Sony Alpha 6500 Video Recording Limits

Sony Alpha 6500 (α6500, a6500, ILCE-6500)

The Sony Alpha 6500 has a maximum video recording time of 29 minutes, but only for some formats. That limit is also dependent upon multiple factors like camera settings, media storage size, camera power, and internal camera temperature. See details and notes below for more information.


Maximum continuous video recording times for the Sony Alpha 6500
Format Limit

1Duration is approximate and is a product specification limit.

2Limited by file size of 4GB (approximately 20 minutes).

3Duration 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.

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


  • 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.
  • Video is recorded 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.
  • Alternate Model Names: α6500, a6500, ILCE-6500


  1. Sony Alpha 6500 (ILCE-6500) Online Help Guide (Precautions/This product > Recordable movie times)