Sony Alpha a6000

Sony Alpha a6000
8.5 Total Score

£549.00

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  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to 51200)
  • Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points
  • Up to 11 FPS continious shooting

Our Review Of The Sony Alpha a6000

The Sony Alpha a6000 is now 2 years old. A number of new mirrorless systems have debuted and have taken over the mantle of power shooter. They have exceptional low light performance and burst rate. However, the Alpha a6000 keeps chugging on, continuing to draw attention and keeping the cash box tingling. How does it do that? In order to understand we need to have a closer look at the camera.

Specifications

  • 24.2 megapixel APS-C EXMOR CMOS sensor
  • BIONZ X image processor
  • XGA Tru-Finder
  • Sony E-mount
  • Weather sealing
  • Native 4K UHD video shooting
  • 11 fps continuous shooting speed with continuous focus tracking
  • S-Log3 Gamma
  • Uncompressed HDMI output

Sensor

The Sony Alpha a6000 is powered by a 25 megapixel APS-C EXMOR CMOS sensor capable of churning out an effective 24.2 megapixels. The maximum image file capable of being produced by the camera is 6000 x 4000 pixels. The Sony Alpha a6000 is capable of recording up to 14-bits of information.

sony-a6000Image Processing

Image processing on the Sony Alpha a6000 is handled by a BIONZ X image processor. The main features of the BIONZ image processor is somewhat unspecified by Sony. They only mention that, “Detail reproduction technology depicts details more faithfully with a more natural sense of dimension by preventing the overemphasized outlines that plague most digital cameras.”

Sony also claims that the processor has diffraction-reducing technology that minimizes the effects of diffraction. Diffraction as you may be aware of is a phenomenon that results in softer images. This happens with all lenses when you close down the aperture to a very large f-number. The Sony Alpha a6000 appears to have a system in place to counter this issue thereby enhancing the natural quality of an image. This literally opens up opportunities to shoot stunning sharp landscape imagery.

sony-a60002Auto-focusing

A hybrid auto-focusing mechanism that inculcates a 25-point contrast detect system and a 179-point phase detection system rates the camera to actually shoot at a much faster continuous shooting speed than even some pro level DSLRs.

Still Shooting

The Sony Alpha a6000 is capable of shooting at 11 fps with continuous AF tracking, thanks to the fast image processor and enhanced auto-focusing mechanism. You can shoot for about 21 frames before the buffer stalls. In JPEG format you can shoot continuously for about 44 frames before the buffer stalls. Along with its reliable hybrid auto-focusing mechanism this is a camera that you would love to work with when shooting sports, wildlife and fast action. There’s a built-in silent shooting mode that triggers soundlessly. This mode is ideal for photographing in places where you don’t want to draw attention.

ISO range

The native ISO range on the Sony Alpha a6000 is 100-25600. On the extended mode it is 100-51200.

Viewfinder & LCD Screen

Being a mirrorless design the Sony Alpha a6000 does not have an optical viewfinder. Instead it has a small 0.39” electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 1,440,000-dots. The back of the camera is dominated by a 3” tilting LCD screen with a resolution of 921,600 dots. Both the viewfinder and the LCD screen has a coverage of 100%.

Video Shooting

The Sony Alpha a6000 is a capable video shooter as well. It shoots native 4K (UHD – 3840 x 2160p) resolution at 30 fps and 25 fps with full pixel readout. It shoots full HD videos at 1920 x 1080p at 120, 60, 50 and 25 fps. A high frame rate ensures beautiful slow-motion effect when playing back the recorded footages in 30 or 24p.

An important feature of the whole movie recording capability of the Sony Alpha a6000 is the ability to send out uncompressed HDMI output of your 4K footages. This is suitable for further post-processing work.

You also have support for S-Log3 Gamma that gives you up to 1300% of wider dynamic range. A wider dynamic range produces a much more smooth tonal and color gradations. Plus you also get an enhanced zebra functionality that ensures you can avoid over-exposing your footages, especially in high contrast situations.

Build quality

The Sony Alpha a6000 is a well-built camera. The top side plastic elements have an underlying magnesium alloy construction. The camera also has excellent weather sealing. The rigid metal mount has been designed so that it can withstand if someone picks up the lens – camera combo just by grabbing the lens barrel. The extra weight bearing capacity of the lens mount also enables it to be used with heavier and longer lenses.

Other Features

  • Built-in flash with a guide number of 19.69’ at ISO 100
  • Multi-interface shoe allows additional accessories to be mounted
  • Extremely well built with magnesium alloy chassis and weather sealing to keep the elements at by
  • Built-in Wi-Fi capability
  • 4D focusing system encompassing a wide-coverage 425-point phase detection system and a
  • 169-area contrast detection system

Conclusion

The Sony Alpha a6000 scores high as a travel, low light and sports camera. There’s really almost nothing that you cannot do with this camera. It shoots at a high burst rate which means it is ideal for shooting sports and wildlife. It has excellent weather sealing. Meaning you can take it outdoors and shoot in inclement weather, ideal for travel photography. It has excellent native 4K video capabilities which allows you to shoot excellent uncompressed footages (if necessary) or take advantage of the high frame rate to later play back in slow motion. The built-in video shooting feature has a bunch of excellent options which is a rarity even in pro-grade DSLR cameras. All in all an excellent camera to invest in.

8.5 Total Score
The Verdict

The Sony Alpha a6000 scores high as a travel, low light and sports camera. There’s really almost nothing that you cannot do with this camera.

Design
8.9
Features
9.1
Performance
8.2
Image Quality
8.1
Value For Money
8
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