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: 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: 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.
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