Sony A6500 review

The Sony Alpha A6500 is an upper mid-range mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, built-in stabilisation, touchscreen, 4k video and a powerful AF system that’s perfect for action shooters. Announced in October 2016, it comes only eight months after the A6300, but doesn’t replace it. The A6300, and indeed the A6000, remain on sale, but the A6500 becomes the new flagship APS-C e-mount body.

Externally the A6500 shares almost the same flat-topped weather-proof body as the A6300, but deepens the grip, enlarges the shutter release and adds a third Custom button. Like the A6300 you can compose with an XGA OLED electronic viewfinder or a 3in / 920k dot screen that can tilt up or down. Sadly the screen still can’t angle forwards to face the subject – so useful for vlogging as well as selfies – but in an important upgrade, the A6500 screen finally becomes touch-sensitive, allowing you to tap to reposition the AF area or pull-focus while filming.

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