Exciting news for Sony enthusiasts who prefer a crop sized sensor (APS-C) over a full frame. Sony’s all new mirrorless camera, the 24.2 MP Sony Alpha 6500, is a very powerful machine that comes in a perfect size for photographers who don’t want to be saddled down by oversized equipment.
“Meet the α6500 — the APS-C interchangeable lens compact camera that puts the power to shoot professional-looking stills and movies solidly in your hands. An enhanced buffer for continuous shooting of up to 307 shots2, in-camera 5-axis optical image stabilisation, touchscreen control, super-speed AF and High-density Tracking AF Technology extend the range of your shooting capabilities.”
One of the great selling points for underwater photographers, especially macro photographers, is the 425 point auto-focus system. Macro photographers are very selective on where they want to focus their shots, having a choice of 425 points will really help when trying to capture the perfect composition with the eye in focus.
Another addition to this camera is the 5 axis stabilisation feature, which will help with reducing camera shake. Again, this is a great feature for macro photographers who try to shoot with a limited depth of field. This is also a great feature for video.
Speaking of video, the camera offers full 4K video with S-Log and S- Gamut picture profile options for large dynamic range flexibility in post processing. The video capabilities of this camera also offer recording up to 120 fps.
Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount lenses
TypeAPS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
Number Of Pixels (Effective)Approx. 24.2 megapixels
ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)Still images: ISO 100-25600 (ISO numbers up to ISO 51200 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
Battery Life (Still Images)Approx. 310 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 350 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)19
For the full overview and specifications of this exciting new camera please visit the Sony Singapore Alpha 6500 page
Keep your eyes out for which housing manufacturers bring out their offerings for what should prove to be a great underwater camera.