Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera Review and Example Images
Digital Photography School
2 December 2014
Excerpt: If the Sony A7R is a champion heavyweight in its prime, the Sony A6000 is the scrappy younger brother with a leaner frame, faster feet and a few tricks up its sleeve that big brother hasn’t bothered to learn.
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...
Conclusion: The Sony Alpha 6000 arrived on the scene as the hotly anticipated successor to the NEX-6 (and possibly the higher-end NEX-7, as well), and it boasts a raft of upgrades and refinements. Chief among them are a new 24-megapixel sensor and a much improved hybrid CDAF/PDAF autofocus system.
Pros: Amazing amount of quality for the price, Crisp JPEG images with few sharpening artifacts at low ISOs, Excellent high ISO performance (from RAW) for a 24MP APS-C sensor, Very good dynamic range, Very high resolution, Increased ISO range, Blazing fast Hybrid AF, 179 phase-detect points covering ~84...
Cons: Sluggish startup, Soft corners from the kit lens at wide angle, Kit lens produces strong barrel distortion and C.A. at wide angle in uncorrected images, Larger than average minimum macro area, Default chroma noise reduction is a little heavy-handed, Revised area-specific noise reduction can make ...
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.
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-cu...
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, L...
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.
Summary: Sony a6000 is the fantastic and wonderful in its features and qualities. It is The quality and processor have been pulled up; the most important function on the a6000 is its modified Multiple AF program.
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...
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.