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 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 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
This photo was taken with a Sony a6500 / α6500 / Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) with a Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens.
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.

QIBOX Glass Screen Protector Compatible with Sony Alpha A6600 A6100 A6400...
  • This Tempered Glass Screen Protector fits perfectly for Sony Alpha NEX 7 / NEX 6 / NEX 6L / NEX 5 / NEX...
  • The High-Transparency provides you high-definition clear viewing. Hydrophobic Oleophobic screen coating...
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
Powerextra 2 Pack Replacement Sony 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,...
Gonine AC-PW20 Continuous Power Supply ZV-E10 A6400 NP-FW50 Dummy Battery...
  • [COMPATIBLE WITH:] This ac pw20 Continuous power adapter np-fw50 dummy battery charger kit for Sony Alpha...
  • [ADVANTAGE:] This Gonine np fw50 dummy battery dc coupler replaces the Sony npfw50 battery, It work with...
RMT-DSLR2 Replaced Remote fit for Sony Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera...
  • RMT-DSLR2 Replaced Remote fit for Sony Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras: NEX Alpha SLT Digital...
  • ILCE-7M3 ILCE-7M3K ILCE-7RM3 ILCE-9 ILCE-6500 ILCE-6500M ILCE-6300 ILCE-6300L ILCE-6300M ILCE-7SM2...

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

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