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.

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Will mirrorless camera sensor be damaged by HDR that includes the sun?

I am considering purchasing a mirrorless system. One of my uses would be to take landscape photographs. I sometimes photograph scenes that include the sun using the HDR technique. When the sun is part of the composition, I will not use my current camera's (Canon 5D MKII) live view feature when composing the scene since Canon warns against exposing the sensor directly to the sun for a length of time. Because of this I am wondering what the experience and knowledge is of photographers who utilize mirrorless cameras, such as the A7, A7r, Nex 7, A6000, using the HDR technique and also include the sun in their composition. If I understand the mirrorless technology, the camera is in live view mode all of the time, which could allow the sensor to be exposed to the sun for an extended period of time. Or do I misunderstand how the mirrorless technology works? I am concerned about damaging the sensor of a mirrorless camera when doing HDR. I would appreciate any thoughts or comments.

- Ken - asked
21 days ago

ANSWERS

Personally, I don't worry about it. I shoot the sun often, and have with HDR as well, with my DSLRs in live view mode, and with my NEX-5N and NEX-3, among others...it's never been an issue. What I think one needs to exercise is just a minor amount of logical caution. When Canon puts up such a warning, most likely it's a 'CYA' warning (cover your a&&)...just in case someone sets up a tripod with the camera in live view, aperture wide open, pointed at the sun, for 5 minutes...then complains that they weren't warned. In general, a normal exposure, stopped down as would typically be merited for the sun, and even an HDR sequence shot on the overexposed side would only be fractions of a second shutter...I don't think there's any risk to the sensor. A few regular and HDR into-the-sun shots with a NEX: This one is about as 'extreme' and tone-mapped looking as I would ever do - this was at HDr+6 in camera I typically also do my in-camera HDR shots with my DSLR using the live view mode, as it ... Continue Reading

zackiedawg answered
21 days ago

You should never look at the sun through an OVF for anything other than a very brief glance. Camera companies always recommend against direct sunlight. UV is the one thing that can cause your sensor to decay, lose its ability to capture light. However, the lens and filter over the front of the sensor protect from 99.9% of UV or something. (UV filter on lens is not necessary since sensor already has one).  I am looking for a source on this, but can't find it now.  Basically saying CMOS image sensor can be damaged by UV light (again, not likely an actual problem unless you do it all the time). That aside, I often expose with the sun in the frame. I would be smart and minimize the time pointed at the sun. I don't know how much magnifying effect a wide angle or a tele would have on the power. The wide angle is much wider so the sun is much smaller in the frame, but it is concentrated down to a pinpoint of light. A telephoto magnifies the sun so it fills a much larger percentage of the ... Continue Reading

viking79 answered
21 days ago

Canon is absolutely right and this is why no one with a mirrorless camera shoots sunsets, sunrises, and midday photos with the sun in the background. Well, wait a minute, the whole world does. Seriously??!! P.S Nice galleries on your site I do a lot of direct sun HDR and other exposures with my NEX cameras, no worries Continue Reading

AFishEye answered
21 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
8 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
6 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
6 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
6 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
6 days ago

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