Sony Alpha 6000

Like its big brothers, the Alpha 6000 continues to surprise us by its size: difficult, at first glance, to imagine that there is indeed a sensor APS-C, an electronic viewfinder of 1 440 000 px, a screen 16: 9 aspect ratio, a FP-W50 battery, a Wi-Fi chip, an NFC chip and so much electronic sophistication in such a small package. Yet, compared to a Nex 7 or even a Nex 6, the Alpha 6000 has become fat and gaining thickness in its central part, which means there is less space between the end of the mount E and the chassis itself. While being more voluminous in the absolute, it seems on the contrary softer, more compact, more balanced, which is not displeasing to us, especially that the handle remains sufficiently hollow and well designed to offer an excellent grip .

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Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Plus 55-210mm Power Zoom Lenses

The Alpha 6000 turns its back on the Tri-Navi system of the Nex 7 and evolves the simple thumb wheel PASM Nex 6. Like what tends to become the standard, you will find two barrels at the far right of the hood of the hybrid: one that serves as a selector of PASM modes, a second that takes the place of “wheel to do everything”. The grip is intuitive but to do well, we would have appreciated that these commands are still a little better notched and, especially lockable.

The Alpha 6000 is Sony’s first hybrid to combine its Bionz X processor with a sensor featuring its latest hybrid autofocus technology. To do this, the Exmor R CMOS sensor has a pixel array dedicated to phase detection (179 points) distributed over 90% of the field (91% in height, 92% in width). This phase detection is completed by 25 collimators dedicated to contrast detection, and assisted by a new generation RGB filter (which allows more light to pass) and a complete absence of low-pass filters.

Sony highlighting the responsiveness of its Alpha 6000. Out of the laboratory, we have the feeling of having to deal with a completely different housing. The detection of the subject is of a formidable efficiency, better than anything we have known so far, whether in hybrid, SLR and even compact. Because the 179 points of phase detection are covered over the entire sensor, it becomes almost impossible to escape. The geeks, or nostalgic Supercopter, will be happy with the little green squares that flash and twirl like a little cloud. The only minor complaint we could make is the tendency to favor high contrast areas in low light, but this is not a real flaw. In short, Sony has provided its Alpha 6000 a hybrid sensor of a formidable efficiency, and the initial bet is won hands-on … as long as it does not trigger.


Image qualities

With its new 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, the Alpha 6000 smells like the Nex-7. Unsurprisingly, the Bionz X processor distills outstanding image quality from 100 ISO to 3200 ISO, where the grain is very soft, you can trust it with your eyes closed. At 6400 ISO, the saturation drops noticeably and the noise is more present but in terms of the sensitivity the smoothing is very reasonable and the finest details are kept. Despite the obvious progress, the highest sensitivities will be reserved for the most difficult conditions, especially with the magenta bend clearly perceptible at 25600 ISO.

The color rendering and the dynamics are excellent, but what most plunders the Alpha 6000 is, once again, its 16-50 mm OSS zoom kit. He was already doing well on a sensor of 16 MP, we skirt the disaster here. At wide-angle, the center is quickly sharp but never the image is homogeneous and exploitable to the edge, even at f / 8 and f / 11. By zooming a bit, the 35 mm position is generally excellent but at the bottom of the zoom, at 50 mm, the level of quality declines again, with more diffraction really annoying from f / 11.


The Alpha 6000 films in Full HD (in AVCHD only) in 60p, 60i, 50p, 50i, 25p and 24p, with various levels of compression quality. In MP4, it will be content with 1440×1080 px at 30 fps. Anyway, everyone will find his happiness. The quality of sound reproduction is excellent, with clear and well defined voices that stand out perfectly against the background. The zoom sizzles a little but, as anyway do not buy the 16-50 mm, it’s not a big deal. Image quality, on the other hand, is not as good as we would expect. Missing slightly saturation, it has a tendency to twinkle and noisy, which is a shame.

You can order it now:
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Plus 55-210mm Power Zoom Lenses

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