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Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera Product Review

Updated on November 9, 2019
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Matt is an avid traveller and a keen photographer who showcases his work on Flickr & sells his images through Adobe Stock and Shutterstock.

Excellent Night Photography with the Sony A6000. Street in Beijing at Night
Excellent Night Photography with the Sony A6000. Street in Beijing at Night | Source

When Was the Sony A6000 Camera Released?

The Sony A6000 is a high-performing mid-level camera. This is a camera that would suit someone who has progressed beyond point and shoot compacts and has mastered the functionality of a basic DSLR.

Sony launched this camera in February 2014 as a replacement to the former NEX series and specifically the NEX-7. The camera has been an immense success for Sony and even though later models have been released, the model continues to be a strong seller and Sony continue to manufacturer it.

An example of the high performance of the a6000
An example of the high performance of the a6000 | Source

Fastest Sensor on the Planet

At the time of its release, the Sony a6000 had the fastest sensor on the planet, with an ability to shoot an incredible 11 images per second. It's since been taken over by other cameras but this is still an incredible feature on what is a non-professional camera.

Features

The Sony a6000 features a mirrorless interchangeable lens and APS-C sensor. It has all the features of a DSLR camera but is much smaller than it's counterparts.

The camera has a maximum resolution of 24.3 megapixels and an ISO range of 100-25600 including an auto feature. Note: the camera performs very well under low light conditions.

An ultra-fast auto focus makes the α6000 one of the most versatile interchangeable lens cameras available

— Sony

There is a 3 inch LCD screen that can be tilted at various angles including to 180 degrees for 'selfies'. Unfortunately it is not touchscreen.

The camera has a 3x optical zoom but that's not really what this camera is about. The images are so sharp that you will easily be able to zoom in at the post production stage and still retain the sharpness.

Camera dimensions are 4.72 x 1.77 x 2.64 inch with a weight of 344 grams. Lightweight enough so that you don't feel loaded down with it and small enough to fit into small handbags. Even you're wearing the right clothes it's even small enough to fit into your pockets - certainly if you wear cargo/combat pants. I often put it inside the pocket of my rain jacket.

The camera also includes a wifi feature to enable easy transferring of photos to you phone and other devices.

Sharp images with the Sony a6000
Sharp images with the Sony a6000 | Source

Why Buy the Sony A6000

When I was on the look out for a new camera I did some serious research and spoke to people about their personal experiences with various brands and models. I had progressed from using an old Sony point and shoot model which, whilst serving me very well for a few years, was not able to cope with the kind of images I wanted to capture the more I got more seriously into photography.

So from a basic point and shoot compact I progressed to an entry level DSLR camera and learned all about shutter speeds, aperture, focus area, exposure etc. For my first foray into this area I bought the Nikon D3200 DSLR. This did a good job of helping me learn the ropes but I was never comfortable with the size of it. The D3200 is a big chunky beast of a camera.

Once I had mastered DSLR photography I decided it was time to progress to a better and smaller camera. I contacted some of my more professional photography friends and they recommended to me the Fuji X70. I did my research and decided to go for it. The Fuji X70 is a seriously good little camera. It does not have an interchangeable lens and had no optical zoom. For this reason, and the fact that the it has a small body anyway, this camera can easily fit into the pocket of a pair of jeans.

It was quite difficult to find the X70 as Fuji had stopped production of it. I found it on ebay for a decent price and used it for around a year before it got stolen in a burglary. Sadly, when I tried to find a replacement I found that they were so scarce it was nigh on impossible to find one for sale. So, I set about researching for a new model.

I wanted something lightweight, something with excellent performance and quality, and this time I wanted a better quality, larger sensor - a step up from a CMOS model - as I wanted to explore opportunities to monetize my photos on stock photo websites such as Alamy.

I did some thorough research and decided upon the Sony a6000. At the time of my purchase the camera wasn't exactly cheap (£600 / $800) but I knew that this was the level of the market that I was now in and this is what I would need to pay to get the kind of camera that did what I wanted it to.

Manchester Town Hall Extension Colonnade at St Peter's Square
Manchester Town Hall Extension Colonnade at St Peter's Square | Source

Pros and Cons

Lets take a look at some of the best features of the camera and some of the drawbacks.

Pros

  • Lightweight and compact design
  • Excellent image quality with high performance in low light conditions
  • Long battery life
  • Angled LCD screen
  • Wifi enabled to easily transfer photos to other devices
  • Built-in viewfinder (not always a feature of similar-level cameras)

Cons

  • No touchscreen capability

I'm not making that up for effect - that is literally the only fault I can find with this camera.

Dusk in Manchester. The a6000 performs remarkably well in low light conditions.
Dusk in Manchester. The a6000 performs remarkably well in low light conditions. | Source

Should I buy this Camera?

So, should you buy the Sony A6000 camera? Well, in a word: yes.

As I said above, I outgrew my entry level DSLR camera but that's not to say I'm now an expert photographer. Not at all. I'm still learning all the time but whereas the old Nikon placed technical limitations on me with it's image quality there are no such restrictions with the a6000. My photography skills continue to develop with this camera and I still feel that I am at nowhere near getting the full potential out of this camera.

My main subjects when it comes to photography are buildings / architecture and travel photography. When I go away on travels now I am much happier when I look back on my photographs than I am when I look back at photos taken with an inferior camera.

I also have more opportunities to make money from my photos and to create a body of work that I can be proud of and share with the world. I have a Flickr page which I update frequently with my best work and I also sell images through stock photo websites.

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    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      24 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello Mart D, thanks for the review. I am thinking about buying another camera other than the Kodak 522 I am using for my hubpages work.

      I like small sizes,and the Sony A6000 fits my liking.

      I will be watching out for your many interesting hubs on photos and I take it I can learn some ropes from your many expertise.

      Thanks again, and happy hubbing.

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      Mary Norton 

      24 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had a Sony but now I got a Nikon. I don't know yet how it will function but I hope it will meet my expectations.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      24 months ago from Massachusetts

      Nice review Matt. I have been researching new camera's lately and the Sony A6000 is on my list. Looks like a great travel camera.

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