Hands On with the Sony A6000
Here is a quick look at the newly announce Sony A6000 camera. It replaces the Sony NEX-6 but keeps the same form factor. The big improvement is the 24 megapixel sensor up from 16 mp on the NEX-6. It also boasts the fastest AF for an APS-C mirrorless camera with focus lock in 0.06 seconds. The speed burst is bumped up to 11 fps. All this while keeping the same NEX-6 price for the A6000 body at $648.
The silver looks a bit like champagne and looks handsome with the black grip. This announcement has us excited for the NEX-7 replacement.
Here is the full A6000 Press Release from Sony:
- Fast Hybrid AF gives world’s fastest[i] autofocus performance of just 0.06 sec with high precision accuracy
- Extremely wide autofocus coverage area with 179 focal points
- 24.3 megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor featuring gapless-on-chip design
- BIONZ X processor for pro-quality photos and Full HD video
- Light, compact and easy to use with built-in flash, OLED Tru-Finder™ and two control dials
NFC and Wi-Fi for One-touch sharing/remote control from your mobile
- Boost your creativity with a range of downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps™
The speedy new ILCE-6000 from Sony boasts the quickest AF performancei of any interchangeable lens digital camera, snapping subjects into sharp focus in just 0.06 seconds. From spontaneous smiles to towering tennis serves, you’ll capture those fleeting moments that other cameras miss. And thanks to the 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, every frame is crammed with rich detail and texture.
Boosting Sony’s mirrorless line-up, the α6000 comes in two iconic designs, black and titanium, sure to inspire jealous glances from other photographers. For users who have been thinking about taking advantage of size and weight advantages of a mirrorless camera but don’t want to sacrifice super-quick autofocus, the α6000 now renders that conversation moot.
Even quicker than most professional DSLRs, the phenomenal autofocus speed of the α6000 is powered by Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF system. A 179-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF. This potent combination delivers the world’s fastesti AF performance of any interchangeable lens camera, plus continuous shooting at a blazing 11fps with highly accurate autofocus tracking. Nothing gets past the α6000 – even fast-moving subjects like athletes and acrobatic pets.
There are plenty more premium features packed into the camera’s compact, purposeful body. Composing scenes is a pleasure through the clear, bright OLED Tru-Finder™. Preview the effects of adjusting focus, exposure and other settings: what you see is exactly what you get.
Intuitively-placed mode and control dials on top of the camera allow effortless adjustment of shooting settings while you’re focused on the scene in front of you. A total of 7 customisable buttons – including two dedicated custom buttons – give swift access to any one of 43 assignable functions to satisfy any photo enthusiast. And for extra flexibility in any situation, there’s a built-in flash to brighten up portraits or gloomy indoor shots.
It’s easy to share shots on your mobile: on-board NFC and Wi-Fi allow a one-touch connection with your Xperia™ or NFC-compatible Android smartphones and tablets. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera to fire the shutter from a distance and view photos on your mobile.
The exciting possibilities of the α6000 grow with your creative ambitions. PlayMemories Camera Apps enhance your photo experience with a growing range of free and paid apps, spanning artistic effects, utilities and more. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca/. The α6000 is also compatible with Sony’s Camera Remote API programme[ii].
Style-matching optional accessories for the α6000 include the LCS-EBC just-fit Body Case that protects the camera from dust and everyday scratches. It’s possible to transfer data via connected USB, use the NFC function or mount the camera on a tripod without having to remove the case.
The LCS-ASB1 Active Sling Bag protects the camera while you’re out and about. Carry it in one hand, or wear over either shoulder – the bag’s water-repellent fabric and zipper keeps things safe and dry.
The LCS-BBXL[iii] Soft Carrying Case is great for protecting your long lens like the SEL18200LE or SEL55210 while you’re out and about. The water-repellent case also offers extra space to store a lens hood. Also available, the PCK-LM17 is a semi-hard protective sheet that safeguards the camera’s LCD screen against scratches, dust and fingerprints.