depth of field is greater...which means more of your image will be in better focus. (Many pros actually prefer that only their main subject is in focus, because other stuff in focus detracts from the main image). But most consumers want as much of their images in focus as possible. Because individual pixels are smaller than in full frame cameras, actual detail of images will be greater as long as you zoom in on your actual subject. There are also more smaller lenses that work with APS-C than with full frame cameras, so you can keep the size of camera+lens much smaller with APS-C. 6. There's a whole list of lesser considerations and technical reasons why I like the A6500 better than any other APS-C camera. If you are interested you can read about them elsewhere on the web. But here I have tried to stay focused on the things that will actually make a difference to your everyday image quality. 7. Commentators complain that batteries could be larger and that Sony menus are not to their liking. The camera has touch screen, but they complain, only limited functions...on and on. But the truth is, all but the most demanding users simply develop workarounds for most of these kinds of concerns, and they are not really a factor in everyday photography. 4. Video.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Camera for My Purposes

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    RENATO
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    Am comparing with the Sony Nex-7, of which I own 3 bodies. I dismiss DSLR cameras as inappropriate for my purposes. Film SLRs and DSLRs are too bulky and weighty, even APS-sensor DSLRs, to be carried when photography is not my sole purpose of travel and recreation. Despite all the SLRs and DSLRs I have owned, most of my photography was with upper end point and shoots. Your best camera is the one you have with you. A camera too burdensome stays home. Professional grade mirrorless cameras have provided pleasure of full control in totable size. I purchased the a6500 for its weather sealing. Recently while traveling in deserts and in wet maritime climate the lack of sealing in the Nex-7 proved a liability. Many will buy the a6500 for its astounding auto focus, shooting speed and buffer size, fine features, though for me not sufficient to justify purchase. E-mount APS size lenses are not weather sealed, but a single wrap of a 1/4 wide strip of gaffer's tape applied over the lens mount gives good protection. (I do recommend a rain sleeve, as well, when needed.) In body image stabilization is a plus when hand holding in low light with wonderful but unstabilized Zeiss 24/1.8 and 50/2.8 macro. Vs. the Nex-7 handling is improved. Stray hand and body contact no longer moves the top control wheels nor is the movie button as likely to be inadvertently activated. Custom and function buttons allow command of exposure parameters, ISO, focus mode, exposure mode, exposure compensation, flash compensation, exposure bracketing, and viewing of histogram and of electronic level, all without removing eye from EVF. Nex-7 was excellent, but a6500 is even better. Menu navigation is improved. Solid feel. It is a lot of fun to use. So far have failed in attempt to link to iPhone but this level of remote control is a stunt I'd only use for long exposure on tripod, controlling focus point, shutter and exposure from phone screen. Eventually will succeed.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nothing Compares

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    NotSoNoob
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    There really isn’t another camera that compares with the A6500. I have seen comparisons between this camera and the Canon 80 D, but that isn’t fair to Canon. The A 6500 is superior to every Canon, Nikon or Panisonic camera that has an APS-C or Micro 4/3rds sensor. The advantage starts with 4K video, in body image stabilization and one of the best auto focus systems available. All of this in the smallest interchangeable lens body that makes it super handy to take anywhere with you. This is a true hybrid system and while some cameras might compete in the photography arena, none give you the best of both video and photography. There are a few areas that Sony can improve and these are areas that other big names like Canon and Nikon have the edge. The biggest downer is battery life. While Sony has developed better batteries for the full frame cameras, the A6500 still uses the smaller battery. This was not a deal breaker for me. I just got extra batteries and Keep on shooting. The lens selection is still limited compared to Nikon and Canon. However, this is improving and I have never been in a position in which there was not a lens that would do what I wanted. Finally, there are better menu systems. You might try an A6000 if you are new to SLR cameras. I have one of those as well and after a year of use, I felt comfortable stepping up into the A6500. It is a big jump. Some other highlights of the A6500 is the ability to record at 120 frames per second so that you get buttery smooth slo-mo. You also have access to an App Store to get additional functions added. The A6500 has WiFi and Bluetooth so you can remotely connect to your phone to wirelessly control, upload photos and video or use as a monitor. The A6500 has a high speed shutter speed of 11 frames per second for action photography and a huge buffer so that you can just keep churning out the shots. That’s another feature that most other cameras reserve for there higher end full frame models if they can shoot at that speed. Happy shooting!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Darn good cropped sensor camera

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    MinionsBassets
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    I've already snapped the shutter 11,000 times on my first Sony 6500 and have been pleased with the results most of the time (I'm more limited than the 6500 is limiting). I can compare it to a Nikon 7200, which I also use, and I find myself taking the Sony 6500 along with me most of the time. The Nikon has somewhat better focusing under low light circumstances, but the Sony does much better at nailing the focus for objects within 3 feet of the camera, since I don't need to worry about micro focus adjustment of each lens. The Sony has much better video and generally does as well with still images. Manual focusing is a pure joy with the EVF magnification. From a personal preference I would much rather have the 6500's light weight and small size compared to the Nikon 7200. Three other things stand out on the Sony 6500: in camera stabilization, a generous sized buffer, and works well with a wide array of manual focusing lenses. The cons of the 6500 for me: the focusing is not as good and precise as the Sony A7Riii; the writing to the memory card is too slow; RAW files are compressed (not always a big deal, but no option to have uncompressed RAW); Sony lenses' prices are comparatively higher than Canon and Nikon lenses.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Value Mirrorless Camera

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    Eduardo007
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    I, like you, looked all over the internet for reviews on this and many other cameras. That meant countless hours watching reviews, reading reviews on here, looking up guides, and so on. I came to the conclusion that this one was the one for me. The selling points for me were the small form factor, the evf, and steadyshot. The evf was a big deal to me as it would let me see what my shot would look like in real time and it shows a lot of information on there as well. Steadyshot was necessary as I wanted to make videos and I didn't want shaky videos so I went with something that had optical image stabilization. Lastly the small form factor makes it easy to take anywhere. The only downside that I could think of for getting this camera is that you would have to invest in the lenses. They are not cheap by any means. So if you want this camera you have to have a good amount set apart for lenses as well since they will always work better than cannon or Nikon lenses with an adapter. That being said it's an excellent camera and the lenses are some of the sharpest I have seen for both video and photography so I would say it is worth it. If you are debating whether to buy it or not, I would say to go for it as it's one of the best value cameras on the market right now.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Enthusiast's Camera

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    RLW2017
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    The Sony A6500 is a nice camera for the consumer from beginner to enthusiast. I spent time researching before purchasing and several major reviews listed it as a good choice. The camera has excellent photo quality and video quality as well, a strong comprehensive package. The trio of Sony Alpha 6000s share most features; however. The model differences are important to operation. The 6500 has the same rating on its photo quality as the 6300 as they share the updated copper designed innards given them the one-up on the previous models. The other difference is that video is better on the A6500 as Sony seems to have gotten the Video to no longer have a time limit before thermal shutdown. Something you read a bit on with regard to the previous models. The camera is an APS-C sensor design which classifies it in most circles as a non-professional camera due to its ability in lower light settings over that of a full-frame but there are other considerations- price and lens price specifically, that make the APS-C a great choice for all but those perhaps with photography as a career. I recommend this camera to those who want a smaller platform to take photos and videos that are really good but don't want to break the bank getting a nice camera.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My 1st real camera

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    Dre512
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    ....and I’ve only had it 2 months. Loving it even more than when I bought it. Color science is nice, easy to shoot in jpeg & raw & easy to transport the RAW files to my phone & or computer. Best way to learn is to watch as many YouTube videos as possible & get outside and start shooting! I just got back from a week long Alaskan Cruise & got some amazing pictures & 4K video. It was rainy off and on in Juneau & the weather protectant sealing really protected the camera. Only down side is the LCD screen is hard to see in average to strong sunlight & the menu was a little over whelming to start out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Mirrorless Camera

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    Veeren
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    I went around 2 months collecting all the technical information in Mirrorless technology and finally chosen this product. You'll never ever regret purchasing this product. It is best in its range and there are no other competitor close to a6500 when you compare with Similar price and specifications. I'm in love with my camera. Definitely recommend this. Recommendation: Pair up 35mm Sony prime lens with is and that will be a killer combination. I will leave it to you regarding zoom lens what to be chosen. Cons: The only con I noticed compared with others in this range was the display, The touch panel is not as responsive as you expect. but you'll rarely use this. (I mostly use it for quick focus of an image) apart from that Its the best compact mirrorless camera present in the market right now.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!

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    NiqHowie

    First off, I sold all my canon gear for an sony a6000 and now this a6500. They're lightyears ahead in technological advancements. The autofocus capabilities are WICKED fast and make life easier, even though I used to pull focus manually, I rarely use it unless I use my adapted canon FD lenses. I bought this camera for its 4k video capabilities but find myself shooting portraits often. This lil camera really has inspired me. There's a LOT of features that can be confusing to a beginner. But, for the price it really is a game changer! My only complaints are rolling shutter warping in video(not a big deal at all.) and a cluttered menu.(customizable buttons help a lot) This camera is a phenomenal little powerhouse! paired with some of the Sony G lenses, this camera will take professional quality portraits, and produce professional quality video!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellence

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    VAtografer
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    With all the photographic equipment my son and I have had in our hands this is by far the most excellent we have experienced. IQ is superb, with the controls it has its capabilities are endless and limitless. Sigma 225/750 tele and 26/105mm lenses are a perfect combo for us. From a beautiful portrait of a mother and son shot to look like 400 35mm on an overcast day, to an Osprey flaring to land in its tower top nest. This camera can do it all. AND IN 4K for what cost to own??? Nit pick BS COMPLAINTS NEED TO BE IGNORED. Learn to master this little gem's capabilites and you will amaze yourself. After months of research this was our choice and WE WOULD NOT TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING ELSE.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Performer

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    BadHare
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    Upgraded from an a6000 to the a6500. Fit and finish is high quality. The lens mount is snug and precise as well as the feel of the switches. The weight of the camera is a little more than the a6000; but, it feels more durable. The color balance of the image out of the camera is more accurate than the a6000. It goes without saying that the image stabilization in the camera is the frosting on the cake. Now the Zeiss 55mm F1.8, Zeiss 24mm F1.8 and the Sony 50mm f2.8 lenses all benefit from stabilization. Thanks to Sony and Best Buy for a worthwhile upgrade.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Now With On-Sensor Image Stabilization

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    LenCook
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    The Sony A6500 is very similar to its predecessor, the A6300 with one major difference. This camera now has image stabilization built into the camera body. The A6300 did not have it in the body but it could operate stabilization built into Sony lenses. Unfortunately, not all Sony lenses have image stabilization, so in some cases the A6300 offered no image stabilization at all. REMEDIED! The A6500 can use in-body stabilization AND optical stabilization in the lenses when available. The A6500 can even provide image stabilization with third-party lenses and adapted lenses. That's a major advantage in low-light photography with shutter speeds under 1/30th sec.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome AF and features for novice to pro

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    PawX4
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    I purchased this camera for my wife in anticipation of a family vacation. The vacation fell through, but the camera is amazing! The sensor is literally covered with phase-detect AF nodes (425 to be exact) making focusing fast and accurate. The camera is small and lightweight, but feature-rich. There are so many features and operating modes that it can be overwhelming if you are looking for just the one. I recommend starting with what you know (full auto if you are new to photography) and then take time each week to learn at least one new features. You'll be surprised how versatile this camera can be. And, yes, I know a professional photographer with an A6500 in his kit.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Travel Camera A6500

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    Romofoto
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    I have owned this camera for 2 months. The image quality is superb and most controls operate very similar to the A6000. Where this camera excels is a tougher and water resistant body, image stabilization within the body when using a non-stabilized lens, a touch screen for selecting your subject (marginal convenience) and a somewhat better organized menu system. The camera is easy to handle and its very hard to get a bad shot. I particularly love the size for travel without giving up any of the image quality of my regular DSLR.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera

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    Geno
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    The camera overall is fantastic. It takes very good low light photos. The image stabalization is also off the charts. I took panoramic shots of Chicago from a small boat and was super impressed by the outcome. This is not a pro grade camera though, in bulb mode, you have to hold the shutter the entire time you want the shutter open. Pro cameras allow you to open and stay open as long as you request then close on the close request. I want to take photos of deep space objects and have to keep my finger on the shutter button the entire time! (30 minute exposures) Helpful notes: The remote control is diabled by default in the camera settings.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worthy Upgrade from a6000

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    Katt
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    I purchased this camera after having used my a6000 for one year, and am impressed by the improvements that have been made. I find that the autofocus is snappy, the image quality is improved (particularly at higher ISOs), and the build quality also feels more robust and durable. The lens mount in particular feels sturdy and more able to withstand the weight of heavier lenses. I appreciate that the a6500 has the silent shutter option, as I mainly photograph birds and wildlife. Very happy with this purchase!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Camera Ever! Even My Wife Can Use It!

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    Tomas
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    This is the best camera we have every gotten! Even the wife can use it without complaining about how its not working how she wants it to. All of our other DSLRs would work well but never be perfect (our fault for not knowing) so she wouldn't take pictures with them since it just brought on more frustrations. Only draw back is that it really dose suck juice. I mean like very quickly especially when taking videos. I didn't believe it myself until I saw how this would take off the battery percentage like it was a count down to something. So get extra batteries or an external power bank.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Mirrorless Camera

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    BamaRich
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    I purchased this camera to replace an a6000 that had just about been worn out. The ruggedness of the camera body has been improved and the photos are slightly better than those produced by the a6000. Overall I am pleased with this camera. For anyone considering updating from an a6000 that is working well, I would recommend waiting for the price to drop on this model or a new model is introduced. The slight improvements in performance and features are not worth the price.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful photos

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    Expatriated3
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    This is an excellent camera and much smaller than muy old DSLR. The lenses are not much different in size from a DSLR though. The main advantage of this camera is its focus capability. When a high quality lens is installed, the speed of focus is incredible. A couple things to consider though are that the focus speed is diminished quite a bit at night and definitely dependent on the lens used. The LCD screen is good and makes it easy to tell quickly how the picture turned out. All in all a solid camera with great features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best image quality for video, stills combined.

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    Darrell
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    Have tried all the cameras trying to find the best for videos and stills, Canon 80d, Nikon d5500, Panasonic G85 but this Sony A6500 if the keeper. Best for video with it's AF, Canon is really good too but video quality can't keep up with Sony or Panasonic. Nikon AF for video is terrible. Panasonic is best for ease of use and ergonomics, but photo quality not that great and video AF not good. If Panasonic would get a better AF it would be my pick for the touchscreen and Superb IBIS. This Sony takes a leaning curve to master but worth it!

    I would recommend this to a friend