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Sony a6500 Video Recording Limits

Sony a6500

Format/Codec Limit
XAVC S - Normal Frame Rates 29 minutes1
AVCHD - Normal Frame Rates 29 minutes1
MP4 (28M) - Normal Frame Rates 20 minutes2
High Frame Rates (S&Q Mode) 29 minutes of playback3

1 Duration is approximate and is a product specification limit.

2 Duration is approximate and is limited by a file size of 4 GB.

3 Duration is for final playback time only, not for recording time. For example, recording will automatically stop when the recorded file reaches approximately 15 minutes if the S&Q Record Setting is set set to 60p/50p and S&Q Frame Rate is set to 30fps/25fps.


  • If the file size exceeds 2 GB while recording in AVCHD mode, recording will continue and a new file will be created automatically.
  • If the file size exceeds 4 GB while recording in MP4 mode, recording will stop automatically.
  • An increase of the camera’s internal temperature may cause recording to stop before the maximum recording time is reached.
  • The Sony a6500 records video in a variable bitrate, which automatically adjusts image quality depending on the shooting scene. Therefore, recording times will vary depending on the content you are shooting and the shooting conditions.
  • Source: Sony a6500 (ILCE-6500) Online Help Guide - Precautions/This Product - Recordable movie times