The Sony a6500 aims to sway new users with a speedy .05 second autofocus speed paired with a snappy 11 fps burst speed. With Sony being known for their autofocus speed, the a6500 looks to continue the tradition.
The a6500 uses an APS-C sensor, the same size found in entry to mid-level DSLRs. While Sony's full frame mirrorless cameras are popular options, the Sony a6500 aims to reach higher speeds and a lower price point with a smaller (but still large) sensor than the a7 lineup. The a6500's sensor sits at 24.2 megapixels, with 4K video recording with full pixel readout.
While speed is the biggest highlight, the Sony a6500 also uses in-body stabilization with a five axis system. That helps to keep handheld shots from blurring while making the lenses cheaper, since the stabilization is already inside the body.
The a6500 keeps the sleek and modern design of previous models, sporting a 3" tilting touchscreen at the back. While the body is pretty compact, weighing only a pound, the camera does had a significant grip to combat the awkward grip of slim camera bodies.
The Sony a6500 looks like a sleek and quick competitor in the mirrorless arena. The camera is one of the fastest mirrorless options with an APS-C sensor and sits as a good choice for users who put speed as a priority. The closest competitors, the Panasonic G85 and Fujifilm X-E2S, sit at a lower price point but offer significantly less speed, though Fujifilm's flagship hits a similar speed, it's also a few hundred dollars more. The Olympus PEN-F comes close in speed, but uses a smaller micro four thirds sensor.