Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens

Model #ILCE-6500M/B

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Screen Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Size 0.39"
Viewfinder Eye Point 23.00 mm
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.07x
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +3.0 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting Touchscreen LCD (921,600)


Operating/Storage Temperature Operating32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Battery 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-PW20 (Optional)


Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.7 x 2.6 x 2.1" / 120.0 x 66.9 x 53.3 mm excluding protrusions
Weight 15.98 oz / 453 g with battery and memory card


Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Self Timer 10 Seconds, 5 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Connectivity 1/8" Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, USB 2.0

Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.5 x 5.75 x 5.1"
Package Weight 2.8 lb

Kit Lens

Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Optical Design 16 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.4
Magnification 0.29x
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' (45 cm)
Angle of View 76° - 12°
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6Minimum: f/22 - 36
Focal Length 18 - 135mm Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27 - 202.5 mm
Weight 11.50 oz (326 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.65 x 3.46" (67.2 x 88 mm)
Filter Thread Front: 55 mm


Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift, 5-Way
Memory Card Type SDSDHCSDXCMemory Stick Pro DuoMemory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Dust Reduction System Yes
Bit Depth 14-Bit
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAWMovies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC SAudio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Max Resolution 24 MP: 6000 x 4000
Pixels Actual: 25 MegapixelEffective: 24.2 Megapixel
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)

Focus Control

Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Focus Type Autofocus
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 425Contrast Detection: 169


Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 Second
Dedicated Flash System TTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
Flash Modes AutoFill-InHi-Speed SyncOffRear SyncRed-Eye ReductionSlow SyncWireless
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 19.69' (6 m) ISO100
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)

Exposure Control

Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 233 Frames in JPEG FormatUp to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 301 Frames in JPEG FormatUp to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 107 Frames in Raw FormatUp to 8 fps at 24.2 MPUp to 6 fps at 24.2 MPUp to 3 fps at 24.2 MP
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep PanoramaMetering Range: EV -2.0 - EV 20.0Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
Shutter Type: Electronic & MechanicalSpeed: 30 Second , Bulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-51200)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater

AV Recording

Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Video Format 3840 x 2160p at 24/25/30 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S)3840 x 2160p at 24/25/30 fps (60 Mb/s XAVC S)1920 x 1080p at 100/120 fps (100 Mb/s XAVC S)1920 x 1080p at 100/120 fps (60 Mb/s XAVC S)1920 x 1080 at 24/25/30/50/60 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S)1920 x 1080p at 50/60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080p at 24/25 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080p at 24/25 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080i at 50/60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080i at 50/60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)1920 x 1080p at 50/60 fps (28 Mb/s MP4)1920 x 1080p at 25/30 fps (16 Mb/s MP4)1280 x 720p at 25/30 fps (6 Mb/s MP4)
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
1 March 2017

The mirrorless Sony Alpha 6500 delivers excellent image quality and superb autofocus, but lacks some of the pro features of competing cameras in this price range.

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    Compact body. 11.1fps burst shooting. Large buffer. Tilting touch-screen LCD. Crisp 120fps EVF. In-body image stabilization. Excellent image quality. Integrated flash. Wi-Fi with NFC. 4K video and 120fps 1080p.

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    Dense menu system. Some add-on apps must be purchased. No external charger included. Battery life lags behind competing models. Only one memory card slot. No grip available. Requires FE lens to complete weather sealing.

Dp review.32823956
14 December 2016

The Sony a6500 is an outstanding all-around camera. Image quality and 4K video quality are both exceptional and the camera's autofocus system also impresses. Well-suited for sports and action photography, the a6500 offers a deep buffer and burst speeds of both 8 and 11 fps with continuous autofocus.

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    Anyone wanting a tool that will let them take excellent images or 4K footage in a wide variety of circumstances.

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    Photographers wanting to effortlessly access all the camera's capabilities.

Camera labs.32824899
30 November 2016

The Alpha A6500 is Sony's best all-round mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor to date. The original A6000 was the first mirrorless to confidently take-on sports and fast action.

Imaging resource.34355410
7 June 2017

What a camera! The Sony A6500 takes the best of the excellent A6300 which launched just eight months earlier, and adds several very important new features. Sports shooters in particular will love its much more generous buffer depth, and its new hybrid image stabilization system and touch-screen...

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    Comfortable, premium body with good controls; Touch-screen for subject selection; Hybrid image stabilization system; Excellent image quality; Better high ISO JPEGs than the A6300; Extremely fast 11.1 fps burst capture; Very deep buffers for raw and JPEG alike; 4K video capture with no pixel binning,...

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    Pricey for an APS-C camera; JPEG colors aren't the most accurate; Very slow buffer clearing; Laggy touch-pad AF function; Poorly-placed movie button; No headphone jack; Mediocre battery life, JPEG colors could be better, Very slow buffer clearing, with no UHS-II card support (but the huge buffer...

Tom s guide.32823298
6 February 2017

There is a lot to like in the Sony a6500. It's a powerful, compact camera that takes excellent images and video at impressive speeds, with snappy autofocus. The image quality is excellent, although there is some noise in low light.

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    Excellent image and video quality, Tough construction, Can shoot 11 fps for more than 30 seconds

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    Awkward on-screen menus, Some noise at higher ISO, Expensive

Ken rockwell.34354950
16 December 2016

The A6500 is a fun and fast camera that produces very good results. It doesn't replace my Nikons , Canons or Hasselblads for serious work, but for carrying as little as possible, the A6500 is a hoot. The A6500 is a premium camera; you pay extra for all the features and tiny size.

Photography bay.33575659
7 June 2017

The Sony A6500 is a mid-range, prosumer mirrorless camera. It follows an established line of products that go back to the NEX-6 model when Sony separated the Alpha branding for A-mount SLT cameras from its E-mount mirrorless cameras.

18 January 2017

It took Sony two years to update its mid-range mirrorless camera a6000 with the a6300. But it took only around nine months for the a6500 to arrive. At first glance, the a6500 does not seem to differ much from its predecessor.

Roberts camera.34955828
17 April 2017

This camera's built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.

Techradar uk.32817471
24 November 2017

In-body image stabilization finally comes to the Sony APS-C flagship. Add bucketloads of buffer and a touchscreen, and the A6500 arguably surpasses Sony’s A7 Mark II.

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    Lightning-quick AF system, Respectable buffer capacity, Expansive video options

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    Dim rear LCD, Noticeable rolling shutter, Still lacks a headphone port

User Reviews
18 December 2017

Pro features packed in a small body. Image quality is great. Autofocus is fast. 4K video is smooth. Face and Eye detection are very nice features for smooth tracking. Touch screen is very helpful for focusing and can't be used for rest of camera operations.

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    Image quality, Fast auto focus, small form factor, 4k video, slow motion, In body image stabilization (IBIS), Face and eye detection.

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    IBIS can be better, Multi function wheel and buttons should be improved, gets hot - specially in 4K recording. Screen brightness is worse in movie recording, you need to buy a external monitor if you mainly use this for video.

4 weeks ago

Just got this a few days ago, and will update after more work with it, but the bundled items were great and made the deal very sweet. Camera seems to be a fantastic upgrade from my A6000; time will tell. Lots more to learn.

10 January 2017

The camera is a powerhouse, clear images through iso 6400 and features galore. But the user guide needs work, it offers only basic information without detailing the ins and outs of the features and options.

12 April 2018

main issues are the autofocus and the battery life. battery life it's rated at 320 shot, in reality, battery last, not longer than 50 shots autofocus performance are very poor, lenses mounted on this camera are all electronic that means more battery drain and slow autofocusing.

7 April 2018

Light compared to similar cameras, good pictures and fantastic 4k video. However no selfies.

1 April 2018

Love this camera, but some functions could be improved. Video Record button is hard to get to; Pulling out memory card is difficult. The supplied Sony battery is good for basic shooting, anything more intensive is falling short. The other 2 batteries (2300mAh in this kit worked fine.

23 March 2018

I find this camera difficult to use. I actually traded a Sony Alpha a7-III because of the weight difference and my need for ease of use. However, as I used the video recording features, while pleased with the picture quality, I was greatly dismayed with the location of the recording button..

15 March 2018

The camera is excellent but I am not impressed with the bundle. The bundle I received did not have everything that is shown in the advertised photo and I did not receive the small hard case for the camera.

4 March 2018

Great starter bundle. Comes with three batteries and a couple of lens filters.

26 February 2018

Exceeded expectations for a first time (camera) buyer. This bundle contains everything you need and more to get lost in the world of imagery.

Product Highlights
  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 3.0" 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log3 Gamma
  • S&Q Motion in Full HD from 1-120 fps
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 4D FOCUS with 425 Phase-Detect Points
  • Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
  • E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens
In The Box
  • Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens
  • E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens abtausvqzvvscfrfarwdasrrduvd
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • AC-UUD12 AC Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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