Sony Alpha a6000 – Best Mirrorless Digital Camera

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Sony Alpha a6000 with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

The Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera is a versatile and advanced mirrorless camera featuring a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to produce high-resolution still images and Full HD movies with marked low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. Beyond notable imaging traits, the image processor also lends itself to continuous shooting up to 11 fps and an intelligent Fast Hybrid AF system that uses both phase- and contrast-detection methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus.

 

For live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation, both a large rear monitor and detailed electronic viewfinder are available. The 3.0 inch 921k-dot Xtra Fine LCD screen features a tilting design to facilitate easier use from both high and low angles and also incorporates WhiteMagic technology for easier viewing in bright conditions. The 0.39 inch 1,440k-dot Tru-Finder OLED EVF offers 100 per cent frame coverage and a refined optical design to provide a natural viewing perspective and magnification. The body design of the a6000 also houses a configurable user interface, built around several customisable buttons and two control dials, for efficient and intuitive access to frequently used camera settings. Additionally, a Multi Interface shoe is available for attaching external flashes, continuous lights, or microphones.

Sony Alpha a6000 Features

  • 24.3MP APS-C Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor.
  • BIONZ X Image Processor.
  • Tru-Finder 0.39 inch 1,440k-Dot OLED EVF.
  • 3.0 inch 921k-Dot Xtra Fine Tilting LCD.
  • Full HD 1080p XAVC S Video at 24/60 fps.
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC.
  • Fast Hybrid AF & 179 Phase-Detect Points.
  • Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 25600.
  • E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens.
  • E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Lens.

Sony Alpha a6000  Body Design

Revolving around a compact and lightweight profile, the a6000 incorporates both an electronic viewfinder and a large rear LCD monitor. The Tru-Finder 0.39 inch 1,440k-dot OLED EVF features a refined optical system that integrates four double-sided aspherical elements to provide 100 per cent frame coverage and a wide 33 degree viewing angle for clear edge-to-edge viewing. The electronic viewfinder’s design offers a true live view image, which is able to simulate the appearance of the finalized image prior to shooting and also avails focusing aids, such as MF Assist and the Peaking function. The 3.0 inch 921k-dot rear Xtra Fine monitor is a larger alternative, suitable for making accurate compositions, reviewing imagery, and navigating the menu system. It features a tilting design that can tilt upward approximately 90 degree or downward 45 degree to benefit working from high and low angles. Additionally, WhiteMagic technology works to increase the overall brightness of the screen to better support use in bright or sunlit conditions.

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Technical Details

  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View

Customer Reviews

Excellent beginner camera for landscape and portrait artists! HIGHLY recommmend.

567 people found this helpful.
 on December 2, 2016
By Zack Nicol
I have nothing but good things to say about this camera. I have owned my Sony A6000 for just over a year now and it has been nothing short of perfect. I am a beginner photographer and it has taken high-quality, professional photos. The basic lens is limited in terms of the scope of photography but it has taken excellent basic landscape and people photography. I purchased an additional lens to take night photography and this camera has been amazing. I’ve attached some of my pictures below. If you’re a beginner photographer looking to get into either landscape or portrait photography, this is the camera for you! It’s smaller and lighter than most DSLRs and it’s very intuitive to learn the settings and controls.

Sony a6000 battery drain mystery solved!!!

1,487 people found this helpful.
 on June 7, 2015
By Russell E. Schwausch
I love this camera. I got it on January 09, 2015. I immediately noticed how fast it drained the battery. It was even draining the battery overnight with the camera turned off, so I ordered 2 additional batteries and a charger. And I got in the habit of taking out the battery when I wasn’t using the camera. I’m an engineer so I immediately started looking online for a remedy in various forums and conducting experiments to find out what was draining the battery so fast. After a lot of digging with no solution, I was going through all the menus one day and stumbled across Airplane Mode???

Tiny marvel of technology, my old Canon 7D feels like a dinosaur compared to this

824 people found this helpful.
 on February 11, 2015
By AdamDZ
I’m an enthusiast and like many current SONY users I’m a convert: I used various Canon gear since the original Rebel came out. I had thousands of dollars invested in lenses. The first two rebels were great cameras. Then I started to grow disappointed with each next Canon camera. 40D was awful. The 7D was better but still I was not happy and I could not afford a better body such as 5D. Also, I mainly shoot while hiking and I grew tired of hauling the mass of gear. After not shooting for over a year I figured it’s time to change something.

More than good enough for a pro.

86 people found this helpful.
 on October 10, 2015
By Brock
I am a pro and yes this is good enough for any professional work you can throw at it. To qualify myself, I have a successful photography business and I have been in the industry since I was 16 years old. I am now 32. I have shot every level of camera there is and 4 bad Nikons in a row pointed me towards the mirrorless revolution. I have owned many mirrorless cameras from Olympus, Fuji, and Sony. Let me say my Sony mirrorless cameras are my dream system. I finally have lost my gear acquisition syndrome. I currently shoot weddings, family portraits, and commercial work with the A7 and the A6000. I owned but sold the A7ii. To get it out of the way, I get asked all the time but don’t you miss the speed of your Nikons? The answer is no! If you can’t shoot a bride walking down the isle with these very quick cameras, a Nikon isn’t going to save you from your lack of skill. You should not be experimenting with someone’s most important memories of you can’t work with these cameras. I have thrown every difficult lighting situation at these cameras and they have never let me down. Now to the A6000. There is currently no better camera for the money right now. For under $500 you can get one of the best performing cameras focus wise. The images are impeccably sharp and unlike Nikon, there are never any back focus issues and I have no trouble nailing the shot on the first time every time. The grain structure is wonderful and I never have any issues shooting at ISO 6400. That being said, I come from the film days and have no trouble with a little grain. I am not a noise snob and to those who are you are losing out on some wonderful personality in your images by not pushing the ISO boundaries. To those who are full frame snobs, I can get amazing bokeh out of the A6000 especially when paired with my Zeiss 55. I no longer have to kill my back with heavy gear and electronic EVFs are a revelation. No more chimping because I get to adjust my shot in real time. Take it from someone who has spent way too much on gear in the past in search for the dream system. You do not have to go broke to get unreal results. This camera will never let you down especially if you know what you are doing. If you don’t know what you are doing, this camera is very forgiving. Happy shooting and hope this review helps.

No Brainer; Purchase Immediately!

4 people found this helpful.
 on January 7, 2017
By Amazon Customer
I absolutely love this camera. It was my first camera I’ve ever purchased, and I’ve never regretted it. I work for a video production company that has many expensive and high class cameras, and mine is the best quality.

Reasons for my purchase of the Sony a6000 DSLR mirrorless camera were capabilities, size, weight, & cost.

8 people found this helpful.
 on June 29, 2014
By James Sohn
I have been using the a6000 long enough to have an initial opinion. Overall I am pleased with this camera and the far reaching capabilities available through settings/prefs. I am also pleased that this camera has some pre-set defaults that will many times exceed my knowledge of establishing settings for the scene being photographed.
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