Best Sony Alpha A6000 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2021:

The Nexs bow out and make way for the Alpha. From now on, all interchangeable lens cameras will be under the Alpha sign.

With the Alpha 6000 , which replaces both the Nex-6 and Nex-7, Sony has serious ambitions and offers a concrete data sheet: APS-C 24 Mpx sensor equipped with pixels for a hybrid autofocus with correlation of phase / contrast detection, built-in pop flash, 1.4-million-point Oled electronic viewfinder, tilting LCD screen (but not touchscreen), Wi-Fi / NFC chips, numerous customizable controls, 11 fps burst, uncompressed HDMI output and full video mode …

Sony aims high and wants to come and compete with high-end COIs and as well as SLRs with a muscular body and a fairly low price.

Best Sony Alpha A6000 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2021

1. Sony Alpha A6000 Wi-Fi Digital Camera & 16-50mm Lens with E-Mount 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens

2. Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP (Black) with 16-50mm Lens (ILCE6000L/B), Travel Bundle with Lowepro Backpack, Battery, Filter Kit, UFO 2 Tripod, 64GB SD Card, and Accessories

3. Sony a6000 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera – Black (24.3MP, Body Only)

4. Sony Alpha A6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body, Black, 24.3MP – Bundle with Case, 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card, Cleaning Kit, Slinger Memory Case, Software Package

5. Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) w/16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

Aiming, autofocus

LCD screen

The Sony Alpha A6000 is equipped with a 7.5 cm LCD screen displaying 921,000 points for a 16: 9 display ratio. The APS-C sensor respecting a 3: 2 ratio, the aiming in photo shows black borders on the screen and therefore seems smaller than on other screens (usually in 3: 2). Only the video mode is displayed on the entire screen.

The screen is oriented upwards by 90 ° and downwards by 45 °. Unfortunately, it is not tactile and above all it is still very bright and unusable in direct sunlight.

Unless in S mode, the display stutters in low light to ensure good brightness. Good point, it is possible to display a simulation of the exposure: you can observe live the effect of the aperture, the speed and the ISO sensitivity on your images before shooting.

It is possible to display some assistants such as an exhibition zebra (which unfortunately starts at 70%), a peaking focus (highlighting of the clear areas with colored pixels), composition assistance grids and, in a mode more stripped down, an exposure histogram. But we have already mentioned it: badly placed, at the bottom left, it disappears as soon as we change a parameter to modify the exposure.

Electronic viewfinder

One of the most disappointing things about the camera is the Alpha 6000’s electronic aiming. Indeed, Sony has chosen to renew a panel at 1,440,000 points, a definition in 800 x 600 pixels. We are far from the high-end panels that equip the X-T1 from Fujifilm or the EM-1 from Olympus . Ironically, the electronic viewfinders of the Nex-6 / Nex-7 that the Sony Alpha A6000 replaces also displayed more points!

Magnification is also part of the aim. Here it is 0.7x in 24×36 equivalent. A significant magnification therefore, much higher than the optical viewfinders of SLRs at equivalent price, but which also remains below that of the X-T1 (0.77x), EM-1 (0.74x) or even Nex-7 (0, 73x).

The manufacturer is however limited by the definition of the slab. With a magnification of 0.7x, the display frame is already easily visible: it is not recommended to further magnify the display.

The eyecup is not very comfortable for glasses wearers (too rigid and slippery) and the eye relief is just enough.

The display is, as on the screen, fluid in most situations, with granulation present in low light and slower cooling. The transition from a dark environment to a very bright environment (and vice versa) is done quite quickly, but can represent a constraint for who comes from an optical reflex. The display remains fairly contrasted with blacks quickly plugged and highlights without detail.

Note that if the screen displays in 16: 9, the electronic viewfinder displays in 4: 3! Consistency is not essential on the Sony Alpha A6000

Focus

Manual mode

The Sony Alpha A6000 offers several options to assist you with manual focusing. The first is fairly classic: the magnifying glass. It enlarges the display to better appreciate the focus. Two magnifications are available: x5.9 and x11.7. You have the option of using a peaking system displaying colored pixels (several colors available) around sharp objects.

Autofocus

The case arrives with a new sensor equipped with a hybrid autofocus system with phase correlation on 179 points (against 99 on the Nex-6) and contrast detection (25 points). The global autofocus system covers approximately 90% of the sensor.

5 modes are now available:

  • AF-S (single),
  • AF-C (continuous),
  • AF-A (automatic: the camera defaults to AF-S mode and switches to AF-C if the subject is moving),
  • DMF (Direct MF: automatic focusing with manual retouching of the point)
  • and MF (manual focus).

In the collimators, you can choose between a central point, a focus on 25 zones, wide zones and a flexible point. Unfortunately, the screen is not tactile, it will be necessary to move the points using the selection cross.

Autofocus tracking is relatively effective and it will allow you to easily follow a subject moving laterally. With a subject approaching, the Sony Alpha A6000 is more to the trouble and the waste rate is quite important especially at more than 10 fps. The tracking is well done, but the images often lack bite or are completely blurred (with the 16-50 and 16-70 mm compatible with the hybrid autofocus). In the end and out of a dozen photos, only half is actually 100% usable. The rate increases slightly for smaller prints.

The new Sony system therefore improves autofocus tracking, but it still lags behind high-end Micro 4/3 systems from Panasonic or Olympus.

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