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Sony A6500 vs A6300 High ISO TEST

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In general Sony takes approx a 1 year to upgrade it’s high end cameras. But the Sony A6500 has arrived just 8 months after the announcement of the Sony A6300 camera. The biggest reason behind the quick announcement of a newer model as the overheating issue of the Sony A6300 camera.

But after several user reports we finally got confirmations from worldwide users that the Sony A6500 is actually free from overheating issue.

Now, how many of you prefer to get Sony A6500, top ease yo ur problem we have added a detailed specification comparison of both the camera.

Also see the best lenses available for the Sony A6500 camera here

Sony A6500 vs. Sony A6300 High ISO Test

The decisive moment had arrived when you are ready to witness the real difference between both the models.
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Sony A6500 vs A6300 High ISO TEST clearly indicates that Sony A6500 is gathering bit more details compared to Sony A6300 camera at ISO 6400. However the difference between both the camera is very minimal.

Being said that, we all know that Sony A6500 arrives with 5 axis IS and and no sign of overheating problem while recording 4K video as we have seen on A6300.

Sony A6500 vs Sony A6300 H2

Sony A6500 vs Sony A6300 samples captured at ISO 12800 – from the test it’s clearly visible Sony A6500 is able to preserve more details compared to A6300. But at the end, image samples from both the camera looks almost same and we can’t recommend you to upgrade you camera if u are a still shooter and owner of Sony A6300.

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Best Lenses for Sony A6300 Camera

Panasonic GH5 vs. Sony A6500

 

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Panasonic GH5 vs. Sony A6500 – Specification comparison between the two flagship camera will tell you the exact difference of both.

Features / Models

Panasonic GH5

Sony A6500

Megapixel 20 megapixels 24.2 Megapixel
Sensor size / type Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Image processor
Venus Engine Bionz X
Low pass filter No Yes
Image stabilization 5-Axis 5-axis
AF System Contrast detect sensor Contrast detect+Phase detect
AF points 225 points Phase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 169
ISO 100-25600 100-51200
Shutter Min/Max 60sec 1/16000 sec 60 sec 1/32000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 12fps 11fps
Video 4k @60fps 4K @ 30 fps
Display 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Hot-shoe Yes yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 410 shots 350 shots
Wireless connectivity Built-In, Built-In + NFC
Dimensions 139 x 98 x 87 mm 120 x 67 x 53 mm
Weight 725 g 453g

Sony A6500 camera features a APS-C CMOS sensor whereas the Panasonic GH5 features a 20 MP 43 sensor.

Sensor Comparison

The first difference between these two camera we notice is sensor size. The Sony A6500 camera features APS-C size sensor and hence bigger sensors are intend to capture more light and deliver better image quality. I do admire the wonderfulness of Panasonic GH5 core specification before the beginning of this article but at the same time if you are a still shooter you have to think twice before buying 4/3 sensor based camera instead of APS-C. Before we move to further discussion let’s take a deep look inside the sensor and other core specifications.

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The Sony A6500 camera sensor approx measurement in pink color and the Panasonic GH5 sensor is shown in yellow color.

ISO Difference

We can’t ignore the ISO difference of both the camera. The Sony A6500 camera features more ISO range (1 stop more than GH5) which will sure help you to get cleaner images in low-light environment. Not only that the 24 MP sensor will help you to drag out more details in your images compared to a file of 20MP created by GH5. Above all the one big and noticeable advantage Panasonic GH5 have is absence of low-pass filter.

Pixel Area

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As we know that the Sony features 24MP resolution but despite of that each sensor pixel area of Sony A6500 is 15.28µm2 Compared to the sensor pixel area of Panasonic GH5 which remains limited to 11.16µm2.

So the pixel area of Sony A6500 is more, we have bigger sensor and A6500 is also giving out options for more ISO range. Hence we recommend Sony A6500 i your prefer image quality

AF System

Panasonic GH5 main board

Panasonic GH5 Main Chip set Board

The Sony 6500 features 425 phase AF points and 169 contrast detection areas for precise focusing whereas the Panasonic GH5 features 225 focus areas. Now, if we compare only the Phase AF points of A6500 with GH5 then we have 200 more focus points in A6500. More AF points helps you to cover the entire frame of the screen and won’t let your subject go away from the tracking AF.

DFD AF System of Panasonic GH5

Now let’s see that type of AF system with camera uses the Sony 6500 camera uses hybrid autofocusing system where is the Panasonic GH5 uses contrast detect sensor and dedicated DFD AF system. The DFD system uses a dedicated piece of hardware that help to boost the auto focusing speed of a contrast detect sensor to a next level. The DFD AF system engine is a specially designed and developed by Panasonic engineers. And hence with the help of DFD AF the GH5 can track and AF even while shooting at 12 frames per second.

4D AF System in Sony A6500

4D system

Sony 6500 uses 4D autofocus in system. The 4D AF system enables to captures moving subjects even in 11fps. The 4D autofocusing system is world fastest among interchangeable lens digital cameras equipped with APS-C image sensor, now what actually happens in 4D auto focusing system the camera calculates the subject Movement and predict the and pre-focus the subject next position in time resulting secure AF on subject.

If you look at the auto-focusing is speed of both the camera then according to the claims made by both companies the auto focusing speed of both the camera is as low as 0.05 second.

It is very interesting that a with a contrast detector sensor and DFD the GH5 will support AF in 12fps Burst frame rate whereas Sony A6500 is not behind GH5 and captures 11 FPS Burst with AF.

Video

I am not video guy but the basic difference I noticed between the Panasonic GH5 and Sony a6500 is that Panasonic GH5 and shoot 4K videos @ 60 frames per second where is the Sony 6500 remains limited to 4K Mode @ 30 frames per second.

The Panasonic GH5 offers a direct HDMI port for high-quality output at 4:2:2 10-bit in all settings for use with external monitors and recorders. The Panasonic also offers 2.5x slower in 4K (60 fps) and 7.5x slower in Full HD (180 fps).

Post Focus

Yes, The Panasonic GH5 Camera can focus later in Post Focus Mode. You can grab still images and later you can select your AF points like a light field camera. Sony A6500 doesn’t have Post AF Mode.

Other Features

That A6500 Doesn’t Have

The Panasonic GH5 features longer battery life (410 shots vs 350 shots), The GH5 also carry a dedicated Headphone port that A6500 isn’t have. The Panasonic GH5 also features 6K and 4K Photo modes, that means you can grab out continuous 8MP stills at a 60 or 30 fps shooting rate or 18MP stills at a 30 fps shooting rate.

Features that Panasonic GH5 Doesn’t Have

Panasonic GH5 is missing NFC, whereas the Sony A6500 features NFC and ones you install the play memories APP in your smartphone all our images will get transferred in no time and you can fully control the A6500 with your smart device by using the APP. Physically the Sony A6500 is more compact, light weight and easy to handle.

Price

Sony A6500 ( $1398) is Affordable Compared to GH5 ($1997)

Verdict:

Panasonic GH5 is undoubtedly one of the best consumer cinema Mirrorless camera available right now. And not only video the GH5 also have very attractive specification for those who shoot still images, However Sony A6500 Camera features bigger sensor with more resolution and and better ISO range. The density of AF points is also more dense compared to GH5 and above all you save $600 if you buy A6500.

Our recommendation, if you are a still shooter the go with Sony A6500 camera and if you want best 4K mirrorless camera then your should pick Panasonic GH5.

Also see – Best Lenses for Sony A6500

Panasonic GH5 available at Amazon | B&H

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Sony A6500 at DXO MarkLab

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Sony A6500 visited DXO Mark Lab and scored a total score of 85 Marks. It’s really good when someone scores 85 out of 100. But what about the improvement from previous version. If you look at the sensor score of Sony A6000 and A6300 you will notice a big jump in the overall performance of the sensor.

Sony A6300 vs Sony A6000

Sony A6300 vs Sony A6000

Now if you look at the sensor scores of Sony A6300 vs Sony A6500 you won’t find any difference

Sony A6500 vs Sony A6300

Sony A6500 image

From the test scores it’s very clear that the sensor of both the camera remains same compared to it’s predecessor.

Sony A6500 was announced just after the 8 months of it’s predecessor, the big reason was the overheating issue of the Sony A6300 camera unit while recording 4K video. The recently announced Sony A6500 doesn’t overheat but it does have 29 mins limitation while recording a video.

Sony A6500 vs A6300 vs Nikon D7200 vs Canon 80D

Features / Camera Name Sony A6500 Sony A6300 Nikon D7200 Canon 80D
Overall Score 85 85 87 79
Portrait (Color Depth 24.5 bits 24.4 bits

24.5 bits

 

23.6 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range 13.7 Evs 13.7 Evs 14.6 Evs 13.2 Evs
Low-Light ISO 1405 ISO 1437 ISO 1333 ISO 1135 ISO

Take a look at the list of Best Lenses for Sony A6500 Camera.

Source – DXOmark Lab

Best Lenses for Sony A6500

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Best Lenses for Sony A6500 camera. Recommended lenses for your A6500 camera selected by our expert editors. The Sony A6500 camera is undoubtedly the best APS-C sensor mirorless camera of today. The camera features extensive core specification and a 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS sensor with world’s fastest AF. You Need the ultimate best lens for your A6500 camera that not only resolve 24 MP resolution but also supports blazing fast AF  and performance.

Sony A6500 Compatible lens list begin from Sony native lenses and then we move further to third party lenses.

Best Lenses Lens Category
 1. Sony 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens  Best Lens for Sony A6500 Camera
2. Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8  Best Zoom Lens 
 3. Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS  Best Wide angle Zoom Lens
 4. Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens  Get Perfect Portraits
 5. Sony 30mm F3.5  Best Lens for Macro Shooting

1. Best Lens for Sony A6500 Camera

Sony 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

Sony 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

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The Sony 16-70mm Lens is far better then the kit lens you are getting with A6500 camera. And I would like to say Sony A6500 is the best lens I have ever used with the camera. The lens produces super sharp images and features a constant F4 aperture throughout the zoom range. The build quality of the lens is very solid and the image stabilization of the lens is highly effective and works upto four shutter speed steps to benefit while handheld shooting.

If you think the price is high then just imagine that you are buying a bunch of high quality prime lenses. Since the 16-70mm F Lens performance is equivalent to prime lenses u have used with your DSLRs. It’s expensive but it’s a Zeiss OSS and you get what you pay for when quality is your priority.

The Good: The best lens available for Sony A6500
The Bad: Price

 

1.1 Affordable Option

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens.

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens

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Affordable Option – If you don’t want to spend $1K cash on Sony 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens then you should go for Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens. The lens cost approx 1/2 than the 16-70 F4 lens. But As we have said early the 16-70mm lens performance is equivalent to a series of prime lenses performed together and the difference between the two lens is visible when we test them together in Lab. The test result does shows the 16-70mm F4 is noticeably sharper than 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens. 

The Good: Covers wide range
The Bad: Affordable

2. Best Zoom Lens for Sony A6500

Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 – (105mm to 300mm when mounted over Sony A6500 due to 1.5X crop factor)

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Buy Sony FE 70-200mm Lens from Amazon | B&H

The 70-200mm lens is one of the best lens that Sony ever made. For DSLR users I must say that this lens is as good as Canon 70-200mm F2.8 OR Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8 Since. The Sony A6500 and the 20-700mm F2.8 is a killer combo. A perfect lens for shooting sports, wildlife, wedding and Portraits. The Sony 70-200mm F2.8 lens focuses very fast when paired with Sony A6500 and delivers stunning images with excellent color and contrast without any noticeable Aberration/Distortion throughout the zoom range.

You Can also use  Both the 1.4x and the 2.0x teleconverters with this lens. The teleconverters maintain excellent image quality while boosting focal-length of the image upto 2X.

The only problem is sometimes availability of the lens become a issue due to its high-demand among Sony mirrorless users.

The Good: Constant aperture, super sharp output and Very fast AF
The Bad: Price

3. Best Wide angle Zoom Lens for Sony A6500 Camera

Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS

Sony Lens wide angle lens

Buy Sony E 10-18mm lens from Amazon | B&H

Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS Lens is the best zoom lens for Sony A6500 camera. Sony E10-18mm lens Effective focal length of 15-27mm on APS-C sensors and it make very useful for landscape and interior photography, and OSS optical image stabilization is handy for shooting in poor light.

The design of the website is completely rock solid and made of of metal. The AF performance is very fast and accurate, the amount of image distortion lens produces is very well controlled. The lens also work flawlessly with Sony A7R II camera.

The Good: The best wide angle zoom lens available for Sony A6500
The Bad: None

4. Get Perfect Portraits from A6500

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens

Best Sony 50mm F1.8 Lens image

Buy Sony 50mm F1.8 Lens from Amazon | B&H

The Sony A6500 effective focal length of  50mm (75mm on APS-C sensor) is very sharp at center and it delivers sharp result even at Max aperture range, even at max aperture, excellent color and contrast ouput with creamy Boekh. The Lens also features silent and Fast internal AF motor and compact light-weight design.

Highly recommended for Sony E-Mount users

The Good: Excellent lens for portraits
The Bad: Nothing

5. Best Lens for Macro Shooting

Sony 30mm F3.5

Best Sony A6300 Lens image

Buy this Lens from Amazon | B&H

Sony 30mm F3.5 is the perfect Macro Lens for Sony A6500. The lens captures tack sharp images at 1:1 proportion and features very well controlled Chromatic aberration. The lens features minimum focusing distance of 9.5 cm and the focal-length of the lens is 30cm. In general the standard Focal-Length of a normal macro DSLR lens varies between 60mm to 100mm, so with a 30mm macro lens you have to get closer to the subject to get a prefect shot. The lens is very durable and made up of aluminum alloy.

The Good: Sharp images and creamy bokeh
The Bad: none


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Download Sony A6500 Camera User Manual, PDF Guide

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Sony A6500 camera is a successor Sony A6300 camera and does contain a lot of improvement compared to A6300. We all know that Sony A6300 was having overheating issue while recording 4K videos.

But the Sony A6500 is free from any overheating issue, During video recording test Sony A6500 performed very well compared to Sony A6300.

Sony A6500 user manual is under preparation and will go live soon — Sony support page

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Sony A6500 Doesn't have Overheating Issue

In head-to-head  comparison with the Sony A6300 camera the A6500 showed excellent performance. As usual the Sony A6300 failed to record videos upto 29min due to overheating issue. During the test Sony A6300 camera stopped at 12 and a half minutes, while the a6500 was able to record 29minutes 50 seconds despite of showing heating icon.

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Take a look at the screen shot above when you can see the error msg displayed by Sony A6300 camera. Below is a complete video that will show up you the entire test done by newshooter team.

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You can See Sony A6500 comparison and more details here

Amazon now taking Preorders of Sony A6500, Shipping by December 6, 2016

Sony A6500 camera image

Finally Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders of the recently announced Sony A6500 camera. We have already done specification comparison review of Sony A6500 with others you can see here.  The shipping for the camera will start from December 6, 2016 (just before 2016 Christmas).

Preorder Sony A6500 camera from Amazon.com Now and get it before 2016 Christmas.