Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera 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.

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The Sony a6500 (and also known, in typical Sony fashion, as the α6600, Alpha 6500, and ILCE-6500) 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 a 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
National Maritime Museum in Greenwhich London UK
GREENWICH, UK – The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, is part of the Royal Museums Greenwich network that makes up the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. It focuses on Britain’s rich heritage in maritime history and navigation. It’s located on the banks of the River Thames and near the Royal Observatory (the base of the Prime Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time).
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.

Where to Find the Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera

The Sony a6500 has since been replaced by the a6600.

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. But you can often find used copies in good quality. If you’re in the market for a used copy, there are good odds of finding one at KEH, which is my go-to source of used photography gear.

Popular Accessories for the Sony a6500

Here are some popular accessories for the a6500.

Powerextra Battery (4-Pack) and Charger for Sony NP-FW50 and Sony Alpha...
  • Battery Type: Li-ion / Voltage:7.4V / Capacity:1500mAh
  • Replacement Sony NP-FW50 Li-ion Rechargeable Battery for Sony Alpha a6500, Alpha a6300, Alpha a6000,...
60M/195FT Waterproof housing A6xxx Series Salted Line (White) for Sony...
  • Please note! Sony A6600 Camera is NOT COMPATIBLE with this product! - Pistol grip is NOT INCLUDED
  • Compatible cameras: Sony a6500, Sony a6400, Sony a6300, Sony a6100, Sony a6000. This unit will work only...
Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/ 2.95" LCD (Body Only)
  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor sensor w/ advanced processing up to ISO 51.200
  • Wide 425 phase detection AF points, Fast 0.05 sec. AF acquisition
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras with Altura...
  • INCLUDES: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens for Sony E + AirBag Packable Bag and Camera Insert +...
  • HIGH PRECISION LENS: The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD is a full-frame-compatible lens for Sony E-mount...
JJC Deluxe Mirrorless Camera Hand Grip Strap for Sony ZV-E10 A1 A7C A7III...
  • The strap is made from microfiber and has a padded cushion inside, comfortable and durable in use
  • Adjustable to the size of your hand, provides secure support and ease of use for one-handed holding &...

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by David Coleman

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