Sony A6500 review

It’s Sony’s most advanced APS-C-format mirrorless camera, but is its premium price justified?

Sony A6500

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Lab tests

We pitched the A6500 against three similarly-priced rivals with similar features but different approaches to camera design – the Nikon D7500 (opens in new tab), Fujifilm X-T2 (opens in new tab) and Panasonic G9 (opens in new tab).

Colour error

The A6500 lies in third place for colour error, but it’s not a bad result. In fact, all four cameras are quite close, and these differences would easily be swallowed up by post-processing adjustments.

Signal-to-noise ratio

Here, the Sony A6500 and Nikon D7500 languish a little behind the Fujifilm X-T2 and Panasonic G9. The Panasonic’s performance is especially good when you consider its smaller sensor size. 

Dynamic range

Here, the Panasonic G9 scores another surprising win. Indeed, the A6500 lies in fourth place behind the rest, only catching up at higher ISO settings, a legacy perhaps of the age of the A6000-series sensor design.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at (opens in new tab) but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at (opens in new tab)