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5.0 out of 5 stars Great upgrade to NEX-6, April 22, 2014
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This review is from: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera - Body only (Electronics)
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.

+ Auto-ISO: As was pointed out by a helpful commenter, it IS now possible to change the default range limits that auto-ISO uses. This is a much-needed upgrade, and will make this function usable for me now.


- As another reviewer pointed out, the (legacy lens) manual-focus assist zoom button has vanished. When using a legacy MF lens, they were a big help. However, the C2 button can be repurposed for that function via the menus, and although it doesn't work 100% as before, it does the job.

Overall, I'd give this camera six stars at this point if I could.
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Initial post: Apr 22, 2014 9:00:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2014 9:04:35 AM PDT
Matt Eye says:
This camera overheats during video use, so for short videos it is OK to record them. It may not overheat as often as NEX-7, which I own, but this is very important because the RX100 otherwise is the best choice for video on a compact; a small sensor won't overheat or will show the overheat symbol but not actually enough to shutdown. Other cameras do not have the focus power and clarity of a Sony in my collection of cameras for video in dim light. The processor in the a6000 is probably similar to Intel i5 Dual-Core. Most videos are very noisy and hunt too much in dim light (slow processor>contrast detect) on other brands. I do plan on buying the a6000, although Canon GX1 Mark II was an option before reading of its poor battery life.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 9:34:31 AM PDT
emeybee says:
Actually, there IS limit-setting for Auto-ISO:
Select [ISO AUTO] and press the right side of the control wheel, and set the desired values for [ISO AUTO Maximum] and [ISO AUTO Minimum].

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2014 7:35:39 PM PDT
JeffT says:

You're correct! I was looking for it in the regular menus. Thanks!

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 4:13:43 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 24, 2014 11:21:25 AM PDT
K. Dardashti says:
thanks for review.
You may consider a correction to your review. those are 1/3 stop increments, not 1/4th.
awaiting mine.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2014 6:17:28 PM PDT
JeffT says:
Thank you. Updated.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 2:10:10 PM PDT
L. Gerena says:
The imaging resource comparison images show the nex-6 actually matching or beating in some ears the 6000 on high ISO so you may want to check those ;)
Not to say the 6000 is not an improvement in most areas but lets keep it factual here.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2014 6:56:29 AM PDT
JeffT says:
Thanksk for your comment. I'm sure the Imaging Resource know what they're doing, but I was making my own observations. YMMV, I suppose, but the JPG output of the A6 look better to me.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 12:05:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2014 12:06:25 PM PDT
K. Gefroh says:
I have no understanding of cameras but I take a ton of pictures. I am a mom and most of my pictures are of my kids. They are on stage with weird lighting and running around some sort of sports field usually. I needed a camera that works fast like a DSLR but small enough to put in a case in my purse. After trying several cameras I came across the Nex5T for $500.00 and the Alpha A6000 for $750. I bought the Nex5t not able to figure out any major difference worth the price. I am willing to spend whatever I need to get what I want so please help me understand what the A6000 has. I also see that there is an NEX-6 which I did not see in the store?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2014 9:29:40 AM PDT
JeffT says:
If speed is your primary criterion, then the A6000 is the best choice, and a good compromise between size and image quality/speed. The NEX5 will be quite a bit slower overall, and you give up the viewfinder - that won't matter to some, but I personally can't stand shooting from a LCD screen.

The NEX6 is the previous model, which the A6000 replaces. There are still some out there, and it is a fine camera in its own right, but speed wise no better than the 5T.

If small size is very important to you, the RX100M3 might be worth a look. It has a much faster lens than its predecessor model, which goes a long way toward making up for its smaller sensor. It can take amazing pictures, and can fit in a pocket. Just some food for thought, hope that didn't confuse things further.
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