Rated 5 out of 5
by asifraza Cannot go wrong with the a6000
I am a professional photographer and have made a good living for the past 30 years. I have also been a loyal Nikon & Hassleblad user. My current digital SLR, Nikon D3X as great as it is, becomes incredibly cumbersome after a few hours and I was looking for a mirror-less option. Decided to give the a6000 a try and, boy oh boy, no regrets what so ever.
It is far more than what I had ever expected it to be, photographically speaking. Awesome, awesome awesome.
Yes, there are a bunch of things that I am sure would be an issue for a large number of people not used to all the features. The manual accompanying the camera, is a true apology of a manual. I sincerely hope that Sony fixes this and puts in more detailed information on how to access and use the features available. The controls are not the most intuitive and I was struggling for the first little while, though after getting a good understanding of everything, it really is a charm.
The build quality is not the best, but then nor is the price anything even remotely close to what you will be paying for a pro-sumer camera with all the features and for what this camera is really capable of, so my advise to all users is to be gentle and not force anything.
The kit lenses are decent, though I acquired a metabones adapter for Nikon lenses and the image quality really does come through.
I will never recommend this camera to someone who is just starting to explore digital photography as much as it has all the auto functions and features, the true capability really comes through when you manage everything on your own, using better optics, particularly with RAW files when processed through Capture One. The images are simply VOW!!
April 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Apocryphon I want to be blunt about a couple of things to start. Firstly, I am a novice photographer. Most of my understanding of photography came from researching the camera I wanted to buy. Secondly, this is my first camera of any competitive caliber.
That said, this is the camera I chose after much research. It has very much lived up to and surpassed my expectations in most ways. That said (part II), it is not perfect and the rating given is for its placement in the camera hierarchy.
I think, if someone is looking for an all around, best bang for the buck camera for daily use, family portraits/life moments, compact carry, and even artistic photography within an affordable price range, the a6000 is probably what they are looking for.
I've read criticisms of the low light performance, and it can be hard to tweak.... but I have gotten some decent images outside after midnight. The clarity is impressive, in general. The speed lives up to the hype.
This said, there are some justifiable criticisms. It can be stubborn in the dark when it can't focus on what you are aiming at - in other words, it relies on its own computer focusing instead of trusting the user. Sometimes it is right, sometimes you just wish it would do as it is told, if only so you can get an idea of how to adjust the settings. There is no touch screen or mic jack. The fastest shutter speed is a "mere" 1/4000, which is fine for what it is, but there is a bit of a contrast with faster cameras. I'm sure they could have hit 1/16000 with its electronic nature without much of a price increase. I suspect Sony didn't want to make its higher end cameras completely irrelevant.
May 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TightLines Love Love Love this camera
I have come full circle. I started in 1972 with a Minolta SRT-101 (Sony bought them out) then moved to Nikon in the 80's with a FE-2 and several lens. When I went digital I moved to Canon. I was a big time fan of Canon... But when I found the a6000 wow a whole new world of photography! Reminds me of the best rangefinder cameras. Any camera with a mirror is like using some old outdated tech, I think in just a few years no company will be making them. Canon and Nikon do not seem to understand this yet. I now have the 24 Zeiss 1.8, 50 Sony 1.8, 10 to 18 Sony 4, 16 to 70 Zeiss 4, and 55 to 210 Sony. Then the iceing on the cake my old Nikon lens will fit with an adapter. My 55 Micro-Nikkor 3.5 with an adapter works like the bomb. I can make most excellent 16 by 20 prints with any of these lens. Sony has made the most important advancement in photography since didigal. Send the mirrors off to the graveyard.
May 13, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Kmom Broken in 6 weeks with minimal use
I purchased this camera on 11/27/14. I arrived in early December. In late-January, after being used about 4 or 5 times, I went to pick it up and the plastic piece that locks the battery and hd card door popped out. I tried to fit it back in and it kept popping out. After a couple of times, I now can't even find that cheap tiny plastic piece and the camera is completely unusable because the door will not shut. My only recourse, after a few weeks of minimal use, is to send it to their repair shop for who knows how long.
A quick search online shows that this is a common problem for this camera and many people have lamented the cheap plastic piece that easily breaks or pops out and renders the camera complete unusable. I am a mom who in no way rough handles cameras and this camera had barely left my home. I looked at many other mirror less cameras and wish wish wish I had purchased a different brand. I would not in a million years recommend this camera to anyone.
January 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bradford Excellent Camera, Terrible Lens.
When I first used this camera after I bought it, I used it with the 16-50 kit lens. Now while I didn't expect the greatness of the 16-50 f/2.8 I love so much I wasn't prepared for how bad it was. Make no mistake this is a trash lens. It's only mildly redeeming value is it is very small when closed. If I paid the full 300 price for it I would have sent it back in a heartbeat. After my test run with the camera part of me was worried I had made a bad purchase.
However after using it with the 50mm f/1.8 oss lens, my feelings changed dramatically. The quality is fantastic, even at 1600 ISO noise is hard to find in stills and video. I shot a concert which I usually shoot manual because of the low light conditions make it troublesome for AF. But I tried recording a video using the AF and I was shocked. It was fast and accurate. It did get confused if there were two people who were close together, but other than that it was great and more than usable in practical applications.
The WiFi is fun. Bands like it when I post photos of their sound check to their Instagram. My only complaints so far with the camera itself is, (like with my previous e-mount) the buttons are very easy to accidentally bump. The other is an odd one. On the LCD screen it shows little graphics representing the control wheels and has Tv and Av written next to them. I don't need that. And that seems something more for Canon users anyway. It's not a deal breaker it's just annoying.
Overall, unless you really really want a small collapsible lens I wouldn't bother. The old 18-55 oss is a much better bang for your buck in terms of optical quality. That being said, any other e-mount lens works beautifully. So I would recommend buying the body only and picking out a solid lens.
May 11, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by StuartBell Focus is POOR
We are a two A6000 family and are replacing both as we "speak". I am unable to achieve sharp focus on either body with either lens - a SONY 18-200 and a similar Tamron. Smaller than F/8 all is sharp - but so is a $29 drugstore camera. More than f/8, I get sharp focus only with DMF - if I use DMF, focus is fine - I touch up the autofocus by a turn of the DMF ring, sharp focus. I've tried with a tripod and remote shutter, so it isn't my shake - the autofocus is fast but poor. Calls to Sony and a software upgrade improved the camera to poor - but, for now, it is an f/8 lens with medium quality results.
June 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BillsCameraInputs A Small and Powerful Mirrorless Camera
With the myriad of brands and models now on the market, the consumer is left to truly wonder what to buy, what will fit their needs and desires, and what can their pocket book afford. The Alpha A6000 is a follow on product to Sony's A3000/A5000 Series of small but powerful Mirrorless Cameras.
Rather than commenting on all the various features of this product - you have, or can read about them. This review will simply bring out a few aspects that this enthusiast level hobby photographer has observed first hand.
This newest product has two very distinct features: (1# It utilizes an APS-C sized Sensor #which is typical of that found in Bridge-Level DSLR's, or larger Sony Alpha DSLT camera products#. In simple terms it means that you can easily achieve crisp, clear, images, and movies, with great coloring, ability to capture things in varying light conditions, and have the megapixel count to achieve great detail. An APS-C Sensor is just below in size what is known as a Full Frame Camera #typically professional grade, or more expensive higher end consumer product#. #2# This model product has some 179 Focal Points that literally lock on to a subject, an area, or a whole wide shot with sharp accuracy. You can leave things in an AUTO Mode, or select those Focal Points you deem more important to the photo shot. Also, the Camera is physically nicely designed, with an EXPOSURE ADJUSTMENT Wheel right on top, an easy access FN #Function Button# right where you need it, and a MENU System that is straight forward and easily accessible. The Viewfinder is offset to the left, so that you have physical room to advance your eye to the FINDER without pushing your face onto the LCD Screen itself.
The only suggestive change is: SONY's continuing system of accessing the Detailed User Manual #the typical 300+ pg. operational usage type#. Sony no longer supplies a Disc, or Flash, or SD Memory Card to load in such a manual. All is acquired via Sony's On-line electronic access for Downloading. The method of accessing and reading detailed operation is by "Cascading Sheets" formatting that is SUBJECT based vs. traditional PDF and TABLE OF CONTENTS with corresponding Page Numbering - such as in a traditional BOOK TYPE formatting. Thus if you desire to PRINT a hard copy of the detailed manual for insertion into a binder, etc., you CAN NOT Print from Page 1, to Page xx in a contiguous manner. You can print a subject page or pages as needed, but page numbering IS NOT contiguous. Many of us have begged Sony to change to a more common format of detailed manuals. Informational content also needs to be more extensive.
All said, the Sony A6000 "is" a terrific, small and powerful quality made camera that should please ANY user, and your photographs will prove it. More Lenses are being offered for the E-Mount system to compliment your ranging and abilities. As one who owns, and uses numerous brands and levels of cameras products #and now owns some (10) Sony higher end products - Sony is definitely an innovative leader in the consumer, and even professional level of camera products. Do not be afraid to invest in this A6000, it is a versatile and powerful product.
May 5, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MtWanderer A very nice upgrade from my NEX-5N
I have had the camera for one week and love it. Still learning how to operate it. The controls are placed well and I like the menu layouts. I am a hiker and having the built in viewfinder and flash means less to carry. The viewfinder is bright and in a good location. There have been some concerns about the sharpness of the 16-50 lens but it seems ok to me. The battery charger, WHAT A STUPID IDEA... What if I want to charge a battery while still using the camera? I can't, like I did with the NEX-5. Now I have to purchase another separate battery charger???
More to follow.
May 7, 2014