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

(based on 473 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (352)

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    (102)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 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

Best camera I've ever owned

By SF Photo Bug

from San Francisco

Verified Buyer

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

This camera makes any amateur seem like a pro. Easy to use and captures professional level images.

 
5.0

Best mirrorless camera I have ever used!

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is one very fine camera. Images are outstanding and auto-focus is the fastest of any mirrorless camera I have ever used. Very near DSLR speed. This is my carry everywhere camera. Love the viewfinder!

 
5.0

Best Camera

By Dennisw

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am still learning to use this camera, but it is the best I have ever had. I would like to get more lenses, but the 16-50mm works fine for the camera hobbyist. I especially like the panorama option because I love taking landscape photos but can not yet afford a super wide angle lens. The camera is super fast at focusing and tracking your subjects, and takes beautifully sharp, bright photos. It has so many features and options, I would suggest watching videos and workshops so you don't miss anything

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I would recommend this as a travel camera

By Keyser Soze

from Rochester Hills, MI

Verified Buyer

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

I use it only as I travel. It is a good and reliable camera, handy, convenient to use, plenty of functions, but most importantly it is small and can be put in the pocket (almost). Warning (and 1 star off): battery has a very short charge

 
4.0

I would recommend as a travel camera

By Jacek

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This camera is used for travel only and as such is a good and convenient tool to shoot street and landscape pictures. Very handy, easy to operate, plenty of useful functions.

 
5.0

Upgraded from Nex 6

By susan

from Undisclosed

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

Very satisfied with features and size. I'm getting some really nice portraits

 
4.0

Great for befinner

By Fred

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Traded in for the a6300

 
5.0

Awesome camera!

By Mya

from Dallas, TX

Verified Buyer

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

I decided to trade in my Nikon D5200 for something more compact and portable that still has all the capabilities, bells and features as my Nikon. This is where Sony A6000 came into the picture. While I loved my Nikon, I absolutely adore my Sony. The quality of the camera is awesome and it's hard to believe that it can produce shots that it does in such a small package. Highly recommended camera and vendor.

 
5.0

Excellent camera, auto setting does a great job

By QueenBee

from SF Bay area

Verified Buyer

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

I am an amateur photographer and wanted a camera that I could easily use and grow into as I develop my skills. Out of the box the camera was easy to use, the intelligent auto mode is quite impressive. I currently shoot mostly family photos so I also purchased the sony 30 mm f1.8 prime lens. The kit lens works okay but for nice portraits I prefer the f1.8 lens. I really like the customization that is available with the camera and the autofocus does such a great job, only need minor adjustments occasionally. The camera weight is so light compared to a lot of DSLRs that you can easily carry the camera in your bag all day. I have very small hands and this camera is easy to handle. Overall I would purchase this camera again and would recommend to any photographer.

 
5.0

I would buy this product again

By Kimberly

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I absolutely love this camera!

 
4.0

Nice kit

By Doctor of Medicine

from Undisclosed

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

I'm not a professional photographer. Not even close to an amateur photographer. I only take pictures of my family on special events. I bought this camera to replace my Canon 40D with 17-55(2.8). So far it has blown away my Canon in picture quality. I need to learn to control the autofocus better because I am struggling to get my slow moving objects properly focused. But when I do so, the pictures are gold. The menu system is overwhelming.. but probably because I'm an old dog.. I look forward to exploring the features and taking better pictures.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A lot for a little

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am a life long Nikon user (almost three decades) and was looking for a small camera to carry with me all the time and It came down to the Nikon d5300 and the Sony a6000. Even though I would be able to use all my Nikon lens with the d5300 that camera felt like a brick and ergonomics matters when carrying and using a camera. The a6000 felt better in the hand and I could see myself carrying this thing with me all the time without much thought. There are things I dislike about the camera like the menu system and it's not exactly a good looking machine but it's gonna replace an old Canon point and shoot that is even uglier so who cares. For what I paid for this camera (discounted during the holiday season) I don't think I could of purchased anything better.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great compact camera for pro users!

By Calvin

from undisclosed

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

Great camera with a great battery life. Girlfriend loves the white colour. No issues with overheating as opposed to others.

 
5.0

Great camera!

By Jennifer

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great camera, happy I bought it. Very intuitive, I am impressed how easy it is to use it. Also a great size, light enough to carry around.

 
5.0

Great

By Gil

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Phantastic

 
5.0

The Sony Alpha exceed my expectation

By gus

from Houston,TX

Verified Buyer

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

It is a huge up grade in camera functions over my broken Canon PowerShot G11 but it is about the same weight and about 3/4 inch larger in depth. Continuous shooting at 11fps in raw with different focus area is outstanding. The video quality is outstanding. Below are a couple of test I did in the first week, one continuous shooting and the video shoot edited to 5 minutes.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Camera for Beginners

By Ricardo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The a6000 is very user friendly, easy to learn, and takes great pictures. The preset modes make it easy to take a shot for any occasion at a moments notice. Its compact size makes it easy to transport and quickly take out for a quick picture.

 
5.0

I would buy this product and recommend it to anyone

By Alex

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this camera mostly for outdoors landscape photos. I am not a professional but an enthusiast. My friend is a professional and uses the same model and raves about his work with it. Particularly for the price, you won't do better.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy newer model for sure when it hets cheaper

By Konstantin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great camera for traveling. Fast delivery

 
5.0

great camera

By Alan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The camera is fantastic. Takes great photos that are crystal clear. The 16-50mm also is a very good lenses. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

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