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Sony Alpha A6000 (ILCE-6000) Announced

Sony Alpha A6000 (ILCE-6000) Announced - Sony has announced the a6000, an interchangeable lens camera with 24.3 megapixel sensor and World's fastest auto focus.

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Sony Alpha a6000 in Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

Sony Alpha A6000 Black (15) (Custom)

Sony has launched the Sony Alpha a6000, which it claims has the fastest autofocus amongst interchangeable cameras at just 0.06 seconds.

The camera also features an extremely wide autofocus coverage area with 179 phase-detection focus points, and a 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor featuring gapless-on-chip design.

The a6000 has a BIONZ X processor, can shoot full HD videos and has a built in flash. NFC and Wi-Fi allow one touch sharing and remote control from your mobile. 

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
The Sony Alpha a6000 will be available in black or titanium, and should be in shops from April 2014. It will cost £550 body only, £670 with a 16-50mm lens, £880 with a telephoto double lens kit and £1400 with the Carl Zeiss 24-70mm lens.

Read our Sony Alpha A6000 Hands-On Review with Sample photos.

Sony Alpha A6000 Black (12) (Custom)

From Sony: The speedy new ILCE-6000 from Sony boasts the quickest AF performance of any interchangeable lens digital camera, snapping subjects into sharp focus in just 0.06 seconds. From spontaneous smiles to towering tennis serves, you’ll capture those fleeting moments that other cameras miss. And thanks to the 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, every frame is crammed with rich detail and texture.

Boosting Sony’s mirrorless line-up, the α6000 comes in two iconic designs, black and titanium, for photographers who have been thinking about taking advantage of the size and weight of a mirrorless camera but don’t want to sacrifice super-quick autofocus, the α6000 is the ideal solution.

Even quicker than most professional DSLRs, the phenomenal autofocus speed of the α6000 is powered by Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF system. A 179-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF. This potent combination delivers the world’s fastest AF performance of any interchangeable lens camera, plus continuous shooting at a blazing 11fps with highly accurate autofocus tracking. Nothing gets past the α6000 – even fast-moving subjects like athletes and energetic pets - and the Fast Hybrid AF system is also available in movie mode.

There are plenty more premium features packed into the compact camera body – compose scenes easily through the clear, bright OLED Tru-Finder and preview the effects of adjusting focus, exposure and other settings: what you see is exactly what you get.

Intuitively-placed mode and control dials on top of the camera allow effortless adjustment of shooting settings while you’re focused on the scene in front of you. A total of 7 customisable buttons – including two dedicated custom buttons – give swift access to any one of 43 assignable functions to satisfy any photo enthusiast and for extra flexibility in any situation there is a built-in flash to brighten up portraits or gloomy indoor shots.

It is easy to share shots on your mobile - in-built NFC and Wi-Fi allow a one-touch connection with your Xperia, NFC-compatible Android smartphones, tablets and VAIO. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera to fire the shutter from a distance and view photos on your mobile.

The exciting possibilities of the α6000 grow with your creative ambitions. PlayMemories Camera Apps enhance your photo experience with a growing range of free and paid apps, spanning artistic effects, utilities and more. The α6000 is also compatible with Sony’s Camera Remote API programme.

Style-matching optional accessories for the α6000 include the LCS-EBC just-fit Body Case that protects the camera from dust and everyday scratches. It’s possible to transfer data via connected USB, use the NFC function or mount the camera on a tripod without having to remove the case.

The LCS-ASB1 Active Sling Bag protects the camera while you’re out and about. Carry it in one hand, or wear over either shoulder, the bag is water-repellent fabric and zipper keep things safe and dry.

The LCS-BBXL Soft Carrying Case is great for protecting your long lens like the SEL18200LE or SEL55210 while you’re out and about. The water-repellent case also offers extra space to store a lens hood. Also available, the PCK-LM17 is a semi-hard protective sheet that safeguards the camera’s LCD screen against scratches, dust and fingerprints.

Read our Sony Alpha A6000 Hands-On Review with Sample photos.

For more information, take a look at the Sony website.

Sony Alpha a6000 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels24.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6000
Pixels (H)4000
Sensor TypeExmor CMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-5
Viewfinder Resolution1,440k
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting11fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS60p, 24p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeInfoLithium
Battery Life (CIPA rating)310shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsPower cord, AC adaptor (AC-UB10), Rechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50), Shoulder strap, Body cap, Eyepiece cup, Micro USB cable

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12 Feb 2014 4:39AM
How does the 1.4mil dot EVF compare to the 2.4mil dot EVF from the 6/7?

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mikesavage 15 299 2 England
12 Feb 2014 4:57AM

Quote:How does the 1.4mil dot EVF compare to the 2.4mil dot EVF from the 6/7?

Less well, probably. Wink

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