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.
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera
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- 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
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|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)|
|ISO||Auto, 100-25600 (51200 with Multi-Frame NR)|
|White balance presets||10|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Extra fine, fine, normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2X)|
|Number of focus points||179|
|Lens mount||Sony E|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||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))|
|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)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|Storage types||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n with NFC|
|Remote control||Yes (wired or PC)|
|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″)|
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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!
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 ...
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
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
That would seem to defeat the purpose of a small, lightweight camera. Continue Reading
Buying a6000 eye proximity sensor question
I see there have been issues with the eye detection sensor beside the a6000's EVF, which cannot be switched off. One reviewer found he couldn't take a picture with the camera beside a wall, because the sensor turned the LCD off, for example. I like photographing wild flowers, which often means holding a camera near the ground, in 'portrait' mode. Can this be done without the a6000's sensor cutting the LCD off? I realise that you can choose to switch the EVF off, so wonder whether this turns the sensor off too, as it surely should. Or has there been a firmware update allowing just the sensor to be turned off?
There is some confusion here. The sole effect of the sensor is to switch between lcd and vf. You can choose manually to use lcd or vf. If you do so, the chosen devices stay on regardless of the sensor, and it is not possible to detect if the sensor is active or inactive because there is no manifestation. Furthermore there is no condition in which you "could not take a picture" because of action by the sensor unless you don't know that you can switch to lcd manually. Maybe I'm missing something, but I can't see what it would be. Continue Reading
Many thanks for this. You seem to have answered my question. I take it from your answer that when the EVF is switched off the sensor is dormant, so it could not accidentally turn the LCD off because of proximity of the ground, a hand, or some other object. Continue Reading
Why LX100 more expensive than APSC A6000 Kit?
Why LX100 more expensive than APSC A6000 Kit? Im considering either one. Any input appreciated. Ed
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
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
Yes, I did. Really. But that sensor advantage simply does not make up for how slow the kit lens is. The fact remains that the LX100 can collect a greater total amount of light in low light situations than the A6000 with its kit lens can because even though it has a smaller sensor, it can put a greater total amount of light on that smaller sensor for a given shutter speed because it can use a physically larger aperture. Those are the facts. This is where you've gone wrong. Low-light performance is not measured by shooting two cameras at the same fnumber and ISO. It is measured by shooting two cameras wide open at the same shutter speed because that's the scenario that relates to real-world performance. And if you do that the LX100 will win. The only exception is if you want the exact same DOF on both cameras. In that scenario they will be about equal. The LX100 can and will produce images with less noise for a given shutter speed in low light conditions. Whether that, by itself, ... Continue Reading