When taking photos, different situations call for different settings of the camera. Of course, you can slap your camera on the automatic setting and fire away, but doing so won’t allow you to capture each scene to the best of your ability.
One of the most useful and underrated settings on the Sony a6500 camera while traveling is the silent shutter mode of the Sony a6500. This is especially useful if you’re shooting in a quiet environment, shooting wildlife, doing some street photography, or just don’t want to bring attention to yourself in general.
Most cameras also have a silent shutter setting, but I’m going to cover the Sony a6500 exclusively because that is the baby I use right now.
In this post today, I’m going to go over how to set up silent shutter on the Sony a6500, the restrictions, and limitations when using silent shutter, situations when you might use it, and when not to use it.
How to Set Up Silent Shutter Mode on Your Sony a6500
Setting up silent shutter on your a6500 is very simple to do.
The only part that might be a little confusing is navigating the camera’s menu system.
If you’ve been using Sony cameras for any length of time, you know how clunky it can get.
There is a simple switch to turn on the silent shooting mode and you’ll find it under the purple tab with the camera icon and the number 2.
It’s located in subpage 4/9 under the Silent Shooting option.
To make it easier, here are some pictures.
1.) Make sure your camera is set one of the M/S/A/P settings. Silent shutter only works when you’re in one of these settings.
2.) Hit the menu button on the camera.
3.) Navigate to the Camera 2 tab. It looks like a camera icon with the number 2 to the right of it and the background is purple. Looking at this picture might be easier.
4.) Navigate to menu 4 within this tab. Your menu title should read”Shutter/SteadyShot – 4/9″.
5.) Change Silent Shooting to “on”.
6.) That’s it! Your camera is now as silent as a cat walking in the night.