Rated 3 out of 5
by Garven The defected firmware update
I have been using this camera for 16 months. I liked it a lot until the last firmware v2.00 updated in June. Before the update, I used the E 16-70mm f4.0 ZA OSS lens can get 95% of in focus sharp images, even at 1/20 speed. After the update, I only got 60% of images sharp! No matter what focal length ( 11-70mm), even use small aperture (f11-f16), even in 1/400 speed, and with the SteadyShot ON, I still get blurry images easily. I updated the firmware before I went to a Europe trip in mid June, I didn't know the result, because every shot the camera indicated get focus, and the small screen can't tell different. When I back home uploaded to my big screen desktop, then found out 30-40% of the images are not in focus, not sharp! I am very upset!
August 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by JeanetteH A learning curve
It took me a little while to warm up to this camera. Beginning, without understanding about lens distortion, apetures,.- things of that nature... (and turning off the wi-fi while storing (big battery eater), my first pictures were marginal. But once you learn just a little about lighting, and zooming the kit lens to avoid distortion, the pictures are sharp, vibrant, and the best that I have taken. It was between a DSLR and this camera. But DSLR's need much more maintenance, they are heavier, and this is quicker, and I have no complaints about the quality. It will be much easier to carry around if I want to take it somewhere, in fact I would probably leave a DSLR at home in most circumstances. Not many photos were out of focus, and if they were it was user error. So, in sum, after giving it a chance I realized that My inexperience was a problem. I love that you can tilt the LCD screen when shooting from awkward angles. It is a wonderful and easy to use and learn camera and great alternative to a DSLR, one that you can carry without thinking about the extra weight.
March 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by donchicus LOVE IT!
I have had this camera since October 2014 and have taken it on trips to Dubai, Philippines, France, Los Angeles, Washington DC. Takes amazing photos, very light, easy to use. I even dropped it once on a concrete floor and it works just as well as before the drop (it got a few scratches)! The price is amazing for what you get. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
I will definitely be getting the next version when it comes out if I can save up for it.
The only regret - not buying it sooner than I did!
June 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by PortertheReporter A Steal with the $200 rebate!
For the price you can’t be this little gem. I’ve used a NEX-7 for almost three years (34,500 shutter activations), and I’d choose the a6000 over the NEX-7. The biggest con for the a6000 is true for all Sony E-mount cameras, a lack of quality lenses. However, shoot with a Sony 50mm lens or a Sigma 60mm or 30mm lens and you’ll find the image quality is tremendously good especially if you are willing to shoot in RAW. The tracking focus still isn’t the same as a good DLSR, so for action shots with an object coming toward or away from the camera the a6000 isn’t the best choice. For other focusing and video focusing it does very well indeed.
It would have been nice if Sony had used the same NEX-7 EVF, but I’ve only noticed the difference when shooting macro shots using manual focus. And as others have mentioned, Sony seems determined to keep the hotshoe proprietary (I use a Pixel adapter with the NEX-7 and my Canon Speedlite flashes have worked well with the NEX-7, so I expect someone will make an adapter for the a6000 as well).
The a6000 has now become my favorite camera for most shots.
December 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by EnzoS Great Camera
i purchased the a6000 about a month ago. I upgraded from the Nex-3. The a6000 is a huge jump forward from the Nex lineup. As a Nex owner I had already invested in some E-mount glass. I have shot along side the big names and constantly leave others amazed at the clarity and dynamic range of this little device.
That having been said I do have some issues with it. I would have preferred Sony to use a standard hotshoe, for some reason they have a fascination with proprietary connections for many of their devices.
As was mentioned in some of the other reviews battery life could be better, but considering the size of the body I think it is OK.
I love the fact that all of its buttons are customizable, i just wish that the C1 button was on top of the body between the setting wheel and the flash, and the C3 button was located higher up on the back panel.
As far as a touch screen goes I have never had or used a camera with one so I don't see it as a shortcoming for not having one.
My Biggest fear with this camera is that rather than Sony release consistent quality firmware updates they will simply release a new camera like they did with the Nex line. I would love to see some quality fast primes be released. 85f1.4 anyone?
August 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by NewtoSonyalpha Great camera, lousy battery life
Have used it for six months, including trip. Pictures are great specially with the Zeiss 32/1.8 touit lens, not so much with the Sony E 55-210. Battery life is bad, battery goes down even with the camera off, like from 100% to 81% in two days.
August 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by PWRocketS 98/100
Finally a mirrorless camera that is better than a DSLR! I finally sold my DSLR gears after purchasing the A6000 & the 16-70 f4 Zeiss.
The Good: Great sensor with lots of resolution and dynamic range. Very responsive and the EVF provided a great shooting experience. Almost all buttons are customizable. Very easy to download photos to my iPad/ iPhone via Wi-Fi.
Can be improved: the LCD screen is nice but sometimes it is difficult to see under bright sunlight (minor problem since I can use EVF in these situation).
Note: I wish Sony will provide a firmware update to let me use the built-in flash to trigger an off-camera flash. This would make the A6000 a perfect camera!
May 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SanP SO HAPPY with the a6000
There are times when I don't feel like lugging around my Sony a77 DSLR, but at the same time, I don't want to settle for the limitations of a point and shoot. The a6000 is perfect for this reason. I decided to get the body only and purchased the Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom lens separately. So far, GREAT combination. Very easy to use and most importantly, it takes very clear and crisp photos. Great little camera. It's also great in indoor low-light, action, landscape, portrait...
Additionally, I also purchased the 50mm 1.8 prime lens and the 20mm 2.8 prime. I love the output of these lens combinations with the a6000.
To boot, if you own an A77 or other Sony Alpha DSLR SLT camera, you may want to consider in investing in the Sony A-Mount to E-Mount (LAEA4) Adapter. It costs about $350. The pros are that you can use your A-Mount lenses on an E-Mount camera, like the a6000. The cons are that a6000's 179 phase-detect points is decreased to 15 phase-detect points. You still get a really nice output of photos.
The only cons to owning the a6000 is the battery life, which is just ok. Hoping that Sony comes out with a battery with a longer life. Also, and this is picky, the hot-shoe does not come with a protective cover and is just exposed. Lastly, I love that the LCD screen folds out. However, I wish that, like the A77 that it would fold inward so that the glass is not exposed. Also, it would have been nice if the LCD was a touch screen.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the a6000. I love it! LOVE IT!!!!
June 17, 2014