5 Stars By Zack Nicol on 1969-12-31
Excellent beginner camera for landscape and portrait artists! HIGHLY recommmend.
I have nothing but good things to say about this camera. I have owned my Sony A6000 for just over a year now and it has been nothing short of perfect. I am a beginner photographer and it has taken high-quality, professional photos. The basic lens is limited in terms of the scope of photography but it has taken excellent basic landscape and people photography. I purchased an additional lens to take night photography and this camera has been amazing. I've attached some of my pictures below. If you're a beginner photographer looking to get into either landscape or portrait photography, this is the camera for you! It's smaller and lighter than most DSLRs and it's very intuitive to learn the settings and controls.
5 Stars By Brock on 2015-10-10
More than good enough for a pro.
I am a pro and yes this is good enough for any professional work you can throw at it. To qualify myself, I have a successful photography business and I have been in the industry since I was 16 years old. I am now 32. I have shot every level of camera there is and 4 bad Nikons in a row pointed me towards the mirrorless revolution. I have owned many mirrorless cameras from Olympus, Fuji, and Sony. Let me say my Sony mirrorless cameras are my dream system. I finally have lost my gear acquisition syndrome. I currently shoot weddings, family portraits, and commercial work with the A7 and the A6000. I owned but sold the A7ii. To get it out of the way, I get asked all the time but don't you miss the speed of your Nikons? The answer is no! If you can't shoot a bride walking down the isle with these very quick cameras, a Nikon isn't going to save you from your lack of skill. You should not be experimenting with someone's most important memories of you can't work with these cameras. I have thrown every difficult lighting situation at these cameras and they have never let me down. Now to the A6000. There is currently no better camera for the money right now. For under $500 you can get one of the best performing cameras focus wise. The images are impeccably sharp and unlike Nikon, there are never any back focus issues and I have no trouble nailing the shot on the first time every time. The grain structure is wonderful and I never have any issues shooting at ISO 6400. That being said, I come from the film days and have no trouble with a little grain. I am not a noise snob and to those who are you are losing out on some wonderful personality in your images by not pushing the ISO boundaries. To those who are full frame snobs, I can get amazing bokeh out of the A6000 especially when paired with my Zeiss 55. I no longer have to kill my back with heavy gear and electronic EVFs are a revelation. No more chimping because I get to adjust my shot in real time. Take it from someone who has spent way too much on gear in the past in search for the dream system. You do not have to go broke to get unreal results. This camera will never let you down especially if you know what you are doing. If you don't know what you are doing, this camera is very forgiving. Happy shooting and hope this review helps.
5 Stars By Russell E. Schwausch on 2015-06-07
Sony a6000 battery drain mystery solved!!!
I love this camera. I got it on January 09, 2015. I immediately noticed how fast it drained the battery. It was even draining the battery overnight with the camera turned off, so I ordered 2 additional batteries and a charger. And I got in the habit of taking out the battery when I wasn't using the camera. I'm an engineer so I immediately started looking online for a remedy in various forums and conducting experiments to find out what was draining the battery so fast. After a lot of digging with no solution, I was going through all the menus one day and stumbled across Airplane Mode???
Sony a6000 battery drain mystery solved!!! Turn Airplane Mode On! The a6000 supports Wi-Fi transfer of photos and videos to SmartPhones, Computers and other Wi-Fi devices. The default setting is Airplane Mode Off which drains the battery even with the camera off because it is always looking for nearby Wi-Fi devices. The solution is to turn Wi-Fi Off by turning Airplane Mode On. Only turn Airplane Mode Off when you want to send photos/videos to another Wi-Fi device. Then turn Airplane Mode On again as soon as you have finished sending. Problem solved.
5 Stars By A. Ryan on 2015-04-14
Best Camera I've Ever Used!
Simply one of the best cameras I have ever used, and for the price, you can't beat it. I bought the package deal with the standard kit lens and the 55-210mm lens, and especially with the 55-210mm, I've taken some of the best photos I've ever taken, and I've only scratched the surface of what this camera can do!
What I love:
--Compact size and weight! At work, I use a Nikon D300s, and the weight difference is amazing. The Sony a6000 is so light, it's just a joy to carry around and use!
--Tons of features! Auto modes for beginning photographers, but it has the ability to go all manual for more advanced photographers
--FAST shutter! I mean fast. Up to 11 frames per second!
--PEAKING on manual focus!! This means that when you look at the view screen or optical viewfinder on manual focus, whatever is in focus gets a slight red outline. Fantastic feature! I haven't mastered the art of tack sharp focus yet, but this helps me be sure that I'm in focus!
--View screen on the back can tilt up or down, so you can have the camera higher or lower, and still be able to see the screen
--Programmable buttons that you can set to work just about any feature of the camera. Use Auto Focus Lock alot? Just set one of the buttons, and have instant access to that feature!
--Face programming! Shooting a birthday, and want to be sure the birthday boy or girl's face is always the focus? Store a photo of their face in the camera, and from then on, whenever the camera sees that face, it will lock on. Amazing.
--Auto Eye Focus! Taking a portrait, and want to make sure the eyes are in focus? Use auto eye focus, and the camera will automatically find the eye and focus accordingly.
What I don't like so much (but these are really just nitpicky, since I pretty much love everything...)
--Kit lens doesn't seem to be as good a quality as the 55-210mm. You might want to consider a different lens.
--Screen on the back is hard to see in sunlight. Luckily, the camera also has an optical viewfinder, and you can look there to take photos, or even review photos you've taken. Everything you see on the back screen you can see in the viewfinder.
--Learning curve. This has a gigantic menu, and lots of buttons and things, so it can be a chore to learn. My advice? Find one of Gary Fong's videos online or at sonya6000.com.
--Battery could last a little longer, IMHO
So many fantastic features in one camera! Sorry to gush, but I'm just in love with my Sony a6000. You absolutely cannot get a better camera for the money. Great job, Sony!
5 Stars By mptoledo on 2015-01-23
This is the future!! Simply amazing. So much so I sold my Nikon DSLR & all the Lenses ;)
Wow, simply amazing. So much so I sold my Nikon DSLR & all the Lenses after 2 weeks of owning it. I had a very capable D3200 and 4 quality lenses. This matched or exceed that camera in every category. Much lighter, Much faster and spot on with Auto focusing. I was leaving my Nikon at home or in the bag way too often due to its size, Not with my A6000. I picked up the 55-210mm(great lens), and the Sigma 30mm art lens and I am pretty much set for any situation. I ended up leaving the 30mm on for most of the time(great lens for $200). Battery life is very acceptable.
1.) Good for beginner or pro as it has 2 Automatic settings(PHD-push here dummy), or as many settings as my Nikon.
2.) FAST , you can set it to shoot up to 11 frames per second.
3.) Pic quality is on par with DSLRS that cost thousands more
4.) Optical view finder is great addition
5.) Small form factor lets it go just about everywhere
6.) Programmable buttons for using the pro features.
7.) Tons of sites and Videos on the net to help and teach you to do anything with the camera.
The Negatives are few and far between, but a couple gripes are as follows...
1.) Menu has a bit of a learning curve and could have been helped by a touch screen.
2.) Kit lens 16-50mm is a little subpar(16mp only) Get a $200 sigma 30mm lens
3.) View finder sensor is a bit too sensitive and will turn off main LCD screen(There is a fix, just google it).
4.) Doesn't come with a charger, but can get one on BTA-MALL with a couple batteries(non sony) for around $22.
PS> I tested out numerous camera bags and found the perfect one for me, it is the Canon 100eg($25 ish). It Is very small, secure and will hold my camera, all 3 lenses, charger with 2 extra batteries and most my other accessories.
5 Stars By AdamDZ on 2015-02-11
Tiny marvel of technology, my old Canon 7D feels like a dinosaur compared to this
I'm an enthusiast and like many current SONY users I'm a convert: I used various Canon gear since the original Rebel came out. I had thousands of dollars invested in lenses. The first two rebels were great cameras. Then I started to grow disappointed with each next Canon camera. 40D was awful. The 7D was better but still I was not happy and I could not afford a better body such as 5D. Also, I mainly shoot while hiking and I grew tired of hauling the mass of gear. After not shooting for over a year I figured it's time to change something.
I also used Canon point and shoot cameras and, again, I was terribly disappointed with the quality and reliability. S95 died with the dreaded "lens error". S100, also died in less than two years. So I started reading and discovered the SONY RX100II. It blew me away! In decent light I could not tell the difference between the RX100II and Canon 7D shots! So I started digging deeper since I never considered SONY cameras before and it came to a very hard choice between the a6000 and the A7.
After studying very RAW file I could find on the internet for weeks I decided the slight difference in image quality was not worth 3x the price of the A7 for me.
I bough the a6000 with the E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS. After the first shoot my jaw dropped. I could not believe it! This tiny $550 body and an $800 lens totally blew away the Canon 7D that costs three times as much. Anything from sharpness and color to speed of focus just wipes the floor with the 7D!
So I sold all my Canon gear and bough another a6000 body and the FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS lens. I also bought the Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS lens and two sets of Vivitar chargers and batteries and AGFA filters. Both bodies, three lenses, 6 batteries, filters, etc fit in a small personal carry-on bag along with Macbook Air, iPad and lots of smaller items! I can carry both bodies on my shoulder and they're lighter and less bulky than one 7D with a tele lens! Sure these are some compromises as I don't have 400mm zoom or 2.8 speed but the kit produces stunning images that I am totally happy with at a fraction of the bulk. My entire photo gear in a small handbag!!!
Just like the RX100II, the a6000 is an amazing marvel of modern technology that puts Nikon and Canon to shame. My hat's off to SONY for this achievement. I won't dive into specs. But yes, what people say about the quality, speed and features of this camera is all true. This is not hype. I didn't believe at first. This thing reinvigorated my interest in photography to the point that I took short vacation to go shooting in Death Valley.
I can't find really anything wrong with this thing. Sure, it's not perfect, there are little annoyances such as the infamous video button but this is all overshadowed by the technological brilliance and stunning image quality that rivals midrange DSLRs.
Speaking of video: with the G lenses this camera is a blast to use for video and produces gorgeous full HD at 60fps. I'm just not much into video.
One significant drawback of the incredible set of features is high power draw. This thing goes through batteries quickly. Get the Vivitar or Wasabi kit with external charger and two extra batteries. I figure around 250 shots per battery and I'm not even using power zoom.
And yeah, the unfortunate decision not to include a dedicated charger is just stupid. Come on SONY. In camera charging is not acceptable.
In case you haven't figured this out yet: I really like this camera and the two SONY lenses!
5 Stars By Bugalydosh on 2015-01-12
If you are not a pro, or a pro looking for a back-up/family/vacation camera, this is it.
Professional photographer MASSIVELY IMPRESSED!
I purchased this camera as our "family fun" and vacation camera (when do not want to lug around our heavy pro bodies and lenses).
The AP-C sized sensor is really amazing. The image quality is fantastic. The viewfinder is appreciated and functional!
-Image quality rivals my old D7000, which was far heavier, bigger, more cumbersome and more expensive
-Wifi is a GREAT feature! I can now take professional quality photos and send it to my smart phone for immediate posting to Facebook.
-Digital viewfinder is great because it shows in real-time what your manual adjustments will look when you take your photo (as opposed to the snap/review process with pro bodies). It also turns the screen on/off automatically to conserve battery power.
-Size and weight, I cannot believe they crammed so much tech into such a small body at such an affordable price!
-Great lenses available (sold separately) for more advanced users or those looking for pro quality photos. #1 recommendation SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 prime lens (becomes a fast 50 for this crop sensor, with stabilization)
-In camera processing not as advanced as the older and lesser qualified Nikon J bodies
-Not as weather sealed as Olympus or other mirrorless bodies (I was originally going to get another Nikon 1 series the AW for all weather, but the image quality wasn't nearly as good... still, if I'm shooting in the snow/rain I'll be paranoid this camera will break if getting wet or super humid as opposed to many other weather sealed options out there).
-Raw quality isn't easily compatible with Photoshop and RAW's aren't as impressive of an improvement/versatility as my Nikon bodies. Net, if you get this camera, just use it as a JPEG shooter and save on the card/computer memory.
Some background on me; I shoot professionally and use Nikon bodies. My previous mirror less was a J3, but the image quality was too poor in low light conditions which led me to find an alternative. I am incredibly impressed with the Sony!
If you want a camera you can take snowboarding or surfing I suggest the Nikon AW1 (more expensive and less image quality, but water/shock/freeze proof), if you take your camera in less harsh environments but still feel the in camera processing is important or would like a camera which handle the rain I suggest an Olympus, for a cheaper camera the Nikon J's are great.
If you want one of the best quality mirrorless cameras, and image quality is your priority, this is it.
4 Stars By iburke on 2014-05-01
An excellent camera that falls just barely short of perfection
Let me start this review with some background of my photography experience. (Short story, I am an amateur, skip to “PROS” section)
I bought a Nikon D40 and had it for several years before selling it in college and I was short on cash. Ever since then I’ve been relegated to my various cell phone cameras. I always had intentions of buying back into the hobbyist camera space at some point, and with an upcoming trip to Europe this summer, there was no time like the present to make a purchase.
I had set a budget for myself that basically put my sights on the OM-D E-M10 and the Sony A6000, sans kit lens and spending the money (well worth it, we’ll get to that in a bit) to get a fast prime near the 50mm equivalent range.
I never got a hold of an E-M10, so I will not compare the two, but will say that the APS-C sensor size of the A6000 was a key point for me. Without stirring the micro four thirds vs. the world debate, for me, sensor size still means something. Reality is that for the hobbyist, honestly, I don’t think you can choose incorrectly.
The purchase was an A6000 (body only) with the well-reviewed SEL35F18 lens. I am forgoing the kit lens and intend to fill out my lens set (eventually) with the SEL1018 and another mid-range zoom. I cannot emphasize enough how great the SEL35F18 lens is. I am in love with it, and I think that it will really teach me to shoot correctly, rather than lean on the “zoom” crutch. If you have the extra cash, I would highly recommend this kit as a great starting point.
I am not a professional, I have not taken photography courses, so I will cover the camera from the perspective of a guy looking to take photography to the next level. Let’s dig on in…
-The A6000 is small. Coming from a rather chunky D40, I was pleasantly surprised by this. With the relatively small lens, a 35mm prime, it feels very well weighted, if just a tad plastic-y. Large lenses could upset the balance of the camera, but you wouldn’t have a 70-200 mounted for walk around use, anyways.
-Controls…plenty of them. Spend some time while laying it bed to just mess with the settings and feel the camera out. DO NOT let your first experience with the camera be something special, such as a graduation or wedding. There’s a lot of options and flexibility here to make your photos shine, and keeping it in Auto or Superior Auto means you’re missing the point. That said, Sony does a good job of catering to the new photographer as well as those well versed in photography (and everyone in between). The controls allow you to grow and take more and more control as you learn (and less while you’re still figuring it out).
-Menus: They go hand in hand with the controls I mentioned above, there’s a lot to them, but the layout is simple. Take some time to understand them, and you’ll be A-OK.
-Viewfinder: You’re not going to mistake it for a traditional mirror box, but it gets the job done and it plenty functional. It’s not grainy or low quality by any means. Being my first OLED viewfinder, I have no comparison points but I’ve come away impressed so far. Though, the sensor that enables it is a bit too sensitive, can’t find a way to adjust that.
-Focusing: Lightning fast. Allegedly a huge improvement over older compact system cameras, and for that I am grateful. Haven’t done any serious continuous AF shooting quite yet, but its done what it hasn’t skipped a beat.
-Image quality: Given that I am an amateur, I am by no means a pixel peeper. So I think the IQ is fantastic. I think the JPG engine turns out somewhat dull images by default, but with a little tweaking, that can be easily fixed. We’re getting to the point where most any compact ILC can pump out decent images, and for me the A6000 certainly doesn’t disappoint.
-I almost wish the grip was slightly bigger. I’ve got bigger hands, so things get tight after awhile. With a larger lens on the camera, I worry that the small grip won’t be sufficient to support the setup, forcing me to a 2-handed shot. The other benefit to the bigger grip would be an improvement in…
-BATTERY LIFE. Through my use so far, I’d say it’s around ~300-325 shots. That’s not a lot. When I unboxed the camera I was shocked at how small the battery is. A slightly larger grip to fit a bigger battery would be a wise decision. A fine line between keeping the setup compact and improving the shooting experience, but I think Sony has some room to tip toe further towards that line, especially when you move beyond the tiny kit lens.
-The Screen: To start, it’s a 16:9 screen and the sensor is 3:2. When reviewing images the on-screen image is pretty darn small. The screen itself is functional, bright, and effective; but the aspect ratio is a head scratcher. Also…
-NO TOUCHSCREEN: The camera has nearly 200 AF points, and to pick a spot focus you use the tiny D-pad to the right of the screen. It is, to say the least, not intuitive, and slows down the act of taking a shot.
-RAW+JPG Shooting: When shooting in JPG mode, you get the option to use some in-camera effects. Some are cheesy, others such as HDR can produce genuinely nice results. If you switch to RAW+JPG shooting, you lose the ability to use those effects for BOTH the RAW and the JPG image. Now, for the RAW image this makes sense, but it would be nice to be able to capture an unmolested raw file while still messing around with the in-camera effects/filters on the corresponding JPG file. From my understanding, competitors such as Olympus handle this much better.
The rest is all gravy. Nit picks here and there that are more quirks than true cons.
This camera rocks. It’s not perfect, hence the 4/5 rating, but it’s probably the best camera money can buy at the current MSRP (body only). It’s got a good size to it, plenty of controls and easy to navigate menus that allow you to grow into the camera, a viewfinder that’s unassumingly tucked away into the body (rather than atop it), a great AF system, and excellent image quality. As for what could be improved, I’d like to see a bigger grip to accommodate larger lenses and a bigger battery to build upon the mediocre battery life. I think a touchscreen was a glaring omission that really slows down the shooting experience. And the fact that choosing JPG + RAW shooting mode disables most all in-camera effects, even for the JPG copy is a bummer. It’s basically Sony forcing you to either act like a professional, or act like a child, but you can’t mix work and pleasure. Competitors handle that aspect better.
If you go with the A6000, skip the kit lens and spend some time with a fast prime. If not the SEL35F18, then look at the cheaper Sigma Primes. The kit lens may not be bad, but shooting with a prime really makes you think about your style and understanding of composition.
Hope you found this a worthwhile review. Happy to answer any and all questions (Again, from an amateur perspective) in the comments.
5 Stars By Jose Arroyo on 2017-03-16
The Sony a6000 is by far the best camera that you can get for your buck.
The Sony a6000 is by far the best camera that you can get for your buck and a steal if you can get a decent deal like I did.
The a6000 is the first proper camera I have purchased in my life. I had dabbled with photography here and there using cameras that were given to me by relatives, and certainly nothing fancy. When phones started having cameras that became my primary tool for taking photos and had always thought that a proper camera was an overkill in this day and age. Boy was I wrong.
This camera is loaded with features and has everything that a beginner would want. It is a relatively affordable camera for families looking to take shots of their kids, family gatherings, etc. With the proper lens it can get you truly stunning photos that can be used professionally. The interface is easy to use, and there are plenty of resources available online to learn how to use the a6000 effectively. For me, photography is not my main hobby, so I don't need an expensive full frame camera.
The ability to transfer your pictures to your phone via Wi-Fi is a must for relatively quick sharing of photos to Facebook or Instagram. Another thing I really like about this camera is the size and how solid it feels. It won't win any prizes for ergonomics but you can definitely tell you are holding a quality product. A lot of the Pros complain that the focus system is not as good as those found in a DSLR but for me I found it more than good enough. You can track your subjects in motion, quickly assign eye auto-focus to a custom button. I really don't see myself getting more fancy when it comes to Auto Focus.
Now the negatives is that the lenses are a little pricier than I would like, and there is a lower number of lenses specifically designed for the APS C sensor. You will see lots of "E Mount" lenses but a lot of them work best in the more expensive A 7 Sony Full Frame cameras. Thankfully the companies Sigma and Rokinon (Samyang) have made some quality lenses that fill the gaps at a more reasonable price.
Having used the camera for about six months here is what I recommend in terms of lenses:
* Sony 50mm f1.8 with OSS - This should be the first lens that you get after the kit lens. Just incredible image quality for the price. Some people might say that you need the Sony 35mm f1.8 instead. For that one you have to be willing to spend as of this writing $150 more. My only negative comment with the 50mm lens is that it will be hard to take photos in tight spaces. You will run into this issue when wanting group photographs in smaller rooms. However, I found myself taking a lot more pictures outside where the way to solve this problem is to back away from the subject.
* Rokinon/Samyang 12mm f2.0 - This is the wide angle lens to get for the a6000. It is incredibly sharp, and very affordable compared to the Sony alternative. With this lens you can get a lot of the room in tight spots. Moreover this solves my primary issue with the 50mm.
Overall, I can't rave about the a6000 enough. It is as close to the perfect beginner camera as you can get. Affordable, loaded with features, great image quality.
5 Stars By Heather on 2015-07-29
Fantastic camera! Not too heavy but not so light ...
Fantastic camera! Not too heavy but not so light that the lens makes it front-heavy, and although the shutter has a satisfying click it isn't something that you'll be worried about annoying people with in public. The rotating LCD is helpful to avoid neck fatigue taking shots that are low to the ground or high-up on a tripod and the adjustable brightness is powerful enough that I can clearly see it through an underwater case while free-diving in Hawaii on sunny days.
Be sure to connect it to a computer and update the software in order to allow full support for phase-detect auto focus (PDAF) on newer lenses (updating isn't necessary if you only use the kit-lens). For those wanting to take advantage of the advertised super-fast focus speed, be aware that PDAF only activates in AF-C (Continuous mode) with Wide or Zone focus area, and only at f11 or wider aperture (f3.5 to f11 on the kit-lens).