Sony A6000 Review – Same Appearance, Different Hardware

Sony just recently unveiled the A6300, but it is great to look back at its predecessor, the Sony A6000. For those who don’t know about this particular mirrorless camera, do know that this is a device that has been a mainstay in the hands of many photographers for a good, long while. It has that same yet distinctive NEX shape, however the changes from its predecessors are mostly found on the inside. When this model came out, it included some of the best technology that the company had to offer. Some of the tech found in this unit are even considered to be top-notch, even today.

Sony A6000 Review - Same Appearance, Different Hardware

The Sony A6000 Remains a Staple Choice for People Looking to Purchase a Mirrorless Camera

When the Sony A6000 came out, competition was pretty intense for the high-end CSC market. There was the OM-D range from Olympus, the X-Series from Fujifilm, and the GX and GH cameras of Panasonic. Each contender pushes the boundaries of what was, and is possible for a mirrorless camera. So what did Sony do to keep up with the competition?

To start, the firm puts the A6000 in competition with DSLRs, and not just only other mirrorless cameras. Therefore, Sony pulled out all the stops in bringing a beefier mirrorless camera into the market. To start, there’s the Blonz-X processor, which can also be found in the Sony Alpha 7R. It boasts incredible processing power as it delivers three-times the speed as when comparing to its previous version. This increase in speed is highly noticeable during the device’s start-up time.

This extra speed and processing power also allows for faster autofocus as focusing a subject merely takes 0.06-seconds. Therefore, under ideal conditions, auto-focusing is so quick that you may even capture a bird mid-flight and not lose sharpness. Its focusing speeds even outpaces that of the Fujifilm XT-1.

You can even use that kind of speed when using the camera under burst mode. It can shoot up to 11fps, continuous for 21 frames in JPEG, or 49 frames of fine JPEG, before the shutter will buffer. Therefore, the camera is also great for sports photography.

Other features found in the Sony A6000 are diffraction correction, detail reproduction technology, and area-specific noise reduction. Image quality is beyond fantastic and build quality is very solid. As such, even if you do have the money to spend on the A6300 but don’t want to waste it all on that unit, then perhaps its predecessor may be a better choice for you.


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