Excerpt: 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 (from here on out called the A6000). Looking like a blend of three cameras -- the NEX-6, NEX-7 and Alpha 7 -- the new A6000 sits squarely in Sony's compact system camera lineup aimed at step-up users, advanced hobbyists and enthusiasts looking for DSLR quality and performance in a...
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.
Conclusion: All told the Sony A6000 is an echo of its earlier NEX-6 model, making it a sensible balance of small and light but also powerful and capable of producing great images. We love the built-in electronic viewfinder, tilt-angle LCD screen and the step forward in autofocus ability. However, some slight autofocus slip-ups, a so-so battery life and no touchscreen control hold it back from being the ultimate interchangeable.
Pros: Keenly priced, built-in electronic viewfinder, tilt-angle LCD, great build quality, impressive high-res image quality, 11fps and AF-S an achievement at this price
Cons: Some autofocus accuracy slip-ups, battery life needs to be better, no touchscreen, JPEG processing a little harsh for higher ISO sensitivities
Summary: The A6000 is Sony’s new mid-range compact system camera, a 24.3MP E mount model that replaces the NEX-7 and slots underneath the full-frame A7 series. But its spec and capabilities put it into a bracket that doesn’t feel so much mid-range as just-a-little-bit-less-than-top-of-the-range (sorry). Read on to find out why.
Pros: Incredibly fast, accurate autofocus, Tiny, lightweight and sturdy, Big, clear electronic viewfinder, Impressive still and video quality
Conclusion: The a6000 is one of the best value cameras released in recent years. In our opinion CSCs are generally overpriced, but this camera offers exceptional image quality, focusing, shooting speed and connectivity for a very modest price-tag. The camera is a little short on style, and perhaps doesn't have such a premium feel as more advanced CSC models, but it delivers where it counts, with many features rivalling even the best DSLRs on the market.
Summary: Image: Improved image detail and natural colour reproduction are visible in this image, shown cropped at 100%
Striking a strong balance between aesthetics and performance, the Sony Alpha 6000 is a desirable camera with no standout flaws. Of course, improvements can - and will - always be made, but Sony largely hit the nail on the head with the NEX-6 and NEX-7 cameras, so rather than drastically overhauling those designs for their replacement, it has simply advanced the...