Sony A6000 | Still the best beginner mirrorless camera?

With the launch of the Sony A6000, Sony introduced what amounted to an APS-C version of the full-frame Alpha 7. At the same time, two old NEX lines, the NEX-7 and the NEX-6, were discontinued. Sony expects the NEX-7 owner to upgrade to the A7 range, while the A6000 was designed to meet the needs of the NEX-6 owner, sitting at the top of the company’s APS-C enthusiast line.

Small and sleek, the A6000 has a similar look and feel to the A7. It featured a newly designed 24.3-million-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor and it competed at the time with the likes of the Fujifilm X-E2, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Panasonic Lumix G6. Today, its low price point puts it up against entry-level DSLRs and beginner-friendly mirrorless cameras, but although it is considered one of the best cameras for beginners because of its price, it’s actually more powerful than these.

Main Specifications

  • 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Bionz X image processor
  • Hybrid AF system with 25 contrast-detect and 179 phase-detect points
  • Built-in flash + Multi-Interface Shoe
  • 11 fps continuous shooting with subject-tracking
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 921,600 dots
  • OLED electronic viewfinder with 1.44M dots
  • Diffraction correction, area-specific noise reduction, and detail reproduction technology
  • Full HD video recording at 1080/60p and 24p; clean HDMI output
  • Wi-Fi with NFC capability and downloadable apps

Even now, the Sony A6000 is considered one of the best mirrorless cameras, mostly because of its performance, longevity and sheer value for money. It’s certainly still one of the best Sony cameras you can buy, despite the countless new iterations that have come along since.

Those who appreciate lots of dials and buttons will enjoy the A6000. It has plenty of controls available, and, like other Sony cameras, pretty much all of them are customizable to help you adjust the camera to suit the way you take photos.

What you don’t get with this camera is a front-facing screen or 4K video (it’s restricted to full HD), but this reflects the marketplace when this camera was launched. For stills photographers, though, it’s got pretty much everything you might need, even now. Its 11fps continuous shooting speed is especially impressive.

Pros
  • Powerful features, even today
  • Sharp 24MP sensor
  • Good autofocus
  • 11 fps continuous shooting
  • 3-inch tilting LCD
  • Built-in EVF
  • Wi-Fi with NFC capability and downloadable apps
  • Very compact, perfect for travel
  • Great value for money – check price below
Cons
  • Handling poor with larger lenses
  • No 4k Video
  • Not so good at high ISOs

Conclusion

Old as it is, the Sony A6000 shows that many of the most important things we look for in a camera haven’t changed. Its 24-megapixel sensor is as competitive today as it was when this camera was launched. Its 11fps burst mode is rarely bettered, even now, and while Sony has steadily improved the AF system its A6000 cameras, the A6000 is already very good – perhaps as good as most of us need. You don’t get 4K video, the design and displays are now looking a bit dated, and the high ISO image quality isn’t quite up there with the best of its rivals today, but otherwise the A6000 is still a great, great camera.

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