I have used this camera very extensively now to make some judgement. I like the layout and position of buttons and dials, as well as the menu, even though I think Fuji X-T1 has a better layout and menu. It focuses really fast and accurate and in dimmed light with a fast lens is quite good but not excellent.

Color rendition is great but not as accurate like my Canon 5D3. High ISO noise performance for images detail is also really good considering that is APS-C sensor. It is light and small enough to be used for street photography w/o catching attention. Now the caveats: battery life is horrible. My Canon G15 gives me much more images than this sony a6000 per battery and shooting time. When travelling, in a single day shooting I have to use at least two batteries.

Since it’s not a professional body it isn’t near weather resistant and during my last trip to Thailand I missed many moments because in humid environments the camera/lens combo was unable to focus, while my G15 performed as usual. So if you travel to humid and hot environments be cautious that this camera will not work properly.

Everything I wanted

Hobbyist photographer moving over from Canon dSLR. This little thing can take some serious images. I love the small size, quick shooting, quick AF, and excellent image quality. Using my Canon lenses via an adapter is functional but not ideal (unusable AF). Paired with an e-mount lens, this thing is a dream come true.

Really good travel camera with some caveats

I have used this camera very extensively now to make some judgement. I like the layout and position of buttons and dials, as well as the menu, even though I think Fuji X-T1 has a better layout and menu. It focuses really fast and accurate and in dimmed light with a fast lens is quite good but not excellent. Color rendition is great but not as accurate like my Canon 5D3.

High ISO noise performance for images detail is also really good considering that is APS-C sensor. It is light and small enough to be used for street photography w/o catching attention. Now the caveats: battery life is horrible. My Canon G15 gives me much more images than this a6000 per battery and shooting time. When travelling, in a single day shooting I have to use at least two batteries.

Since it’s not a professional body it isn’t near weather resistant and during my last trip to Thailand I missed many moments because in humid environments the camera/lens combo was unable to focus, while my G15 performed as usual. So if you travel to humid and hot environments be cautious that this camera will not work properly.

Great Camera for the price

This camera was a replacement for my Nikon D80. I was looking for a compact camera as I found the D80 too heavy, especially while traveling. The a6000 was prefect for me. It’s lightweight, easy to use and I really like to electronic viewfinder. I’m extremely impressed with the quality of the images, even with the kit lens.

I looked at the Nikon 1 J5, but chose the a6000 for its viewfinder, better image quality and better feel. The a6000 has a good handle making the camera feel comfortable in my hand. For the price I found the a6000 a perfect fit for my camera needs. My only concern is the battery life. I found I’ll need to buy a 2nd battery if I’m out shooting all day.

Versatile travel camera

I purchased this camera for international travel to have a lighter camera than my Canon 6D. I was pleased with the results from the smaller sensor. This camera has a lot of user functionality and I appreciated having the HDR capability built in. The resolution of the photos is adequate for the 8×10 calendars that I produce each year.

Of course, the detail is not near as fine as a full frame sensor, but it is a good compromise if you are looking to lighten your load. I used it for a cruise with shore excursions and a large percentage of the shots were taken from moving vehicles using high ISO and shutter speeds. Of course there are no fine art prints in there, but I captured many memories of a great trip and got several calendar shots from this camera.

Very happy

This camera is great. I use it to take pictures of my kids sporting events, vacations, and family gatherings. The camera body is light weight and the included kit lense is very good. It’s great for printing out normal size pictures. If your planning on doing large(poster size) prints then I would recommend a different lense.

Some reviewers were saying the kit lense sucks. This is not true at all. They are just snobby pixel warriors. I’ve enlarged prints to 11×18 without a problem. This is a great camera. I found it easy to use by just playing with the settings for a day or two. I did not read any of the manual. Only downside is battery life sucks.

I have to say…

I haven’t had this camera long but I’m really surprised at the quality. There is some banding on some photos, (stripes down the image on some images) The raw file isn’t as good as my Nikon D700 but this camera costs a fraction of what the pro bodies cost. I’m still getting use to the controls, but I find them pretty easy to use coming from Nikon.

Bottom line, Image quality and Video quality are really really nice. I love the size of this camera and it’s weight. I am 6’5 and I have big hands. I was concerned about the size of this camera but it feels pretty nice in my large hands. I even got my Nikon SB900 and SB800 Flashes to work via pocket wizards. Actually it seems like my pocket wizards work better on the Sony than on my Nikon.

I use the a6000 for landscapes and portraits. I also use the video mode a lot. This camera exceeds my expectations as a photographers tool. I find the battery life to be decent. I have the cameras wifi turned off, so far it hasn’t been an issue for me. I did buy extra batteries though. Right now I don’t have a lot of negatives to report. For me the image quality is equal to my Nikon except ISO. Nikon is much nicer at 1600 over the Sony.

Excellent broadcast video with 2.0 upgrade

Went on a German site and upgraded to 2.0 firmware to shoot video in XAVC. Bottom line, I just shot beauties, billboard shots, weigh ins and fighter B-Roll for Network MMA fight. Just added a good camera light and video looked great and cut with much higher priced video gear. Stills are better than ever with the upgrade. I used the Sony 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 zoom and Sigma 60mm prime. Sharp and accurate color reproduction. Best bang for the buck if you want both good stills and video. Compares very favorably with the RX10 I had for video and shoots better stills.

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