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Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Sony  ISBN/ITEM#: B007GK50X4
Date: 27 August 2017

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Though Sony's mirrorless a6500 looks  a lot like its a6000 and a6300 siblings, it's actually a significant step forward in terms of design.  Along with the blazing fast 4D focus system from the a6300, it features a tougher weathersealed body, a touchscreen viewfinder for those of us who were wondering when Sony would do what every smartphone already does, and the 5-axis image stabilization that Sony has up till now only offered in its highest end products.  The camera is faster than ever owing both to high speed shooting rates (11 fps with continuous autofocus) and faster in camera image processing to keep up with that.  Yes, it's pricey, but for now it may be the best mirrorless camera made.  When looking at cameras we like to see what other users are doing with them, which is easy to do thanks to Flickr's search functions and dedicated groups (See link above). 


From release/information:

As the latest addition to Sony's lineup of award winning mirrorless cameras, the new α6500 shares the same unrivaled 4D FOCUS™ system as the α6300 camera, which can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds, the world's fastest1 AF acquisition time.  Also shared with the α6300, the new α6500 features 425 phase detection AF points that are densely positioned over nearly the entire image area – the world's highest2 number of AF points on any interchangeable lens camera.  The new model can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking and up to 8 frames per second in a live-view shooting mode that makes it easy to track fast moving subjects, as it combines all of the benefits of an electronic viewfinder with the immediacy of an optical viewfinder.

The camera can shoot at these high speeds for up to 307 frames3 thanks to its expanded buffer, which, along with the fast response speeds described above, are all achieved with the support of a new front-end LSI chip that has been added to the camera.  This new front-end LSI also serves to enhance both still and video image quality.

Additionally, the new α6500 features Sony's acclaimed in-camera 5-axis optical image stabilization, making it the first Sony APS-C sensor camera to offer all of the benefits of advanced in-body stabilization, which include a shutter speed advantage of approximately 5 steps4.   It also offers touchscreen AF capabilities for focus point selection and adjustment.

"We are continuing to push the boundaries of modern innovation in digital imaging, in particular within the mirrorless space," said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics.  "By equipping the α6500 with 5-axis image stabilization and touchscreen AF, we're offering photographers and videographers more control than ever before and a seemingly endless amount of creative possibilities.  As our flagship APS-C camera, it far exceeds the performance threshold of any camera in its class, and many above its class as well." (more...see press relesae link above)

(Source: Sony)

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