Sony A6500 Mirrorless Camera Gets Silver Award at DPReview

sony-a6500-5

DPReview published their Sony a6500 review and the new Sony a6500 mirrorless camera achieved an impressive 85% overall score and Silver Award from the experts at DPReview.

sony-a6500-mirrorless-camera-gets-silver-award-at-dpreview

Pros:

  • Excellent stills image quality in both JPEG and Raw
  • Impressive buffer depth with buffer countdown
  • In-body image stablization averages 2.5 stops of added stability
  • One of the best APS-C cameras at high ISO
  • Flexible Raw files with plenty of dynamic range
  • Impressive autofocus performance and frame coverage
  • Superb video quality
  • Extensive video support features
  • Solid construction
  • Good degree of customization
  • USB charging is convenient
  • 14-bit Raw in most shooting modes
  • 3rd party lens support for phase-detect AF
  • New menus are less cluttered than previous generations’
  • New highlight-weighted metering mode
  • Eye sensor disengages when the screen is pulled out, EVF won’t switch on
  • Redesigned eyecup slides on and locks in place, no longer prone to falling off

Cons:

  • Touchscreen operation is laggy, feels unrefined
  • Still no “My Menu” option for clustering most-used menu options
  • Only one top plate control dial
  • Rolling shutter can be distracting in 4K/24p video
  • No Lock-on AF area modes when shooting video
  • Lock-on AF can be erratic (failing to distinguish chosen target)
  • ‘Live View’ in 8 fps mode shows only static image between captures
  • Cool greens and green yellows can yield displeasing JPEG colors, especially skintones
  • No in-camera Raw conversion option
  • Lack of headphone socket for audio monitoring
  • Drops to 12-bit mode in various modes inc. continuous shooting and silent shutter
  • Risk of overheating limits use for extended recording periods
  • Screen automatically dims when shooting 4K video
  • Lack of included charger makes it hard to keep a spare battery charged
  • Lossy compression of Raw risks occasional artifacts

The Sony a6500 features the world’s fastest AF speed and highest humber of AF points with in-camera 5-axis image stabilization, touchscreen with AF operation, 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS sensor and more.

Sony a6500: $1,398 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.

You can read the full review at DPReview.

Read more: Best Lenses for Sony A6500.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *