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The palm-sized
all-around all-star

With unerring autofocus, unshakeable stability, and intuitive touchscreen operation crafted to fit in a palm, the α6500 is so ideal everywhere that you never need to miss a moment.

α6500 Product Feature video

Expand your shooting range

Meet the α6500 — the APS-C interchangeable lens compact camera that puts the power to shoot professional-looking stills and movies solidly in your hands. An enhanced buffer for continuous shooting of up to 307 shots, in-camera 5-axis optical image stabilisation, touchscreen control, super-speed AF and High-density Tracking AF Technology extend the range of your shooting capabilities.

The reasons to choose this model

Impressive continuous shooting buffer

Extended continuous shooting buffer

Approx. 36-sec./307-shot continuous shooting capacity

5-axis image stabilisation

5-axis image stabilisation

Camera shake compensation effect of five-stops-faster shutter speed

Touch to focus immediately

Touch to focus immediately

Touch to focus or swipe to shift focus while looking at the viewfinder.

Focus at top speed

Capture every moment — the world’s fastest AF speed and highest number of AF points respond flawlessly to virtually any shooting situation.


See more about 4D FOCUS

  • Wide
  • Fast
  • Steadfast
Extended buffer for continuous shooting

Extended buffer for continuous shooting

With the α6500 extending continuous shooting capacity to 307 shots without any drop in shooting speed (for around 36 sec. with AF/AE tracking), you won’t miss a decisive moment.

Live-view continuous shooting with minimal lag

Shoot moving subjects with optical viewfinder-like immediacy

In live-view continuous shooting at up to 8fps, display lag is kept to an absolute minimum, so you can capture moving subjects as they appear on the EVF or LCD, with optical viewfinder-like immediacy.

5-axis stabilisation
in palm-sized body

(1) Yaw (2) Pitch  (3) Roll

Counteracting five types of camera shake

5.0-stops-faster shutter speed effect

A new, very accurate gyro sensor is a key to image stabilisation with the effect of a five-stops-faster shutter speed. This camera shake compensation system is effective for shooting steadier, clearer movies and still images.

Minimise camera shake,
even using various lenses

5-axis stabilisation works with E-mount and other lenses

Gain unparalleled handheld shooting freedom using many of your favourite lenses. The short flange-back distance in the E-mount α6500 contributes to broad lens compatibility.

E-mount lenses

E-mount lenses

Learn about the great selection of lenses you can mount directly on the α6500 at the following:

A-mount lenses

A-mount lenses

(1) LA-EA4, LA-EA3, LA-EA2* or LA-EA1* *Images are recorded in APS-C format.
With an A-mount lens adaptor, you have even more lenses to choose from the following:

Other lenses

Other lenses

(2) Thrid-party adaptors
For extra versatility, the camera’s image stabilisation system even functions when a lens with another type of mount is attached.

Focus evolves with a touch

Touch Pad Function

Touch Pad Function

Swipe screen to shift focus point while watching viewfinder

With Touch Pad function, you can swipe the LCD touchscreen to shift focus point intuitively and easily from an area to another, even as you monitor the viewfinder.

Immediate focus point selection by touch

Use just your finger to focus as you like within the frame

Touch Focus makes it particularly easy to adjust focus quickly, so you don’t miss the chance to capture your chosen subject at the decisive moment. 

Immediate focus point selection by touch

For more dynamic image depiction

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.

No.1 image sensor manufacturer for digital cameras and video recorders.

Extra image sensor perception

Extra image sensor perception

This sensor has a thin wiring layer and large photodiode substrate that maximise light collection efficiency and copper wiring ensuring quick read-out. It also extends sensitivity to ISO 51200 with reduced noise.
(A) Conventional structure (B) α6500 structure
(1) Photodiode substrate (2) Light receiving surface (3) Aluminum wiring layer (4) Copper wiring layer

Enhanced image processing system

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

High-quality 4K recording

Shoot and internally record 4K movies generated from 6K equivalent (20MP) data in Super 35mm format. Intuitive Touch Focus and 5-axis image stabilisation extend shooting freedom.

  • 4K movie recording
  • Fast Hybrid AF
Slow & Quick motion

Slow & Quick 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. 

S-Gamut / S-Log shooting

S-Gamut / S-Log shooting

S-Gamut/S-Log enable wide dynamic range (max. 1300%) shooting for more expressive moviemaking in post-production. The α6500 even offers 14-stop latitude at S-Log3 setting.

Tough, reliable integrity for smart, smooth operation

A magnesium alloy body, a shutter tested to 200,000 release cycles and more highlight the camera’s all-around toughness, reliability and operability.

  • Front and back
  • Body
Brochure download

Brochure download

2016/12/2 Updated version.

Picture endless possibilities with PlayMemoriesTM

PlayMemories Online

PlayMemories™ Online

Backup to Sony's secure cloud service and access your photos and videos from any devices.

PlayMemories Camera Apps

PlayMemories Camera Apps™

This application broadens your photographic horizons by letting you add more functions to the camera.

Supported in Capture One Express (for Sony)

Capture One Express (for Sony)

One of the world’s best RAW converters by Phase One

Capture One Express (for Sony) is one of the world’s best RAW converters, rendering precise colours and incredible detail. It contains flexible digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customisable integrated solution.


Works with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X

This product is compatible with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie.

Specifications & Features
The α6500 professional-class APS-C interchangeable-lens camera features unbeatably fast autofocus; High-density Tracking AF Technology with comprehensive phase-detection AF point coverage; enhanced buffer for continuous shooting at up to 11fps (Hi+); 5-axis optical image stabilisation; and touchscreen focus control.
  • Fastest (0.05s ) AF with 425 phase-detection AF points

  • Built-in 5-axis image stabilisation

  • 24.2-megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor for outstanding light sensitivity

  • BIONZ X™ image processing engine for superior detail reproduction

  • 4K movie recording with full pixel readout/no pixel binning

Lens Compatibility
Sony E-mount lenses
Sensor Type
APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
Number Of Pixels (Effective)
Approx. 24.2 megapixels
ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Still images: ISO 100-25600 (ISO numbers up to ISO 51200 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Battery Life (Still Images)
Approx. 310 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 350 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
Viewfinder Type
1.0 cm (0.39 type) electronic viewfinder (color), XGA OLED
Monitor Type
7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT

What's in the Box

Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50, AC Adaptor: AC-UUD12, Shoulder strap, Body cap, Accessory shoe cap, Eyepiece cup, Micro USB cable

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