Sony Alpha a6000 review: Excellent performance for the price
28 July 2014
Summary: Sony Alpha 6000 has been impressive on all fronts and at the price of Rs 51,990 it is quite competitively priced. The only mirrorless camera which offers a slightly better performance in terms of handling, image quality and performance is the Panasonic Lumix GX7 . But the Sony a6000 is Rs 4,000 cheaper, so it evens things out. The BIONZ X image processor ensures that you get usable images upto ISO 6400.
Excerpt: Recent years have seen some very cool Sony cameras: the first full-frame compact camera, the RX1, as well as the first full-frame interchangeable-lens compacts, the a7 and a7R. In the midst of all that full-frame hoopla, the APS-C-format NEX-6 debuted to relatively minor fanfare, although its fans had much good to say about the shooting experience.
Excerpt: --- In our most recent Best Mirrorless Camera for Under $1,000 article, we chose the Sony A6000 as one of our top picks. At the time it was on an incredible sale, but even at list it's a fantastic choice. Read the article now to see how it compares in the 'under $1,000' bracket. --- The well-received Sony NEX-6 not only gets refreshed with the NEX "de-branding" we expected, but also upgraded with some very significant performance enhancements in the new Sony Alpha 6000...
Summary: The a6000 brings Sony's latest 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.
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 offer...
Cons: Flash exposures often misjudged, No In-camera Raw conversion option, Noise reduction can be a bit heavy-handed, No touchscreen, No electronic level gauge, Battery life feels low (though provided charge percentage info helps judge remaining life), Specifying an autofocus point can be cumbersome, Lens range not as well developed as rival systems, Movie record button can lead to shaken footage at start and end of clips, Lack of included external charger makes keeping a s...
Review: Sony Alpha 6000 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera almost has it all
28 May 2014
Summary: Despite small annoyances, the Sony Alpha 6000 is a great overall camera for more advanced photographers who want something smaller than a dSLR, especially if they need the continuous- shooting speed.
Pros: The Sony Alpha 6000 has seriously fast continuous shooting for the money, and its design improves upon its predecessor's already excellent one. Plus it's got an extensive feature set.
Cons: The movie record button remains annoying, and while it delivers excellent photo quality, it's not best-in-class in low light. It's also slow on startup.
Conclusion: This shouldn’t come as a surprise: We gave the NEX-6 an Editor’s Choice, and with higher resolution, faster burst mode, and improved AF and menu system the A6000 gets one too. A touchscreen LCD really would’ve made the package even better, as would relocating the video record button, but we can’t have everything. If it were our money, however, we suggest you purchase just the body, and then buy higher-end primes and zooms that suit your photographic vision.
Pros: Very good stills and movies, 11 fps burst mode, Super-responsive AF system, Quality EVF and LCD
Cons: Kit lens is too limiting, No touchscreen display, Red-dot movie button hard to engage
Conclusion: The Sony Alpha 6000 focuses instantly and shoots at 11.1fps. Its image quality matches its speed, making it our Editors' Choice.
Pros: Incredibly fast autofocus. 11.1fps burst shooting with tracking focus. Amazing high ISO image quality. Sharp OLED EVF. Tilting rear display. In-body flash and multi-function hot shoe. Wi-Fi with NFC. Downloadable camera apps. 1080p60 video capture.
Cons: Overly sensitive eye sensor. Slow start up. EVF lags in very dim light. Lacks analog mic input. Some apps must be purchased.
Summary: This degree of performance not only puts the A6000 ahead of most mirrorless cameras at any price point, but also beyond what you can expect from a DSLR in the same category. Nikon and Canon may also offer effective continuous AF, but you'll need to compose with their viewfinders alone, concentrate the action in the middle of the frame, and put up with bursts at about half the speed.
Pros: Very high resolution 24 Megapixel sensor., Most effective continuous AF in its class., Fast continuous shooting at 11fps., Fast single AF., Good viewfinder and tilting screen., 1080p video with full manual control., Built-in Wifi with NFC and downloadable apps., Broad degree of customisation.
Cons: Laborious process to set single AF area position., No touchscreen. Screen only tilts, not fully articulated., No GPS tagging built-into Wifi app., Apps sometimes feel like reinstating features., No 3.5mm microphone jack., No leveling gauge., No miniature effect for movies., No silent shutter option.