Is the Sony A6500 5-Axis Stabilization Good for Video?

The Sony A6500 is truly a tech marvel. What I love about this camera is the picture quality at a high iso use for a somewhat compact camera using a crop sensor (aps-c) format. With the Nikon 800, I would use up to iso 3600 whereas, with the Sony A6500, it is much higher, so much higher!

The other use is the inbuilt stabilization built into the body and on the lens! With the stabilization, you can handhold a shot that would be blurry otherwise. I do not have the most steady hand when it comes to handholding.

The video shows me walking with the Sony A6500 and you can see the camera move up/down and side to side swaying motions. This is more prevalent as I’m walking with a limp due to my back ache. It would be a lot worse and I’m sure you would see a dramatic change in the motion not being as smooth and a higher rate of rolling shutter effect without the stabilization.

To me, I love the sharp focus the camera has maintained while shooting the video, though I wish I could have kept the shot more still in the motion.

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Shoot a duck in 4k with the Sony A6500 – Focus tracking test

I was at Genesse Park by Lake Washington and what better way to spend the day than shooting a duck with the Sony A6500?

I’m still playing around with the Sony A6500 and learning what works best for my way of using this awesome camera.
The quality of the 4k video is outstanding from this compact body of this Sony A6500. In this video, I’m testing the Sony A6500 video focus capability and focus tracking.

The quality is outrageous. I’m loving the Sony A6500 for it. I need more time to play around with the camera but the few times that I’ve played with the video recording has proven to me that this is a camera hard to beat! The focusing on the camera is fast! It is probably one of the fastest focusing cameras I’ve seen.

The camera tracks movement like a pro. The few times I tried focusing the camera on seeing how well it would capture movement is when you see the blur occur for a second in the video. I really didn’t need to press the back focus button (custom setup) to refocus the image.

The sound capture is wonderful on this camera as well. It is at default settings and you can hear the sound capture done supremely.

One thing about capturing video in 4k on the Sony A6500 that bothers me is the fact that the screen goes dim to conserve battery life. As you know, the Sony Alpha cameras suck when it comes to battery life. Hopefully, it’ll all change with future versions as the Sony A9 has proven that they can have longer battery life and a bigger battery for their cameras!

In the next post, I’ll show you that how the Sony 5-axis stabilization system works. Don’t think it’ll be your glidecam or steadytracker but it’ll do a wonderful job with slight movements.
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How I found a workaround to edit Sony’s ARW Raw format!


How to open and convert Sony ARW raw files for editing.
So you need to edit Sony ARW files, this is what I find works for me after researching Sony ARW format conversion.
I had researched Sony cameras for a bit and I broke down and purchased the Sony A6500! This is a great camera but what I didn’t think about was the raw format that Sony utilizes. I work with an older version of Lightroom and Adobe CS6, their last version before CC subscription based format, so it’s no surprise that I wouldn’t be able to work with any newer formats that might come after CS6.
After much research, I found that Adobe does offer a workaround. Adobe offers a converter to convert any raw files into DNG format. Once converted, you’ll be able to work in Lightroom, Photoshop in the DNG format.
You can download the Adobe DNG Converter from Adobe’s website.
Hope this helps those that were/are in the same situation as I was.
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Why I brought a Sony A6500 over the Dji Mavic!

I can’t afford to buy another toy but I bit the bullet and brought the Sony A6500 and the SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS!

It was a long thought process where I was going back and forth on getting the DJI Mavic Pro or the Sony camera, in the end, after much debate between my inner demons, the choice was made and I think I made the right choice for me. The 5 reasons below was why I went with the camera.

1. I like taking pictures and videos. My love started out with videos when the dv cameras first came out but switched to photography. Photography has been a tremendous in relieving stress and bringing out the creative side in me.

2. I love the video and photo capabilities of the DJI Phantom 3 Pro, so going for a Mavic made sense for me. It would be portable and I could take it with me to a lot more places than what I could do with the Phantom 3 Pro.

3. Cost, the cost of getting the Sony A6500 or the Mavic Pro was about the same, if you take the cost of a camera lens out.

4. Low light of the Sony A6500 seemed to be ok for the indoor sports shots I’ve been doing and the 4k video capabilities along with 5-axis stabilization tips it in its favor.

5. DJI Phantom 3 Pro is still a great drone and do I really need another drone if I haven’t even flown the Phantom 3 Pro that much compared to taking a lot of pics with my Nikon D800.

Now, this isn’t all the reasons and its condensed but you get the jest of it.

Here are some pics, more to come.

Sony A6500 Test Shots

Sony A6500 Test Shots

Here is the post-processing in lightroom 4 – yes I’m not using the current cc version.

Sony A6500 - Lightroom Edits

Sony A6500 - Lightroom Edits

I’ll post more on my thought of the Sony A6500, the post processing in lightroom 4.0, the issues of editing with an old version that doesn’t support Sony’s ARW raw file format and the workaround used to edit in a future post, keep an eye out for it. 🙂

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