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

(based on 409 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (304)

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    (88)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (245)
  • Great resolution (227)
  • Easy to use (213)
  • Fast shutter speed (181)
  • Good in low light (157)

Cons

  • Short battery life (112)
  • Complicated controls (37)
  • Poor in low light (15)
  • Limited zoom (14)
  • Lag / shutter delay (10)

Best Uses

  • Travel (233)
  • Family photos (201)
  • Low light (137)
  • Sports/action (136)
  • Wildlife (110)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (140), Semi-pro photographer (70), Casual photographer (64), Pro photographer (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (288), 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

I really like this camera. I am exploring how to use it now.

By Silk Roadie

from Upland, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I am thinking that I'd like to add a zoom lens to this wonderful camera. Then I can get much closer.

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5.0

Love this camera

By michael

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

I have a few old lenses and a Sigma 60mm and Rokinon 12mm I use with the a6000. I am new to photography but love this camera...way to go SONY!

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5.0

Great Camera

By CD

from Mass

Verified Buyer

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

Love this camera!!!

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5.0

Really love this camera!

By Kiet

from Undisclosed

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

This my first Camera and it works exactly what I expected. I would recommend this product to all of my friends.

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5.0

Great camera

By Karl

from Undisclosed

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

Super bang for the buck. Love it

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4.0

As expected

By Laura

from Undisclosed

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

Great camera. I'm a novice to mirrorless cameras but have found it easy to use and flexible. Can be great in low light as well.

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5.0

Amazing walk around camera!

By @horacenanglephotography

from Queens, NY

Verified Reviewer

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

Purchased the a6000 to replace my Canon g15. This is my first Sony camera and I'm so impressed with the image quality..even with the 16-50 kit lens.

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5.0

Great Camera

By Nick S

from Minneapolis, MN

Verified Buyer

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

I am just starting to get into photography as a passive hobby as it is something that I really enjoy during travels with my wife. I wanted a workhorse camera that was still small enough that packing would be easy. After a few weeks of use, this camera really fits the bill. So many great features and fantastic picture quality. I would reccomend buying an extra battery as you will not get a full day of shooting out of just the one in which it includes. I am loving this camera so far, and cant wait to use it on my trip to Italy in September.

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4.0

A good travel camera for the price

By Dave

from Colorado

Verified Buyer

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

I was looking for a smaller setup to take on vacation. (My interest is in stereo photography, for which I use a matched pair of cameras. My usual set-up is a pair of 5d miii s, with 24-70 lenses,---WAY too cumbersome for a trip with non-photographers!)

The physical size of the a6000s is great, image quality is nice for a crop sensor. I am looking forward to trying the panorama mode in stereo...(anticipating occasional good results with stationary subjects.) In mono, the panorama feature is pretty cool!

I have not yet printed any pics taken with the cameras.

Probably the only three criticisms I can offer with my limited hands-on time are
1. tilt screen seems a bit flimsy....no damage to it, but the brackets holding it to the camera body seem like they will need to be treated pretty gently

2. Sony menus leave something to be desired. Some options are not available to use in pairs, when both reside in the same menu

3. HDR mode doesn't save all three images.

Recommended with these reservations lknown

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5.0

Sony alpha a6000

By Leo

from Colorado

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

B&H does excellent business and transactions, fast shipping great product and helpfull friendly staff! Love my new camera it works great for what I use it for. Definitely will buy from B&H again also recommend family and friends to B&H!

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4.0

Great Value For The $$$

By MTN Man Jim

from Lake Placid, NY

Verified Buyer

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

love the camera and all the easy to use downloadable apps. this camera travels easy with its small size and takes great images & video. Just wish it was weatherproof like the a6300. B&H service is excellent.

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5.0

Best camera!

By Tiff

from Milwaukee, WI

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

This is my first mirrorless camera and i love it! I especially love the expedited shipping from B&H!

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4.0

Great Camera....

By AV Nerd

from Alexandria, LA

Verified Buyer

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

Great camera. Well built. Takes great pictures with lots of options. Just wish it had an input for an external mic with out having to buy sony's super expensive add on.

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5.0

I am in love!

By Tiffany

from Cedarburg WI

Verified Reviewer

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

This is my first high quality camera and I love it! I went with this purchase because of all the great reviews. I also love B&H's expedited shipping. Great packaging and arrived very quickly.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is one very impresive camera.

By THe walking miracle.

from Sugar Loaf, NY

Verified Buyer

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

I have been seriously shooting for over fifty years.
In 2008 I was diagnosed with an illness I am still fighting.
I haven't been shooting since my diagnosis.
All my equipment was too heavy to carry around.
The Sony A6000 has so many advances that make this camera the best in it's class.
The compact weight has given me the ability to get back to shooting.
Thanks Sony!

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5.0

Great camera with many options to customize

By LorenaDG

from Boston, MA

Verified Buyer

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

This camera is very versatile. It is super light weight and small enough to carry anywhere; but has all the functions of a professional camera. It has great features that I hadn't seen on other cameras before, like the view hole on the side of the camera instead of the center, so your nose is not on the way. Also, you can move the screen 180 degrees to have a view of the shot from any angle. It has many interesting functions that allow you to play with photography in a whole new level, like the face recognition setup to keep focus on specific people!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply best in class

By Video Pro

from Atlanta, GA

Verified Reviewer

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

This is my second A6000. I have bounced between the RX10 series and the A6000s. I currently own the RX10III and a new A6000. With my previous A6000 I used the 28-70 FE lens and was very pleased with the results. This is a much maligned lens but has very good optics...see best lenses for A6000 on dxomark.com. I also purchased the Sigma 60mm and was equally pleased. As everyone says it's a sharp lens. I never tried the kit lens so this time around I bought the body with the kit lens. This is not a bad lens in decent lighting. The in camera processing makes for good family, vacation and street photography. However I wanted better low light capabilities so I went for the Sony 50mm F1.8. Yahtzee! Sharp and great in low light. Wanted the OSS which the Sigma 60 did not have and I'm liking it mucho. I like zooms because I am old and lazy but now by using my feet instead of the zoom rocker I can compose my shots with excellent results. Now the 50 can get tight indoors so I sold my kit lens back to B&H and got the Sigma 19mm for more of a wide angle street application. Yeah it's a 2.8 but because of the characteristics of the wide angle it acts like a 1.8. For me, an A6000 with the Sony 50mm F1.8 and the Sigma 19mm F2.8 enable this camera to sing lout and clear! I also bought two circular polarizers from Hoya for outdoor applications. My kit is complete and I am more than satisfied. Both lenses are uber sharp and cover 95% of my focal range needs. When I want some long range outdoor stuff, slow mo and video I put the A6000 away and reach for my RX10III. But don't think the A6000 is not for video. With that big sensor, now with XAVC and those primes watch out DSLRs! I used my last 6000, with XAVC, to shoot some nighttime scenics for billboard backgrounds for a broadcast show. Yes I wrote broadcast show. It's no slouch on the video side of things. Yup with my two Sony cams and my lens choices I could not be happier.

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5.0

A6000 Mirrorless does the job

By TStall

from Mexico Beach, FL

Verified Buyer

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

I am thoroughly enjoying my new camera. It is easy to use and always ready for action.

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5.0

Great camera!

By Tommy Boll

from Riverview, Florida

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

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
  • Macro Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

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

This is a great camera had is a wonderful tool. The camera replicates the Colours and makes your photos look absolutely amazing. I can not wait until I can try it on my upcoming trips!

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  • No

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This camera is a keeper!

By BillyClub

from Baltimore, MD

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

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
    • Travel

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

    I just shot an indoor event. The light was kind of low, but this camera came through for me. I was very pleased with the excellent results. And, more importantly, so were the folks that I was photographing. The camera is a lightweight and very easy to handle. I've taken photos at this same kind of event in the past with my Nikon d800 This little guy exceeded the results from that heavy and very expensive camera.

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    • No

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