I'm not sure that The Sony replaces my other SLRs, but I love the smaller size, light weight, and high pixel count. The faster autofocus is another great feature for animal photography. Just returned from a cruise to Alaska. It was great not to lug along my big cameras. I did buy a 210 zoom lens so I was able to catch eagle shots . Then I cropped the pics and still had great image quality.
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lens Bundle
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Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera
Ignite your creativity with the Sony Alpha a6000 24.3MP Mirrorless Digital Camera. This camera features the world's fastest auto focus which allows you to capture instant shots from fast action to candid. You can capture amazing shots and get incredible detail that makes for gorgeous enlargements thanks to its newly developed 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor.
Being compact in size doesn't affect the performance of the Sony Alpha a6000; for starters consider some its functional features. Two dials on top along with a rear mounted control wheel allow you to select your preferred shooting mode and camera settings. It includes seven customizable buttons which can be assigned to any of the 47 functions. Its electronic viewfinder display shows you what will appear in your recordings including the effects of your camera settings so you can fine tune and preview your shots before you take them.
24.3-Megapixel APS-C Image Sensor
Create images of astounding beauty that surpass your expectations with the Sony a6000’s newly developed 24.3- megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. The same size as most DSLRs, this sensor offers high sensitivity in dimly lit environments and strikingly attractive foreground and background defocusing. You’ll enjoy the increased light collecting efficiency of a gapless on-chip lens structure, extremely low noise throughout a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25600, and superb corner-to-corner image quality with lifelike color, supreme detail and smooth tonal gradations that reveal every nuance of your scene.
BIONZ X Image Processor
Astonishingly fast, Sony’s sophisticated BIONZ X image processor reproduces textures and details in real time as seen by the naked eye. The resulting images in the Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless camera are remarkably realistic with especially rich tonal gradations and a natural three-dimensional appearance. Visual noise is nearly imperceptible thanks to further advanced area-specific noise reduction. Detail reproduction technology delivers more detailed textures while diffraction-reducing technology optimizes the performance of any lens you mount to enable advances such as finer details at small aperture settings.
179 AF Points
In addition to 25 higher-speed, the Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless has higher-precision contrast-detection AF (Fast Intelligent AF) points, with an improved Fast Hybrid AF system features the world's fastest 179 extremely accurate phase-detection AF points that cover nearly the entire image area for superior auto focusing. They permit enhanced subject tracking plus the capture of fast-moving subjects anywhere on the screen, as well as improved scene recognition and subject size detection.
Full HD Movies
Press the MOVIE button on your Sony a6000 to start recording beautiful movies that are notable for their sharpness and lack of visual noise in your choice of 60p, 60i or 24p. New improved Fast Hybrid AF provides remarkably fast and accurate auto-focusing and tracking while shooting movies. You can also use P/A/S/M modes to achieve maximum control over how the image looks, and zoom with extra clarity, courtesy of Clear Image Zoom.
Sony 16-50mm OSS Lens
The Sony Alpha a6000 interchangeable lens is the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens, bringing you a 35mm format equivalent of 24-75mm for portrait to landscape shots. Optical Steady Shot image stabilization helps minimize camera shake for better image quality.
Sony 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount Lens
Sony's 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 Lens brings the world to owners of NEX cameras in a long telephoto zoom lens with 3.8x magnification. Its Internal focusing feature gives you smooth, responsive autofocus, with minimum noise - perfect for capturing video. With a telephoto lens, image stabilization is very important to prevent camera shake.
- BUNDLE INCLUDES: Sony Alpha a6000 24.3MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black), Sony 55-210mm Lens, 40.5mm 3 Piece Lens Filter Kit, 49mm UV/CPL/ND Filter Kit, SanDisk 64GB Flash Memory Card, Koah PRO Two-Pack Rechargeable Battery and Dual Charger, HDMI to Micro HDMI cable (6 Feet), 12-Inch Spider Tripod, DSLR Accessory Kit
- FEATURES: Super fast auto focus with 179 AF points and 11FPS. High resolution shots with 24MP APS-C sensor and ISO 100-25600 for low light photos
- CONNECTIVITY: Instant sharing via smartphone with Wi-Fi and NFC
- VIDEO AND VIEWFINDER: Record Full HD 1080p 24/60 FPS Video and OLED Viewfinder. Its electronic viewfinder display shows you what will appear in your recordings including the effects of your camera settings so you can fine tune and preview your shots before you take them
- SONY AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Guarantee
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I want to be blunt about a couple of things to start. Firstly, I am a novice photographer. Most of my understanding of photography came from researching the camera I wanted to buy. Secondly, this is my first camera of any competitive caliber. That said, this is the camera I chose after much research. It has very much lived up to and surpassed my expectations in most ways. That said (part II), it is not perfect and the rating given is for its placement in the camera hierarchy. I think, if someone is looking for an all around, best bang for the buck camera for daily use, family portraits/life moments, compact carry, and even artistic photography within an affordable price range, the a6000 is probably what they are looking for. I've read criticisms of the low light performance, and it can be hard to tweak.... but I have gotten some decent images outside after midnight. The clarity is impressive, in general. The speed lives up to the hype. This said, there are some justifiable criticisms. It can be stubborn in the dark when it can't focus on what you are aiming at - in other words, it relies on its own computer focusing instead of trusting the user. Sometimes it is right, sometimes you just wish it would do as it is told, if only so you can get an idea of how to adjust the settings. There is no touch screen or mic jack. The fastest shutter speed is a "mere" 1/4000, which is fine for what it is, but there is a bit of a contrast with faster cameras. I'm sure they could have hit 1/16000 with its electronic nature without much of a price increase. I suspect Sony didn't want to make its higher end cameras completely irrelevant.
Starting camera - excellent results
I have never owned a proper camera before and I wanted something I could use to shoot images to do drawings/paintings. I worked with photographers decades ago while in the advertising business, but never really had any experience shooting myself, and therefore, I had a good understanding of the principles behind photography. After doing some research about which camera to buy, my sights became set on the Sony family of cameras and after considering my budget and experience, the a6000 seemed the best way to go.
I only have this camera for 3 months now but it exceeded my expectations. Clarity of images, ease of use, and versatility are its plus factors. The only drawback at the moment is the time it takes to upload images to my computer. That's not a fault of the camera but rather the process with my mac and external drives. I wish it could be a bit easier. It's obvious that this camera can take me through my learning phases in photography and maybe around even after I decided to upgrade to another 6 series or even full-frame 7 or 9 series.
Small in size, large in performance
I bought the a6000 kit with 2 lenses not long ago and I've been very impressed by the capabilities. I owned a canon 50D, a great camera 5 years ago, and finally switched to the mirrorless world. I wanted something a bit smaller and lighter, with better low light capability. It was down to the Sony and Olympus, but the Sony looked like it had room to grow into, as far as the sensor was concerned. Since I purchased the camera, I've been taking at least a few photos every day and experimenting with the different settings and the programmable buttons.
The low light and sharpness performance with the kit lenses has been pretty good with the kit lenses. The autofocus, tracking and 11 frames per second have been great for dog photos. One thing I will be looking for a fast super wide angle lens around the 12 mm range in the near future.
In the first photo, I lucked out with an awesome sunrise on the way to work. I did do a little lightening to the foreground in my digital darkroom, but other than that, it was a great morning. I took this one on the "Superior Auto" setting and it was hand held. I just wish I had my tripod and about 10 more minutes to shoot.
In the second photo, I was out until almost one in the morning trying to get a shot of the Milky Way. After 5 or 6 tries I finally got the ISO, speed and focus just right. I highly recommend turning on the peaking level and color for this. I used small and red for the stars to get the best sharpness in manual mode.
In the third photo, I was playing around with the downloadable filters. This one is called "Toy Camera" and it is pretty fun. It looks a little like when using a tilt-shift lens, but all with software built into the camera.
All in all, I could not be happier with the camera. If I would change anything, I would swap the selection dial to the right and the adjustment dial, your thumb naturally sets where the selection dial sits, or maybe a second dial where the power switch is currently . It would be nice if you could adjust the aperture from there. I also have large hands and it would be nice for a little more room to hold onto the camera. This is a tough call though, because if I did that, it would be just as large as a DSLR that I wanted to get away from.
Great Step-up Camera
This was my first attempt a using a camera other than a point and shoot. Getting started was difficult because the instruction booklet that came with the camera was useless to me as a newcomer to DSLR. Lots of help came from Google where I found numerous entries that showed me how to work through the menu and set up the camera to start. After some practice, I feel much more able to negotiate the menu and function buttons to get what I wanted. The picture quality looks great and I look forward to getting more familiar with Sony a6000 as I go. I also have to 50mm/f1.8 and the 55-220 lenses.
Better than a compact but not a DSLR
Serious photographers like me have been getting more and more tired of lugging heavier and heavier DSLR gear to less than totally demanding shoots. The alpha 6000 solves that problem - sort of. Small, and lightweight it allows for changing lenses to accommodate different situations and the available lenses (I only have to carry 2) gets me from 16-210 in a very carry able package.The lenses are reasonably fast/ The downside: It's still not a DSLR so there is not the instant response I'm used to and sometimes require. This one's not bad, mind you, but I have lost some irretrievable moments The lens cap on the 16-55 is annoyingly small and easy to lose so unless you want to keep it tethered to the barrel and look like a dork plan to buy replacements.. Picture quality is very good at shorter focal lengths and acceptable at the top end. If you are used to the somewhat standard DSLR features you will find a learning curve here that is more menu intensive. The camera itself is way better than a fixed lens compact, easy to use and carry for travel and events and a great pro backup. For serious work where my reputation is on the line, for now I'll sticlk with my DSLRs.
Fantastic Camera. Goes with me everywhere
Auto focus is outstanding, Best I have ever used aside from the D4 and D4s. Image quality is fantastic with the right lens and the right hands. Beautifully simple and wonderfully customizable. One of my favorite cameras on the market, even though it has been out for months stores still can't keep them in stock. Constructive criticism: I want to see a better sensor for holding color together in low light situations passed 1600 iso. There is absolutely no good reason to have left out a standard microphone input in the camera please do not make that mistake again on such a capable camera you would otherwise have had a huge market with the video crowd. Over all this is my little companion that I take with me and my daughter where ever we go. I will love it until it is a pill of dust from over use.
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