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Required Downloads

Unless stated otherwise, the file listed below must be installed BEFORE the ILCE-6500 Camera Firmware Update (Mac) in order for it to work properly. If more than one Required file is listed, install them in the order presented on this page.

Applicable Models

IMPORTANT: This file is only for use with the models identified. Not all models are sold in all countries.

This information is for the following models:

  • ILCE-6500

About this download

Benefits and improvements

This update (version 1.05) provides the following benefits:

  • Adds support for the SEL18135 lens
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

Benefits provided by previous updates and included in version 1.05.

System Requirements

Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X®

File Info

File Name

  • Update_ILCE6500V105.dmg for LA

File Version

  • 1.05

File Size

  • 272.24 MB

Release Date

  • 01-31-2018

Before You Start

Determine if you need this update

This update only applies to ILCE-6500 cameras that currently have a firmware version 1.04 or lower. If your camera firmware version is already version 1.05, this update is not necessary.

Check the version of your camera firmware:

  1. Turn on the camera.
  2. Press the Menu button.
  3. At the Menu screen, use the control wheel to select Setup, and then select Version.
    Menu Version Screen
  4. The firmware version is displayed on the camera screen.
    Firmware Version Screen
  5. If the current firmware version is 1.05, the camera doesn't need this update.

Before You Start

  • WARNING! This firmware update and any changes incurred by it are permanent. It's not possible to return to a previous firmware version after updating this firmware. By continuing this update process, downloading and updating this firmware, you acknowledge that you are aware and understand that this update can't be reversed.
  • IMPORTANT: Don't allow the computer to enter Sleep (Standby) mode during the update process. To change these settings, refer to your computer manual or consult the manufacturer.
  • This update process requires the following items for proper updating:
    • A computer with:
      • Available Hard Disk Space: 600 MB or more
      • Installed Memory (RAM): 512 MB or more
      • Apple® Mac OS X® versions 10.10 - 10.13
        IMPORTANT: For computers running Mac OS X version 10.13, the DriverLoader_1013 software must be installed before installing the camera software update for each camera that's being updated.
    • Camera power supply:
      • This update can only be performed when the remaining battery level has three bars Battery Indicater or more. Make sure your battery pack is fully charged, or use the AC adapter/charger (sold separately).
      • WARNING! The camera may not operate properly if the power is interrupted during the update.

    • USB cable:
      • Use only the USB cable supplied with the camera.
        IMPORTANT: The Update process is not guaranteed to work with any other USB cable.
  • Remove the memory card from the camera
  • Make sure all other devices are disconnected from the camera
  • Save all work and close all other programs.

Download & Install


Download and Update the Firmware

  1. Download the Update_ILCE6500V105.dmg file to a temporary or download directory (please note this directory for reference).
  2. Go to the directory where the file was downloaded and double-click the Update_ILCE6500V105.dmg file. The Update_ILCE6500V105 file is expanded.
    Note: Do not connect the camera to the computer yet.
  3. On the desktop, double-click the SystemSoftwareUpdater icon.
    System Software Updater icon
  4. At the prompt, enter the Username and Password for the administrative account, and then click OK.
    System Software Updater Password
  5. The System Software Updater starts.
    Connect the Camera and Computer Screen
  6. Turn on the camera.
  7. Verify that Mass Storage is selected in the USB Connection setting of the camera:
    1. On the camera, press the Menu button.
    2. At the Menu screen, use the control wheel to select Setup, then select USB Connection, and then make sure that Mass Storage is selected.
      Mass Storage USB Setting
  8. Make sure the memory card is removed from the camera.
  9. Connect the camera to your computer using the supplied USB cable. USB Mode will appear on the camera screen.
    Notes:
    • If the message Could not find the camera for this update appears on the computer display, disconnect and reconnect the USB cable, or try another USB port on the computer.
    • Sometimes when the camera is connected to the computer with the USB cable, a message appears to restart the computer. If this occurs, briefly remove the battery and disconnect the AC adaptor (if connected), restart the computer, and then start the firmware update procedure again.
  10. At the Firmware Updater screen, click Next.
    Connect the Camera and Computer Screen
  11. Check the current version displayed.
    Current Version Screen
    Note: If the current version is Ver.1.05, your camera doesn't need this update. Stop the USB connection, and click Finish. Then disconnect the USB cable and power off the camera. Briefly remove the battery and disconnect the AC adaptor (if connected), and then power on the camera again.
  12. If the current version is Ver.1.04 or lower, click Next.
  13. The camera will now automatically reset.
    Reset Camera Screen
  14. After the camera is reset, the update starts. The progress bar appears while updating (approximately 15 minutes).
    Updating Screen
  15. WARNING! Do not power off the camera or disconnect the USB cable until the update process is complete.

    Note: Depending on the OS version you're using, a loading icon may appear.

  16. When the update process completes, the camera automatically restarts (which may take a few minutes).
    Note: Wait for the camera to power on and return to the previous screen.
  17. When the camera finishes restarting, and the screen reappears, click Finish.
    Update Finish Screen
    Note: The message Recovering data Please wait... may rarely display on the camera, this is normal. Wait for this message to go away before disconnecting the USB cable.
    Recovering data Please wait... message
  18. When the update is finished, disconnect the USB cable.

Confirm Successful Update (optional)

  1. Turn on the camera.
  2. Press the Menu button.
  3. At the Menu screen, use the control wheel to select Setup, and then select Version.
    Menu Version Screen
  4. The firmware version is displayed on the camera screen.
    Firmware Version Screen
  5. If the current firmware version is 1.05, the firmware update was successful.
    Note: If the firmware version number is not 1.05, please download and install the firmware update again.

Questions & Answers


Troubleshooting Information

Troubleshooting for the Update