Sony Alpha a6000 (no lens included)
24-megapixel mirrorless camera
Item #: 158E6000K
Your price: $499.99
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Item #: 158E6000K
Your price: $499.99
The ILCE-6000 camera body is compatible with Sony E-series lenses, so you can choose the one that's right for you.
For sharp, detailed photos in a lighter camera body, the Sony Alpha a6000 is tough to beat. A large 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor guarantees high-resolution images. The sensor works with Sony's lightning-quick BIONZ™ X processor to record greater natural detail, richer tonal gradations, lower noise and more realistic images whether you shoot stills or video. Enhanced Fast Hybrid auto focus combines speedy phase-detection AF with highly accurate contrast-detection AF, so you get ultra-fine focus in the blink of an eye. Once it's locked in, you can shoot up to 11 frames per second—ideal for immortalizing a touchdown run, or baby's first steps.
If you're shooting at a birthday party, and you want to make sure you can see faces in a darkened room, you may want to use the built-in flash. For more lighting options, the a6000 has a hot shoe that will let you add a sophisticated accessory flash when you want one. Then there are those times when you just want to use the light you have: overlooking Paris at night, or Christmas lights in your hometown, for instance. For those times when atmosphere matters, the camera has an extended ISO (exposure) range from 100-25000. That's plenty of flexibility for a low-light masterpiece.
The ILCE-6000 can team up with your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to wirelessly transfer photos and video to your mobile device for instant online sharing. If you're an Android™ user, Near Field Communication allows you to pair the camera to a compatible device with just a quick tap.
These digital cameras combine the creative options of a DSLR with portability that's more like that of a point-and-shoot. Their automatic modes will help you take striking pictures from day one without having to be an expert. However, like DSLRs, mirrorless cameras have interchangeable lenses, and advanced control and processing. You can explore these features for even better results as you take time to learn more about the hobby. Cameras in this class have large image sensors for beautifully detailed pictures, but their mirrorless design means the camera bodies and matching lenses can be smaller, lighter, and more portable great for snapping memorable pics when you're on the move.
It took me a while and a lot of research to finally find the camera that will be good for my intended use. Watching Jason Lanier & Gary Fong online helped me a lot to decide to go with a mirrorless camera. The apps that you can download directly to the camera from Sony PlayMemories website is surely a plus for amateur photographers . You can even sync the camera to an Apple or Android phone for instant transfer of pictures from camera to your phone. Make sure you buy a prime lens like the 50mm f1.8, and for video I went with the 18 to 105 mm with a constant f4 G lens. Just make sure to learn how to properly use it and you'll be amaze of what it can do.
Pros: The camera specifications say it all.
Cons: It is not a perfect camera so prepare yourself and learn how to use it.
After a long research for a new camera I finally found it! Watching Jason Lanier & Gary Fong on youtube help me a lot to go mirrorless camera.
Pros: The A6000 spec.s says it all plus the available apps that you can download into the camera which is good for amateur Pro photographers, and wifi capability too.
Cons: It is not a perfect camera so be prepared to learn how to use it.
I found the a6000 to be a perfect portable, small camera that has the ability to take amazing photographs. I use it mainly as a backup to my larger Sony a7ii full frame. Both cameras use the same lens mount and makes switching back and forth very easy. The large APC sensor size of the a6000 allows for very detailed and low noise images.
Pros: Super fast focusing, larger sensor size, 24 mega pixel photos. Small portable.
Cons: Have to learn the Sony menu system, once understood it is very funtional but does take some time to get used to.
I did my research and Sony is well ahead of everyone else in mirrorless cameras
Pros: Resolution is better than the Nex 6, higher autofocus etc. Used Crutchfield points to get the best price available.
Cons: Viewfinder not as good as nex 6
Want to carry small? Smaller than even a 7r. This should be one of your top choices. I bought a NEX7 for a travel camera when DSLR just too big. It was a great camera, takes superb images, but the slow contrast detect auto-focus, and the difficult menu system were real negatives. The A6000, using the same sensor, adds phase-detection autofocus for fast focusing, and the menu system was revised to an easier layout. The electronic eye finder lost something from the NEX7 but suffices, and the images are just as good. Retains the very useful focus assist, and highlighting. Will handle photographers from pros to beginners--just dial in the "i" auto setting for the latter. The Sony optics are not bad at all, and the Zeiss e-mounts are stellar--but cost as much as the body.
Pros: Size, cost, quality of build and images
Cons: Electronic viewfinder could be sharper. Lacks an dedicated auto manual toggle button like NEX7. Object tracking could be improved.
First off, the camera is that good -- but be warned it's for season shooters, if you'll be picking this camera as a substitute for an SLR pls don't. This can be your go to "on the go" camera because this thing is light compare to my SLR. What i like about this camera is that it takes good quality pictures because of its APS-C focusing system. What bugs me is that the battery really hogs the power of the camera, really descent but common Sony guys. If you'll be taking pictures primarily for casual and family use this is a keeper but if you're expecting a speedy camera for that wedding event better go with an SLR. Bottomline this camera is amazing just don't expect too much if you're a season SLR shooter. How i wish Sony people would give us rebates for extra batteries ha-ha!!!
Having owned 3 NEX series cameras as well as many others, this a6000 is the best yet, trouncing my prior NEX-7.
Pros: Fast AF, relatively small and light, moderate cost, nice EVF, flash,,and smartphone integration
Cons: Needs a really good small pancake lens to make it a true pocket camera
Tremendous camera- I used it primarily as a camera off of a surgical microscope to document procedures for lecturing and patient education. I like it so well that I bought another for personal use. It has replaced my big Canon and it's attendant lenses (I got the Zeiss 16/70 f4 and e Sony 70/200 f4 to replace the equivalent in Canon). Much less to lug around. And more megapixels. And faster focusing.
I've had my A-6000 about a month, maybe 500 photos - and it is a camera with unrealized potential. After shooting back to a Pentax and Nikon F1- I find the absence of a manual very hard to manage - the camera behaves very well as a point and shoot, good quality photos with Lightroom corrections applied to the lenses I own, but it has several shortcomings (below) that reduce it to a point and shoot.
Pros: Good to excellent image quality with Lightroom lens corrections applied. Very light, well balanced, and very quiet. Remote operation from a cell phone open creative windows in time lapse and distance wildlife that were well beyond my budget.
Cons: No manual is unacceptable. I shoot wildlife and the camera just won't focus on birds in flight - the shutter just locks up and the body laughs at me. I'm reduced to manual focus for any moving shots. Finally they pointed out a foot note n a blog comment that says the fast auto focus is disabled above F/8 (huh - maybe they think focusing isn't needed for a point and shoot), and focus won't work accurately on a blue sky. No autofocus - Over $1000, 1 star.
I have spent a week with this body and the SEL-P18105G, SEL-35F18, and SEL-55210. I am very impressed. Having owned the 5, 5N, 5R in the past, I'm surprised and disappointed that Sony omitted the horizon/level indicator. Why? Other than that, the JPEG output is impressive and the AF coverage and speed are the best I have seen to date. For the price, this is a whole lot of camera. It covers the areas and times when my other camera, an A99, cannot come along for the ride.
Pros: Price, build quality, AF point coverage and speed, almost all functions can be assigned to so many buttons. I could not fill all of the available slots.
Cons: These are minor, but they could be improved. The horizon level indicator (why?!). It would be nice to have a faster flash-sync speed. I have been through two different boxes. Are all of the new batteries now made in China? All Sony Alpha batteries used to be made in Japan, and they felt more solid. The new ones feel hollow, but they are certainly a bit lighter than the original NP-FW50's.
This camera performs better than my Nikon D5200 full size DSLR. Compact size and full control of camera functions and picture taking modes. All the advantages of a DSLR in a relatively small package.
Pros: Small size, electronic viewfinder,sturdy construction, great ergonomics and most of all fantastic photos.
Cons: Sony and Zeiss lenses can be rather expensive.
Love this camera. Moved up from a NEX-5N. It's a little bigger but not much, still feels compact. I use this with the SELP18105G lens and the 50mm 1.8 and feel that's all I need to carry around with me. Very versatile setup. EVF is very clear, burst rate is excellent. Photos I've taken with the camera can be seen on my Tumblr http://rgrxdgr.tumblr.com/ Definitely recommended to anyone who is moving up from the "lower" end NEX models but do not want to invest in full frame just yet (A7).
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||None included|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
|Effective Megapixel Count||24.3|
|Image Stabilization||With optional lens|
|Highest Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080/60p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||12.1|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Sony α6000 (ILCE-6000) alpha series camera kit contains the α6000 camera body, along with a rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, and USB cable. The α6000 has built-in Wi-Fi, an APS-C-sized image sensor, and is compatible with Sony E-mount lenses.
Note: This "body only" package does not include a lens.
Compatible Lenses: The α6000 has an E-mount, and is compatible with the full line of Sony E-mount lenses. With the LA-EA 4, LA-EA3, LA-EA2 or LA-EA1 Mount Adapter, the camera can also use Sony A-mount lenses, and select Minolta/Konica lenses.
3" Tiltable LCD Screen: The α6000 uses a 3" LCD screen with 921,600 dots. You can tilt the LCD up approximately 90° for low angle shots or approximately 45° for high angle photography. The brightness of the LCD monitor can be adjusted in 5 steps from -2 to +2.
0.39" OLED Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.5" high contrast OLED electronic color viewfinder has 1,440,000 dots, and provides approximately 100% field of view. You can adjust the brightness in 5 steps. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder image to your individual eyesight. You can set the camera to switch between the LCD screen and viewfinder automatically when you look into the EVF, or choose one or the other in the camera's menu.
Display Options: You can choose how much information appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are five options each for the LCD screen and Viewfinder: Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info, Level, and Histogram.
Live View: The α6000's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot. When the Live View display is set to "Setting Effect On", the LCD or viewfinder will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance, exposure compensation, creative style or picture effect. With the "Setting Effect Off", you can check the image composition without the effects of the exposure settings.
Image Sensor: The α6000 features an APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS image sensor (23.5 x 15.6mm). It has approximately 24.7-million total pixels and 24.3-million effective pixels.
Still Image Recording Formats: The α6000 can record still images JPEG file format in Standard and Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the downloadable Image Data Converter software. You can set the α6000 to record a RAW and a JPEG image (Large, Medium, or Small) at the same time. You can select the following image sizes:
|Large||6000 x 4000 (24M)||6000 x 3376 (20M)|
|Medium||4240 x 2832 (12M)||4240 x 2400 (10M)|
|Small||3008 x 2000 (6M)||3008 x 1688 (5.1M)|
|RAW (L)||6000 x 4000 (24M)||6000 x 3376 (20M)|
Panorama Photos: The Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
Movie Recording Formats: The α6000 can record 16:9 Full High Definition movies with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. Movies can also be recorded in MP4 mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2-channel audio. You can select from the following bit rates/image quality:
|File Format||Average Bit Rate||Resolution|
|AVCHD 60p 24M (PS)||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60p)|
|AVCHD 60i 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 60i 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 24p 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|AVCHD 24p 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|MP4 1440 x 1080 12M||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080 (30fps)|
|MP4 VGA 3M||3 Mbps||640 x 480 (30fps)|
Dual Media Options: The α6000 camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, plus SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media.
Clear Image Zoom: Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of the lens by up to 2.8x (Medium images) or 4x (Small images) by digitally magnifying the center of the image. Combined with the camera's Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom, you can increase magnification up to 8x over the lens' maximum focal length.
Fast Hybrid AF System: The α6000's Fast Hybrid auto focus system combines phase-detection auto focus with highly accurate contrast-detection AF for lightning fast auto focusing. Phase Detection uses 179 densely placed AF points to quickly move the lens to bring the subject nearly into focus. Then Contrast Detection's 25 focus points fine-tunes the focusing, resulting in the sharpest images. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 4 settings:
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject. The AF illuminator has a range of 3'-4" to 9'-9".
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following shooting modes:
Picture Effect: In Intelligent Auto or Superior Auto mode, you can select Picture Effect to get one the following effect filters to achieve more impressive and artistic expression: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, or Yellow), High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
Creative Style: The Creative Style function lets you select the desired image processing. You can adjust exposure (shutter speed and aperture) as you like with Creative Style. You can choose from: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, or Sepia. You can also adjust Contrast, Saturation, and Sharpness.
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure) The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-5.0 EV in 1/3-step or 1/2-step increments. When shooting movies, the exposure can be adjusted in a range of +/-2.0 EV.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors: Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature, Color Filter, Underwater, and Custom.
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode. The manual ISO range is 100 to 25600 in 1/3EV increments. For movies, the ISO sensitivity is 100-12800, selectable in 1 EV steps.
Built-in Flash: The α6000 has a pop-up flash. When using the built-in or an optional external flash, the camera offers several Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, and Wireless. Red-eye Reduction can be turned on or off for each Flash Mode. You can adjust the amount of flash light in a range of -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV with the Flash Compensation feature. Flash Bracketing is also available.
Multi-Interface Shoe: The α6000 is equipped with the Multi-Interface Shoe, allowing you to use an external flash, such as the HVL-F20M, HVL-F43M, or HVL-F60M. The ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone is also compatible.
Connections: The camera has the following connections:
Wi-Fi Overview: The Sony α6000 has built-in Wi-Fi so you can interface the camera with your smartphone or Wi-Fi-enabled laptop computer and wirelessly perform various shooting and playback functions. The camera also supports NFC (near field communication).
PlayMemories Mobile: To interface with the Sony α6000, your smartphone must have the PlayMemories Mobile application. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 5.0 or later. It is also compatible with Android smartphones and tablets with the Android 2.3 - 4.4 operating environment.
NFC (Near Field Communication): By touching an NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet to the "N" mark on the right side of the camera, the smartphone will be connected automatically via Wi-Fi, and the PlayMemories Mobile app will be launched. The two devices must touch for approximately 1-2 seconds to make the connection.
Wi-Fi Functions: The following wireless functions can be performed with the α6000:
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index View, or as a Slide Show. During Index View mode, you can view 12 or 30 images at once.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Slide Show: You can automatically play back still images continuously in a slide show. You can set the interval to 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
View Mode: There are four View Modes to choose from for playing back images and movies: Date View, Folder View (Still), Folder View (MP4), and AVCHD View.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
4K Still Image Playback: The α6000 can output images in 4K resolution to an HDMI-connected TV that supports 4K. The 4K playback function can be selected in the Playback Menu only when the camera is connected to a 4K-compatible TV via HDMI or Wi-Fi.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
InfoLithium Battery: The α6000 is powered by the NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. Approximately 360 still images or 90 minutes of movies can be recorded with the supplied battery using the LCD monitor.
Charging: The NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery requires approximately 5 hours 10 minutes for a full charge, using the supplied AC-UB10C AC adapter and USB cable.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway.
Downloadable Software: The α6000 does not include software in the box. Instead, Sony offers software for Windows- and Mac-compatible computers for importing still images and movies recorded with the camera to your computer. The software is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X v10.6 - v10.8 operating systems. You can download the software to your computer using the appropriate URL provided in the supplied Instruction Manual. The following downloadable software is compatible with the camera:
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Fast focus and excellent image quality. Feature packed. [ Sanford Jan 03, 2016 ]
It was a deal I couldn't pass up. Full manufactures warranty at a discounted price. [ Darius Dec 20, 2015 ]