Sony A6500 Review

February 7, 2017 | Mark Goldstein |


The Sony A6500 is the best APS-C Sony camera yet, principally adding built-in 5-axis stabilization, a touch-enabled LCD screen and a redesigned menu interface to an already excellent camera, but we can't help feeling that the 8-month-old A6300 should probably have offered most of these features already, especially as the A6500 now has an even higher price-tag than its predecessor. Sony have also missed a trick in their implementation of the touchscreen, which while being a very overdue addition is somewhat poorly implemented, so much so that you might not actually use it after all. We'd also have liked to see a second control dial added on what has now become a camera for serious enthusiasts thanks to the already mentioned price increase - maybe next time...

So, if you simply want the best APS-C camera that Sony currently offers, the A6500 is clearly the one to get. The previous A6300 model is a more keenly price alternative, however, and if you are considering the A6500 ahead of it predecessor, you owe it to yourself to check out the likes of the Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro 2, not to mention the Olympus OM-D E-M Mark II.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4