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

(based on 198 reviews)

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    (144)

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    (49)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (135)
  • Great resolution (129)
  • Easy to use (117)
  • Fast shutter speed (97)
  • Good in low light (89)

Cons

  • Short battery life (58)
  • Complicated controls (17)
  • Limited zoom (7)
  • Poor in low light (7)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (125)
  • Family photos (107)
  • Sports/action (75)
  • Low light (73)
  • Wildlife (60)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (82), Casual photographer (34), Semi-pro photographer (34), Pro photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (149), Yes (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

BOUGHT AN a6000? DON'T GIVE UP!

There are many things about this camera that caused gut wrenching disappointment in me when I first started taking pictures with it. I am writing this review to let you know it is a...Read complete review

There are many things about this camera that caused gut wrenching disappointment in me when I first started taking pictures with it. I am writing this review to let you know it is a GREAT CAMERA, once you get past the handicap. The handicap – Sony software engineers have loaded it with picture fiddling software, that causes unfortunate outcomes like fine mud smear background effect, lack of precision in pictures and unreal colour. If you are experiencing difficulty loving your new a6000, stop using the auto and auto plus settings. Put it on P, and go through all the menus and turn off any Sony ingenuity you don't actively and knowingly want. After I did that I got STUNNING PICTURES, and could see the value in the extra megapixels. The camera itself is a great camera. Even the heavily compromised design of the kit 16-50mm lens can give excellent pictures.Don't give up, and you will love the pictures you get.Other thoughts – it isn't physically small, like youtube reviews had me thinking. Its eye viewfinder is good enough quality to be enjoyable to use. Lens adapters fitted well, and I have used three manual film camera lenses on it with good results – a Nikon 50mm prime, a Sigma PK mount zoom, and a Canon zoom/ macro. Battery life: turn the LCD onto bright sunlight mode all the time, and buy a spare battery – what good is specified battery life if it is measured with the camera in an unusable state?I hope you buy one and get as much fun out of it as I am getting out of mine.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Love the camera --- the s/w not so much

I love the size and the quality photos of this camera. Along these lines it was exactly what I was looking for. I would like to see a better lens selection, which seems...Read complete review

I love the size and the quality photos of this camera. Along these lines it was exactly what I was looking for. I would like to see a better lens selection, which seems to be one of the issues with Sony. The other issue is the software apps which are tedious and sometimes difficult to set up. For instance, in order to upgrade one app on the camera, I am being required to upgrade the firmware, but unfortunately it is not compatible with my latest version of Mac OS and I don't seem to have an alternative. So, I'm stuck not being able to use this smart remote control any longer. It's very frustrating and the user experience is very poor figuring out the software situation. Sony should stick to cameras, get some help with lenses and avoid software completely --- IMHO.

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4.0

Hello World!

By Uncontained Life Traveler

from Long Beach, CA

About Me Semi-Pro 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

  • Limited Video Options

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Street Photography
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events

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

Immediately loved this camera. So light! So small!

Lens is fast enough for my use. Sharp image.

I wish it shot in 30fps for video.

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5.0

alpha 6000

By Bill

from Connecticut

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

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

      B&H Photo assisted in the selection and very pleased so far with the camera. Will soon get a work out. It is small and compact yet professional. What I was looking for

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      • No

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      5.0

      great camera, great company

      By bill

      from denver CO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

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

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

      I gave my point-and-shoot to my grandson and bought a new, better camera. I wanted low-light capabilities for family pictures, and also a light-weight and pocketable camera for taking with me (especially backpacking). This puppy weighs in at one pound (I carry about 22 pounds, including water). I also looked at the Fujifilm E-X1, which is a beautiful camera - great pictures, and better low-light than the Sony a6000. But the weight and bulk tipped the balance (so to speak) for me. Both cameras have the same size sensor, but the Fujifilm kit lens is better.
      I could not ask for a more considerate, polite, lenient, and patient business than B and H. I learned a lot, from their website, from chats, from google searches, from user manuals, and from being able to try the cameras in my home. I never could have done it by going to a local camera store.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very Good Camera!

      By Echo

      from US

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            One of the best in this price range. It may be missing some things (touch screen, good battery life, etc.) but with everything considered (including high ISO, extremely fast auto-focus, 24MP, 11 fps), constitutes a great product. If picture quality is important to you in this price range and form factor, it's HIGHLY recommended.

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            4.0

            Impressed

            By LK the Hiker

            from Redmond WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Great Resolution

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action

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

              I'm an amateur photographer that also has a passion for the outdoors. I have been using Nikon SLRs for years (from the FM2 film camera to the D70 and D90). When I'm out skiing I carry a P&S (Panasonic DMC-ZS30) and when I'm out hiking it's either my P&S or my D90. When I go birding it's my D90 & my Nikon 80-400 zoom. I decide which camera to take based on how long the hike and the weather. I was looking for a potential upgrade to the D90 and I wanted something light and powerful but higher end than a P&S. I've only been using the a6000 for a couple of weeks but I'm very impressed. The shutter speed and low light capabilities are superior to my D90. I have not done a detailed comparison of image quality but I have not had any complaints. There are a lot of bells and whistle on this camera that are similar to some P&S add-ons that are welcome on a higher-end camera. Being able to setup wifi to my android phone and use my phone as a remote shutter where I can see the shot and with the kit 16-50mm lens with power zoom I can frame the shot remotely. It's great for getting that trail selfie or a stealth photo (without running cables). I like that I can (with an adapter) re-use my exiting Nikon glass (unfortunately only in manual mode) with some limitations. The Peak Level really helps with manual focusing on my Nikon lenses. I mounted my Nikon 80-400 zoom and went out to my local birding spot. I need a little more practice and a moving bird would be impossible but a blue heron fishing or bald eagle sitting in a tree are still fair game. The equivalent Sony lens is $ and requires a $ adapter, so using the Nikon adapter is nice. I find native Sony lenses to be a little confusing as they seem to mix e-mount & a-mount lenses (you can interchange but need an adapter). I'm a little disappointed in the electronic viewfinder but I'm getting use to it and use it when I'm taking more serious photos. The video quality is outstanding (my daughter's gymnastic meet). I also purchased the 55-210 (4.5-6.3) as I got a great package price on it. It may not be the greatest quality of glass but it's not bad either. It makes a great small package when I go hiking and snowshoeing. I still have a lot to learn about it and I'm looking forward to using it more. I'll have to take it and my D90 out for some comparison shots both using the same lenses and then Nikon to Sony. I can't comment on battery life yet as using all the gimmicks and menus takes more battery power. Once I settle into a routine it should be better.

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              5.0

              The best mirrorless camera

              By Chesky

              from New York

              Staff Reviewer

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

              It's my 4th Sony mirrorless camera from the Nex series, and I think there the best of there with speed and quality.

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              5.0

              HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!

              By sheilab

              from Texas

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              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
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

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

                This is the most amazing camera I have ever owned! If you decide to buy, you won't be sorry!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Oh man I love this camera!

                By WallyWld

                from Miami, FL

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

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

                This is one of those rare items that are a great value and that live up to the expectations. Great size, super-light and simply a great camera to shoot with. The 16-50mm lens is ok, not great, but ok. Using it with other Sony lenses opens up a wealth of possibilities though and the great auto focus is a plus.

                I also used with a 50mm nikon G lens (with a Fotodiox adapter) and the results are equally great by taking advantage of the focus peaking.

                Would definitely recommend.

                Only negative I have found, but not tested yet is a rumor that the hot shoe on the black version has trouble making connections for some third-party flashes.

                Being able to see what you're going to get on the viewfinder is worth every penny of the cost of this camera.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Camera

                By Chris W

                from Ann Arbor MI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel
                • Video

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

                I am an hobbyist photographer focusing on landscape, macro and architecture. The Sony mirrorless A6000 is a great on the go camera, which complements my DSLR. Great in low light, easy to use and lightweight. I am looking forward to taking many great photos with this camera.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Awesome!!

                By Jemin

                from NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

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

                Awesome camera in all aspects... look at the pics..

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                5.0

                great DSLR replacement

                By AC

                from elkridge, md

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

                Great camera. Has same or more features then most aps-c DSLR cameras at half the size. Great for traveling since its a fraction of the weight of a traditional dslr.

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                5.0

                A nice upgrade from my Canon Rebel

                By New to Mirrorless

                from Westchester, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good in Low Light
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Complicated Controls

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

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

                I love that this camera is small and lightweight yet still has a large sensor that takes great pictures. It works wonderfully in low light and has a number of automatic and optional features to help me take great shots.

                While you could shoot with this camera on aperture or shutter priority, or manual the same as others, the optional features take some time to learn and adjust to. For instance, auto focus lock and motion tracking are nice features that don't require you to pre-focus. But I am still getting used to it. I would recommend watching Gary Fong's video (from B&H) as he goes into detail on why the camera is different.

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                5.0

                Fantastic

                By Rdubb22

                from Richmond, Va

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

                This camera is exactly what I was looking for. Small, lightweight, and a powerhouse of a performer.

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                5.0

                great camera

                By Dave the runner

                from Heber City, UT

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

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

                Ive had a Canon powershot SX10 IS for about 8 yrs. My brother who is a photographer suggested this camera for my simple point and shoot needs. It is a great camera that takes high quality pics and video. It takes indoor shots alot better than our older camera.

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                • No

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                5.0

                So Far I love it

                By Jeremiah

                from Columbia Falls, MT

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video

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

                  I haven't fully had the chance to really go out and shoot with it a lot. So far autofocus is really fast especially with action shots. Clear indicator that it is focused. Shoots very fast. Seems like RAW can't keep up with the 11 FPS. What I really like is I have the camera and a longer lens and it is incredibly light and portable. I really bought this to travel and am really excited to use it.

                  I also got the Lowepro traveler 100 bag which is tiny and it fits an extra lens, charger and some accessories perfectly.

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                  4.0

                  Great! Just wish it had XAVC-S

                  By ThatOneGuy

                  from East Lansing, MI

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Complicated Controls
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

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

                  I'm a soon to be film student who wanted an upgrade to my current camera. It handles very well, and fits right in my hands. However there are a LOT of menus, and I wish it had XAVC-S codec instead of AVCHD. However, for the price, it's really great!

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                  5.0

                  Very Nice Sony A6000

                  By Jupers

                  from San Mateo, CA

                  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
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

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

                    I had rented the Sony A6000 to try it out and was very happy with it. So, when a 2015 deal came, I couldn't resist. I love the camera. It takes great photos and I especially like the ability to shoot in low light. The camera is lightweight, so I don't have to lug a huge heavy camera around.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Amazing Camera!!!!

                    By worldtraveller

                    from Minnesota

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

                    This sony alpha a6000 is truly an amazing buy! You get high quality pictures, amazing focus speed, and a compact size! I love it and can't wait to make it my travel accessory.

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                    5.0

                    Stop your research and buy this!!

                    By Niv

                    from NJ

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    This is an excellent camera with amazing picture quality... I did a lot of research before buying this and I am really happy that I made the right decision.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Switched to Sony

                    By Dr. Delete

                    from Fort Lauderdale, Fl

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I have had a Nikon D40 for many years and was extremely pleased. This camera however is a major leap forward in picture quality, flexibility in shot configuration, technology and well as value.
                      I have had several opportunities to shoot with this camera in varying light and action shot scenarios and have been satisfied with the results.

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                      • Yes

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