Sony has officially announced the A6500 E-mount mirrorless camera with an APS-C-sized sensor. It has become the company’s flagship APS-C mirrorless camera with in-body 5-axis image stabilization technology and touchscreen.
The successor to the A6300 uses the same copper-wired 24MP sensor with 425 on-sensor PDAF points but gains a faster (LSI) processor to allow high speed operation. As a result, the device shoots up to 11fps in continuous mode for up to 307 frames.
The Sony a6500 will be available starting in November 2016 for $1400.
Sony A6500: A Flagship APS-C Camera with Fastest AF
Inside the camera is a 24.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor with a BIONZ X processor. The native ISO range is 100 to 51200. The camera gains 5-axis image stabilization which continues to work in both stills and video.
It also gains a touchscreen for faster operation, particularly in terms of AF point positioning. The rear screen works as a touchpad if you’re holding the camera to your eye. Focusing can be selected on the 3-inch 921.6k-dot tilting touchscreen LCD on the back of the camera.
The buffer has been significantly increased. It allows the camera to shoot at 11 frames per second for around 300 JPEGs or 100 Raw+JPEG frames. With the additional processing power this helps the shooter offer a faster image review when you’ve been shooting large bursts.
The mirrorless camera captures 4K videos without the need of an external recorder. The MILC can shoot 4K video in the Super 35mm format with full pixel readout without pixel binning. It can do so at a bitrate of up to 100 Mbps using the XAVC S codec. It can also capture full HD movies at 50 Mbps.
Sony A6500 Key Features
- 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
- Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
- 4D FOCUS with 425 Phase-Detect Points
- Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 51200
The AF drive speed during video shooting can be controlled for smooth focus transitions. This autofocus ability is maintained across all the camera’s video modes, including 1080/120p capture. Battery life is rated at 350 shots per charge when using the rear screen and 310 shots per charge when using the EVF.