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The Sony Alpha A6000 replaces the Sony NEX-6, and Sony NEX-7, with a new camera which claims to have the World's fastest AF. The camera features a new 24.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, 11fps continuous shooting with AF, 3inch tilting screen, built in flash, and new BOINZ X image processing engine. The Sony A6000 will be available from April 2014.
A new 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor features in the Sony Alpha A6000 (ILCE-6000), which has a gapless microlens design for improved light capture at both the centre as well as at the edges of the sensor. Wi-Fi and NFC is built in, along with support for Sony PlayMemories Apps, which include a number of new apps including a Star Trail app, and a Lens Compensation app.
A number of accessories have been introduced to match the camera including the LCS-EBC body case, the LCS-ASB1 active sling bag, the LCS-BBXL soft carry case, for long lenses.
- 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor
- Sony E-Mount
- 3inch 921k dot tilting white-magic screen
- 1.44m dot EVF (0.7x magnification)
- Hybrid AF, 0.06s (CIPA standards)
- 179 phase-detection / 25 contrast-detection AF points
- 11fps continuous shooting with AF tracking
- BIONZ X processor
- Full HD video recording
- OLED TruFinder
- Wi-Fi, NFC built in
- Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps
- Available in black or titanium
The Sony Alpha A6000 is slightly larger than the NEX-6 it replaces, with a redesigned mode dial and command dial, the camera is still able to squeeze in the electronic viewfinder (EVF), a pop-up flash and hot-shoe on the top plate. The square design of the camera more closely resembles the Sony Alpha 7 and 7R, and Sony say that the user interface has been standardised between all new models of camera, including Sony Cyber-shot compact cameras. This should make it easier to switch between different Sony cameras without having to re-learn the menus.
The camera has a bottom memory card and battery compartment, and build quality appears to be very good, with the camera feeling well built. The camera has a large rubber grip at the front, as well as a good sized rubber grip on the rear for your thumb.
There are 2 dedicated custom buttons on the camera, that can be customised to a setting of your choice, but it is also possible to customise a further 5 buttons, as well as the control panel on the back of the shooting screen. The electronic viewfinder looks quite good in use, and appears to refresh quite quickly - Sony say they have worked on the electronic viewfinder to make it more enjoyable to use, and it has additional brightness controls over previous models.
Sony Alpha a6000 Other sample images
Cups | 1/125 sec | f/4.0 | 70.0 mm | ISO 500
Flash On | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 70.0 mm | ISO 800
Sample photos are taken with a pre-production version of the Sony Alpha A6000, and the Carl Zeiss 24-70mm lens. From our initial set of photos taken with the A6000, the image quality looks good, although we will update when we have a production version of the camera in for review.
Sony Alpha a6000 ISO
1/30 sec | f/4.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 100
1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 200
1/80 sec | f/4.5 | 24.0 mm | ISO 400
1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 24.0 mm | ISO 800
1/160 sec | f/6.3 | 24.0 mm | ISO 1600
1/250 sec | f/8.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 3200
1/500 sec | f/8.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 6400
1/1000 sec | f/8.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 12800
1/1600 sec | f/10.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 25600
Sony Alpha a6000 Hands-On Photos of Equipment
Sony Alpha a6000 Specifications
|CCD pixels||24.3Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Exmor CMOS|
|Sensor Size (width)||23.5mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||15.6mm|
|Shutter speeds shortest||No Data|
|Shutter speeds longest||No Data|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 25600|
|Exposure Comp||No Data|
|Video FPS||60p, 24p|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||No Data|