Sony A6500 Hacks, Tips, & Features [Get more out of your Camera!]


these secrets are so secret that they
don’t even want you to know them now that I think about it that’s kind of
what a secret is what is up people Dunna here and today we’re talking about
my favorite Sony a6500 hacks or tips or features that I think you can really
benefit from and make sure to stay right to the end because the bonus tip is a
special one let’s hop right into it tip number one has to do with manual focus
everyone kind of beat up on the a6500 for its touchscreen capabilities or lack
thereof they wish that they could get around the menus and that kind of stuff
using the touchscreen but when they couldn’t they were a little disappointed
by that however the touchscreen can actually still be quite powerful one
thing that a lot of people don’t seem to know is that when you’re in manual focus
mode if you double tap on the screen it’ll actually zoom in and do the focus
assist function so that you can grab your focus even better this is a
function that you can program to start immediately when you try to manual focus
or you can have it set to a button so it’ll zoom in when you press that button
but it’s pretty cool to be able to double tap anywhere on the screen and
it’ll zoom in to that point if you want to zoom back out to your regular one you
just double tap again and it’ll come back out to normal and as an added bonus
if you double tap and you’re zoomed in and you want to move to another part of
your frame you can actually swipe just like you would on your phone to move the
frame around pretty cool right tip number two is Clear Image Zoom. Clear
Image Zoom is something that’s really handy for people who either shoot JPEGs
or they shoot video if you have it turned on you have to go into a menu and
turn on Clear Image Zoom and it allows you to zoom in up to two times with very
little loss in your quality so when you’re taking video let’s say you have a
prime lens on let’s say you’re using the 30mm Sigma you can actually
zoom in and make that look like a 60mm all within that one lens and
as an added little bonus if you want to do a smooth zoom while you’re recording
video you can actually hold the right side of the little spinning circle and
it’ll zoom in smoothly so you can turn your prime lens into a
zoom lens just like that tip number three is one of my favorites and it’s
geared towards hybrid shooters so people who shoot both photos and video like
myself I’m sure you’ve been in lots of situations where you’re flipping back
and forth between using the movie mode and the photo mode now what I find
easiest is if I just keep it in manual mode I can still shoot video it doesn’t
work the other way around so if you’re in movie mode you can’t take photos so I
leave mine in manual mode a lot but I also like to use picture profiles when
I’m shooting video I don’t want to see those same picture profiles applied when
I’m shooting photos so I have to keep switching back and forth on the picture
profile from the one that I want to nothing for example if you’re shooting s
log in video and then you flip over you want to do some photos you’re gonna see
s log and you don’t want to see that you want to expose properly for your raw
image now one way that I found you can get around this is if you choose your
picture profile that you want to shoot your videos in and then afterwards turn
on silent shooting now on the a 6500 they don’t allow picture profiles at the
same time as silent shooting so what happens is if you’re in manual mode it
turns off the picture profile but as soon as you hit the record button to
start shooting a video it will re-enable the picture profile because there’s no
longer a need for the silent shooting so when you’re taking videos the picture
profiles applied and when you’re taking stills the picture profile is not there
now as long as you’re okay with silent shooting which I can’t think of a reason
why you wouldn’t be then you’re good to go
tip number four is something that people don’t seem to know you can do is to
actually run your camera with a portable charger so for example something like
this guy if you can strap this onto your tripod and plug a USB cable into the USB
on your a 6500 you can actually run your camera using the power of this instead
of the internal battery so if you’re worried about the battery’s running out
while you’re let’s say filming yourself like this you can just plug it right in
and you’ll have lots of battery power where I find this particularly helpful
is when I’m live-streaming when I’m live streaming I plug my camera into my
computer and I stream using it but I’m not actually recording it so I’m not
limited by the 30-minute recording limit but the battery will run out pretty
quick if I was actually to just let it run so I turn it into video mode I plug
it into external power and then it’ll let me run for a long time with one of
those kind of batteries that’ll let me run for hours tip number five is
actually something that I found out from another youtuber named Gerald Undone he
was doing a video on his a7iii I think it was on the a7iii about how he uses
the autofocus / manual focus hold button to grab focus and then set it in manual
so if you don’t want it accidentally hunting and you want to just set your
focus and then leave it what you can actually do is set a custom button one
of the custom buttons on your camera to AF / MF hold I use it on the AEL button
or auto exposure lock button set your camera into manual focus mode and then
as long as you are holding down that button it will temporarily go into
autofocus mode so if you press the shutter halfway down it will find focus
then when you let go of the button it will snap back into manual focus holding
the place of the focus that you chose so if you don’t trust yourself when it
comes to manual focusing your camera and you trust the autofocus of the camera
you can temporarily grab autofocus and then let go and go back into manual
focus and then you can make fine adjustments if you want to from there
it’s quite handy if you’re shooting like an interview style thing you can get
your subject to sit down grab autofocus let go let it go into manual focus and
then just leave it provided that they’re not moving around too much you should be
good to go number six is actually maybe a
well-known feature but not enough people are using it and it’s something called
eye autofocus now any time you talk to someone who shoots portraits they’ll
tell you that the most important thing that you want to focus on is the I that
is what will engage people with the subject on screen is you want them
looking at their eyes so you want to make sure that the eye is in focus now
what you can do is map this to a custom button I like to use the center button
which is the button in the middle of the spinning wheel on the back and then when
you hold that down it’ll search for an eye and if it can’t find an eye it’ll go
to a face then while you’re holding that button you want to snap your pictures
pretty awesome right you don’t even have to worry about manual focus or any of
that kind of stuff it’s gonna automatically lock on to an I number 7
is something that a lot of people complain about and they don’t know that
there’s a fix for it and that is high heat Auto turn off or what people most
commonly refer to as overheating the Sony cameras are built in such a way
that they get really hot inside and they have to shut down before they damage the
camera now that being said on the older Sony cameras the problem was that they
would shut down really early now how they addressed this problem is they
actually made a new function called auto power off temp and you can toggle this
function so what you want to do is in your menu you go to tab 6 go to page 2
you want to find the function that says auto power off temp and you’re gonna
choose high now what this basically does is it tells your camera not to turn off
when it starts to think it’s overheating and let it get to a way higher
temperature before it turns off now with this function on I’ve had the little
high temperature symbol come up on me a number of times but it’s never turned
off the camera on me and usually when I do these kind of sit down things I’m
running for 20-30 minutes at a time and never had a problem with high
temperature I’ve done long days lots of shooting in high heat situations and
never had a problem the eighth tip were feature or hack or whatever you want to
call it is something that I just found out about or I just started using anyway
and it’s called S&Q or slow and quick essentially what this allows you
to do is record at one frame rate and play it back at another one right inside
the camera so for those of you who know that’s how we do slow motion or time
lapses I think this is a great function mostly for time lapses if you just need
to get a quick and dirty time lapse and you don’t need to have any kind of fancy
color grading or anything like that and you don’t need to get raw images
this is a great way to do it so to start with you’re gonna go into your menu
you’re gonna go to tab two page one you’re gonna choose movie slash S&Q
motion then change it from whatever movie mode you’re on and go
down to the S and Q option so often I’ll choose S and Q manual it gives you all
the same things as you have when you’re a manual mode but now we’re in S&Q
then go back to that same page and we’re gonna go to s and Q settings now there
are two settings on this page there’s the record setting and the frame rate
the record setting is telling you how it’s going to play back so what the
final speed is going to be and the frame rate is telling you how it’s going to
record so when we shoot slow motion we shoot at let’s say a hundred and twenty
frames per second and then in the software afterwards we slow it down so
it’s only playing at 24 frames per second that’s how we get slow motion and
then the opposite when we do time lapses we shoot photos let’s say one every
second and then we play that back 24 frames per second so it’s 24 times as
fast as we shot it now if you’re doing let’s say a time lapse in side s and Q
what you do is you choose a frame rate of one frame per second so it’s gonna
take one photo per second it’s actually shooting a video at one frame per second
but and then we’re gonna choose the record setting of 24 frames per second
so you set up your shot you hit record it’s recording out one frame per second
you can see that it looks all choppy but then when you play it back in the camera
it’s a time lapse it’s already sped up 24 times couple of downsides to this is
that it’s only shooting at 1080p so you’re only getting 50 megabits per
second which is the same as the normal 1080p but you’re not getting the 4k that
you might want to record and you’re not getting the raw quality if you were to
record a time-lapse the more traditional way also there’s no sound which you
wouldn’t have in the traditional way of doing a time-lapse either and I can’t
think of why you would want the sound of a time-lapse anyway it sounds terrible
now one little bonus tip that I think everyone should be using and you can use
with a lot of the things that I’ve been talking about today is the memory recall
so on the top of the camera on the modes dial there are two settings that our
memory recalls memory recall one and memory recall two so once you get all
your settings and whatever mode you’re in all set and I like to use this with
the s and Q options so that I have quick access to it you set all those settings
and then you’re going to into your menu you’re gonna go to tab 1
page 4 choose the option that says camera 1 camera 2 memory it doesn’t
actually say camera but it’s got a little symbol of a camera choose which
memory slot you want to save those settings in and now when you change the
dial to that setting it’ll automatically remember all sorts of things
what kind of mode you’re in what white balance what focus mode you chose a
whole bunch of stuff almost everything that you can possibly choose get saved
into that setting so if you’re using s and Q every once in a while like I do
you can choose let’s say number 2 to be your s and Q and then it’s a quick flip
into that mode and you’re good to go ready to shoot a time-lapse or let’s say
you have a certain mode that you like for videos and a certain mode that you
like for photos you can set one of those on the memory modes and then it’s a
quick switch just to get right to it now I want to turn it over to you guys
do you have any hacks or tips or anything for the Sony a6500 or
whatever camera you’re using drop a comment down below and let us all know
because we got a we got a share of these kinds of things we need to help each
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100 Replies to “Sony A6500 Hacks, Tips, & Features [Get more out of your Camera!]

  1. When you live-stream with a6500 do you use a capture device link to connect it to your computer? Or do you just plug in a certain type of cord?

  2. I’ve set C3(trash) as a button to change Picture Profiles quickly but yea, memory recall is great for setting 4K mode and 120fps mode at the ready.

  3. Good video mate,,ive learned loads stuff and tips from you,,i will give you a BIG thumps up,,thanks for sharing,,,

  4. Dude. You can tell how much effort goes into these videos. And yet all he’s only got 7.5k subs! Sure, it’s a lot. But compared to what people consider a lot… it’s nothing. Keep pushing ;D you’ll get the subs you deserve soon

  5. Oh wow! Didn’t know about touch screen functionality in Manual mode. And I have my a6500 for over the year! Love all other tricks! Great tips!!! Dunna THANKS! Great videos

  6. Thanks for all the great tips in one place. Yeah, I am a big fan of using the various memory slots. One hack I have heard of (but haven't started using) are these little rubber "dots" with adhesive on the bottom. You stick them on to whichever buttons you like so it is a little easier to feel and press the buttons. I will have to track them down myself because I really want one for the video record button. Thanks again.

  7. I've been watching quite a few of your videos over the past few days, and you're honestly one of my favorite camera/photography/editing channels. You're so positive and informative, I love it!

  8. Dude if you stick with a6500 your subscriber will grow, bcs all youtuber go with a7iii and so boring, but you stick with a6500 and make a good video

  9. People always forget to mention with clear zoom you have to disable raw and only have jpeg as the picture format or clear zoom will be greyed out.

  10. One thing I've noticed with silent shooting is that the flash (both internal and external) doesn't work, Is there a work around for that? Thanks.

  11. Hey man!
    You're really cool, and I really mean it. You sorta remind me of me, if I were to become a vlogger hehe 🙂 I just ordered the A6500 and love the way you explain things. Thanks <3

  12. Hi ! Congrats on the videos. I loved the color you use … What color setting of the camera do you use? And in the edition which color do you use? Greetings from Brazil 🙂

  13. Gotta say, this was good. Thanks for all the tips and tricks. I love my a6500 but definitely feel like I don't use it to it's potential. I mainly shoot action photography and often have a difficult time with autofocus but I do like the camera (and lenses) and am happy to learn more about hot to use it properly. Thanks again.

  14. Awesome tut man! Really really appreciate this. Any chance you could share how you made the pro text effects? Really nice style.

  15. why is zooming in at 3:24 when u press the record button and in photo mode (M) is a little bit wider? and how can I make it be the same (wide)on video mode

  16. Any hack on how to get sharper video. I just got mine a few weeks ago and I notice that my videos aren't as sharp as I expected.

  17. Hi from Switzerland Dunna ! Quick question regarding the A6500 for slow motions results in 4K. From your experiences with this camera and for the best results. Should it be better to :
    1) Shoot in 1080p (120fps), speed down in Premier pro and upscal in 4K ?
    2) Or shoot in 4K (30fps), speed down in Premier pro and keep the format source 4K for quality ?
    Thanks again for your videos and to keep continue to built this amazing Sony community !
    Alex

  18. Hi, what kind of external battery are you using? I clicked on the battery link in the description and it led me to a dummy battery. I'm interested in the external usb battery pack you showed in the video with the green light on it. Great video by the way!

  19. Ok, I got one for you. can you power the camera without a battery in the compartment using the usb external battery as a way to keep the camera cooler? Still waiting the the 6700 and hoping it puts an end to all this.

  20. Hey man awesome video what device do you use to edit your video? i am going to buy a6300 this week and need a good laptop can you please suggest me good laptop for video editing budget is 1300USD.

  21. Hey duna un tips en mirrorles si tiras en 1.4 y activas el manual shuter tienes más luminosidad y el desenfoque es más cremoso que usando el elecronic shuter

  22. For YouTube videos and documentaries and interviews and B-ROLL should I get the GH5s or should I get the a6500 with the Atomos Ninja 5 (it'll be same price for both as just the GH5s).

  23. Hi Dunna! I don't know if this popped up but with silent shooting you can't use continuous hi speed shooting. That's one downside of that trick….just sayin' 🙂 Keep it up!

  24. Great tip about tapping the screen for a magnified view. That’s the only one I didn’t know about. Thanks for sharing! 😉

  25. thanks for the tip with custom AF-S button! switching from nikon and its a real pain to lose the ability to fully control the lens yet be able to focus with shutter release button!

  26. Hey can u help me I have also the sony6500 but I can only record 100fsec instead of 120fsec my memory card is strong enough is there any setting that I missed ? Pls help me. Thank you in advance

  27. Hi Dunna! Great video, especially the PP hack with the silent shooting option ! I have a question about the S&Q : did you manage to save the S&Q in a Custom Menu 1 or 2 ? It seems that it saves all my setting except the S&Q > when I hit RECORD on my selected menu 1 or 2, it starts a regular video recording instead of S&Q 🙁

  28. Hey Dunna, I caught your comment on Livestreaming. I don't believe you have a video dedicated to your live streaming setup (or maybe you do), but I was curious what that is? Looking to live stream as well. Thanks in advance!

  29. Great tips Dunna! Oh! And maybe in a TimeLapse, you want to record normal-speed audio (like room tone or ambient) to paste It in post, it'll give you some reallystic (that's the Word?) Impression on your footage!

  30. Thanks for this great informations! I'm planning to purchase this camera over a6400 because of IBIS because it removes micro jitters while on a gimbal right? And my only concern is the screen dimming issue and it's not fixed yet.. May I know any tip for fixing it or atleast improving it?
    Thank you

  31. Does turning silent shooting on use the electronic shutter? I heard using the electronic shutter can effect image quality.

  32. Great video, thanks man. I wanted to ask you. I own my own production company and wanting to upgrade from my current cameras to 4k but within a budget. Do you think the A6500 will be able to handle what I want it to do. Mostly corporate work, events and so forth? Also are there add on's that can you know of that will make the ergonomic of it better? Thanks again for the video!

  33. for my job shooting groups of people and more than one person in the nightclubs. what would be the best focus area for me? @dunna. just got my lenses today so its a bit of a learning curve

  34. For the AF / MF button hold trick,

    I assign custom button to AF-on / back button focus, then disable AF function in shutter button.
    So, only one button press whenever i want to AF, after release, it stays MF.

  35. I have a sony a6500 with an e mount and a sigma lens. I have a problem and it is that the light always makes it automatic so I configure all manual, is it through the lens that this happens?

  36. Semi-hack/tip. Open the battery door and pull the lcd away from the camera body to buy yourself even more time before the overheat warning pops on. 🏆👍🏼

  37. i've been here since day 1, and I'm surprised how you got 47k subscribers just in the last year. WOW

  38. Hello, Good evening! All right? I bought my A6500 in the USA and it did not come with the menu option in Portuguese. I thought I installed the 1.05 firmware on my sony brazil site. Do you think it would work? hug

  39. When switching between vid & photo does the picture profile settings apply to to the 6400 as well? Not sure if they updated it with a fix to the problem you mentioned

  40. Completely excellent. I had missed Eye focus in the centre dial.
    Also the double tap on the screen for enlarging that area in manual. And dumb enough I just could not work S and Q.
    Thumbs up and subscribe .

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