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Category: Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product: Sony Alpha a6000
Price: £550.00

Sony Alpha 6000 Hands-On Review - We go hands-on with the new Sony Alpha A6000, the new 24.3 megapixel mirrorless camera, and have posted sample photos.

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Features
Handling
Performance
Specification

Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (3) (Custom)

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.

Sony Alpha A6000 Features

Sony Alpha A6000 Black (14) (Custom)

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.

Sony Alpha A6000 Black (12) (Custom)

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.

Key Features

  • 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

Sony Alpha A6000 Handling

Sony Alpha A6000 Silver Top

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.

Sony Alpha A6000 Black (1) (Custom)

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 Black (13) (Custom)


Sony Alpha A6000 Performance

Sony claim the A6000 gives quicker AF than a Digital SLR, and they have tested the speed of this at 0.06seconds according to CIPA standards. We used the camera and it certainly seemed quick in use, however we will be putting the camera through our full test when we have a production version of the camera available. In the meantime, feel free to have a look at additional hands-on photos of the Sony Alpha A6000 below, along with a number of sample photos taken with a pre-production version of the camera, and the Carl Zeiss 24-70mm lens. 

Sony Alpha a6000 Other sample images

Cups | 1/125 sec | f/4.0 | 70.0 mm | ISO 500

Cups | 1/125 sec | f/4.0 | 70.0 mm | ISO 500
High-Res

Flash On | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 70.0 mm | ISO 800

Flash On | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 70.0 mm | ISO 800
High-Res


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

1/30 sec | f/4.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 200

1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

1/80 sec | f/4.5 | 24.0 mm | ISO 400

1/80 sec | f/4.5 | 24.0 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 24.0 mm | ISO 800

1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 24.0 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

1/160 sec | f/6.3 | 24.0 mm | ISO 1600

1/160 sec | f/6.3 | 24.0 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

1/250 sec | f/8.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 3200

1/250 sec | f/8.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 3200
High-Res

1/500 sec | f/8.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 6400

1/500 sec | f/8.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 6400
High-Res

1/1000 sec | f/8.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 12800

1/1000 sec | f/8.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 12800
High-Res

1/1600 sec | f/10.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 25600

1/1600 sec | f/10.0 | 24.0 mm | ISO 25600
High-Res



Sony Alpha a6000 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Sony Alpha A6000 Black (19) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (19) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Black (10) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (10) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Black (9) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (9) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (4) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (4) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (1) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (1) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (8) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (8) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (2) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (2) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (7) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (7) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (3) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Silver (3) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Black (11) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (11) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Black (12) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (12) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Black (17) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (17) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Black (16) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (16) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Black (8) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (8) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Black (14) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (14) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Black (13) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (13) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Black (15) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (15) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Black (18) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (18) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Black (1) (Custom)
Sony Alpha A6000 Black (1) (Custom)
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Sony Alpha A6000 Silver Top
Sony Alpha A6000 Silver Top
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Sony Alpha a6000 Specifications

ManufacturerSony
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 24.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 6000
Pixels (H) 4000
Sensor Type Exmor CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Size (width) 23.5mm
Sensor Size (height) 15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 921k
Touch Screen No
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest No Data
Shutter speeds longest No Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
    ISO sensitivity 100 - 25600
    White balance
      Exposure Comp No Data
      Viewfinder
      Viewfinder Resolution 1,440k
      Shooting Options
      Continuous shooting 11fps
      Video
      Movie mode Yes
      Video Resolution
      • 1920x1080
      Video FPS 60p, 24p
      Stereo Sound Yes
      Optical Zoom with Video Yes
      Other Features
      Image Stabilisation No
      Interface
      HDMI Yes
      USB USB 2
      Storage
      Card Type
      • SD
      • SDHC
      • Memory Stick
      • SDXC
      File Type
      • RAW
      • JPG
      • RAW + JPG
      Power Source
      Battery Type InfoLithium
      CIPA Rating No Data
      Box Contents
      Box Contents No Data
      Dimensions
      Weight 285g
      Width 120mm
      Height 66.9mm
      Depth 45.1mm

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      Comments

      AlanWillis
      AlanWillis e2 Member 463 forum postsAlanWillis vcard England
      12 Feb 2014 - 2:32 PM

      Wow another step for mankind Sony.
      Fastest AF in the world, 11FPS 24mp, NFC. and only £550.
      Most of my Canon shooting friends, use Sony as a pocket camera.
      For Photographers with no interest in Sport or wildlife this camera has it all.
      Wedding photographers could do well, using this as a back up to the A7R.
      I would suggest owners to go for EF lenses, as one day they may aspire to the Sony 36mp full frame products.
      I believe the only difference with cameras when they go full production is the firmware. Sony still have pre-production cameras with latest firmware for use on occasions.

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      h4rsx
      h4rsx  4 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
      12 Feb 2014 - 4:38 PM

      It's interesting that they've marketed this as a replacement for the NEX-6/7 camera. It's defintely an improvement on both as far as the sensor is concerned as well as its focussing ability. I was never quite happy with the noise from the NEX-7 due to having 24mp crammed into an APS-C sensor, especially at high ISO, however they seemed to have worked around this now.

      One thing I can't understand is why the resolution of the EVF has decrease to just 1,400K dot with its predecessors having a 2.4M dot OLED. This is a step back in my opinion. After all the rave about how EVF's are getting better and better, why bring one out with an inferior resolution. Doesn't make sense.

      I too own a FF Canon Camera and use it's EF lenses together with a metabones adapter for my Sony, but if/when Canon bring a camera closer to 36mp camera, I will be upgrading my 6D to that and not the Sony A7r. I would rather use a FF system without the use of an adapter.

      AlanWillis
      AlanWillis e2 Member 463 forum postsAlanWillis vcard England
      12 Feb 2014 - 6:58 PM

      One thing I can't understand is why the resolution of the EVF has decrease to just 1,400K dot with its predecessors having a 2.4M dot OLED. This is a step back in my opinion. After all the rave about how EVF's are getting better and better, why bring one out with an inferior resolution. Doesn't make sense.

      Quote from Sony: This viewfinder is not a step down.the numbers are deceiving.
      This is I believe because of the position of the viewfinder,
      Most reviewers have got this wrong.

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      Last Modified By AlanWillis at 12 Feb 2014 - 7:03 PM
      Niknut
      Niknut e2 Member 4391 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
      15 Mar 2014 - 3:48 PM

      Superb camera, superb IQ !!........& average EVF ?????.......what a let down !!!

      AlanWillis
      AlanWillis e2 Member 463 forum postsAlanWillis vcard England
      15 Mar 2014 - 8:02 PM

      Great demand for this camera, People not shooting wildlife and sports are turning to lighter and smaller cameras. With the 16-50 and 55-210 lenses and well under £1,000 this fits the bill.
      I do not understand your, comment Niknut? What donít you see that I do when looking through the A6000 viewfinder?

      Niknut
      Niknut e2 Member 4391 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
      16 Mar 2014 - 4:27 PM

      It's simply that the previous NEX range had a hi-res 2.4k.....now replaced with a lower res 1.44k !!.....why spoil the ship
      for a ha'porth o' tar !!

      I've got a camera with a 1.44k EVF...it's quite usable, but looking through a 2.4k EVF makes all others seem a poor relation !

      The NEX6 can be bought for under £500 now, with comparable IQ !!

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