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

4.36123 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

Best Mirrorless for student Photojournalist? A6000 VS GX7

Hi, I'm a student journalist who also has quite an interest in photography and television/video news (those are my two specialisms on my degree). Basically I love my D5100 but am starting to find numerous shortcomings that are bugging me. I'm semi-settled on two alternatives I liked which I am going to try soon in a shop are the GX7(more cheap lenses, better video, image stabilization and looks sexy) and the Sony a6000(good AF, apsc sensor and great image quality), but I'm not 100% sure which is for me or if I have missed another option altogether? My budget is £500 to start with(if I trade in/sell the d5100 and kit for roughly £200-300) I love the 50mm prime and don't want to lose/want an equivalent when I switch to mirrorless. Ideally I'd like to pull this switch and still have both a prime and a zoom combo(zoom is handy when you don't know where you're going to be, prime for low light telephoto). So to keep it simple: What I like about the D5100: (1) Cheap, quality and widely ...

Philwsk asked
4 days ago

ANSWERS

I speak as a long time journalist and photographer. Check my sites (see the link below). I don’t do video but I have an idea the Panny G6 has superior video to the GX7; on the other hand, the GX7 has a little more dynamic range with a later sensor. I bought the G6 at the beginning of this year in preference to the GX7 because I wanted the fully articulated screen and the superior video just in case; it's slightly lower DR was not a problem. But right now, I am looking at buying a GX7 as back-up. Cheers, geoff Continue Reading

Hen3ry answered
3 days ago

Though both would be ok choice but neither would be the "best" choice. I don't own a A6000 but I do own a GX7.....there are things favouring both but to me the a6000 just seems a better all round camera..... The GX7 is a higher spec camera than the a6000 but to me, many of the features are good but limited......IE it has IBIS but not the best IBIS, it has focus peaking  but not as good as the Sony ETC. GX7 video is nice but no mic or headphones input and no way of getting one.....the a6000 has no headphones and not the usual mic jack but can take a mic via the hotshoe. The Gx7 video is limited to max ISO of 3200 ISO and IBIS does not work for video. GX7 touch screen and tilting EVF is nice. Silent mode is useful too but as an early implementation has limits too (horrid banding under certain types of lighting, bad rolling shutter (for stills), many things are turned off using it.....IE flash. A6000 has its AF system as its party trick. Both cameras are rated highly for video on many ... Continue Reading

neil holmes answered
3 days ago

That eliminates the A6000.  The shutter is very loud and most likely louder than your Nikon. The GX7 has a silent shutter option.   Combined with the AF/shutter touchscreen option, all you have to do is touch the LCD where you want the focus to be and the camera takes a picture completely silently.  Add the fact that every lens is stabilized for images and it is a near perfect option for what you want to do. Remember too the lenses are much smaller for the GX7 making it more portable.  If you are towards the back of a room the only option in the A6000 is a very large and obnoxiously white 70-200 F/4 lens.  With the GX7 you can use a small 75mm F/1.8 or 35-100mm F/2.8 zoom. Continue Reading

Lab D answered
3 days ago

QUESTION

Why LX100 more expensive than APSC A6000 Kit?

Why LX100 more expensive than APSC A6000 Kit? Im considering either one. Any input appreciated. Ed

ealvarez asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

Probably partly because the LX100 is ~f/2.5 - f/4.1 in A6000 (APS-C) equivalent terms. Or to put that another way (namely 35mm equivalent terms): LX100 = 24-70mm f/3.7 - f/6.2 A6000 + 16-50 = 24-75mm f/5.25 - f/8.4 I do feel however that the LX100 is too expensive. Continue Reading

cainn24 answered
2 months ago

You don't understand how the noisiness of photos depends primarily on how much light the lens lets in, no matter what camera body you use. You just can't ignore a huge difference in the light gathering abilities of the lenses. Theory = reality in photography. The Sony 16-50mm will take a photograph at ISO 3200 while an LX100 is taking the exact same shot at ISO 800. Pure and simple reality that determines your end results. So just decide if you like ISO 3200 on the Sony compared to the LX100 at ISO 800. That is the actual bottom line. Continue Reading

teddoman answered
1 month ago

there is only one reason: "because they can" If they couldn't they wouldn't. Continue Reading

Davidgilmour answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

Is there a planned vertical grip for the A6000?

With that 11 fps and fast AF system looks like the upcoming 70-200/4 will be a good match for it. Would be nice to have a vertical grip for better balance. Cheers, José

José B asked
9 months ago

ANSWERS

People say that about big lenses too, but I just don't think so. For one, while size is a big advantage of mirrorless cameras over DSLRs, it's not the only reason someone might by a particular model of camera. I've got a Nex-6, but size wasn't my primary concern. I bought into the system when I got a 5R very cheap -- at that point, cost/performance was my big concern. Once I was already into the system, I traded up to a 6 because I wanted a standard hotshoe and EVF (plus the ability to use HSS), and I already had lenses and spare batteries. I've also discovered how much I love using legacy MF lenses with the Nex -- something that can't be done as easily on a DSLR. That's clearly a strong motivating factor for a lot of people who've purchased Sony mirrorless cameras. And even if you love the small size -- it's great to have the option to build up the camera to a large size when needed (like with a big flash, a grip, or a giant lens) and still be able to break it back down to ... Continue Reading

Wordsmith9091 answered
9 months ago

That would seem to defeat the purpose of a small, lightweight camera. Continue Reading

David Wyman answered
9 months ago

Yes I have it, no cord needed but the second Trigger works only with the Camera Remote ON Setting but then it will not go into Sleep Mode... My IR Control is dead don't know there grip has an IR receiver on it... Continue Reading

headroom answered
4 months ago

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