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Sony Alpha a6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera - Body only

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  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to 51200)
  • Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points
  • Up to 11 FPS continious shooting
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 921,000 dots
  • OLED electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage and 1.4 million dots
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
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Review summary from DPReview

DPReview Gold AwardJune 2014
The a6000 is a really solid camera and is better than its predecessor in almost every respect.
Richard ButlerRichard ButlerJeff KellerJeff Keller
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Conclusion

The a6000 brings Sony's latest interface improvements and enhanced JPEG processing to a well-featured, competitively-priced mid-range camera. Its stand-out features are its comprehensive video controls and continuous autofocus performance unprecedented at this price. The flexible but optically average power zoom make this a highly capable and compact package.

Reasons to buy

  • Great images from best-in-class sensor
  • Small body with generally well placed controls
  • Fast continuous shooting with class-leading autofocus
  • Excellent level of control over video (including manual exposure)
  • High quality, responsive viewfinder

Things to consider

  • Flash exposures often misjudged
  • Noise reduction can be a bit heavy-handed
  • Missing the touchscreen controls of less expensive models
  • Battery life quite low with power zoom lens

Suggested for

Anyone looking to shoot stills and video. Photographers wanting something small but capable. Amateur sports shooters.

Not suggested for

Shooters used to a twin-dial camera. Anyone looking to just use the kit zoom.
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Optical Zoom 1 multiplier x 4 multiplier x 4 multiplier x 1 multiplier x
Viewfinder LCD Electronic (optional) LCD None
Max Resolution 24.3 megapixels 16.1 megapixels 24.3 megapixels 24.3 megapixels
Continuous Shooting Speed 11 10 5 6
Image Stabilization N Y N Y
Monitor Size 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches
Video Capture Resolution 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (120p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Battery Description NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger Lithium-Ion NPFW50 rechargeable battery & charger NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and charger NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Flash Memory SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Optical Sensor Technology CMOS APS HD, CMOS CMOS CMOS
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  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 1.8 x 2.6 inches ; 12.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00I8BICCG
  • Item model number: ILCE6000/B
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 12, 2014

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Product Description

79-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor. The compact, lightweight camera delivers superb image quality - via newly developed 24.3-effective-megapixel (approx.) Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine - as well as highly intuitive operation thanks to an OLED Tru-Finder and two operation dials.

From the Manufacturer

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α6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable-lens Camera

Test the limits of your creativity with The World’s Fastest Focusing Camera1. Every artistic shot you take - from fast-action to candids - benefits from 24.3MP detail and BIONZ X processor. For capturing crucial moments that go by in a blink, the α6000 can shoot 11 photos in one second. It’s easy to use too, with two quick-access dials and custom buttons that let you change settings on the fly. Very intuitive.

α6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable-lens Camera

Technology

The Power of Speed
Fast Hybrid AF with 179 phase-detection points
Ultra-fast response up to 11 fps

The Power of Speed

The Sony a6000 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera features the world’s fastest autofocus (0.06 seconds), 179 AF tracking points and 11 frames per second-while capturing 24.3MP of rich, professional detail. The future of digital imaging is here.

Fast Hybrid AF with 179 phase-detection points

Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF (auto focus) combines speedy phase-detection AF with highly accurate contrast-detection AF. Accelerated through a new Spatial Object Detection algorithm, Fast Hybrid AF achieves among the fastest autofocusing performance of any camera (0.06 second).

Ultra-fast response up to 11 fps

Capture the perfect moment – the a6000 realizes 11 frames per second continuous shooting with AF (Auto Focus) tracking by making the most of the wide-area 179-point phase-detection AF sensor. Even when dealing with a moving subject the a6000's superb moving-subject tracking performance ensures you get the shot during still or video capture.


High Resolution 24MP APS-C Sensor
What you see is what you get with an OLED Viewfinder
Frame at any angle with a tiltable 3” LCD

High Resolution 24MP APS-C Sensor

Get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to the newly developed 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. It has higher resolution than most DSLRs in a body about half the size and weight. Moreover the α6000 adopts the same gapless on-chip lens structure as the award-winning a7 for ultimate image quality and light sensitivity.

What you see is what you get with an OLED Viewfinder

View every scene in rich detail on the high contrast 1.4M dot Tru-Finder OLED Electronic Viewfinder. Featuring a new optical system with four double aspherical lenses, it delivers 100% frame coverage with an approximately 33° viewing angle for corner-to-corner visibility. The advantage of an EVF over an OVF is that the electronic viewfinder displays what will appear in your recordings, including the effects of your camera settings so you can fine-tune exposure, color and focus in your preview before you take the picture.

Frame at any angle with a tiltable 3” LCD

The tiltable 3.0” (921k dots) Xtra Fine LCD display makes it easy to photograph over crowds or capture pets eye to eye at low angles. Swinging up approx. 90° and down approx. 45° makes it easy to frame at any angle. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while WhiteMagic technology dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight.


Additional Features

Smartphone remote control & sharing via NFC & Wi-Fi

Sharing your gorgeous photos with your family and social networks has never been easier. Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to control your camera with your compatible Smartphone or Tablet using the PlayMemories Mobile Apps5. Use your device’s LCD to frame your image and control the camera shutter. You can even transfer the images taken directly to your mobile device for quick editing and uploading - sharing has never been easier. Connectivity has been simplified to one-touch utilizing NFC (near field communication). Connect by simply touch the camera to the compatible NFC enabled device.

Enhance your creativity with PlayMemories Camera Apps

Personalize your camera by adding new features with PlayMemories Camera Apps. Find apps to fit your shooting enhance your creativity from like; time lapse, motion shot light shaft and much more. Use apps that shoot, share and save photos using Wi-Fi that make it easy to control and view your camera from smartphone, and post photos directly to Facebook or backup images to the cloud without connecting to a computer5. www.playmemoriescameraapps.com

Full HD 1080/24/60P video

Make movie magic with Full HD 1920 x 1080 video in cinematic 24p, or capture fast action at incredible 60p and 60i frame-rates.3 Tracking moving subjects is not a problem, made even easier with the α6000’s 179 point AF (auto focus) system –. Selectable in-camera – Blu-ray quality - AVCHD or simple and easier upload to the web - MP4 codecs are available. For serious videographers, uncompressed clean-screen video files to external recording devices is possible via the HDMI connection Capture Full 1920 x 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files with external recording devices via an HDMI connection in 60p and 60i frame rates. Selectable in-camera AVCHD codec frame rates include super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, while MP4 codec is also available for smaller files for easier upload to the web.


Easy and intuitive controls help you shoot like a pro

Despite its small size, the α6000 gives you full DSLR control and immediate access to the functions you need to shoot like a pro. Two dials on top and a rear-mounted control wheel allow quick selection of shooting modes and camera settings. In addition to the Fn button, there’s seven customizable buttons, which can be assigned any of 474 functions.

Stunning low light photos with ISO range of 100-25600

With 20% higher sensitivity than the NEX-7 due to the newly developed Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, you get stunning detail in in low light from ISO range 100 – 25000. And for an additional burst of light, the α6000 features a pop-up flash and a standard hot shoe for additional flash accessories.

Low light situations not a problem

Built-in pop-up flash in a compact camera body is perfect when an extra burst of light is needed to get the shot. Combine with high ISO sensitivity - from 100 to 16000 ISO - to enable shooting in just about any setting.


Better Images through BIONZ X processing

The new BIONZ X image processor faithfully reproduces textures and details in real time via extra high-speed processing capabilities delivering true-to-life images - as seen by the naked eye. It enables greater natural detail, richer tonal gradations, lower noise and more realistic images whether you shoot stills or video.

4K Still image output by HDMI8 or Wi-Fi for viewing on 4K TVs

Enjoy Ultra High Definition slide shows directly from the camera to a compatible 4K television. The α6000 converts images for optimized 4K image size playback (8MP). Enjoy expressive rich colors and amazing detail like never before. Images can be viewed via an optional HDMI.

New Eye AF control

Thanks to extremely accurate eye detection, faces will be sharply focused - even when capturing a subject partially turned away from the camera and with a shallow depth of field – as the camera can prioritize a single pupil. A green frame appears over the prioritized eye when focus has been achieved for easy confirmation. Eye AF can be used when the function is assigned to a customizable button, allowing users to instantly activate it depending on the scene.


1Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C image sensor as of February 12, 2014. Measured using CIPA internal measurement method with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted, Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use.
2Not supported in some regions.
3Records in up to 29 minutes segments.4 Some functions can only be assigned to certain buttons.
4Some functions can only be assigned to certain buttons.
5Requires an active 802.11 Wi-Fi network (802.11n recommended) or PlayMemories Mobile app installed on compatible Android or iOS device. PlayMemories camera apps require download with existing Sony Entertainment Network account. Download available in all countries/areas where Sony Entertainment Network is available.

Sony make . believe

2014 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, BIONX X, Exmor, Tru-Finder, PlayMemories Camera Apps and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony CorporationHDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Sony is not responsible for typographical and photographic errors. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice. *Logo mentions need to be included if logo shown or listed in copy

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251 of 263 people found the following review helpful By iburke on May 1, 2014
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Let me start this review with some background of my photography experience. (Short story, I am an amateur, skip to “PROS” section)

I bought a Nikon D40 and had it for several years before selling it in college and I was short on cash. Ever since then I’ve been relegated to my various cell phone cameras. I always had intentions of buying back into the hobbyist camera space at some point, and with an upcoming trip to Europe this summer, there was no time like the present to make a purchase.

I had set a budget for myself that basically put my sights on the OM-D E-M10 and the Sony A6000, sans kit lens and spending the money (well worth it, we’ll get to that in a bit) to get a fast prime near the 50mm equivalent range.

I never got a hold of an E-M10, so I will not compare the two, but will say that the APS-C sensor size of the A6000 was a key point for me. Without stirring the micro four thirds vs. the world debate, for me, sensor size still means something. Reality is that for the hobbyist, honestly, I don’t think you can choose incorrectly.

The purchase was an A6000 (body only) with the well-reviewed SEL35F18 lens. I am forgoing the kit lens and intend to fill out my lens set (eventually) with the SEL1018 and another mid-range zoom. I cannot emphasize enough how great the SEL35F18 lens is. I am in love with it, and I think that it will really teach me to shoot correctly, rather than lean on the “zoom” crutch. If you have the extra cash, I would highly recommend this kit as a great starting point.

I am not a professional, I have not taken photography courses, so I will cover the camera from the perspective of a guy looking to take photography to the next level. Let’s dig on in…

PROS:
-The A6000 is small.
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156 of 166 people found the following review helpful By JeffT on April 22, 2014
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Having pre-ordered and purchased this as an upgrade to a NEX-6, here are some initial impressions:

First off, the biggest improvement by far is the autofocus. They're not kidding - it is fast. DSLR fast. Even in low light situations that would leave the leave the NEX hopelessly hunting for focus, it can lock on. Focus seems very accurate as well.

Other enhancements:

+ More ISO Choices: The NEX-6 ISO settings were in 1-stop increments - 100/200/400/800/etc. The A6000 offers 1/3-stop increments: 100/125/160/200/etc. I'm sure this will come in handy. In addition, it offers multi-frame NR as an additional option when selecting auto-ISO (though this option is not available when shooting in RAW/JPG mode)

+ Better menu system: It is now much easier to use, and resembles the menu system of the RX100. I was able to get the camera set to my liking in a fraction of the time that it would have taken with the NEX-6, even today after using it for over a year and nearly 10,000 shots.

+ Better low-light performance: Shooting back-to-back with the NEX-6, the A6000 yields much cleaner JPG output at a given ISO. I haven't yet had a chance to look at RAW.

+ Burst mode: WOW. Continuous Shooting drive mode now offers three modes: lo/mid/hi. Speed priority is no longer there, I presume because of the much faster image processor and autofocus renders it unnecessary. On "Lo" it feels about the same as the NEX. On "Hi" it is like a chain gun.

+ The viewfinder: Yes, I think it is an upgrade. I could not discern any lower resolution, but it definitely is faster on the refresh and better in low light.
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169 of 181 people found the following review helpful By A. Koenig on May 4, 2014
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Major update:

I made my first long backpacking adventure in the Ansel Adams wilderness with the Sony A6000 camera. Wow, what a beautiful place! 8 days hiking and about 800 photos - well actually 1,700 but many of them are bracketed pictures. Anyway a great test in real world conditions.

Most importantly I was able to capture great photos! I shifted between manual, aperture, shutter, auto ISO, bracketed exposure and all the other settings seamlessly. I even switched between two lenses while on the trail! A fixed 19mm to the 55-210mm lens (I did not bring the 16-50mm Sony lens since it seems to be too fragile for trail work.) It took a while to learn where the controls are located, but once understood easy to use. I used a cheap IR remote and that worked well too. I brought a tiny tripod and that was handy - no need for the bigger tripod. The way I use it is not a point and shoot camera.

Ok so it works, but what else? The sensor is not as good for dynamic range as the Canon 5d so getting full dynamic pictures requires a bit more effort. It is much harder to get proper exposure. My solution was to use the bracketed feature - what a great feature and easy to select. It ended up that most of my shots are bracketed which triples the number and size of the files. Big deal - memory is cheap. I pick the exposure I like, then can do an HDR pass if I like. (All photos are in RAW). It works.

The camera has a panoramic setting for really wide shots. Much easier for getting those big vistas quick and dirty. I sometimes also capture for after the fact stitching, but the panoramic setting works OK - not always successfully - the feature is fussy and fails on occasion (like when there is a waterfall in the scene).
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