Sony A6500 Field Test Part I: Real-world feedback on this just-launched, sports-loving mirrorless camera


posted Monday, November 28, 2016 at 1:37 PM EST


Early in October, we were surprised by the launch of the Sony A6500 mirrorless camera, just eight months after its sibling the A6300 hit the market. And now as we near the end of November, I've just published my first Sony A6500 Field Test, bringing you my thoughts on this impressively speedy little shooter.

For this Field Test, I was fortunate to have some really great subjects on hand courtesy of a press experiential trip to Austin, Texas. Sony lined up some really great shooting opportunities that allowed the assembled press -- myself included -- to get a really good feel for how this camera handles sports shooting, in particular.


Among the subjects on offer were a trip to a local skatepark for some aerial BMX and skateboard action, a visit to a local university to shoot tennis and lacrosse practice sessions, a full-on rodeo experience complete with calf roping, barrel racing, pole bending, jumps and more, plus dogs with frisbees, a live music performance from Austin-based singer/songwriter Ian Moore, and plenty else besides.


And to be sure that we got the shots we were after with the benefit of decades of experience, Sony Artisan Patrick Murphy-Racey was also on hand to offer advice on camera setup for the best results, and tips for where the best photo opportunities were to be found. Although I've shot a fair bit of sports over the years, I'm by no means a sports photographer, and so the insight from a sports-shooting pro was absolutely invaluable!


So what did I think of the Sony A6500 after a real-world shoot with some genuinely challenging subjects? Find out now in the just-published first installment of my Sony A6500 Field Test! And watch this space for part two, coming soon...

Sony A6500 Field Test Part I