DXO reviewed the Sony a6500 and it should be no surprise that it uses the same exact sensor as the Sony a6300. In fact they are so similar that a simple EXIF edit is all that was needed to open RAW files from the a6500 in unsupported editors.
With the new Sony A6500 mirrorless hybrid featuring the same 24.2Mp APS-C sensor as its predecessor, the A6300, it’s no surprise that the two cameras offer almost identical image quality results. Both are top-performing hybrid options, with class-leading scores for hybrid APS-C sensors in all categories, and both offer exceptional image quality at the lower end of the ISO sensitivity range. For landscape, portrait, architectural, and street photographers, or for photojournalists looking for a small, compact, and convenient hybrid camera solution that offers great results up to ISO 1600, the A6500 is an excellent choice.
If you just can’t wait for official RAW support for your Sony a6500 there is a way to change the EXIF data of your files so that RAW converters think they are opening Sony a6300. Tom Goetz put together a scrip to help you do it quickly with ExifTool that you can download and get directions of how to use here. From what I have read the files open perfectly so I do not think it will be long before we see full support of the Sony a6500 by the majority of converters.
Handevision IBERIT 24mm f/2.4 for Sony E Amazon/B&H Photo/Adorama
Handevision IBERIT 35mm f/2.4 for Sony E Amazon/B&H Photo/Adorama
Handevision IBERIT 50mm f/2.4 for Sony E Amazon/B&H Photo/Adorama
Handevision IBERIT 75mm f/2.4 for Sony E Amazon/B&H Photo/Adorama
Jason Lanier’s gear I use #7 covers the Sony 90mm F2.8 Macro G on the Sony a7RII, which is a great lens by almost all accounts for macro work, but people have a variety of opinions about this lens for portraiture. I wish he would have also demoed this lens on the Sony a6300 for good measure, but most people buying at this price point and size are going to us an a7.
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