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The Alpha A6000 was introduced by Sony in February 2014. It belongs to the Mirrorless Cameras category.
Sony is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Sony.
The Alpha A6000 features a CMOS sensor in APS-C size that has an area of approximately 24 x 16 mm² (0.93" x 0.61").
This infographic compares the Alpha A6000's sensor to other common formats:
(The 1-Euro coin used for scale has a diameter of 23.25mm, slightly smaller than a US quarter.)
Note: APS-C sensors made by Sony are slightly larger than those from other manufacturers.
The Alpha A6000's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 24 megapixel. The resolution is above average and will be sufficient for the foreseeable future. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed in A2 size or larger, even if unwanted parts of the photo have to be cropped.
The Sony supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Sony's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.
The Alpha A6000 features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.
|Sensor area||23.50 x 15.60mm²|
(0.93" x 0.61")
|Resolution (physical)||24.70 megapixel|
|Resolution (effective)||24.30 megapixel|
|Pixel size||15.30 µm²|
All compatible E Mount lenses can be mounted to the Alpha A6000.
Currently, approximately circa 50 E Mount lenses are available, not counting lenses by third-party manufacturers. Further lenses can be connected via suitable adapters.
|Mount||Sony E Mount|
The Alpha A6000 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 1.44 megapixel, an above average value for a viewfinder like this.The magnifcation is c. 0.70x, an above average value for an electronic viewfinder.
The infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnification of the Alpha A6000. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size. The red frame indicates the largest viewfinder magnification in any digital camera on the market today (0.85x).
Tip: If the viewfinder image of the Alpha A6000 is fuzzy, us the little wheel next to the viewfinder to adjust the sharpness.
The Alpha A6000's shutter speeds range from 1/4000s to 30s.
|Max. shutter speed||1/4000s|
|Min. shutter speed||30s|
The Alpha A6000's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.
|Min. sensitivity||100 ISO|
|Max. sensitivity||25600 ISO|
The Alpha A6000 supports all common metering modes.
The Sony will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.
The Alpha A6000's auto focus processor uses 179 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when panning the camera).
Manual focus is also possible with the Sony, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.
The Alpha A6000 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 6m (20 ft.). That range will work for most situations.
A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Sony's hotshoe. Very useful for indirect flashes or for trigggering remote flashes.
The Alpha A6000 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That's about average.
The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.
The Alpha A6000 does not feature a touch screen.
Display characteristics at a glance:
When recording videos with the Alpha A6000, the highest supported resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixel, in other words Full HD Video. 4K videos are not supported by the Sony.
A connector for an external microphone is missing from the Sony. A built-in mike will usually record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is not always what the film maker wants. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.
Videos with the Sony Alpha A6000 at a glance:
|Max. resolution||1920 x 1080 pixel|
|...with frame rates||24 frames/second|
|CONNECTIVITY & WIRELESS|
The Alpha A6000 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.
In situations where wireless won't work reliably, a wired connection can be used.Typical for Sony, the camera supports device specific apps that can enhance the functionality of the camera and that can be downloaded from the internet..Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.
The Sony connects to your PC over USB 2.0.
The Sony's connectivity at a glance:
What memory cards can be used with the Sony Alpha A6000?
The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards. Sony MemorySticks can be used, too.
With an average image size of 12 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 2670 images.
Supported memory cards at a glance:
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro
Let's have a look at some other features of the Sony Alpha A6000:
The Alpha A6000 doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom. However, with Wifi built-in, location data can also be added via a connected smartphone.
The Alpha A6000 doesn't have a built-in stabilizer. That would have been a plus when using legacy zooms or tele lenses without stabilizer.
The camera has a built-in function to facilitate creating panoramas: While panning the Sony over the scene, the camera takes a sequence of images which are then automatically assembled to form a panorama.
The camera can create HDRs automatically. That saves you from manually creating sequences of images with variying exposure values.
The Alpha A6000 is not environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; keep that in mind in the rain and on the beach.
The Sony's features in a handy table:
The Sony Alpha A6000 works with a NP-FW50 LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 360 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.
The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.
The Alpha A6000's battery at a glance:
|Battery life||360 photos|
The Sony Alpha A6000's dimensions are 120 x 66.9 x 45.1mm³. (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.8"). That's the body only, without lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 344 grams (11.1 oz.). Add to this the weight of the lens.
Front and top view of the Alpha A6000 with dimensions:
To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).
The Alpha A6000 is not much bigger:
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Sony's A6000, introduced in 2014, features an APS-C sized sensor with 24 megapixel resolution. Sony claims that the autofocus is class-leading with only 0.06 seconds required to focus properly. Video can be recorded with Full HD resolution; in addition the camera features a dedicated jack for an external microphone, a big plus for videographers. Also built-in is a high-resolution electronic viewfinder (1.44 megapixel) with a magnification of c. 0.70x, a very good value for a camera of this size.
The current (2017) top models of Sony's A6xxx series are the Sony A6300 and Sony A6500. Both add support fo 4K video and a higher resolving viewfinder. Additionally, the A6500 features a built-in image stabilizer. For photographers who don't need the latest and greatest, the A6000 remains a recommendation, especially when on sale.
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