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

4.41739 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

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
8 days 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
8 days 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
7 days ago

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

Davidgilmour answered
6 days ago

QUESTION

A6000 and mushy focus...is it me, the lens, or unrealitic expectations?

Hello. New A6000 owner here and after much deliberation I plunged and got an A6000 due to the generally wonderful reviews. I took it out for a "test drive" this weekend and was generally underwhelmed by lots of mushy focus on an otherwise very bright and pleasant day. I am using the kit lens (16-50 OSS) and not asking much of the cam at this point. A recurrent thread I keep running into is about the kit lens is that that it is "adequate" in view of hardcore lens-meisters. Is the mushy focus more a function of the lens than the cam itself, or poor shooting technique, or unrealistically expecting the type of sharp edges you'd get with a $2,000 cam? I have started out with 'auto' but then have played with manual and the P/A/S settings all with the same results.  I have also started in on with the DMF function.  I am shooting RAW + JPEG and JPEG only. Once in a while I get a great shot but that is "once in a while" rather than "more often than not". While I do not discount the learning ...

a6000inmd asked
4 days ago

ANSWERS

I love how a 1 post wonder with a generic complaint about a sony camera gets like 50 responses in less than a day, yet my posts tend to get like 2 or 3 responses. WTF? Continue Reading

Erik1111 answered
3 days ago

You should expect to be asked to post the best possible image you were able to capture. Only then this thread is worth a discussion. No image, no issue. If for nothing else but to demonstrate that you're not another bot (too many threads are created as first posts with "major issues"). The OP rarely returns for meaningful conversation, if at all. Continue Reading

EinsteinsGhost answered
3 days ago

Post some samples, then we can help you. From what you write, there is no chance to tell what's wrong. The kit lens is good at least in the centre stopped down. The A6000 is one of the best cameras on the market. Together they are capable of delivering great results. There's a number of possibilities leading to less than optimal results. Without a single sample though, we can't tell much. Continue Reading

darkdirtydwarf answered
3 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
7 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
7 months ago

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

David Wyman answered
7 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
3 months ago

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