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SonyAlpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 389 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (288)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (84)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (243)
  • Great resolution (225)
  • Easy to use (211)
  • Fast shutter speed (179)
  • Good in low light (155)

Cons

  • Short battery life (111)
  • Complicated controls (37)
  • Poor in low light (15)
  • Limited zoom (14)
  • Lag / shutter delay (10)

Best Uses

  • Travel (231)
  • Family photos (199)
  • Low light (135)
  • Sports/action (135)
  • Wildlife (109)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (140), Semi-pro photographer (68), Casual photographer (64), Pro photographer (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (286), Yes (20)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Optical Steady Shot great for my weak hands!

I was looking for a new camera to replace my 2004 G6 and figured that DSLR was the way to go until I happened upon some great reviews about the Sony a6000. Here's what...Read complete review

I was looking for a new camera to replace my 2004 G6 and figured that DSLR was the way to go until I happened upon some great reviews about the Sony a6000. Here's what caught my attention:

1) The quality of the photos
2) The smaller size of the camera
3) The price
4) Optical Steady Shot

I have gotten some excellent photos from my G6 over the course of 11 years, but I knew a modern camera could take me to another level. And as I am able to hang onto a camera for a long time, I wanted a replacement that would give me many years to come.

I mentioned my weak hands in the headline (which is a recent development brought on by ALS symptoms), so I decided that smaller is better for me. And I have to say even with weak hands, I am still able to grip this camera with my weaker right hand.

For me, even a less expensive camera like this one is still a lot of money, but compared to the DSLRs I was looking at, I found it reasonable enough to give it a try. I am so glad I did, as I am getting far superior photos to anything I got before. Because of the lower price, I was able to purchase an extra lens (Sony 55-210), and that also makes it easier for me to reach places that I can no longer get to because of my symptoms.

I love the Optical Steady Shot lenses, and I need it even more than ever because my hands fatigue easily. This feature has saved many of my photos that had been getting blurrier on my older camera. My daughter went with me on my last shoot, and she also commented as to how she had difficulty holding a camera steady. So, OSS is a huge feature for me.

For many years, my digital camera has inspired me to take tens of thousands of photos, and it kept me going for a long time, but with all my difficulties I was beginning to lose the thrill of photography. This Sony a6000 has more than rekindled my love of finding new and interesting ways to see and photograph the world.

My only complaint at this time comes from a little quirk where the screen will sometimes blank out for a moment when rapidly changing my angle of perspective on a subject. I will keep my eye on it, but I'm thinking it might be attributed to the software or the OSS in resetting its view.

All in all, I love this camera and do not regret the purchase in the least.

Jim

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice camera, not so nice kit lens

I find the Sony Alpha a6000 with the 16-50mm kit lens to be a bit of a paradox. If it weren't for the lens, I would give just the camera a solid four...Read complete review

I find the Sony Alpha a6000 with the 16-50mm kit lens to be a bit of a paradox. If it weren't for the lens, I would give just the camera a solid four stars.
I'll start with the "plusses" on the camera. This is a surprisingly capable camera, especially considering it's cost and size. It packs an astonishing number of useful features. We purchased this camera for my wife, as she has outgrown the capabilities of her advanced point-and-shoot Cybershot and similar compact Nikon. Unfortunately, she has small hands and was dead set against dragging around a full sized DSLR. The a6000 is fairly sturdy, light and compact. The auto-focus is reasonably quick under most conditions (except low light). The wide array of shooting, focusing and metering modes is useful and impressive.
The "minuses" :
The manuals, both printed and on-line are basically terrible. A lot of the information is "there" if you can find it. The manuals are poorly indexed and not searchable. One way around the search issue is to download whatever you can in PDF format from Sony's website and use your PDF viewer's software to search for the things you need. Many features remain totally absent from the documentation, or are very poorly documented. I am an engineer, and had spent some of my "past life" as a technical writer. There is no excuse for lousy documentation such as this.
The Sony downloadable software is horrible in just about all respects (as is the case with most other camera manufacturers). I'm still searching for a better way to do WiFi communications without having to use Sony's pathetic software.
Another problem is battery life. The two digital displays really take their toll, compounded by a battery that seems too small for the job. A couple of spare charged batteries is a must with this camera, especially if you are doing a lot of shooting outdoors with the display brightness at the higher settings. Indoors, the rear display and the digital viewfinder work fairly well. Their resolution still leaves a lot to be desired, especially the viewfinder's exceptional graininess.
The shutter release is a bit touchy, especially the last half of travel. This is not always a bad thing, except while holding the shutter button halfway in order to twist the focus ring and manually touch-up the focus.
We took a gamble purchasing the a6000 with the kit lens. . . and lost. Considering the cost of the lens, it may be a tolerable value for the money, but it really is an exercise in mediocrity. It may be fine for someone who is happy taking snapshot-quality photos, but the lens is not really sharp at any zoom setting, and the distortion is pretty ugly at the low end. Optically, it would be better matched to a lesser, 12 megapixel camera. It isn't in the same league as the a6000, especially negating the stellar-performing 24.3 MP sensor. Even though the lens is compact for its zoom range, the lens telescopes whenever the camera is turned on or off. The fly-by-wire coupling of the zoom/focus ring and the poorly placed zoom slider makes this lens a no-go for anything resembling serious photography, to say nothing of both problems exacerbating the already marginal battery life. A week after purchasing this kit, we decided to take the plunge on the Sony/Zeiss Vario-Tessar 16-70mm lens. It is a lot of money, but, as we quickly found out, worth every penny. After just a few minutes on the a6000, it became painfully obvious that the kit lens would never be attached to that camera again. My performance benchmark is my Canon 5D III, most often equipped with a 24-70mm f/2.8 EF II, a very rough combination to beat. I was a little surprised that the Sony armed with the new Zeiss lens had turned into a very impressive little monster, giving the Canon combo a surprising run for the money, considering that the Sony is a small fraction of the weight and cost. For me, the sacrifice of the DSLR's reflex viewfinder is possibly the most glaring factor (pun intended) in that comparison. The larger, heftier Sony/Zeiss lens also brings a nice amount of heft and balance to the combo. Another of Sony's oversights is that one can only access the camera's digital zoom feature with the kit lens. You can essentially mimic the digital zoom by cropping in post-processing, but it would have been nice to have the capability in the camera, operable with the other lenses. In spite of a number of remaining negatives & irritations, we find the Alpha a6000 and the new 24-70mm lens to be a very capable, nice performing, well balanced combination that should serve us well. The next task is to find a new home for the kit lens. . .

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5.0

Great camera

By Myron

from Pittsburgh OA

Comments about Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

Have Canon 7D and 50D for sports photography. Purchased the Sony A6000 for travel camera. Great choice

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5.0

Affordable beast!

By Ethan

from Oklahoma

Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

Right out of the box with this kit lens you can get a variety of shots... Ranging from portraits to landscapes with the 16-50mm focal length. With 24.3 mp on an aps-c sensor, this is an affordable beast! This is my first camera purchase, so I'm still learning, but it seems mirrorless is the way to go.

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5.0

Just What I Needed But Didn't Even Know

By Chelsea

from Richmond, Va

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Macro Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

I got this so I could take more pictures outside of work. It's too hard to carry around my dSLR and I was tired of taking poor quality photos with my phone. I ended up taking this to one of my jobs just to test out (I shoot cars) and I love it! I don't have to lug the dSLR gear out every time now. Very excited.

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  • No

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5.0

Fantastic Camera!

By Traveler

from Penn Valley, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Silver):

Great travel camera. Compact, yet does everything (and more)
that you would want a camera to do! Great value for the price.

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  • No

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5.0

Outstanding little camera

By Jake with CartoTracks

from Madison, AL

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Good Autofocus
  • Great In Low Light
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Viewfinder
  • Wifi Transfer

Cons

  • No Strap For Lens Cap
  • Slow Getting To Mf

Best Uses

  • Travel - Woods - Outdoors

Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

Extremely happy with this little camera. We'd had an old Cybershot for years but decided to go a little smaller. So happy we did. Love the option for the viewfinder in particular because of how much I shoot outdoors. Nice to have that option to get a better picture of what I'm shooting. The LCD works fine even in full sun but squinting sometimes gets old and hard to compose the shot. The ONLY two things I'd change after having it two weeks is that I don't like how many buttons have to be pushed in order to switch to manual focus and the lens cap came with no retainer strap so into a pocket it typically goes = see pocket lint going back on the lens next time you snap it on. No biggie, I'll come up with some means to attach a small strap for it. The focus setting can't be changed but it's not a real big one. Auto focus works very well thus far, there's just been a few shots where I wanted a better depth of field where I wanted the background out of focus and the subject up front in focus. The auto focus will detect features in the background and try and get that in focus. To trick it, you have to go manual which works fine, just a little slow to get there in navigating through the settings. Otherwise, great camera.

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5.0

Very NICE Camera!

By Braxton Bjork

from Amarillo, TEXAS

Comments about Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

I bought this for my mother who didnt need a big dslr. But who wanted a nice camera thats smaller and easy to use amd this was it she LOVES it. She likes that she can get differsnt lenses for it the future but that it is small. The lcd screen on the back is awesome and the digital eye port is nice aswell. We also noticed the battery charges very fast and last a good while. When taking photos it captures quickly and focus is very fast. Over all great camera for the travel as her and my father go on cruises alot.

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5.0

Semi professional working like a professional

By Luiz Kallas

from São Paulo - Brasil

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Silver):

    light
    Quikly
    High definition

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    • No

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    5.0

    Outstanding Service & Product

    By Beemer 99

    from Independence, MO

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Outstanding Service
    • Product Is Great

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Silver):

        I'm an amateur and take pictures for a Veterans' Home. Yhe first camera I ordered did not have a viewfinder (my mistake). I exchanged it for the Sony a6000 and am very pleased with the product. I'm also very pleased in the way B&H handled the exchange. They made everything very easy and were able to help me choose the right camera for my use.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Outstanding Bang for The Buck

        By Moe Money

        from New Jersey

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

        I am not a professional photographer but this camera is very easy to use with its presets. The camera allows for you to capture your shots quickly and affords you the time to play with shutter speeds, aperture and ISO quickly and easily. Love Love Love this camera

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        • No

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        5.0

        Amazing Camera

        By Josh

        from Haleiwa, HI

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Ease Of Use
        • Fast
        • Light

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

            I use the A6000 for personal photography. I have taken a few pictures that are printed on aluminum and acrylic and hanging on my wall next to professional photographers and you can't tell the difference! Love the ease of use once you figure out where everything is in the menus. Wifi works great and the transfer to phone/tablet is an awesome feature for the social media crowd.

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            • No

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            5.0

            A6000 Best Camera for the Money

            By Kevin

            from New Jersey

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

            Great little lightweight camera. Lots of settings will allow you explore some pro features that this camera has to offer. Great for Travel if don't want to carry a DSLR around.

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            • No

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            5.0

            HUGE DEAL in such a little package!

            By ashley

            from clementon, nj

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Macro Photography
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

              I do a lot of hiking and while I did have a Canon DSLR before, I found it way too heavy and bulky to take along on top of a day pack in the woods. I sold it in exchange for a GoPro and while it was a lot more convenient in size, I did not find it as use friendly and took up too much time to turn on, set up the right settings, connect to my app on my phone and bring out all the right accessories. So I recently read up on forums for recommended hiking cameras and learned about mirrorless cameras. I settled on the Sony a6000 and I couldn't be happier with my decision. I couldn't believe the quality and functionality in such a small package. I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone for any situation (hikers, vacationers, travelers or even just a first time camera)

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Camera!

              By Yanners

              from San Diego, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

              I enjoy photography. I've always been a Canon fan. I decided to try Sony out and purchased the A6000. It does not disappoint. I'm not the most advanced photographer but know enough to take decent pictures and I am blown away by the easy settings, the quality of pictures, and overall the size of the camera compared to my Canon DSLR. I recommend this camera and B&H always has the best bundles for an amazing price.

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              • No

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              5.0

              I love this camera!

              By Dennis the Traveling Photo Snapper

              from Waterbury, CT

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

                I'm definitely an amateur class photographer and I'm still learning how to use all the features this camera offers. Despite that, I can't believe how easy this camera is to use with it's auto modes - and I get amazing shots! Great resolution, crisp focus, and really good light balance. I plan to use this camera for the same purpose as my original (and very old) Sony DSC camera: vacation photos which include everything from museum exhibits to outdoor panoramas, so versatility and ease of use is very important to me. From what I can see so far, it's going to exceed my expectations (plus, it's very light and compact!). For me, this camera was fairly expensive, but I believe it was nevertheless a great value given its performance.

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                • No

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                5.0

                awesome camera

                By mary

                from Narragansett, RI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

                  Finally decided to purchase a good camera for myself. I had no idea what type of camera to buy. I didn't want a huge camera but I wanted one that would take good quality pictures. I ran into a proffesional photographer on vacation and he recommended a mirrorless camera. They don't break the bank and are a major upgrade from a cell phone.
                  The Sony Alpha a6000 is perfect. I am so happy with it. I would highly recommend it.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  GREAT GREAT GREAT

                  By tornhub

                  from West Lafayette, IN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Complicated Controls

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

                    Had a chance to switch from the sony a5000, that was a good camera, this is a great camera.

                    The burst speed is incredible and I was able to compete with cameras that are 3-5 times the price while shooting sports and paired with a nice lens.

                    Love this camera.

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                    5.0

                    Simply amazing !

                    By Matthieu

                    from Princeton, NJ

                    Comments about Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

                    Purchased a second A6000 as a gift with a different lens.
                    Super light, fast, accurate, plenty of options to choose from.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent product!

                    By instagram.

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

                    This is a great product that gives you SLR quality without the SLR bulkiness. I am still getting familiarized with all the features, but I am enjoying all the great pictures I have been able to create with this camera!

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                    5.0

                    Sony A6000 impressions

                    By Prg

                    from PA

                    Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

                    Recently purchased Sony A6000. Although I have Canon and Nikon Dslr cameras .. I've always been intrigued with mirrorless cameras. With a lot of positive reviews on A6000 .. I decided it was time to see what all the mirrorless chatter is about. Although I've only had camera a few weeks .. I really enjoy using it. It takes sharp photos .. fast focusing .. light/small enough to carry around with me. I can easily see me using A6000 more and more .. leaving my Dlsr(s) at home. In my opinion I can take as good or better photos with A6000....

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                    5.0

                    Great right out of the box

                    By Stop using your iPhone

                    from Tahoe

                    Comments about Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

                    User friendly. Bought this right before a trip to Alaska. I was able to capture amazing high quality shots with little time for practice. Looking forward to seeing what this camera is capable of.

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