Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera Review

Sony Alpha a6000 • 24 megapixels | 3″ screen | APS-C sensor | Support PlayMemories Apps.

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera Review Built around a 24 MP APS-C sensor, hybrid autofocus, and a continuous shooting speed up to 11FPS, the Sony a6000 promises the shooting style and image quality of a DSLR in a compact package. The a6000 adopts the same gapless on-chip lens structure as the a7R and features a new-generation RGB color filter
Sony says that this technology will significantly increase light collecting efficiency. The top-mounted control dial and rear-mounted control wheel allow quick settings that vary depending on the shooting mode (including exposure, ISO and WB). In addition, there is a Fn (function button) and seven customizable buttons, including two dedicated custom buttons which can be assigned any of 47 functions.

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The a6000 interface improvements and enhanced JPEG processing to a well-featured, competitively-priced mid-range camera. Its stand-out features are its comprehensive video controls and continuous autofocus performance unprecedented at this price. The flexible but optically average power zoom make this a highly capable and compact package.

Good for: Anyone looking to shoot stills and video. Photographers wanting something small but capable. Amateur sports shooters.
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless CameraBody type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2832, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 2000, 3008 x 1688
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz X

Image
ISO Auto, 100-25600 (51200 with Multi-Frame NR)
White balance presets 10
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Extra fine, fine, normal
Optics & Focus
Autofocus

Contrast Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi-area
Center
Selective single-point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
Live View
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera
Digital zoom Yes (2X)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 179
Lens mount Sony E
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 921,600
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7× (0.47× 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution 1,440,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (via Multi Interface Shoe)
Flash modes Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction, hi-speed sync, wireless control
Continuous drive 11.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous (3-5 shot))
Metering modes

Multi
Center-weighted
Spot

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Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (wired or PC)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 360
Weight (inc. batteries) 344 g (0.76 lb / 12.13 oz)
Dimensions 120 x 67 x 45 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.77″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None

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Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless CameraWi-Fi, Apps, Remote Capture

The a6000’s Wi-Fi system is the same as on other modern Sony mirrorless cameras. The camera can be remotely controlled from a smartphone, and photos can be transferred just as easily. If you have a smartphone with NFC, then you can just ‘tap’ the devices together to speed up the process – otherwise you’ll have to manually be on the same network as the a6000.

The a6000 inherits support for the PlayMemories Apps that debuted on the NEX-6. of which sixteen are available, not including the Smart Remote app that is embedded in the camera. Some apps that were announced alongside the a6000 include Star Trail, Liveview Grading, and Smooth Reflection, which range in price from $5 to $10 (some other apps are free).

Pros

24 megapixel APS-C sensor is one of the best in its class
Small body with generally well placed controls
Very fast continuous shooting
Class-leading continuous autofocus
Excellent level of control over video (including manual exposure)
High quality, responsive viewfinder
Electronic first-curtain option
Good JPEGs with well-judged sharpening
Extensive feature set, including sweep panorama and auto-object framing
Wi-Fi with plenty of options
USB charging offers convenience

Conclusion.

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The a6000 is one of Sony’s first E-mount cameras to eschew the NEX branding that first introduced the company’s range of #mirrorless cameras around four years ago. And, while it may look very similar to the NEX-6 that preceded it, the cumulative effect of the changes means it’s a very different camera. In part that’s because of the rate of technological progress at Sony, but it’s also because Sony has finally decided to pair a fully photographer-focused user interface with its impressive image makers.

a6000 produces some very impressive image quality - at base ISO it matches the Nikon D5300 for resolution

a6000 produces some very impressive image quality – at base ISO it matches the Nikon D5300 for resolution

So, while the a6000 may see its viewfinder downgraded compared to the NEX-6, just about everything else is a step forward. And this isn’t just a step forward for Sony: we’ve not before seen a camera at this price able shoot so fast and track focus so well, nor one that offers such complete control over its movie shooting. And, for that matter, it’s not just a step forward for mirrorless cameras: we’d struggle to think of another camera in this price bracket that offers so much in the way of stills and video capability in such a coherent package.

It’s not perfect, of course: I personally find the Olympus E-M10 more fun to shoot with, thanks to the layout of its control dials that can be operated with different digits, and the a6000’s kit lens can’t hold a candle to the Fujifilm X-E2’s excellent XF 18-55mm F2.8-4R LM OIS. Fujifilm’s X-T1 offers further ergonomic and build-quality advantages. But in terms of image quality per size and per dollar, the a6000 is hard to beat. While some people will never step away from a DSLR, the a6000 makes a very strong case for being able to do everything a Nikon D5300 or EOS 700D/Rebel T5i can do, even in terms of autofocus.