7 Beginner Camera Tips for the Sony a6500 Filmmaker
The Sony a6500 is a solid buy at a reasonable price. It is a high quality 24.2MP APS-C mirrorless camera with stabilization and nice EVF with touchscreen.
In addition to it’s photography muscles it also shoots 4K video (3480×2160) at 30fps using a 100Mbps XAVC S codec. Other filmmaking features that are nice to have include focus peaking, and zebra stripe warnings for exposure.
A big drawback with the a6500 is the rolling shutter at full 4K where the image processing is stressed because it samples the entire sensor and downscales – giving greater detail but slowing readouts.
And currently for sale over at B&H for $1298 for the the body – it’s worth looking at. DSLR Video shooter posted 7 tips for shooting with the a6500, check it:
I’d add the first tip for any video shooter with a DSLR that I always give. Get an external monitor! A SmallHD is a great option. The proper monitoring will let you shoot without as much guessing and squinting, plus the monitor will help you on your next camera body. It’s a long term investment that will outlast the camera.
One last one – Turn the Auto Power Off Temperature setting to High. If you’re shooting outdoors it will raise the threshold for the sensor heat warning, preventing the camera from shutting down prematurely.