Sony just announced the A6500 camera, a followup to the A6300 released in February and 2014’s A6000 — one of the most popular interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras ever. The new camera has a lot in common with the blistering fast A6300, but Sony promises this version will be even faster thanks to a new processor. The company also just announced a brand-new version of the compact RX100.
The A6500 also has one of the features that was painfully absent from the A6300 — a touchscreen LCD. Otherwise the internals are largely the same — there’s a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, the same 425 phase detection autofocus points, the same absurd 100-512009 ISO range, and 4K video recording. Sony says the new camera will focus as fast as the A6300, too, taking just 0.05 seconds to lock on to a subject. It can also shoot stills at 11 frames per second, with a buffer of 307 shots.
Sony added 5-axis image stabilization and a touchscreen
One big change is that the A6500 has 5-axis image stabilization — a first, Sony says, for the company’s line of APS-C sensor cameras. The A6300 had some stabilization, but Sony was always cagey about exactly how it was working or how versatile it was. That the company is boasting about the A6500 having 5-axis stabilization is a good sign for people who want to shoot steady video or take photos in low light using long shutter speeds. To fit this tech into the camera, Sony made the A6500 a bit bigger than its predecessors.
The A6500 will ship in November and will cost “about $1,400” according to Sony. Considering how beloved the A6000 was, and how quickly photographers and videographers took to the A6300, there will be plenty of people waiting to lay down that money.