Sony A6000 review
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Sony a6000 Review – A Great Camera!
Since my review, Sony has released the A6300 which is a revised version of the A6000. The information below is still relevant for that new camera.
This camera is so good that I paired it with my Sony a7R (Sony’s full-frame offering) recently for a month-long trip to Africa. I don’t just recommend it on our recommendations page, but I actually use it! To see more about that other camera, check out the Sony a7R Review here on the site.
Note that I only review stuff on the site that I actually use. This is not like other camera review sites that talk about everything. I’m a very practical dude, and I assume you are busy like me and just want to know the facts. So my reviews are very simple and focus on the key elements of the camera, rather than the more obscure stuff that hardcore nerds get off on. I’m more of a geek than a nerd, let’s start by saying that.
These reviews are also “living” in that I will continually come back and update them as time goes on! The A6000 is pretty new in my arsenal, so I expect to be using it quite a bit!
Sony A6000 Sample Photos
Throughout the review, you’ll see many samples of photos, like the one I took below. I think sample photos are a great way to show what the camera can do. Note that I unapologetically post-process my photos! Regulars here on the site are very forgiving (welcoming, in fact!) of this notion, but purists don’t like it. That’s okay. But, if you are new and interested in more about this style of photography, check out my free HDR Tutorial!
Sony a6000 – Why I love it
It’s small, fast, high-powered, and has a ton of lenses available for it. I can’t believe something so small can shoot a 24 megapixel photo and do it at 11 frames per second! I used to really enjoy my NEX-7 a few years ago, and this one takes all the best parts of that system and makes them even better.
It is indeed a cropped sensor, but you still get 24 megapixels, which is more than enough. This sensor size is still much bigger than the Micro Four-Thirds system, which I find much too small for low-light shooting.
There are ton of lenses for this system. It uses the E-mount lenses, and now Sony has been making these for many years. I’m still using some of my older E-Mount lenses from my NEX-7, and they work just fine.
This camera is about 5x smaller than the Nikon D4. Also the lenses are nice and light… it’s not a burden at all to carry this stuff around.
I think the value for the performance makes this an absolute steal. I’ll have it there on my recommended list for a very long time!
The a7r, which is the other main camera I use, only has 25 focus points using contrast-detection AF. The a6000 adds 179 points using phase-detection AF. Phase-detection is way better… and, well, as you can see from the sample photos, I had very few blurry ones!
I’m so addicted to Sony’s Electronic Viewfinder! It’s just remarkable how clear and sharp everything is. There are a lot of HUD-gizmos on there for making sure your horizon is aligned, checking the histogram, focus-peaking, and more. Really, one of my favorite things about it is reviewing the photos after you’ve taken them when it is bright outside. I hate looking at the back of the camera… looking through that EVF is so fun!
More Sample Photos