I bought the sony a6000 to take on a trip to Ireland, and didn’t want to lug my SLR and heavy L lenses. I was thrilled with the results. The camera is so smart that I used P ( program) For 90%+ of my shots and got fantastic results. Occasionally I’d use the Auto HDR to punch up some bland landscapes, and it did the job without making the image cartoonish. My traveling companions were impressed by the results my pocket camera got. So was I. I’m sold on this incredible gadget.
Bought this camera for my wife. She loves it and is attending classes and really learning how to use it. I also bought the Sony A-Mount to E-Mount lens adapter so she could use my A-Mount lenses (the adapter is great) but that is for the future. Now, she’s pretty busy learning the camera and using the a6000 book by David D. Busch.
This camera has every feature we wanted except for GPS. The silver color is a nice change. It fits in her hand quite well. It is light and she loves the viewfinder. The camera also seems quite well built and sturdy. If you order the camera be sure to order the multi-interface shoe cover as Sony cheaper out and the camera comes without one. Such is life.
Powerful and compact
I bought the a6000 to take on a trip to Ireland, and didn’t want to lug my SLR and heavy L lenses. I was thrilled with the results. The camera is so smart that I used P ( program) For 90%+ of my shots and got fantastic results. Occasionally I’d use the Auto HDR to punch up some bland landscapes, and it did the job without making the image cartoonish. My traveling companions were impressed by the results my pocket camera got. So was I. I’m sold on this incredible gadget.
A mixed bag
Sony did so many things right with the a6000, I am blow away by their bad decisions. Let me get the bad stuff off my chest – there are plenty of reviews out there which sing the praises of the a6000.As far as the camera itself, the battery is underpowered and the battery compartment is just asking for a failure.
Additionally, something as simple as the compartment locking when you close it would be nice – instead you have to manually slide the latch closed. And why oh why did they hide the memory card behind the battery? That was ridiculous.The camera is a little small for my hands. I am irritated that I have to step up to a full-frame camera, costing about $ more, for a camera that is my size.
The built-in flash is an accident waiting to happen. I had a cheapo camera I bought to take to Jamaica that had a flash just like it .. and it didn’t take much time to break the flash.Speaking of flash, why did Sony have to completely reinvent how ttl metering should work? The new Sony approach is to send out a short flash pulse to evaluate the exposure and then do the real flash.
This, of course, totally destroys the functioning of all my slave flashes which now pop on the ttl pulse. I would like to just set the built-in camera flash for manual (non-ttl) flash so I could use my slaves (including inexpensive autoexposure slaves), but of course you can’t do that. I bought the Sony F20 flash (to try to avoid using the built-in flash), and of course you can’t set that to manual mode either. You have to pay big bucks to get a flash that can do that. You’ll notice that all of the new Sony compatible flashes are big-ticket items .. there is no such thing as a Sony-ttl compatible flash that is inexpensive.
The idea behind the new Sony multi-interface shoe is that a) it will fit in a standard shoe; and b) it has enough wires running around in it that it can do everything but whistle Dixie.
There is no way, for instance, to have an external microphone for the camera unless you buy a ridiculous little microphone that slides into the shoe – a very expensive Sony proprietary microphone that looks like a toy. I have also discovered that the multi-interface shoe does not fit into all of my cold shoes (for mounting my flashes in various places), and that some vendors are having difficulty making their multi-interface shoes strong enough that they won’t break.
A nice flash that allows you some control over what you’re doing probably weighs about as much as the camera itself. And don’t bother purchasing the Sony adapter that allows you to use their locking shoe flashes on the a6000 – it is not stable and your flash will likely splat on the floor a couple of times, plus the adapter doesn’t deal with any ttl issues.
The lens that comes with the camera is overpriced and underperforms. My lens is awfully soft, and others have complained of that as well. Tomorrow I am going to run some resolution tests and try to figure out what is going on. They do sell an adapter that allows your old Alpha lenses to be used on the a6000, but if you want the adapter that provides automated functionality it costs as much as a new lens – in other words, if you want to use other lenses get used to doing things manually.
Plus, Sony decided to abandon in-body stabilization (that allows for less expensive lenses) and go to optical stabilization.The documentation is poor, and leaves all kinds of questions unanswered. Contacting Sony doesn’t really help because their help people generally don’t know.In summary, this is a great little camera that was corrupted to lock you into buying a bunch of overpriced Sony proprietary equipment. If you can set aside the outrage over being screwed like that, you’ll love it (at least until you look at the manual).
A LIGHT WEIGHT GOOD CAMERA
I like Sony Alpha a6000. It’s a light weight camera. I have been using SLR pro cameras since 1970 but I like mirror less small cameras. I have Sony Alpha 3n and 5n. I use Sony 3n with legacy lenses and Sony 5n with telephoto lenses. It works great.
But Alpha a6000 is fantastic camera with bells and whistles under $ . I took hundreds of sharp pictures with this camera. I use sigma 30mm DN which is faster than Sony 16-50mm kid lens especially in low light. Its 24 megapixels sensor allows capturing supper quality images. I have three Sony lenses (including Sony 55-210) the are mediocre lenses. I use Sigma and Legacy lenses. It works for me. I am happy with Sony A 6000.