Sony a6500 Sample Images

This is a collection of photos I’ve taken with the Sony a6500 mirrorless camera to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting under different lighting conditions.

Text & Photos By David Coleman
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The Sony a6500 is at the premium end of Sony’s cropped sensor Alpha range of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. There are also full-frame cameras in the Alpha range—cameras like the a1, a7, and a9 cameras—and those models are even higher-end than the cropped sensor cameras. But they’re also larger and more expensive.

The Sony a6500 has an APS-C-sized CMOS sensor that produces 24.2 megapixels. The data from the sensor is then run through a BIONZ X image processor. It has a native ISO range from 100 through 25600, with an extended range running up to 51200. (I’ve also put together a separate post focusing on high-ISO photos from the Sony a6500.)

It’s a compact design and takes Sony E-mount lenses. Overall, it’s an extremely attractive package as a take-anywhere camera that can produce high-quality photos even under challenging lighting conditions.

Here are some example photos to give a practical sense of the photos that come out of it. I shot these mostly in RAW and have processed them in Lightroom Classic.

There are several variations when referring to the Sony a6500. You can also see it referred to as the Sony α6600, Sony Alpha 6500, and Sony ILCE-6500. All refer to the same camera.

Sample Photos Taken with a Sony a6500

I’ve included the shooting details under each photo. And you can click on each image to open a full-size version for a closer look.

Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 1600 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 100 and ¹⁄₄₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 500 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens @ ISO 125 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/5. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 1600 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 1000 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 3200 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 1000 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 100 and ¹⁄₆₄₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 160 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 320 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at ƒ/14. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 200 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens @ ISO 12800 and ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 12800 and ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens @ ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₂₅₀ sec at ƒ/4. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 12800 and ¹⁄₁₆₀₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 1000 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Sony a6500 Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) and a Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens at 42mm. Exposure: ISO 100, ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/5.6. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Sony a6500 Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) and a Sony E 16mm F2.8 at 16mm. Exposure: ISO 1000, ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Sony a6500 Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) and a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens at 20mm. Exposure: ISO 1250, ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) and a Sony E 16mm F2.8 at 16mm. Exposure: ISO 100, ¹⁄₄₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Sony a6500 Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) and a Sony E 16mm F2.8 at 16mm. Exposure: ISO 200, ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Sony a6500 Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) and a Sony E 16mm F2.8 at 16mm. Exposure: ISO 250, ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Sony a6500 Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) and a Sony E 16mm F2.8 at 16mm. Exposure: ISO 500, ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
National Maritime Museum in Greenwhich London UK
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 640 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 2500 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 250 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 400 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 500 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 6400 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens @ ISO 12800 and ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at ƒ/5.6. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens @ ISO 12800 and ¹⁄₆₄₀ sec at ƒ/22. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens @ ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₆₀ sec at ƒ/14. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens @ ISO 100 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/16. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 400 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 1600 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/3.5. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 1600 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 100 and ¹⁄₅₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 3200 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 2500 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/5.6. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 100 and ¹⁄₅₀₀ sec at ƒ/5.6. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 1600 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 16000 and ¹⁄₁₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 12800 and ¹⁄₄₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/16. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 100 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/4. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 1600 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 40000 and ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at ƒ/14. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 5000 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 6400 and ¹⁄₈₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens @ ISO 6400 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) and a Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens at 18mm. Exposure: ISO 100, ¹⁄₁₂₅₀ sec at ƒ/4. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Sony a6500 Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) and a Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens at 30mm. Exposure: ISO 320, ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/5. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Sony a6500 Sample Image
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) and a Sony E 20mm F2.8 lens at 20mm. Exposure: ISO 400, ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Imperial War Museum London
Photo Taken with a Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) and a Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens at 37mm. Exposure: ISO 100, ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/16. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel

Price & Availability of the Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera

Since I originally wrote this, the Sony a6500 has been replaced by the a6600.

Buy New

The a6500 was sold in a range of different bundles, from just the body to kits with lenses and other accessories. With the newer model out now, the a6500 is harder to find new in stores.

Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Camera
  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD

Buy Used

Stocks of used copies of the a6500 fluctuate, but some good places worth checking are:

Popular Accessories for the Sony a6500

Here are some popular accessories for the a6500.

Powerextra 2 Pack Replacement NP-FW50 Battery & Smart LCD Display Dual...
  • Powerful Battery Capacity: Li-ion rechargeable battery 7.4V, 1500mAh and 11.1Wh, professional replacement...
  • Sony NP-FW50 battery replacement: 100% Compatible with Sony Alpha a6500, a6300, a6000, a7s, a7, a7s ii,...
UURig Vlog Selfie Flip Screen for Mirrorless Camera for Sony A7R3 A7III...
  • ✔Exclusively Customized for Mirror-less Camera Flip Screen --- For better and accurate vlog video...
  • ✔Camera Applicable --- For Sony A72 A73 Series A7II A7RIII A7M3 A6000 A6300 A6500; for Fujifilm XT2 XT3...
FirstPower NP-FW50 Battery 3-Pack and Triple Slot Charger for Sony Alpha...
  • 【More Power for More Shots】A fully charged 1500mAh NP-FW50 battery prolongs your camera's runtime to...
  • 【Standard Compatibility】Works with these popular Sony models that use NP-FW50 batteries: Sony ZV-E10,...
PCTC Screen Protector for Sony a6500 Perfect Fit, Tempered Glass Screen...
  • ⭐The Tempered Glass Films Fit for Sony DSLR Alpha A6400 A6500 A5100 perfectly.
  • ⭐Touch screen is still fully functional with PCTC Tempered Glass Films
JJC 83x48mm Foldable Camera LCD Screen Hood Shade Cover for Sony A6000...
  • Fits Sony A6000 A6100 A6300 A6400 A6500 A6660
  • Improves visibility of display, specially under strong sunlight

I’ve also put together a separate post on Sony a6500 memory card recommendations.

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