THE SONY a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
I don’t do a lot of reviews, and when I do they have to directly relate to this website. My interest in the camera is the quality, speed, ease of carrying around, quality of pictures, lens availability and use by tourists visiting Niagara Falls.
This is an older version of the camera. Sony is up to a6500 at the time of this writing. I looked each time a new version came out, and have not seen any reason to change the camera for what I use it for. You can still buy the a6000 and at a good price.
Quality of camera, accessories and lenses. Excellent. I moved away from Nikon a few years ago, to mirrorless and Sony. My main, and almost sole reason for doing so, after years of happiness with Nikon cameras, was size and weight. Between the camera (and I had several Nikon) and the accessories that I would need to have with me, I had switched to a roller bag. Large roller bag. It was stupid to haul all that around, so I made the decision to quit the big stuff.
After researching the various camera options, and my years with Minolta film cameras which I really enjoyed using, I went with Sony (they bought Minolta) and haven’t looked back. I now have five Sony digital cameras, three DSLR’s and two video.
The camera that I use most is my a6000. I use it for stills and for a lot of video. It’s small and light but very powerful. The kit lens, 16-50mm, is OK. That means it’s plenty good enough for most vacation memories and the 16mm end is handy. Having said that, I rarely use the lens, but I always carry it in my case. My walk around lens is the Sony 1.8/35mm. Hard to beat because it has great low light capabilities and it is almost as small as the kit lens.
I have a few other lenses, a couple are Canon, but the Sony lens mount adapters are excellent and cover off pretty much all lenses. Of course most adapters require you to use manual as the auto functions are nil or limited.
The only real complaint I have with the camera, and all my Sony cameras, is the battery power. They run out quickly, so I carry three with me always. I find if I get super busy pushing that button for pictures, I get maybe a half day out of a battery. When I go home, or even in the car, I recharge.
I have owned lots of cameras in my 40+ years of photography. I still have a lot of cameras, including film. So, I have reasonable experience with cameras and photography, certainly as good or better than the average person using a camera. I feel that I have the ‘expertise’ to make recommendations in the areas of my photography requirements, mainly because they are similar to most average ‘picture takers’ on holidays.
Other factors to like this camera are the 24 MegaPixel APS-C CMOS sensor. I can shoot big files to insure quality. I like that. The ISO is 100-25600 and even expandable to 51200. Getting used to Sony’s auto focus took some time, but it’s excellent with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points. This is important because I do a lot of 11 frames per second continious shooting, so I can get the best picture later. Works great for sports, and just moving objects like boats (which I photograph a lot), cars and even people. I use the camera for street shooting as well and in that use, the high frame rate is handy.
The 3-inch tilting LCD screen is excellent with 921,000 dots and the viewfinder which I use most is OLED electronic with 100% coverage and 1.4 million dots. The a6000 has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo memory. In other words, I can use almost any memory stick. As I said before, the camera is compatible with Sony E Mount lenses, and there’s an adapter (not necessarily made by Sony) for almost any lens old and new on the market.
My conclusion is pretty simple. It’s definitely worth the investment, is really handy, sturdy and takes great pictures, as long as the person using the camera knows how to use it. Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens is available at most camera stores and at Amazon where I found the price to be excellent.
Another excellent place you’ll find great cameras and accessories is Adorama in New York City. I often order from these people and receive super service.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.