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Sony A6500 review

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

Sony A6500

Lab tests

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

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.

Rod Lawton

Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio. Previously he has been Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. 


Rod's near-encyclopedic knowledge of cameras both old and new makes him an invaluable resource, whether we need to ask a question about transparencies or the latest X-Trans sensor. He owns all manner of cameras, from Nikon DSLRs through Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm bodies, and on any given day you'll see him using kit from just about every manufacturer.