Sony A6000 review

It Sony A6000Are you a veteran Sony’s mirrorless camera range that dates right back to 2014 – so should you still buy it today?

It has been a long and long time since I last saw it. Sony A6000It is one of our favourite beginner cameras, and it’s a good deal for people who don’t want 4K video. While the camera has many great features, the price is not the best. A6000Its pricing hasn’t been changed but the fact that they haven’t is. SonyThe company’s long-standing policy is to sell older models at steadily declining prices. This was a good thing for some time. A6000This is a great budget purchase. However, prices seem to be increasing. This could mean that either the price of the product is going up or they will continue to rise. SonyProbably has come to realize that this camera is far more powerful than what it originally thought.

It Sony A6000The camera was first launched in 2014, which in camera terms is quite a while back. Is it still competitive in today’s market – especially when it has been succeeded by no fewer than five newer models in the same product line? 

• Read our Sony A6000 vs A6100 vs A6300 vs A6400 vs A6500 vs A6600 article for the full comparison – it’s like a dynasty, not a camera range!

It is an unqualified yes. It is the Sony A6000 remains one of the best Sony cameras, as well as one of the best mirrorless cameras, thanks to its still-great performance and sheer value for money. Although the specs are a bit outdated, they still provide enough quality for many stills photographers.

It is slim and lightweight. A6000Features a 24.3MP, APS-C C CMOS sensor. Although it was launched in competition with mid-range camera, it’s still an attractive option for beginners looking for an entry-level model. However, while we consider it one of the best cameras for beginners because of its price, it’s actually far more powerful than these.

It lacks 4K video, clever AF and the sophistication of some new models. Sony A6000It is still a strong performer. Let’s take a closer look at what it can do…

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Model number: ILCE-6000
Sensor: 
23.43 million APS-C (23.5×15.6mm), CMOS sensor
The Focal length conversion 1.5x
Memory: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Viewfinder: Viewfinder electronic, 0.39 inch, 1,440,000 dots
Video: 1080p
ISO range From 100 up to 25,600
Autofocus points: 179 phase detection points, 25 contrast detect points
Maximal burst rate 11fps
Screen: 3-inch, 921k-dot tilting LCD
Speed of shutter: 1/4000-30sec plus Bulb
Weight: 344g with battery and memory cards
Dimensions: 120 x 66.6 x 45.1mm
Power: NP-FW50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Key Features

It A6000It is fitted with a 24-megapixel APS/C sensor. This camera was at the top of its class when it launched back in 2014. Few other APS-C cameras have this capability. It has 179 phases-detection and 25 contrast detection autofocus points. 

Launched at the time SonyThe camera claimed to have the best AF speed of any camera with an APSC sized sensor. And while a few cameras have without doubt improved on this since then, it still feels extremely responsive, even by today’s standards.

The back of the A6000This tilting LCD screen has an electronic viewfinder that is 0.39 inches in diameter and is made up of the same 1.4-million dot device as the RX10 premium bridge cam. The trend is reflected in the A6000It comes with Wi-Fi and NFC built in.

The standard lens selection for the kit lenses is the A6000 comes with a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 power zoom – a lens still bundled with modern equivalents, like the Sony ZV-E10 vlogging camera. The can be purchased here A6000You can choose to use the entire body, or just the E-mount lenses. This is the Sony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 has a much longer zoom range and performs better than the average superzoom lens.Advertisement

 

BUILDING AND HANDLING

People who like buttons and dials, will love the A6000. You have many options for controlling it, including other functions. SonyMost cameras can be customized to fit your needs.

The grip of A6000The lens is slightly more pronounced than the others, so it’s easy to hold. SonyIt starts to feel a little front-heavy at 18-135mm, f/3.5-5.6. There’s also a nice texture covering the camera. On top of the camera are two dials: one for controlling the shooting mode (such as automatic, semi-automatic or manual), and another for altering the shutter speed or aperture, depending on the mode you’re shooting in.

 

Setting the autofocus point on this camera is a task that would be speedier with a touchscreen, but it’s not too bad if you set the right custom buttons. Set Focus Area to Flexible Spot for faster operation. To access the Focus Point Selection option, simply press the button at the middle of the scrolling dial. To move the screen around, you can use the directional keys. It’s worth noting that this is the default option for the central button when Flexible Spot is selected: if you’ve got it set to anything else, it won’t work in the same way.Advertisement

Although it’s not a touchscreen, the screen tilts, which is useful for shooting from some awkward angles, or for shielding the screen from glare. It’s also a ‘wide’ screen, so in the regular 3:2 aspect ratio for stills, it doesn’t use the full screen width, which makes the screen feel quite small and cramped. It’s also not very scratch-resistant – ours has picked up a few scrapes and digs over the years we’ve had it. The viewfinder is bright and clear except in broad daylight, when it’s too easily lost in the glare.

 

The 1.44m-dot EVF has a low resolution by today’s standards but it does the job pretty well – and it’s especially good to get a viewfinder on an APS-C mirrorless camera at this price.Advertisement

What you don’t get with this camera is a front-facing screen or 4K video (it’s restricted to full HD), but this reflects the marketplace when this camera was launched. For stills photographers, though, it’s got pretty much everything you might need, even now. Its 11fps continuous shooting speed is especially impressive.Advertisement

The main driver behind this has been constant improvement in video capabilities. A6000-series cameras. The -series cameras are ideal if you do not require video. A6000It isn’t so different from the rest. The image processing may be better today, and the autofocus more sophisticated, but the design, handling and sensor itself have hardly changed.Advertisement

You’ll do much better with the old if you need video. Sony ZV-E10 or the A6000The Replacement for the A6100. They are both more costly than the A6000However, prices for these video-recording devices are coming closer to the real thing and they are more advanced.

LAB TESTS

The results were compared Sony A6000The lab tests were conducted with three other key competitors, who are both a few years older but age similarly. The result was the Canon EOS M50The APS-C 24-megapixel sensor, a viewfinder and the underrated Fujifilm X-T100 (now replaced by the X-T200, not shown below). The also came in the following options: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II as one of the A6000’s contemporaries. We would likely choose the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IVThis is a powerful camera that can capture both video and still images. A6000Look a bit tired and older now.

 

Resolution

It is not too old, however. A6000Still delivers the most resolution, just, of all its nearest rivals. This is the same resolution as the 32.5MP. Canon EOS 90D. Olympus E-M10 Mark II does also well above ISO 800 but its resolution begins to decrease due to the smaller sensor.

 

Signal-to-noise ratio

We mention this in the reviewHigh ISO image noise does not make the photograph look better Sony A6000It is a strong point. Low ISO settings are not a problem. However, it scored below other cameras in our laboratory tests. Higher ISO settings will require you to use your software’s noise reduction tools more. The other three cameras – including the Olympus – are noticeably better in this respect.

 

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It SonyAlthough it performs admirably with the Fujifilm X-T100 or Canon EOS M50 cameras, its dynamic range decreases as ISO gets higher. Olympus E-M10 Mark II has a slower start, but a surprising wide dynamic range.

We can generally describe the Sony A6000Although it offers very high performance at lower ISO settings, such as ISO 400-800 and resolution, its performance is less impressive than those of its competition at higher ISO settings.

Verdict

A camera released in 2014 but then displaced by not fewer than five models can still be competitive. It’s true that the A6000’s specs now look distinctly old hat compared to what’s come along since, but only in a couple of key areas. Newer cameras have 4K video, which won’t bother you if you don’t shoot video, and more advanced AF systems – but for most of us, the A6000’s AF is plenty good enough. It was an advanced system at its time that still stands today.

Key to the Sony A6000The price is the best. SonyIt has been on sale for years at constant falling prices. If you want a low-cost mirrorless camera that’s way better than its price suggests it should be, get the A6000. We wish you all the best. SonyIt will continue to be made for many years!

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