Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera

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Key Features

  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to 51200)
  • Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points
  • Up to 11 FPS continious shooting
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 921,000 dots
  • OLED electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage and 1.4 million dots
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo memory
  • Compatible with Sony E Mount lenses

Product Description

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 (first introduced on this model). 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.

Specs

Body type
Body 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
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×
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 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous (3-5 shot))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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) 420
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

First Impressions

The major changes here are related to the sensor. The new 24 megapixel 'Exmor APS HD' CMOS sensor has on-chip phase detection like its predecessor, but covers a much larger area of the frame. Sony promises better AF tracking, especially when shooting continuously. The a6000 uses Sony's latest image processor - Bionz X - which touts improved detail and smarter noise reduction as improvements.

While the specs of the a6000's movie mode aren't a whole lot different from the NEX-6, users now have access to a zebra pattern, and can output 'clean' video over HDMI. The menus have switched to the new 'Alpha' style found on the a7 and a7R (for better or for worse), and the camera can now be controlled via a Mac or PC over a USB connection. The Wi-Fi feature is about the same as on the NEX-6, with even more apps available for download.

Read the entire First Impressions Review on dpreview.com.

Reviews

User Reviews

4.36481 out of 5 stars
  • Otto Van De Steene, Apr 17, 2014 GMT:
    personal first impressions.

    I just have a non beta version arrived. However I am generally highly impresses with the size compactness and image quality of this camera I would like to comment on a few little things. 1) I hate the app system for WIFI remote control. why not just selecting wifi on in the menu and the smartphone can start to control. Why not getting rid 2) The wifi control app has only ultra basic control. No manual exposure or video control. Hope this can be fixed soon over software updates. I was hoping ...

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  • PDX Photo, Apr 20, 2014 GMT:
    What... no online manuals or documentation?

    I just bought the A6000. It's quite nice and definitely complicated compared to my Nikon D80. Out of the box, the manuals provided are quite limited so, I dutifully went to the Sony website to look at the supporting documentation to figure out how to use the WiFi and PlayMemories apps and I got this: "Support information for the ILCE-6000L is coming soon! In the meantime, for product specifications and ordering information for the ILCE-6000L, please visit the Sony Store web site ." There is a ...

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  • Andrew1986, Apr 25, 2014 GMT:
    Little Wonder

    Been playing with the a6000 and the Zeiss 16-70 for a while. Coming from a Nikon D5300 I am very impressed with it. It's actually sharper than the Nikon and that's with the OLPF included!

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  • zackiedawg, Apr 29, 2014 GMT:
    A6000 Review - Mirrorless and focus tracking, no longer mutually exclusive!

    I’ve had my A6000 now for a bit less than a week, and had the chance to test it outdoors with some action sequences, and indoors for some low light tests – I still have a lot more to try out, including my manual lenses which I haven’t tried yet, but feel like I’ve got a handle on the camera’s settings, handling, and performance. My specific comments will be from the viewpoint of both replacing my NEX-5N, and how the A6000 compares, and as a second body to my DSLR, which I also shoot with ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Any way to toggle between EVF and Screen on A6000?

Is there any way to toggle between the viewfinder and screen on the A6000? Many times when tilting the screen for out of reaching up or down low for a shot, the sensor detects movement near the viewfinder and disables the screen. I've tried selecting the screen only in the setting, but it's a chore to have to go into the settings to turn it back on. Is there any way to program a button or function to switch between the two?

McQuestion asked
15 days ago

ANSWERS

I would like that option too - to be able to turn off the EVF and leave the camera on, or be able to toggle. When the A6000 is hanging around your neck it turns on the EVF and that drains more battery than the screen. I tried the same thing as the OP - turn off the EVF to save battery life, but getting it back on is a real chore with the menus. Is there a way to ask Sony for these types of things in a firmware update? Continue Reading

PoetDoc answered
15 days ago

No. The only way is to use FINDER/MONITOR in the menu. This is also  discussed in other posts. Continue Reading

Ross Warner answered
15 days ago

Thanks. Sorry for the redundant post. I usually try to search for my own answers before asking. Seems like this is something that should be added as a customizable button or at least as a function menu option. Continue Reading

McQuestion answered
15 days ago

QUESTION

A6000: Best External Recorder?

If you want use the A6000 for video it seems almost mandatory to use an external recorder because (i) there's no mic in, (ii) there's no headphone out for audio monitoring, (iii) there's no audio levels adjustment, and (iv) the proprietary Sony mic still won't solve the audio monitoring problem or audio levels control problem. So what external recorders do you guys recommend for the A6000? I was thinking a Zoom H1 since (1) it seems to generally have good sound quality, (2) headphone jack, (3) audio level adjustment, (4) can easily apply a windshield, (5) has a mic input for lavalier or other mic, and (6) it's small and light so I think I should be able to mount it much more comfortably on the camera than other external recorders.  Plus the price seems pretty reasonable.

Banhmi asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

I was tempted by the Zoom because of its low price, but decided it was too flimsy and the audio quality (on paper) not quite up to the standard I wanted for recording classical concerts. Ended up with a Roland R-05 because - * Very sturdy metal construction * Excellent built-in microphones * Provision to plug in external microphones (I have some special ones for when I cannot get near enough to the instruments). Have to say that the Roland has been among my better purchases - no regrets at all about paying a bit extra for it. Continue Reading

mikethelaserman answered
1 month ago

You're welcome! The PCM-M10 mounts very comfortably on the A6000 and is not that much bugger than the Zoom H1. I made some pictures for you how you can rig the A6000. This way you get a better idea about the size next to the A6000. For even better quality I use the plate with Videomic Pro. But for run & gun stuff, you will be surprised by the quality audio from the recorder itself. I often use it off camera as well if the sound is to far from the mic. Or use it with a lavelier mic in someone's pocket. It's very versatile. And you're right about battery life. It runs forever. A6000 with Sony PCM-M10 mounted on top A6000 with Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro  hooked up to the PCM-M10 for even better sound A picture for size reference Continue Reading

MikeManno answered
1 month ago

I started out with a Zoom H1 as well, but later bought a PCM-M10. I little more expensive but I think it's a much better recorder. Still very small but much better build and more control and great sounding mics and of course even better if you attach a videomic to it. And of course it looks cool to keep it all Sony :-) Continue Reading

MikeManno answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

Mirrorless under 1000?

Hello everyone, I am a begginer photographer but planning to learn more and get better. I have been reading for almost two weeks review topics on cameras and things like this but i still cannot decide what camera to buy as my first. Hopefully some input from experienced people will help me. My maximum budget is around 800-900$ however that will be quite an effort for me, so im trying to get best quality for the money, wouldnt mind spending around 500$ instead. So what am i looking for? 1. My main interests are landscape & street photography with just a bit of architecture and portrait. So thinking a lens covering a 20-40mm focal will be enough for me. I do not plan to buy more lenses at least not in the near future, because of portability but also money issues. I want a mirrorless instead of a point and shoot mostly because of the bigger sensor to have better IQ but also to give me the opportunity to learn in the future, use manual settings etc. 2. Image quality is very important ...

VVolfshen asked
9 days ago

ANSWERS

There's a very good reason that higher quality cameras include some type of viewfinder. In order to capture a sharply focused image, you have to start with a camera that's stable, or motionless. Using a good tripod is one method of providing a stable base. An alternative is to find a way to brace the camera against a stationary object; the side of a building for instance. One of the least stable bases that can be used is to hold the camera in your hands then push your arms out so that you can see the image you want to shoot in a rear LCD screen. The better option than that is to hold the camera close in to your body, and tuck your arms against your sides to avoid unwanted arm movement that will result in a blurred image. To get the best possible image, the camera should be set at its base ISO setting. Then the shutter speed needs to be fast enough to minimize any movement (camera shake) that might be happening. A fast shutter speed requires a wide aperture that permits the lens to ... Continue Reading

wyldberi answered
7 days ago

at the Olympus E-pm2 two lens kit.  About $400.00 USD. Tedolph Continue Reading

tedolf answered
9 days ago

Great IQ but not with the kitlens. No you won't need a prime. But like above the kit is rubbish. So you will need the 16-70. Which is very expensive. Great little camera with pretty much all the bells and whistles. IQ not on sony/Fuji levels though. The nex has a better LCD screen and an slightly older 16mp sensor. Trading blows really. Best sony option.the sony Kit lens should be thrown away anyway. The fujifilm is one of the best in high iso tests. The kit lens is faster and sharper then the competition. This is NOT an issue. Yup there are many quirks. Stupid translations. Laggy viewfinder poor LCD screen and old school handling. It certainly ain't for everybody but it's images are very rewarding. Totally different animal. It's tiny and will be with you everywhere. The kit lens is great but limited in range. You can't shoot any action since it relies on electronic shutter to freeze motion. Which leads to rolling shutter in stills. That said nothing at similar size can rival it's ... Continue Reading

BarnET answered
9 days ago

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