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

(based on 208 reviews)

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    (153)

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    (50)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (141)
  • Great resolution (135)
  • Easy to use (123)
  • Fast shutter speed (103)
  • Good in low light (95)

Cons

  • Short battery life (61)
  • Complicated controls (17)
  • Limited zoom (8)
  • Poor in low light (7)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (132)
  • Family photos (113)
  • Sports/action (80)
  • Low light (79)
  • Wildlife (64)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (84), Semi-pro photographer (37), Casual photographer (36), Pro photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (157), 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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5.0

What a camera!!!

By osimb04

from Sweden

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    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 (White):

    We are using the camera as a everyday camera!

    It's fast and easy to use.

    The only thing that I'm not satisfied with is the case for the camera…

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    • No

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    5.0

    nothing less of a powerhouse

    By scottJphotography

    from delaware

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

    I got no complaints with the a6000.. Going from a canon 60d to this I'm loven it lighter faster and sharper

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    5.0

    Amazing!

    By Shanti

    from Asheville NC

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

    I have been a Nikon DSLR user for 10nyears. I wanted a lighter and more compact camera because I frequently do day hikes and overnight backpacking in the Appalachian mountains. This camera exceeds my expectations!

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    5.0

    Cool

    By Steve

    from Chicago

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Art Studio Use
      • Travel

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

      I did a lot of research on the camera and I'm glad I did. I was looking for a qualty travel size camera with a viewfinder, larger sensor, metal body and a cool appearance. I'm an artist and need the amera for a variety of things, from copy work to personal artistic shots. I loved the full frame Sony's but upon review, it was overkill for my needs and this camera seems to have everything the much more expensive Sonys do with a considearable diffrence in price. It's cool, I'm happy. One small problem, it is hard to extract the SD card. Not enough room to grab it.

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      5.0

      GET THIS CAMERA

      By Fox

      from Orange, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      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
      • Weddings/Events

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

      I am the owner of the Nikon 800,700 and a couple 200's. love my 800,but the convenience of the small body is great.the focus is great, the pictures are great. let me say that this is a great camera. I could go on and on.

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      4.0

      Great so far

      By Kevin M

      from Jefferson City, MO

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Hard To Remove Memory Car
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

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

      My first mirrorless camera and I haven't been disappointed. Great in low light. I purchased this camera to take on trips and photograph family events, rather than lug around my heavy DSLR. The only downfall I've found is it's hard for me to remove the memory card (and I don't have large hands). Buy an extra battery or 2 as it does go through them. I plan on purchasing an external battery charger as well so I don't have to rely on charging the battery in the camera.

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      5.0

      Exceptional Camera and Lens

      By sirius56

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • 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):

        The Sony A6000 and supplied lends stand out as an exceptional mirrors system. It complements my heavy DSLR and produces surprising results.Look at the lens performance in dpreviews.com when you compare this lens to other popular cameras--DSLR and EVF mirrorless.

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        5.0

        Satisifed

        By Nick

        from State College, Pennsylvania

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I got a good deal on it and it was highly recommended by several sources. So far it has proved to be a very good camera. I would recommend this to a friend.

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              5.0

              Excellent Pro "Point & Shoot"

              By Lana

              from Rehoboth Beach, DE

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Image Resolution
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Pro Features
              • Pro Level Performance
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

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

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

              I am a professional photographer who uses both Canon and Nikon cameras and bodies, but wanted a camera that I could toss into my jacket pocket because we try to have a camera on us at all times. The Canon G series used to fill this need, however after seeing the Sony a6000, I decided to switch. I have no regrets. The camera with the 16mm-50mm lens is sufficient for most of my needs, and I can always add a zoom either via Sony of with the use of an adaptor ring. Another reviewer mentioned turning off all of the Sony software and that is also my experience if I want spectacular photos from this camera. This camera has loads of advanced features, and is small/lightweight, has great video with many ports to attach a mic and small monitor/tablet to view liveshots, and is wireless. While mine needed a firmware update that should have been as easy as loading the file to a card and then to the camera, it requires going through a computer and is somewhat cumbersome compared to Nikon. The apps that are offered are somewhat difficult to see on a small LCD, so I don't use them. Picture transfer via wireless is somewhat slow and it's far easier to just take the card out, pop it in a reader at the computer and upload to the cloud, or take it into a phone/tablet via a card reader/USB and edit from there. One camera can not be all things to a photog, but this one does come close and the feature set at this price-point is mindblowingly great. If you are looking for the solid feel of a pro camera with a battery grip, you won't find that here, but the camera itself is quite solid, and there is a grip available as well as many accessories like a cover for the flash hotshoe (mine didn't come with one and I had to order it). I find myself playing around with this camera far more than my "pro" models, and getting great results, however I have not tried the speedlight. Gary Fong has many good tutorials on his website that inform the user as to the full potential of this and other Sony models that are worth looking at. I'm pleased with my purchase and would highly recommend this camera to a pro. Pick up an extra battery or two and a wall charger!!

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              5.0

              Great Camera

              By Steve

              from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                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 (Silver):

                Honestly the most amazing camera I have ever owned - and I have owned a few.
                Solid build, easy to use and brilliant, sharp images - even with the kit lens.
                I'm VERY, VERY happy.

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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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                    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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                    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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                              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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                              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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                              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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