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Sony A6000

Sony A6000 camera review – Sony mirrorless camera

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Sony A6000 was my first mirrorless camera and my first step in switching from DSLR to the more comfortable carrying and handling photo gear. I am now a proud owner of the Sony A7RII professional camera – which I wrote a review about – but I will never forget my first love, the A6000.

To see what this jewel can do, in my gallery, almost all the photos are taken with a Sony A6000. Click the picture to open the whole page and click ‘i’ at the bottom. If it says camera model “ILCE 6000” on the left side, then it is a Sony A6000 picture.

Sony A6000 review

Sony A6000

Product: Sony Alpha ILCE-A6000

My rating: 5 out of 5

Sony A6000 comes with a 24.3 – effective – megapixel APS-C image sensor. This sensor offers high sensitivity in low-light environments and defocuses all or part of an image’s foreground and background. You’ll enjoy the extremely low noise with a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25600 and excellent image quality with lifelike color. The most crucial detail and smooth tonal levels reveal all the nuances of your scene.

Sony a6000 screen view with the camera settings

BIONZ X image processing engine – recreates textures and details as seen by the naked eye.  Visual noise is practically undetectable because of the further advanced area-specific noise reduction.

Full HD movies – the new, improved fast hybrid AF provides fast and accurate autofocusing and tracking while shooting video, with sharpness and lack of noise.With choices  of 60p / 50p, 60i / 50i or 24p / 25p – NTSC/PAL. Thanks to the Clear Image Zoom, you can also use P/A/S/M modes to get maximum control over the general image view and zoom with extra clarity.

The Sony A6000 camera is a powerhouse when it comes to video performance, offering an impressive blend of versatility and quality. With its advanced features and compact design, this mirrorless camera is a favorite among videographers of all levels.

Equipped with a 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS-C sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the A6000 delivers stunning high-definition video. It supports Full HD 1080p video recording at 60fps, ensuring smooth and detailed footage. The camera’s fast hybrid autofocus system with 179 phase-detection points enables quick and accurate subject tracking, crucial for capturing dynamic video scenes.

One standout feature is its ability to shoot in the versatile AVCHD and XAVC S formats, providing flexibility in post-production editing. The A6000 also boasts impressive low-light performance, allowing for clear and vibrant video even in challenging lighting conditions.

Videographers will appreciate the tiltable 3-inch LCD screen, enabling creative framing and easy monitoring while recording. Additionally, the built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity make it seamless to transfer videos to your devices for quick sharing.

Whether you’re a vlogging enthusiast or a professional videographer, the Sony A6000’s exceptional video capabilities make it a reliable and powerful tool, delivering high-quality results in a compact and portable package.

179 AF points – considerably accurate phase-detection AF points that practically cover the entire image area. They allow enhanced subject tracking and capture of fast-moving subjects, along with improved scene detection and subject size exposure.

Eleven fps continuous shooting – with AF tracking ensures you capture the decisive moment accurately chasing your subject anywhere on the screen.

AF mode – having the subject in focus assures super-sharp images. Sony A6000 <- Affiliate Link 🙂 is the first E-mount digital camera that offers AF-A and shows the active AF points the same in the AF-C mode, so you can check if you are focusing on the right subject.

The Sony A6000 top view

High-resolution OLED Tru-Finder – offers 100% frame coverage. It is a new optical system with four double aspherical lenses, which brings a wide viewing angle of about 33° and clear visibility all over the screen. It lets you preview defocusing, exposure, and other effects and adjust brightness in five stages.

A Tiltable 3″ LCD screen allows you to shoot everything from low to high angle.

What do others have to say about A6000?


  • Lens compatibility – Sony E-mount lenses
  • Sensor type – APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm) Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
  • Effective pixels – Approximative 24.3 megapixels
  • Image sensor aspect ratio – 3:2
  • Anti-dust system – Charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
  • Still images format – JPEG and RAW
  • Video format – AVCHD 2.0/MP4
  • Audio format – Dolby digital (AC-3/2ch) for AVCHD and MPEG-4 (AAC-LC/2ch) for MP4
  • Microphone – built-in stereo
  • Speaker – built-in, monaural
  • Shutter type – Electronically controlled, vertical traverse, focal-plane type
  • Shutter speed – for still images, 1/4000 to 30 seconds (bulb); for movies, shutter speed is 1/4000 to 1/4 and up to 1/50 in auto mode.
  • Focus type – Fast Hybrid AF
  • Focus sensor – Exmor APS HD CMOS
  • Focus point – 179 points phase-detection AF/25 points contrast-detection AF
  • AF mode   AF-A (Automatic AF); AF-S (single-shot AF); AF-C (continuous AF), and DMF – direct manual focus
  • ISO sensitivity – for still images 100-25600 equivalent (1/3 EV step); in auto mode 100-25600 with selectable limits; for movies 100-12800 equivalent (1/3 EV step) / in auto mode ISO speed 100-12800 with selectable limits
  • Battery life for still images – Approximative 310 shots through the viewfinder and 360 shots with the LCD monitor
  • Battery life for movies – Approximative 60 minutes
  • Viewfinder type – 1.0 cm color electronic viewfinder
  • Number of dots – 1 440 000 dots
  • Monitor type – 7.5 cm wide TFT
  • Number of dots – 921 600 dots
  • Flash – Built-in flash
  • Flash synchronization speed – 1/160 seconds
  • Print – Compatible standards
  • Dimensions – 120 x 66.9 x 45.1 cm
  • Weight – 344 g with battery and media

What’s in the box

  • AC adapter
  • Body cap
  • Eyepiece cup
  • Micro USB cable
  • Power cord
  • Rechargeable battery pack
  • Shoulder strap

Pronouncement and Tips

Sony A6000 was my trustful companion in my photography journey for about two years. This is why I can say that I have tested it in many ways, and I can give a rightful pronouncement.

It is easy to carry and handle. The quality of the pictures is excellent for such a compact camera. If you think you don’t need to spend thousands of cash for a professional one plus a full-frame lens, this is my recommendation. You can buy it for about £450 with a kit lens or less – body only.

If you are low on budget, I recommend doing as I did – buy the body only and one lens you can generally use (from macro to zoom, wide for architecture, good for portraits, and wide enough for landscapes)

For example only – this one I used myself – Sony Alpha SEL18200 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 Aspherical OSS IS:

Sony SEL 18200 E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3

This is somewhat tricky … If you want to take portrait shots, the best lens will be some dedicated portraits. If you want macro – the same, some macro lenses will perform better than this one.

The advantages of using only one lens for everything are:

  • sensor and lens protection – you will rarely need to disconnect your lens
  • cost of equipment – if you want a specific glass for each task, you will need at least four of them (macro, portrait, zoom, and wide)
  • Size of your bag – not so easy to carry everywhere

As said before, this is only an example. I used to do this because of the low budget and the upper lens performs in all tasks better than the medium performance lens on the market!!! 

Another tip – when buying a lens for Sony A6000, keep in mind to buy an APS-C lens – not a full-frame. The lens is built for a specific sensor type, which is good to know. I hope that this was helpful.

Please comment below if you have questions or want to add something to this topic. I am always happy to help and ready to learn more. Thanks for reading to the end!

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4 thoughts on “Sony A6000 camera review – Sony mirrorless camera”

  1. Thank you for a technically detailed review. It’s good to get a review from somebody like you who have actually been using this model for two years. I checked you photo gallery, beautiful pictures. Seems to be a handy quality camera for an affordable price.

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