AlphaMirrorless 036: The New Sony Alpha a6500 and More!

Sony recently announced the a6500, what appears to be their new flagship APC camera. In this episode of the Alpha Mirrorless podcast Juan and Andy discuss this new camera and the new features it brings, and we discuss what is different between it and it’s two predecessors, the a6300 and a6000. Plus we discuss a few more things like the new MacBook Pros recently announced and more.

Some of the new features are:

  • In Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) offer up to 5 stop advantage
  • HUUUGE Buffer: 233 JPGs (Extra Fine), 107 RAWs
  • Faster Image Processor
  • Touch Screen!!!
  • Deeper Grip
  • Continuous Live View/viewfinder with minimal lag
  • New menus! (Juan complains STILL NO “MY” MENU
  • Virtually same size as a6300 (RRS Plate should work)
  • For Video Shooters
    • Better Temperature control
    • S-Gamut/S-Log

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  • Juan: MY MENU!
  • Andy: FULLY functioning Touch Screen! (Navigate Menus, all of it)

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Juan is a wildlife photographer who currently lives in Maine. Juan lives and breathes photography and travels around the country making images, teaching and leading photo workshops. Juan's favorite destination is Yellowstone in winter.

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  • As a Panasonic shooter, I was amused by the reviewers’ excitement over a “new” feature of the Sony a6500 – the ability to select or move the AF point while looking through the viewfinder by touching the rear screen. This feature was pioneered by Panasonic and made its debut as “Touchpad AF” in 2012 on the DMC-G5, and it has been included on all Panasonic MFT cameras since. Olympus added it to its lineup for the first time on the OMD E-M10II last year. I realize that touchscreens are a new thing for Sony, but you guys could at least credit Panasonic for inventing the feature that Olympus and now Sony have copied.

    • Jacques,

      Camera manufacturers come up with new features all the time to differentiate their products from their competitors and while Sony has been late to the game with touch screen (and a pretty half-hearted effort at that) they have come up with many other features that other manufacturers still have to catch up to, for example, downloadable apps. Our excitement out the touch screen has been tongue-in-cheek as we absolutely recognize that Sony is behind curve here.

      -J

    • Andy Williams

      Hi Jacques, having shot with Panasonic m43 for a while, I can agree with you! I think our intent in the episode was more to say “new to Sony”. We stand corrected!