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

4.3771 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

A6000 and Nissin i40

Got my Nissin i40 yesterday and it looks good on the camera. (See my Flickr) But, I’m not sure if the auto or TTL mode is fully compatible with the camera. Don’t really understand how the flash should work with the camera due to this is my fist flash purchase. But if I have the camera in P mode and the flash in either Auto or TTL mode then function wheel/dial (on camera) will not work for me to force the balance between S and A, camera will keep it decide for me. The camera will neither tell me what ISO it will use when half press shutter button. Often is use ISO 400. Is this correct or maybe the compatibility are not as good as with a Sony flash??? The wireless function will not work either.

22 days ago

ANSWERS

As far as I know this flash isn't available for SONY yet. Not sure which version you got there. Continue Reading

drjs answered
17 days ago

Seemed like a few are trickling out to folks as I saw an RX100 of some sort hosting one just yesterday (or the day prior) -- see the Nisssin i40 thread. Continue Reading

sean lancaster answered
17 days ago

It is available for the Sony Multi interface shoe (I have one on the way in the UK) but that obviously doesn't mean this particular one is that shoe. Continue Reading

narenek answered
17 days 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

David Wyman answered
5 months ago

why would you expect this "nex" style camera to get something that no other "nex" style camera ever got? - - perhaps some third party company might come out with something, but form Sony - - I don't think so Continue Reading

edwardaneal answered
5 months ago

QUESTION

Does sel1670z has noticeable IQ advantage over original sel18200 silver?

I've recently upgraded from nex5n to a6000 and using sel18200 as my walk-around lens. After some discussions on this forum and some reviews I became interested in a new sel1670z as a lighter and probably better IQ alternative to a walk-around lens, when I do not need a long reach.  I do not that much interested in video, but would like a lens that will be on my camera 95% of the time (with possible exceptions of low light situations, then I will be using sel35f18). So will I see noticeable IQ improvement over my current lens?

LYarm asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

This is a tough question. The SEL18200 is a great lens. I have the silver version and just recently purchased the 1670z. I can tell you without hesitation that I have not used the 18200 since. Of course there are times when that extra reach might have come in handy, but when I go out now I just carry the 1670 and I love the size and the balance. Furthermore my 18200 would usually drift out of its zoom if I was holding it down and didn't constantly engage the lock switch. That was annoying. As far as images go. I am getting better results shooting small things, flowers, bugs, bees, etc with the 1670 than I ever got with the 18200. But for more general purpose stuff, I can't tell an IQ difference. But the colors from the 1670z are certainly better OOC. I shoot everything raw and process and I no longer really have to process images from the 1670. Its kind of wild. I haven't touched the saturation slider with any of its images, occasionally I will modify the vivid slider but thats ... Continue Reading

Tommygun45 answered
1 month ago

Hi Dennis The a6000 sel18200 combo is noticeably heavier and bulkier then I used to with nex5n. I use BosStrap OP sling and I also wear a medium lens bag on my belt, where I place my lens, attached to a camera on a strap to prevent it from dangling on a hip when I hike. I do love this lens but a6000 makes the combo less convenient.  Especially since the strap attaches closer to a top of the camera and that prevents lens from looking down flat on my hip, like it used to be on the nex. The lens is very capable and I would not wont to loose the IQ alongside with the rich. Some examples from this lens Continue Reading

LYarm answered
1 month ago

No, but it's a stop faster at 70mm. The test results are here: 16-70 18-200 Continue Reading

forpetessake answered
1 month ago

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