With superior image quality, good low-light shooting and familiar compact design, the Sony A6000 deserves the perfect successor of the NEX-6.
The A6000 is an upgraded version of the NEX-6, a mirrorless model (CSC) that is up to 4 years old. In the technology world with a life cycle of only 1-2 years, 4 years of life is the clearest proof of the fans' affection for Sony as well as the quality of NEX-6 itself.
Therefore, the A6000 will have an extremely difficult task: to overcome the seniors and find a place in the village of high-end compact cameras that are becoming more and more fierce. Fortunately, Sony has found the most plausible solution for this problem: inside the familiar look of the NEX series, the A6000 has Sony's best camera technology.
Reviews from the page Trusted Reviews will help you get a better picture of this camera.
All control buttons and wheels on the A6000 are easy to use. In the experience of Trusted Reviews, editors only take a little time to get used to being able to quickly change the settings quickly without resorting to the LCD screen or looking up the monitor body.
The shutter adjustment wheel and aperture wheel are located at the far right of the camera body, next to the wheel selects the mode and behind the trigger button. Sony was very smart when choosing to put the movie button on the surface right next to the edge to the normal thumb. In this way, users can easily activate the movie recording feature, but it is very difficult to mistakenly press. Inside the thumb pad is the location of the battery and memory card, so this is also the focus of most of the A6000's weight.
Two custom buttons C1 and C2 are placed next to the trigger button and next to the playback button. In playback mode (viewing the captured image), the C2 button will be used to delete the image. You can select multiple features and quick menus for these two buttons.
The Fn button placed near the rear main control button will open the shortcut menu or connect the A6000 to mobile devices to copy the snapshot. Exposure lock buttons (AE Lock), main menu button and manual flash button are placed around the A6000's 3-inch LCD screen of 921,600 dots.
Although the weight is concentrated on the right side, when attaching an A6000 lens, it has a balanced weight on both sides, so the grip experience is quite comfortable and easy even if the user only uses one hand. With the Tru-Finder OLED 0.39 inch electronic viewfinder, users will probably prefer to use the A6000 with 2 or more to create a more "professional" feel.
Not only has the flash pop-up built-in (self-opening) with guide 6 meters at ISO 100, the A6000 also has a multi-format hotshoe.
Currently, the CSC market is witnessing a series of high quality product lines that are serially launched. The competitiveness of the high-end mirrorless market is even more fierce than the DSLR: Olympus has the OM-D line, Fujifilm has the X-Series while Panasonic has the GX and GH lines. Nearly all of these are very good quality products, carrying a myriad of innovations to overcome the size limits of mirrorless models.
Not only ready to cope with OM-D and X-Series, Sony also brought up the Alpha brand A6000. This is the official war declaration of the Japanese company to the makers of DSLR cult. Therefore, the A6000 will not disappoint the features that are not only large in number but also superior in quality.
The most noticeable configuration details on the A6000 are the Bionz-X image processor, which was once available on the high-end Alpha 7R. With three times the processing power of an older generation Bionz processor, Bionz-X makes the A6000 a "speed" monster. You can easily see this when you start the A6000: just press the power button and you can take pictures almost immediately, even if you need to take pictures in high-speed burst (burst) mode. .
The auto focus time of the A6000 is only 0.06 seconds according to CIPA standards. Therefore, in "standard" shooting conditions, the AF system on the A6000 will surpass the competitor Fujifilm X-T1, which is already one of the fastest CSC models on the market today.
The burst mode has a maximum speed of up to 11 frames per second. The A6000 can capture up to 21 processed RAW JPEG or 49 JPEG frames before filling the cache. Therefore, this mirrorless camera will be a great option for those who need high-speed shooting at sporting events.
Like the NEX-6, the A6000 has 25 autofocus points according to the contrast, but the number of phase focusing points has been significantly increased: from 99 to 179 points on almost 100% of the frame. As a result, the A6000's new "hybrid" focus system not only easily recognizes the right footage, but can also lock the focus in an extremely precise and quick way.
The A6000 is also Sony's first E-mount camera equipped with AF-A focusing system. The AF-A system can accurately identify when to switch focus mode: if your specimen is standing still, the A6000 will use AF-S mode; If the specimen starts to move, the A6000 will automatically switch to AF-C mode.
For example, if you are preparing to capture your kitten standing still in the chair, the A6000 will use AF-S mode. If the cat suddenly followed the sunlight on the floor, the A6000 could also switch to AF-C easily, no matter how fast and unexpected the cat's movements were.
Multi-frame noise reduction mode is placed in the custom ISO section on the camera, instead of via a download application like on NEX-6. This noise reduction mode automatically activates when you shoot in low light and captures up to 6 frames at once to combine and create a picture with the least noise possible.
Other features such as reducing diffraction, light noise reduction on specific areas of the frame or reproducing details of images are all present on the A6000. Sony has also upgraded PlayMemories application (activated via the menu when connected to Wi-Fi): users can download many other unique features from this application.
In addition, the A6000 is also a friendly camera model for beginners. The tutorial Shooting Tip accessed from the main menu will provide the user with the most detailed advice for each type of scene (for example, how to capture a meteor).
If you like video recording with the camera, you'll definitely like the ability to record MP4 Full HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second and 24 frames per second. With HDMI Type D port, the A6000 can output high quality video. However, this compact camera does not have a headphone slot to track the sound in the video being recorded. In return, the A6000's hotshoe allows you to plug in a microphone to increase the quality of recorded sounds.
Finally and most importantly, the A6000's sensor has been significantly changed. The 24.3 MP Exmor APS-C sensor of the A6000 now has a seamless phase-detection design that monitors most of the frame area. Effective light harvesting capability allows the A6000 to capture low-light images and reduce noise easily from ISO 100 to ISO 25,600.
Overall, the A6000's performance will definitely not disappoint Sony fans. The A6000's AF 179-point system is one of the most impressive elements of this mirrorless camera. The A6000's reaction time is so fast that you will almost be unable to recognize the delay time. When pressing the half-button, the A6000 focuses almost immediately even under relatively low light conditions.
By combining phase-to-focus and contrast-based focusing, the A6000 can create 3D maps of the specimen and read the distance of objects in the focus area. The AF lock feature on moving specimens has also improved. During actual use in continuous shooting mode of 11 frames per second, the A6000 converts the focusing point very quickly. The red auto focus points on the screen light up very quickly when the specimen moves near or far from the frame.
Even, the A6000 has such good performance that you will feel like you're using a high-end DSLR like Nikon D4S or Canon 1D-X, even with a much lower price. In some cases, the A6000 is still out of focus, but this ratio is small to negligible.
The A6000's EVF parameter is not as impressive as the NEX-6: Sony has used the EVF with only 0.39 inches of 1.44 million dots on the A6000 instead of the 0.5 inch EVF 2.3 million dots like NEX-6 . Even the magnification is reduced from 1.09X of the NEX-6 to 1.07X on the A6000 (70X equivalent at 35mm). However, the field of view of the electronic viewfinder on the A6000 is 100%. Image quality has also become clearer and brighter. The very fast refresh rate of EVF helps create a moving experience with almost zero latency.
At 921,600 dots of resolution, the A6000's TFT LCD screen is almost unchanged compared to the elder NEX-6. However, both the Fujifilm X-T1 is more expensive than the A6000 and the cheaper OM-D E-M10 from Olympus is equipped with a screen resolution of up to 1.04 million dots. The experience of taking photos with this 16: 9 aspect ratio screen is not really optimal: 2 black bars will obscure the "excess" parts of the screen when in shooting mode. In return, the 16: 9 ratio will help bring a better video recording experience than a conventional 4: 3 screen.
The A6000's APS-C format resolution sensor delivers 24.3 MP images that perfectly match Sony's name. The A6000's most noteworthy mode is the MFNR multi-frame noise reduction mode (take multiple photos and combine them to eliminate noise). At low ISO levels, using MNFR will not bring any special effects, but at higher ISO levels, the level of noise reduction and detailed reproduction will be surprising, especially at ISO levels. higher than 1600.
With MNFR, even photos taken at ISO 6400 have no color noise that the naked eye can recognize. When shooting in RAW format, you can balance the noise reduction level to eliminate noise details that affect the image, while maintaining a certain level of sharpness for edges and surface lines. The A6000 can also eliminate noise on certain areas. Unless you overuse this feature too much, the A6000's ability to eliminate noise will help create impressive night photographs.
From ISO 8000 and above, the A6000 can no longer reproduce images accurately. However, you can still use high ISO levels for high-demand snapshots, such as photos of everyday life.
The dark areas in high-contrast images retain much detail, especially in RAW images. Even JPEG images have details of dark and bright areas quite well. The colors in the A6000 photos are quite vibrant and lively; Dark colors and bright areas are very pleasant and do not require too much processing after shooting.
The A6000's 1,200 zone metering system will not disappoint you. Thanks to the metering capability on a large area of the frame, the A6000's metering system always delivers very stable results. Photos always keep the brightness very close to reality.
For example, the A6000 can easily overcome the challenge of capturing specimens on a bright background due to direct sunlight. In the automatic option, the A6000 can create a photo with very pleasant tones and only to lose details in the background that is out of focus.
The A6000's point and center metering system allows users to perform /-5.0EV exposure compensation at 1/3 step, which means you can control the exposure compensation level perfectly in the photo. . The A6000's white balance capability is nothing to blame. Regardless of the key color scheme of the frame, the A6000 can read and select the most suitable settings for the photo. The basic colors on the A6000 are quite brilliant and saturated enough to enhance the vitality of the scene while ensuring the correctness of the image.
The A6000 offers 11 available white balance settings, 1 custom option and 12 other creative modes. Users can customize the contrast, saturation and sharpness of colors according to their own preferences.
The biggest weakness of the A6000 is the lack of unique features that can make this mirrorless camera stand out from the crowd. In return, the NEX-6's juniors are full of features that users will definitely need.
It can be seen that Sony wants to target users who are considering upgrading to a low-end / mid-range DSLR, or users who need to buy a medium sized camera and impressive image quality. The A6000's biggest competitor will be Olympus OM-D E-M10 and Nikon D5300.
On both of these matches, the A6000 has very strong advantages. While the OM-D E-M10 is also an extremely impressive CSC model, the A6000's image quality is still superior thanks to its better light sensitivity range. The Nikon D5300 is also of very good quality, with the same resolution as the A6000, but it encounters an DSLR's inherent weakness: bulky size. Therefore, if you need a secondary camera for light travel, the A6000 is a more reasonable choice.
Thanks to a good balance between beautiful design and performance / image quality, the Sony A6000 is actually one of the few mirrorless models that has almost no noticeable weaknesses at all. Compared to the old NEX series, the A6000 has also improved very well in low light shooting and shooting speed. So, whether you own a NEX or not, choosing the A6000 will not disappoint you.