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Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body

Sony
Abel Code: SO-ILCE6500/B
Mfr. Code: ILCE6500/B
Estimated to Ship – 5-10 Business Days
Description
Sony's α6500 is a palm-sized mirrorless digital camera with 5-axis image stability, autofocus, and touchscreen navigation and the ability to capture 4K video (3840 x 2160).
Key Highlights
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • ISO range 100-25600
  • Phase-Detection 425 AF Points
$1,399.99
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Overview

Overview

The α6500 Sony Alpha Mirrorless Digital Camera (body only) features continuous shooting buffer, 5-axis stabilization, a touchscreen to modify focus without using the viewfinder, plus you can record 4K (3840 x 2160). S-Log3 setting offers 14-stop dynamic range with good production of shadows and highlights.

Features:

  • Fast AF with 425 phase-detection autofocus points
  • Built-in 5-axis image stabilization
  • 24.2MP Exmore CMOS sensor
  • Outstanding light sensitivity
  • 4K move recording 
  • Sony E-Mount

This palm-sized mirrorless camera delivers professional level movies and stills with image stabilization and autofocus functions in a handheld camera body.  Although this camera is sold without a lens, that is the only thing lacking. This camera is packed with features which will extend your capture abilities.

5-Axis Image Stabilization

Sony added an accurate gyro sensor for image stabilization with the effect of five-stops-faster* shutter speed. This camera shake compensation system is effective for shooting steadier, clearer movies and still images. A term you may hear in association with this is SteadyShot.

* This is based on CIPA standard. Sony achieved this with Pitch/Yaw stabilization only, using a Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 mounted lens with long exposure NR turned off.

Use the 5-axis stabilizer with E-Mount lenses to minimize camera shake. You can also use an A-Mount Lens Adapter to choose from a selection of A-Mount lenses. Some third-party adapters exist which also function with the a6500 camera.

Sony lists compatibility with G Lens and G Master E-Mount lenses, select ZEISS lenses, several prime, zoom, and macro lenses, plus converters or mount adapters which fit ultra-wide or fisheye lenses. Find the full list of lenses in the camera technical specs.

Continuous Shooting

Use "Hi" continuous shooting mode and "Fine" image quality and the a6500's enhanced buffer will delivery continuous shooting of up to 307 shots.

Touch Pad Function

This handheld mirrorless camera features a touchscreen similar to your smartphone. You can swipe the LCD screen to shift a focus point even while watching the viewfinder. You can also focus with a finger touch within the frame so you can focus quickly and choose a particular subject during a decisive moment.

Exmor CMOS Image Sensor

With new front-end LSI, BIONZ X™ processes data from the Exmor CMOS image sensor for outstanding texture, clarity, and image sharpness with low noise in stills and movies.

This sensor features a thin wiring layer and large photodiode substrate to maximize light collection efficiency. Plus, copper wiring ensures a quick read-out. The sensor also extends sensitivity to ISO 512008 with reduced noise

Enhanced Image Processing

The BIONZ X™ image processing engine enhances image texture and clarity as it minimizes noise, with critical support from new front-end LSI and image processing algorithm optimized for the image sensor.

Record 4K Movies

Shoot and internally record 4K movies generated from 6K equivalent (20MP) data in Super 35mm format.

Oversampling (about 2.4 [or 1.6 times @ 30p] x [6K equivalent] as much image data condensed to 4K) achieves a high-quality 4K movie resolution.

Fast Hybrid Autofocus

The Fast Hybrid AF system with phase-detection AF (superior speed and tracking performance) and contrast-detection AG (high accuracy) can achieve precise focus even when shooting in 4K.

Quick or Slow Motion

Up to 5x Slow Motion and up to 60x Quick Motion can be recorded in camera at up to 50Mbps in Full HD, then played back without post-production processing.

NOTE: Sound cannot be recorded and a SDHC/SDXC memory card of Class 10 or higher is required.

S-Gamut/S-Log Shooting

S-Gamut/S-Log enable wide dynamic range (max. 1300%) shooting for more expressive moviemaking in post production. The a6500 offers 14-stop latitude at S-Log3.

Rugged Exterior & Reliability

A magnesium alloy body, a shutter tested to 200,000 release cycles** and much more highlights the a6500 camera's all-around toughness and reliability. In addition, rear shutter braking supresses blur-inducing vibration and shutter sound. This optimizes the image sensor resolution and performance, plus extends shutter durability.

As the body construction is fom a magnesium alloy, the camera body is not just strong or rigid, but also lightweight. The strength of the exterior also helps the solid lens mount on this camera which can sustain large or heavy telephoto lenses during long shoot days.

The camera grip is molded and recessed to conform more closely to a hand's contour to secure your grip and optimize handling comfort.

Buttons and dials have been sealed and feature double-layered, interlocking components to prevent dust/moisture entry and provide reliable operation under tough weather conditions.

** Within the electronic front curtain shutter, under internal test conditions of Sony

XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ & Tilting LCD

A high-contrast, high-resolution Tru-Finder™ XGA OLED viewfinder can display smooth action when 120fps mode is selected to permit easier tracking. The touchscreen can be adjusted to accommodate viewing situations. Tilt the LCD screen up about 90-degrees or down approximately 45-degrees to view the display from varied angles. The display is also sunlight visible.

Customizable Buttons

Assign a total of 68 functions amongst 10 customizable buttons.

 

What's in the Box

  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • AC-UUD12 AC Adapter
  • micro-USB Cable
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Body Cap
  • Shoulder Strap
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body
Specifications

Specifications

Key Highlights

  • 5-Axis SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • ISO range 100-25600
  • Phase-Detection 425 AF Points
  • 307 Frames of Continuous Shooting
  • Touchscreen Tiltable LCD
  • 4K video capture
  • Sony E-Mount

Camera Lens System

Camera Lens Mount:
E - Also compatible with a-mount lenses using adapters
Mirrorless:
Yes

Color

Color Gamut:
sYCC Gamut - (Still Images) sRGB Standard Color Space
xvYCC Standard - (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color (movies)
Adobe RGB Standard - (Still Images) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color

Connectors

Output Connector/Port:
HDMI - micro connector (Type-D)

Inputs & Outputs

USB:
Multi/micro USB Terminal - Yes

Power

Power Input:
Battery Pack
AC - for external power use AC Adapter AC-PW20 (sold separately)

Recording

Compression:
AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 - (movies)
MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 - (movies)
MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 - (movies)
Recording Format:
AVCHD - (PAL): 1920 x 1080 (50p, 28 M, PS), 1920 x 1080 (50i, 24 M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (50i, 17 M, FH), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 24 M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 17 M, FH) (movies)
XAVC S HD - (PAL): 1920 x 1080 (100p, 100 M), 1920 x 1080 (100p, 60 M), 1920 x 1080 (50p, 50 M), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 50 M) (movies)
XAVC S - LPCM 2ch (Audio)
MP4 - MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch (Audio)
Photo: JPEG, DNG RAW - (Still Images)
AVC MP4 - (PAL): 1920 x 1080 (50p, 28 M), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 16 M), 1280 x 720 (25p, 6 M) (movies)
Recording Frame Rate:
1fps, 2fps, 4fps, 8fps, 15fps, 30fps, 60fps, 120fps - (movies)
XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant, MP4 - (movies)
Bit Rate:
14-Bit RAW - (Still Images)

Sensor Specifics

Sensor Size:
APS-C - Charge protection coating on optical filter and image sensor shift mechanism to protect from dust
Sensor Type:
CMOS - Exmor
Aspect Ratio:
3 : 2
Sensor Dynamic Range:
14-stop

Software / Apps / Plugins

PC Requirements:
PC Interface - Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote

Viewfinders

EVF Screen Type:
OLED - XGA
EVF Brightness:
Daylight Visible - Controls: Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)
EVF Features:
Temperature Controlled - Manual (5 steps)
EVF Display Size:
Up to 3.0" - 0.39 type (1.0 cm)
EVF Imagery:
Color
Magnification:
Approx. 1.07x (35 mm camera equivalent: Approx. 0.70x) with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1m-1

Camera

Video Output Types:
HDMI - Clean HDMI (On / Off, Selectable)
Media Cards:
SD - Multi-Slot Reader
SDHC - (UHS-I compliant) Multi-Slot Reader
SDXC - (UHS-I compliant) Multi-Slot Reader
Memory Stick - Multi-Slot Reader
microSDHC - Multi-Slot Reader
microSDXC - Multi-Slot Reader
WiFi Interface:
Yes - Wireless LAN (Built-in ) - Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band), View on Smartphone, Send to Computer, View on TV, View on Smartphone, Send to Computer
Camera Features:
Zebra - Yes, (selectable level + range or lower limit as custom setting)
White Balance - Priority Set in AWB: Yes (Standard / Ambience / White)
Face Detection - Modes: On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off, Face registration, Face selection, Max. number of detectable: 8
Magnify - Yes, Focus Magnifier (5.9x, 11.7x)
Flash - Wireless Control: Yes
Lens Compensation - Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Peaking - MF Yes, (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Remote Control - PC Remote - Yes
Custom Functions - Yes
Headphone Jack - 3.5mm Stereo Minijack
On-Camera Controls
LCD / Monitor - 2.95 in (3.0-type) wide type TFT; # of Dots: 921,600
Imaging Processor:
BIONZ X
Silent Shooting:
Yes - (On / Off)
Accessory Interface:
Multi-Interface Shoe
WiFi Notes:
Bluetooth - Yes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.1 (2.4 GHz band))
Native ISO:
100-25600
Image Capture Notes:
13 x Picture Effect (Still Images) - Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta), Soft High-key , Soft Focus (High/Mid/Low)
[16:9] Image Size (pixels) - L: 6000 x 3376 (20 M); M: 4240 x 2400 (10 M); S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1 M)
[3:2] Image Size (pixels) - L: 6000 x 4000 (24M); M: 4240 x 2832 (12M); S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)
Clear Image Zoom - Still images: approx. 2x; Movies: approx. 2x
Creative Style (movies) - Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box(1-6), (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Creative Style (Still Images) - Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box(1-6), (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Digital Zoom - Smart zoom (Still images): S: approx. 2x
Digital Zoom - Smart zoom (Still images): S: approx. 2x
Digital Zoom - Smart zoom (Still images): S: approx. 2x
Digital Zoom - Smart zoom (Still images): S: approx. 2x
Dynamic Range Functions (Still Images) - Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1–5)), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step))
Image Quality Modes (Still Images) - RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Image Stabilization Compensation Effect - 5.0 steps (based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With Sonnar T* FE 55 mm F1.8 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.)
Image Stabilization Type - Image Sensor-Shift mechanism with 5-axis compensation (compensation depends on lens specifications)
Movie Functions - Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, PAL/NTSC Selector, Dual Video REC, TC/UB, (TC Preset/UB Preset/TC Format/TC Run/TC Make/UB Time Rec), Auto Slow Shutter, REC Control, Gamma Disp. Assist
Other Functions - Smile Shutter: Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps), Touch Focus: Yes (Touch Panel/ Touch Pad), ISO AUTO Min. SS , Bright Monitoring, Set File Name, Help guide, Area Setting, Shop Front Mode, Zoom Ring Rotate, Still images
Other LCD Screen Functions - WhiteMagic, Grid Line, (Rule of 3rds Grid/Square Grid/Diag. + Square Grid/Off), Movie Marker, (Center/Aspect/Safety Zone/Guideframe)
Picture Effect (Still Images) - continued list - HDR Painting (High/Mid/Low), Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature (Auto/Top/Middle (H)/Bottom/Right/Middle (V)/Left), Watercolor, Illustration (High/Mid/ Low)
Picture People (movies) - Yes (Off / PP1-PP9) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
Picture People (Still Images) - Yes (Off / PP1-PP9) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
Picture Perfect (movies) - Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera(Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta), Soft High-key
[Sweep Panorama] Image Size (pixels) - Wide: Horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23 M); Vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12 M); Standard: Horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15 M); Vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4 M)
Metering:
MODES include - Spot (Standard/Large), Entire Screen Avg., Highlight)
Sensitivity - EV-2 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Type - 1200-zone evaluative metering
Shutter/Camera Mode:
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter - Yes (On / Off)
Noise Reduction - Long exposure NR: On/Off , available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.; High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off
Shutter Speed Range:
Movies - 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)
Still images - 1/4000 to 30 sec, Bulb
Exposure Mode:
Exposure Bracketing - Bracket: Cont.; Bracket: Single, 3/5/9 frames selectable. With 3 or 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 EV increments, with 9 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1.0 EV increments.
Exposure Compensation - +/- 5.0EV(1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable)
MODES Include - AUTO (iAuto/Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Movie / Sl&Q Motion (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) /Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) ), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection
Camera Focus Settings:
169 Focus Points - (contrast-detection AF)
425 Focus Points - (phase-detection AF)
Additional Features - Eye-start AF (only with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached(Sold separately)), Lock-on AF, Eye AF, AF micro adjustment, (Sold separately), with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4, Predictive control, Focus lock
AF Illumination Range - approx. 0.3 – approx. 3.0 m (with E PZ 16–50 mm F3.5–5.6 OSS lens attached)
AF Illuminator - Yes (with Built-in LED type)
Fast Hybrid AF - (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF) NOTE: When using phase-detection AF, limited lenses will be compatible initially. Expansion is planned by body firmware update.
Focus Area - Wide (425 points (phase-detection AF), 169 points(contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) /Expanded Flexible Spot/ Lock-on AF ( Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot)
Focus Sensitivity Settings - EV-1 to EV 20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Focus Type with LA-EA3 (sold separately) - selectable (phase-detection, contrast-detection)
MODES include - AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
Shutter Type:
Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Drive Modes:
Continuous Drive Speed (approx. max.) - Continuous shooting: Hi+: 11 fps, Hi: 8 fps, Mid: 6 fps, Lo: 3fps (varies according to shooting conditions or memory card used)
Include - Single Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracket: Single, Bracket: Cont., White Balance bracket, DRO bracket
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