I gave my point-and-shoot to my grandson and bought a new, better camera. I wanted low-light capabilities for family pictures, and also a light-weight and pocketable camera for taking with me (especially backpacking).
This puppy weighs in at one pound (I carry about 22 pounds, including water). I also looked at the Fujifilm E-X1, which is a beautiful camera – great pictures, and better low-light than the Sony a6000. But the weight and bulk tipped the balance (so to speak) for me. Both cameras have the same size sensor, but the Fujifilm kit lens is better. I could not ask for a more considerate, polite, lenient, and patient business than B and H. I learned a lot, from their website, from chats, from google searches, from user manuals, and from being able to try the cameras in my home. I never could have done it by going to a local camera store.
I’m an amateur photographer that also has a passion for the outdoors. I have been using Nikon SLRs for years (from the FM2 film camera to the D70 and D90). When I’m out skiing I carry a P&S (Panasonic DMC-ZS30) and when I’m out hiking it’s either my P&S or my D90. When I go birding it’s my D90 & my Nikon 80-400 zoom. I decide which camera to take based on how long the hike and the weather.
I was looking for a potential upgrade to the D90 and I wanted something light and powerful but higher end than a P&S. I’ve only been using the a6000 for a couple of weeks but I’m very impressed. The shutter speed and low light capabilities are superior to my D90. I have not done a detailed comparison of image quality but I have not had any complaints. There are a lot of bells and whistle on this camera that are similar to some P&S add-ons that are welcome on a higher-end camera.
Being able to setup wifi to my android phone and use my phone as a remote shutter where I can see the shot and with the kit 16-50mm lens with power zoom I can frame the shot remotely. It’s great for getting that trail selfie or a stealth photo (without running cables). I like that I can (with an adapter) re-use my exiting Nikon glass (unfortunately only in manual mode) with some limitations. The Peak Level really helps with manual focusing on my Nikon lenses. I mounted my Nikon 80-400 zoom and went out to my local birding spot.
I need a little more practice and a moving bird would be impossible but a blue heron fishing or bald eagle sitting in a tree are still fair game. The equivalent Sony lens is $ and requires a $ adapter, so using the Nikon adapter is nice. I find native Sony lenses to be a little confusing as they seem to mix e-mount & a-mount lenses (you can interchange but need an adapter). I’m a little disappointed in the electronic viewfinder but I’m getting use to it and use it when I’m taking more serious photos.
The video quality is outstanding (my daughter’s gymnastic meet). I also purchased the 55-210 (4.5-6.3) as I got a great package price on it. It may not be the greatest quality of glass but it’s not bad either. It makes a great small package when I go hiking and snowshoeing.
I still have a lot to learn about it and I’m looking forward to using it more. I’ll have to take it and my D90 out for some comparison shots both using the same lenses and then Nikon to Sony. I can’t comment on battery life yet as using all the gimmicks and menus takes more battery power. Once I settle into a routine it should be better.
Very Good Camera!
One of the best in this price range. It may be missing some things (touch screen, good battery life, etc.) but with everything considered (including high ISO, extremely fast auto-focus, 24MP, 11 fps), constitutes a great product. If picture quality is important to you in this price range and form factor, it’s HIGHLY recommended.
Oh man I love this camera!
This is one of those rare items that are a great value and that live up to the expectations. Great size, super-light and simply a great camera to shoot with. The 16-50mm lens is ok, not great, but ok. Using it with other Sony lenses opens up a wealth of possibilities though and the great auto focus is a plus.
I also used with a 50mm nikon G lens (with a Fotodiox adapter) and the results are equally great by taking advantage of the focus peaking. Would definitely recommend. Only negative I have found, but not tested yet is a rumor that the hot shoe on the black version has trouble making connections for some third-party flashes. Being able to see what you’re going to get on the viewfinder is worth every penny of the cost of this camera.
I am an hobbyist photographer focusing on landscape, macro and architecture. The Sony mirrorless A6000 is a great on the go camera, which complements my DSLR. Great in low light, easy to use and lightweight. I am looking forward to taking many great photos with this camera.
A nice upgrade from my Canon Rebel
I love that this camera is small and lightweight yet still has a large sensor that takes great pictures. It works wonderfully in low light and has a number of automatic and optional features to help me take great shots. While you could shoot with this camera on aperture or shutter priority, or manual the same as others, the optional features take some time to learn and adjust to. For instance, auto focus lock and motion tracking are nice features that don’t require you to pre-focus. But I am still getting used to it. I would recommend watching Gary Fong’s video (from B&H) as he goes into detail on why the camera is different.
Loves a great zoom or prime
I have both a Sony A7 and A6000 and I use the A6000 as a second body to mount my old Nikon film lenses with a Metabone adapter. The A7 is more forgiving of zooms, the A6000 really performs well with a great zoom. But both cameras give wonderful results with old primes. The Sony sensors are capable of great detail and sharpness. I love the manual focusing options and the focus peaking, but the Zebra function is far less useful than Olympus’s highlighting feature.
I would love it if the A6000 would use a wireless remote – it is so much better than wired ones. And as yet I have not found a way to press a custom button to turn on a feature (focus peaking) and then turn it off by removing pressure on the button. Could use a longer life battery and a faster response time. Oh and stop over compressing the RAW files, they are not as good as Nikon.