Sony Alpha a6000 Brief Review


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  • 24.7 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Continuous shooting up to 11 fps
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • 179 point phase detection autofocus or 25 point contrast AF
  • Manual modes
  • RAW and JPEG
  • 1080p HD video
  • 13 picture effects
  • NFC and Wi-fi
  • Accessory shoe
  • OLED Viewfinder
  • 3” LCD
  • Manual Focus Peaking
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at up to 360 shots
  • Weighs 10.1 ounces
  • Release Date: 2014-04-20
  • Final Grade: 93 4.65 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony Alpha a6000
The Sony a6000 offers some serious autofocus action.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Mirrorless cameras have been known for lagging behind DSLRs in autofocus speed; Sony is attempting to bridge the gap with a 179 point phase detection autofocus (there's also a 25 point contrast autofocus option). We haven't seen it in action yet, but it's certainly an intriguing model. For under $700 for body-only and about $800 with a kit lens, the a6000 offers an APS-C sensor, the same size used in consumer DSLRs. The 11 fps burst shooting speed is impossible to find in a DSLR at this price point, yet the a6000 includes the beloved viewfinder and a slot for adding flashes and other accessories. The Sony a6000 certainly looks to be a competitor in the mirrorless arena this year.

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Sony has also been highly successful with the RX compact camera line that began with the RX100, a compact camera with a 1” sensor, excellent image quality and full manual modes. The camera has since seen some solid updates, and remains a good option. Sony also added the RX10, a camera with a 1” sensor but instead of focusing on compact size, adds a much bigger zoom.

While their focus is on more advanced models, it’s usually a pretty safe bet to pick up a Sony compact, even a budget priced one, and still get a lot of bang for your buck. We're also big fans of Sony's designs, making their cameras easy to use and adjust, like the HX400 that has an automatic sensor on the electronic viewfinder as well as a control ring around the lens.

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