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Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3 MP SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD - Body Only (Black)
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- 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor ISO 100-25600 and Focus Sensitivity Range :EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F28 lens attached)
- Operating temperature:32-104°F / 0-40°C.Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
- Up to 11 FPS continious shooting, Compatible OS:Windows Vista SP2*8, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 81, Mac OS X (v106-v109)
- 3-inch tilting LCD with 921,000 dotsCompatible with Sony E Mount lenses
- OLED electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage and 14 million dots
- SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo memory
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Sony ILCE6000L/B Mirrorless DSLR Camera w/ 16-50mm lens
Test the limits of your creativity with the premium mirrorless DSLR that’s focused on speed. Every artistic shot you take—from fast-action to candid—benefits from 24.3MP detail and the world’s fastest auto focus6. For capturing crucial moments that go by in a blink, the a6000 can shoot 11 photos in one second. It’s compact and easy to use, too. Two quick-access dials let you change settings on the fly. Very intuitive.
All the quality in half the size & weight of other DSLRs
The α6000 is a super compact Mirrorless camera that’s about half the size and weight of a typical DSLR, yet it has the same size APS-C image sensor as most DSLRs. The interchangeable lenses and E-mount system make the α6000 more versatile than almost any other camera on the market.
World’s fastest auto focus6 with 179 AF points and 11Fps
Never miss the moment - the α6000 captures 11fps frames per second in continuous shooting mode with AF (Auto Focus) tracking by making the most of the wide-area 179-point phase-detection AF sensor. Even when dealing with fast action the α6000’s superb moving-subject tracking performance ensures you get a great shot during still or video capture.
Capture life in stunning high resolution with 24MP APS-C sensor
Get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements thanks to the newly developed 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor. It’s higher resolution than most DSLRs and adopts the same gapless on-chip lens structure as the α7R for ultimate image quality and light sensitivity.
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.
Instant sharing via smartphone with Wi-Fi and NFC
Sharing has never been so easy. Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to control your camera with your compatible Smartphone or Tablet and the PlayMemories Camera Apps.5 Frame your image on your device’s LCD and control the camera shutter. You can even transfer the images taken directly to your mobile device for quick editing and uploading - Connectivity has been simplified to one-touch utilizing NFC (near field communication). Simply touch the camera to the compatible NFC enabled device to connect.
Gorgeous 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.
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.
Record Full HD 1080/24/60P video3
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 Made even easier with the α6000’s 179 point AF (auto focus) system – tracking moving subjects is not a problem. 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 made possible via the HDMI connection.
What you see is what you get with an OLED Viewfinder
There’s never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF). The OLED EVF features a new optical system with four double aspherical lenses that deliver 100% frame coverage and a wide viewing angle (approx. 33°) for clear visibility from corner to corner dramatically improving visibility. View every scene in rich tonal detail and gradations on the high contrast 1.4M dot OLED EVF. The viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings, so you can accurately monitor the results. There are many advantages to electronic viewfinders, including the ability to display the effects of various camera settings before you take the picture, the use of MF Assist, and Peaking function for fine-tuning focus and previewing the shot.
3.0" 921k dot LCD tilts for high and low angle framing
The tiltable 3.0” (921k dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display makes it easy to photograph over crowds or low to capture pets eye to eye by swinging up approx. 90° and down approx. 45°. Easily scroll through menus and preview life thanks to WhiteMagic technology that dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.
Enhance your camera and creativity with Camera Apps
Personalize your camera by adding new features of your choice with PlayMemories Camera Apps. Find apps to fit your shooting style from portraits, detailed close-ups, sports, time lapse, motion shot and much more. Use apps that shoot, share and save photos using Wi-Fi Easily control your camera via smartphone. Post photos directly to Facebook or backup images to the cloud without connecting to a computer.5.
Fast Hybrid AF (Auto Focus) with 179 phase-detection points
Enhanced Fast Hybrid auto focus combines speedy phase-detection AF with highly accurate contrast-detection AF. Fast Hybrid AF has been accelerated through a new Spatial Object Detection algorithm, to achieve among the fastest autofocusing performance of any camera (0.06 second). First, 179 densely placed focal plane phase-detection AF points swiftly and efficiently move the lens to bring the subject into focus. Then contrast-detection AF with wide AF coverage fine-tunes the focusing in the blink of an eye.
1 Among 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.
2 Not supported in some regions.
3 Records in up to 29 minutes segments.4 Some functions can only be assigned to certain buttons.
4 Some functions can only be assigned to certain buttons.
5 Requires 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.
6 Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C image sensor as of February 12, 2014, based on Sony research. Measured using internal method with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted. CIPA guideline compliant.
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.
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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.
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I also used Canon point and shoot cameras and, again, I was terribly disappointed with the quality and reliability. S95 died with the dreaded "lens error". S100, also died in less than two years. So I started reading and discovered the SONY RX100II. It blew me away! In decent light I could not tell the difference between the RX100II and Canon 7D shots! So I started digging deeper since I never considered SONY cameras before and it came to a very hard choice between the a6000 and the A7.
After studying very RAW file I could find on the internet for weeks I decided the slight difference in image quality was not worth 3x the price of the A7 for me.
I bough the a6000 with the E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS. After the first shoot my jaw dropped. I could not believe it! This tiny $550 body and an $800 lens totally blew away the Canon 7D that costs three times as much. Anything from sharpness and color to speed of focus just wipes the floor with the 7D!
So I sold all my Canon gear and bough another a6000 body and the FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS lens. I also bought the Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS lens and two sets of Vivitar chargers and batteries and AGFA filters. Both bodies, three lenses, 6 batteries, filters, etc fit in a small personal carry-on bag along with Macbook Air, iPad and lots of smaller items! I can carry both bodies on my shoulder and they're lighter and less bulky than one 7D with a tele lens! Sure these are some compromises as I don't have 400mm zoom or 2.8 speed but the kit produces stunning images that I am totally happy with at a fraction of the bulk. My entire photo gear in a small handbag!!!
Just like the RX100II, the a6000 is an amazing marvel of modern technology that puts Nikon and Canon to shame. My hat's off to SONY for this achievement. I won't dive into specs. But yes, what people say about the quality, speed and features of this camera is all true. This is not hype. I didn't believe at first. This thing reinvigorated my interest in photography to the point that I took short vacation to go shooting in Death Valley.
I can't find really anything wrong with this thing. Sure, it's not perfect, there are little annoyances such as the infamous video button but this is all overshadowed by the technological brilliance and stunning image quality that rivals midrange DSLRs.
Speaking of video: with the G lenses this camera is a blast to use for video and produces gorgeous full HD at 60fps. I'm just not much into video.
One significant drawback of the incredible set of features is high power draw. This thing goes through batteries quickly. Get the Vivitar or Wasabi kit with external charger and two extra batteries. I figure around 250 shots per battery and I'm not even using power zoom.
And yeah, the unfortunate decision not to include a dedicated charger is just stupid. Come on SONY. In camera charging is not acceptable.
In case you haven't figured this out yet: I really like this camera and the two SONY lenses!
Main improvements are:
Considerable improvement in Auto-focus:
Generally fast focus in good light, and little slower but correct focus in low-light instead of dreaded dotted rectangle on previous NEX series.Face detection works in all modes, and greatly aids in auto-focus and acquires fast locks. But otherwise also, it is able to lock focus when previous NEX cameras failed to lock focus in low-light.( I am able to do A to B comparisons since I still have previous NEX and Alpha cameras with me.)
Tip: In low light if you are still seeing dreaded dotted rectangle, change "Focus Area" to center. This attains focus lock faster in low-light.
In general I do not think focus speed is faster than Panasonic or Olympus Mirror less cameras.
Definitely improvement over other Mirror less esp, in low-light. Having more pixels helps cropping and some sharpness improvement in resized photos.(Fuji may be exception).
Another observation, flash metering accuracy is improved. Though I prefer not to use flash, but sometimes it is necessary evil in low-light condition esp for not so stable subjects like Kids. Previous gen Sony NEX/Alpha and Panasonic cameras mostly over exposed washing out details when I needed flash(Some I could recover with RAW). Sony A6000 little better in that respect.
I like having hardware controls instead of going thru deep menus for items we frequently need(Aperture, Shutter speed, White balance etc).
Also like having programmable custom buttons, Memory recall and ofcourse AEL button with different settings.
But one thing I thought Sony got it wrong is, control dial(PSAM) and thumbwheel. They should have switched Control Dial PSAM and thumbwheel so it is easy to control with single hand while holding the camera.
Despite low resolution, the View finder is helpful esp in mid day sun.
This is one of the bad and non-intuitive wireless setup I have encountered on portables. To upload photos wirelessly to my PC, mainly to test I started setting up wifi. Camera recognized Access point and prompted for password (WPA2). Even after several attempts also it did not connect, kept prompting password again. I later tried direct wifi setup with my iPad which worked fine and I liked fact I can use iPad touch-screen to select focus point(just like NEX-5T, panasonic GX1 with built-in touch screen).
Finally able to setup wifi via Play memories app, but it is so finicky that most of the time it fails first 1 or 2 attempts to go to home page. Basically it seems camera is putting wifi in power save mode, but it taking some time to wake up and acquire IP from router, meanwhile app is timing out. With Samsung Galaxy S3, it connects and disconnects immediately. It seems we need to adjust some developers settings as per forums. still need to investigate. I will update later. In the end it is unnecessarily frustrating experience.
I shot quite few clips before heading into my daughters dance performance on stage. I do like the video quality esp in limited light compared to previous NEX and Canon HD camcorder I have. Mostly shot with 55-210MM, 18-55MM Sony kit lens, and few clips with Sigma 30MM 2.8 lens. I really like the quality with 55-210 and focus speed with this lens.
But I did observe some moire pattern in some videos, which I have not seen on camcorder footage. May be I need a moire filter.
Main issue is shutdown of video recording during the performances.
I was shooting video of stage dance performance with 55-210MM on tripod actively panning and zooming. Camera kept focus on moving subjects quite well on large stage with many dancers. This is good thing(of course the small aperture of this zoom helps too). I set the quality to 60P 28mbps (highest possible).
First two performances each 10 min length with 3 minutes gap worked fine. After 3 minutes gap, I started shooting 3rd performance which is more critical to me. After 2minutes of 3rd performance it shutdown with overheat warning. This is in a conditioned auditorium with temp is about 70F. Camera is hardly warm. Instead of giving a temp warning before shutdown, it simply shutdown. They should have given a warning before shutdown threshold temp so that user can plan for alternative quickly. Only after 3 minutes gap I was able to resume video. But precious movement were lost before I pull out my other camera and set it up.
I was hoping Sony learned lessons with NEX 7 and I thought they would address those problem in A6000. But it is not the case. So if video is of any importance, please forget this camera. In real world outside warm weather I doubt if you can record more than 10 mins with this camera. Small cameras like RX100 II is able to record non-stop, how come larger camera is having problems with overheating?
On my part, I made sure I have the fastest freshly formatted Sony SD card with 40MB/sec rating. So it is not the SD card in anyways.
So, please do not expect to use this camera for more than 10 mins of video even with breaks in between.
I will update my review as I find new things, good or bad, and change rating as I discover more about this specific model.
Did further testing of video time. See comments section. Also I observed battery life closely. As some other reviewer indicated, battery drain approx 1% for every minute(which is quite fast/big drain) when browsing thru menus etc. On idle with LCD active, but ops it seems about 1% for every 2 mins. Video recording is also about 1% for 1 min video. Overall battery consumption is much higher than NEX-3N/A3000 series.
Update 6/23/14: Spoke to Sony customer care, got usual canned response saying it is not intended to take long videos etc etc. Later had a chat with another rep with same responses, but offered a repair service. But rep does not know what they are going to repair. I asked if there are any planned firmware updates to address this issue, but they are not aware of any. Here is the response link Sony rep sent.
I read several reviews, and in several forums, and it seems Video is a problem with this camera with overheating. Mine fared better than many, atleast able to capture 10min non-stop. I think in typical weather we should assume 10minute max video. May be another another 10 mins with another 10 mins break.
If anyone seeing different behavior and able to record for long, please let me know of any tips/tricks.
update: 09/26/14: Now comparing with A5100 makes me more annoyed as A5100 got XAVC S video recording with full sensor readout. Much higher bit rate and much better video quality. Ofcourse I still love the View Finder on A6000.
Another thing I keep observing is, camera keeps forgetting Aperture between power downs. So if I set mine at 2.8 for current shooting, then few min later again later if I have to take a shot, it picking something else it wants in Program mode. Quite few times, I am realizing after taking shot. Many times we may not be able to take same shot again. Please let me know if someone found out another way to keep previous values esp for Aperture between power-on/power-off(ofcourse I do not want to go complete manual).
11/09/15: I have an update as I mentioned in the comments. I upgraded my Camera firmware to version 2.0 a while ago. First things I observed is turn-on to first shot is greatly improved.
Another good news is XAVC S is added to this Camera as part of version 2.0 firmware(Feature from A5100). Caveat is, it needs at least 64GB SDXC card, preferably U1/U3 card. I bought 128GB Sony SDXC card some other place for better price. Even sony SDXC U1 cards less than 64GB does not work as Camera does not let you select XAVC S complaining about exFat format requirement. You have to select file format XAVC S, and then record setting 60P or 30P at 50mbps using 64GB or higher capacity.
Now quality, I tested few clips, and took some stage dance videos over few weeks. I set 30P/50mbps, took most videos with 55-210 lens.
They came out very good. I can see it has less compression artifacts in background of video, as well as finer details are better. Ofcourse it is better in the similar settings compared to usual 28mbps AVCHD. As far as over heating, it is no worse than previous setting. I was expecting it overheat sooner, but I have not seen change.
Also, recently I had to record several hours stage videos using Sony 4K camcorder(at 100mbps), at the same time I did setup A6000 as a backup and took some videos. Though 4k has more resolution, video from this camera has very little noise, excellent exposure and very rich colors. So, now I am little more happy, but wish overheating issue is not there. Hope this update helps others.
Update 02/13/2016: The 55-210mm zoom lens suddenly stopped working(not the body issue). Seems body can not control the aperture. This lens has been sparing sparingly used for videos only(Sigma 30mm is on the body mostly). Cleaned the contacts, but it seems some internal mechanism problem. It has not been dropped, or abused anyways(looks pristine and new) . Called Sony only to realize it only had 12 month. Not sure repair cost is worth or not. If anyone has easy fix, please add comment.