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.

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

  • 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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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Why a 12MP FF, and not APS-C ?

I'm a casual photographer, using his camera mostly for : (1) landscape/archi when traveling -> high dynamic range welcome (2) fast moving kids (high shutter speed often in interior) -> not too much noise with high ISO welcome, and good AF as well (3) casual street or people when traveling -> ok if above requirements are met Nothing like art or professional usage, like many of us. I used to carry heavier gear but now I prefer to travel light and that's why I came do mirrorless (and NEX in paticular) and that's why I prefer APS-C or less, because I don't want big FF lenses. Moreover, I never print larger than A4 so I don't need even 16MP. 12MP would be more than enough, I guess, even if I have to crop reasonably (A4 in 300dpi is ...

tokumeino asked
7 days ago

ANSWERS

I think the A7s is all about clean high quality video. For this nothing beats a large sensor. There might not be any significant adventages in high ISO performance for a a 12 Mp sensor compared to 24 Mp and 36 Mp sensor, since what really matters is sensor size, not pixel count. We just have to wait for samples to find out if the difference matters for pictures scaled to the same size. The 12 Mp sensor might have more well depth than a denser sensor (= more bit depth), but then your needs should be pretty specialized to benefit from this. You also need skills to squeeze the last bits of DR from any sensor. I would not expect the 12 Mp sensor to be dramatically less noisy than 24 Mp and 36 Mp for the ISO range normally used, say ISO 100-6400 or 12800 than other late generation FF sensors for still captures. Continue Reading

Nordstjernen answered
7 days ago

I like the idea, a lot, but not sure that marketing would agree. If you consider down-sampling from 24Mp to 12Mp like a 'one ISO stop' gain, then, ranking by f-stop delta over the A6000: (1) +0 -- A6000@24Mp (2) +1 -- A6000@12Mp (3) +2 -- A6000s/12Mp (4) +1 -- A7@24Mp (5) +2 -- A7@12Mp (6) +3 -- A7s/12Mp In other words, the A6000s could gain you a stop if in a pinch, but it would be comparable to the A7, if downsampled. A still photographer looking for upside, at lower resolution, would most likely opt for the A7s, assuming pricing turns out to be reasonable. So, if the A6000s could be had for under $1,000 (body only), would it get a large following? And, if over $1,000, how would it compete against e.g. (all hypothetical): (1) $y,yyy -- 12Mp A7s (2) $1,700 -- 24Mp FF A7 (3) $1,300 -- 24Mp APS-C A6 (A7-like body) (4) $x,xxx -- 12Mp ... Continue Reading

blue_skies answered
7 days ago

I agree with you in some points. The A7s has it's right to exist aside the A7r because of the high FPS AND full-sensor-video-readout!! Since Sony uses the no-gap microlens design, there should be NO ISO DIFFERENCE between 12 MP and 36 MP... The problem with 36 MP is, that you can't read all of them 60 times a seconds for several minutes... Because of that, the A7r skips some pixels. The RX10 has full-sensor-readout of it's 1 inch sensor and many people said, it has higher quality video than the A7r. There is the DOF difference, yes, but the effective sensor size (of activated pixels) used to gather light for video seemed to be higher on the RX10. I think the there exists a technological boundary in this case. 20 MP is the maximum Sony can read out at once for video. (The RX10 uses 20 MP) It should not matter if it is 20 MP on FF Area or 20 MP on 1", since data should be the same! (Of course the larger pixels gather more light and are more sensitive and so on, but if it comes down to ... Continue Reading

paul1508 answered
7 days ago

QUESTION

Bag for Sony a6000 + zeiss 16-70mm

I'm looking for a quality bag for the Sony a6000 with the zeiss 16-70mm lens. Preferably fake leather or similar semi stiff feel, not a fan of the super soft neoprene bags. I already got the LCS-EMJ, but I'm not too happy with it as I need to open the extension part for it to fit and then the bag becomes too big instead and also looks very ugly :) Anyone got experience with the LCS-EJC3 with the a6000 + zeiss 16-70mm (or maybe nex6/7, should be similar I guess)? Or maybe the LCS-ELC7 for the NEX7, anyone knows if it will fit? Grateful for any help!

jokisan asked
16 days ago

ANSWERS

QUESTION

A77 vs A6000 for travel

Hello, I was posting in the Beginner forum and they suggested I move here since I've pretty much settled on Sony and you all would know more specifics about Sony than they would. This crosses both A-Mount and E-Mount though so I'm not sure which forum to pick. I am posting in A-Mount simply because it comes first alphabetically :) To avoid too much repetition, that original thread is here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53471618 And my photos are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/emeybee/sets/ But in brief, I travel to exotic places (Burma, Ethiopia, Peru, etc) and need a camera to take with me. I am coming from bridge cameras/super zooms and want to upgrade to get better image quality. (People will probably suggest the RX10/RX100 again. I know they're great, but their limited zoom doesn't work for me). I've pretty much narrowed my choice to either: (1) The A77 with the kit lens + Tamron 28-300mm (kit lens for weather sealing/day to day, Tamron for the zoom)

emeybee asked
13 days ago

ANSWERS

I moved up from another manufacture's mirrorless system, and before then high - end point and shoot. I can't go back to a small camera body. Yes it's heavier, but that doesn't really bother me. I love the control, stability, and feel of the larger camera bodies Cheap lenses are also a nice perk Continue Reading

someguy50 answered
13 days ago

Even if you get the A77 and 70-400GII you will not get 700mm+ reach so I propose you keep carrying your bridge camera and add something compact for places you don't need great tele but better image quality. A6000 with 16-70Zeiss, A77 with "kit" 16-50f2.8 (not compact anymore but probably better weather seal). That way you don't have to worry about changing lenses. There are rumors that A77II will be out soon. Most people travel with a backup camera anyways so long as they are not super heavy. On a day with long walk or steep climb you can leave the heavy one behind. Continue Reading

FramerDave answered
13 days ago

I have traveled with an A700 (not yet with my current A77) I traveled with the A700 Sony 18-250, Sigma 10-20 and a Minolta 50mm F1.7 At some point I used all of them though the Sigma and Sony got used the most. If you are used to a smaller camera this could be an issue. I also carried a light weight monopod. I print A77 shots now at 8x10 or a bit bigger ISO 1600 with no added NR from what LR 5 applies at the start.. You can get plenty of online and good print shots out of it.. Most cameras and phones can deal with a mist unless it starts to collect on the camera.. The Sony Body has seals good for upto a light rain from what I have seen.. Problem is not many of the lenses are.. The 16-50MM F2.8 is.. but you don't have a lot of reach. If you like to do telephoto.. with the 24 MP you can probably crop well to the equivalent of 150mm and get good web and 8x10 prints easy its about 6 MP..(but the noise above ISO 800 might show more) I have a couple of these just in case.. http://www.amaz ... Continue Reading

K E Hoffman answered
13 days ago

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