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

(based on 499 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (370)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (106)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

95%

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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1.0

Loved it now hate it

By Christine

from Undisclosed

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

Worked awesome until it now and it doesn't recognize the one of my lens. Look online it is a major issue for this camera.

 
3.0

Amazing until it fails.

By Jess

from Undisclosed

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

I have absolutely adored my Sony a6000, the image quality on this camera astounded me considering the price point. The video footage quality easily surpasses video-only cameras 3 and 4 times the price, it obviously cannot be used as a work horse video camera, but short clip making was wonderful. Thankfully, video is not what I need it for, I work in quiet, low-light event photography which is why I landed on this camera. It performed beautifully for 2 years, and now I own a brick. It is now marginally better than taking a cell phone camera to a job. If you do a quick Google search for "Sony a6000 unresponsive" you will find boards of Sony owners asking what to do about their suddenly unresponsive cameras (these complaints range from 5 months to 2 years of onset) I am unable to change aperture, shutter speed, and ISO--manual mode is fully dysfunctional. The shutter release still works and it indeed still captures images, but I have absolutely no use for a camera I cannot manually adjust. This camera is ok if you do not depend on its longevity or expect for the issue to be acknowledged and corrected.

 
4.0

Good Starter Cam

By Stephen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Bought this for my daughter. This is an excellent starter camera. It's also a good camera for pickup shots at events.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Disapointed. Almost dead battery upon delivery.

By Paul

from Alameda, CA

Verified Buyer

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

The Sony A6000 needs no introduction since it´s been on the market for a while and it's gain the praise from everyone who's been lucky enough to get their hands on one. In a nutshell, it does what their competitors of even a higher price struggle with. And that is after 3 years on the market.

Now for the bad part. When I received the camera, I noticed that the battery was out of the box completely depleted. That's HIGHLY UNUSUAL for a li-ion battery. Normally, manufacturers provide their batteries half way charged to ensure that they stay in good shape for months before it reaches its final user. That was not the case and I feared the worse.

Bad enough, when I charged the battery and attempted to operate the camera, I found that the level of charge goes down quite fast. Like from 100% to 80% after taking 5 night pictures and idling the camera (with screen saver mode enabled). The battery drains so fast that on my last vacation (the first ones with the A6000) I wouldn't want to take it with me to avoid having to carry a dead weight after shooting les than 30 pictures.

In comparison, we've got a 7-year old Canon 70D at home that continues to be a dependable go-to camera. Although it´s more bulky, it's worth the extra effort.

With the A6000, spending too much time preparing the settings for the picture will cost you 5% of the battery.

If this is really how the A6000 it´s meant to be, then I don't understand all the good reviews on the internet. I reject to believe so, and I will contact B&H to try to adress the issue with the short battery life.

I will keep this review updated. As of now, no, I wouldn't recommend this camera to a friend.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value and small size

By Alex

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this to supplement my full frame Nikon setup for the times when I don't want to carry a large rig. It works great for that. Light, good high ISO performance, a respectable EVF, and solid AF speeds. You really can't beat it for value. I've paired it with a Sigma 30 1.4 and they make for a very capable light rig. It doesn't match my FF Nikon+50 1.4G for image quality but it really isn't that far behind and is much more portable.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy it! Great images for the price, or even twice the price.

By Richard

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is one sweet little camera. It produces nice photographs with snappy resolution even with the kit lens. I'm a geologist and use the camera in the field because of small size, light weight, and quality photographs. My only caution is DO NOT DROP IT. I dropped my first less than a meter. It landed on soil with pine needles. Oops, a total loss. Replaced it immediately with my current A6000. Keep the in a case with the strap around your neck when in use.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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By Darrell

from undisclosed

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

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5.0

Perfect

By Filipe

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Note 10/10, I bought from Brazil, my boss received it in the USA and brought it to me, I have much to thank the store, the camera is fantastic.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Camera!

By Joanmarie

from Tucson, AZ

Verified Buyer

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

This is my first camera. I chose this Sony a6000, because my father, a professional photographer, recommended it. I could not be happier with this purchase and this camera. I have gotten enough good shots, I mean shots exceeding my artistic expectations and hopes for expression, that I am thoroughly hooked on this camera specifically and photography in general. After a week, I bought the telephoto lens, and now I'm considering buying the macro lens. It's easy to transfer the photos to my phone. I'm looking forward to getting some archival quality prints of my favorites. This camera exceeded my expectations in every way!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

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By Si

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

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5.0

Great Addition!

By Gwin Photo

from Cheyenne, WY

Verified Buyer

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

So far this is a fantastic camera. I have two Sony A-Mount bodies and a lot of Sony and Minolta lenses. I purchased a used LA-EA 2 adapter and the camera works perfectly with all my lenses. I also have a few Leica R lenses that I use with a Metabones adapter. They work effortlessly with the focus peaking. I bought this to use on vacations and when I wanted a smaller camera to carry but it will also work as a second body for seddings!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So far, very pleased!

By Frankj

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this to start the transition from heavy DSLR gear to a more manageable weight. The kit lens is actually pretty exceptional for what it is. However, using high end Nikon lenses with an adapter produces high quality images when shot in RAW. I suspect if you only shoot JPEG you will be very happy with the kit lens. If you intend to shoot RAW you will likely want some better glass. Somewhat of a learning curve involved in getting to know the camera but once you understand it the menu is fairly easy to navigate.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great image quality, but menus seem non-intuitive

By Jonathan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am pleased with the image quality so far. I bought it to use as a compact travel camera that has dslr image quality. I have Canon dslrs, including full frame models, but they are a bit bulky for general site visits and day hikes. The Sony mechanical build quality is not up to my expectations nor are the Sony menu interfaces what I am used to. But again, I purchased it mainly for the size and the image quality, which seem to meet my hopes so far.

 
5.0

Excellent Choice For A mirrorless Digital Camera.

By JM

from Dallas, Texas

Verified Buyer

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

I was looking for a mirrorless digital camera to replace some heavy and outdated Nikon gear and I wanted to keep the price under $1000. So after reading all the reviews on several forums and elsewhere I decided the Sony A6000 with a16-50mm and a 55-210mm lens would fit the bill perfectly. I have not been disappointed. It took some searching and a lot of reading to figure out the menus on this camera and the owner's manual is not a lot of help. Once I had figured out how I wanted it configured I love it. I love it so much I bought another one. I now have several excellent Sony lenses for them and they have performed beautifully. I have had no problems with them and have been more than satisfied with their size, weight, performance, sharpness, and color rendition. For someone who doesn't want to carry around 50 lbs of photo gear but requires a first-rate camera that provides excellent performance check out the Sony A6000. You may just like it.

 
3.0

different AC adaptor than indicated

By Emma

from WA

Verified Buyer

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

One thing that really confuses me is that it was indicated an AC Adapter AC-UB10 is included. But when I receive the package, I got an AC-UUD12 adapter and its output voltage seems to be higher than the camera's maximum voltage.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

really nice little camera

By Ruth

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

just got it Friday and took it our for a spin yesterday--used it in auto mode and love the colors of the pictures--also read that turn on the airplane mode to save battery power and also turn off prefocusing in menus my battery did last when I did this--now will go to other setting like S and A to see how they work that is the settings I use most in my other cameras--

 
5.0

Big Performance in a Small Package

By Gene

from Plano, Texas

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this Sony a6000 with the 16-50mm lens as a travel replacement for my full frame Nikon. I was looking for something lighter in my carry-on luggage for air travel. I was also tired of lugging that big full frame camera and gear on vacations, especially to Europe, I had done a lot of research on mirrorless cameras and this one always came to the top of the list based on price and functionality. I was not expecting too much for the price point but was very pleased with its features and performance. I have shot about 200 photos so far and even with the kit lens (16-50mm) the photos are sharp and color is great. I know there are some reviews during my research that were not complimentary of this kit lens but I found it to give very good with solid performance. The camera is light weight for carrying and came with a case (see review on Ruggard case). It has a sturdy feel and fits my grip very well and the function buttons are very conveniently located so you can make setting adjustments quickly on the go. This camera has almost all the same functions as my full frame camera and I love the quick focusing and 11fps shooting capability. I also like the capablity to use my old Minolta, Canon, and Nikon lens with adapters. I also purchased a step-up ring so I could use my old filters (UV, Polarizer, etc) from years ago (I'm not saying how long ago but you can see the Minolta reference and figure it out).

The only negative so far is the camera (I think all Sony cameras) eats batteries like crazy but just purchase extra batteries and you will be more than happy with this camera's performance.

Its an excellent camera and will be tested more thoroughly on my next vacation. I would highly recommend this product.

 
4.0

Great camera for beginners!

By DCist

from Undisclosed

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

This is a great camera that takes quality photos automatically. The only downside is that it struggles in low light, this can be combatted using manual or SCN.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb, every time!

By Kevin

from Undisclosed

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

I came around (finally) to mirrorless when I looked at the specs, reviews and refreshing price tag. I've been a Nikon fan since the F1 and 2, and am THOROUGHLY over it thanks to this. Mine's been to Hawaii and Peru, stunning shots and durable camera in a light package, day and night, with 5 different lenses. The only negative is that it's STILL being sold for more than I paid for it almost 2 years ago! I'm aching to get a 6500 with 4k video for no other reason than 4k, but so far Sony has stuck to it's pricing. Shop around though or even buy this one used...there won't be ANY buyer's remorse!

 
5.0

Great Mirrorless camera!

By Sbach

from Undisclosed

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

So far so good! I wanted a camera that could let me control ISO, shutter speed, and aperture without having to carry around my big DSLR. This does a great job of that. There's still so many controls and functions I haven't figured out how to work.

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