Sony A6500 Flash

Built-in Flash Test Results

Coverage and Range
A fairly weak flash with very narrow and uneven coverage at wide angle. Our standard indoor portrait shot required more than average exposure compensation and still came out a bit dim.

16mm (24mm eq.)

Coverage. The Sony A6500 isn't normally sold bundled with a kit lens, but flash coverage is unchanged from its predecessor and is still rated at 16mm, so above we show a flash coverage image from our A6300 test. As you can see, flash coverage is very narrow and uneven at 16mm, leaving very dark corners in our test image.

Normal Flash
+1.0 EV, 1/60s, f/4

Exposure. Our Indoor Portrait test scene came out a little underexposed even with +1.0 EV flash exposure compensation at ISO 200, and positive flash exposure compensation had no effect above +0.3 EV in this test. The average amount of flash exposure compensation required for this scene is +0.7 EV, so the A6500's built-in flash performed a bit below average here. Be prepared to boost ISO to make up for the weak flash.

Manufacturer-Specified Flash Range

7.0 feet, ISO 100, f/2.8

Manufacturer Specified Flash Test. The Sony A6500's built-in flash is rated with a Guide Number of 6 meters or 19.7 feet at ISO 100. That works out to about 7 feet at f/2.8. In the test shot above, the A6500's flash produced an acceptable flash exposure at those parameters, just slightly dim at about 1/6 EV lower than ideal.


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