Sony A6000 hands-on review

    | Compact Cameras | Reviews | 12/02/2014 11:53am
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    Sony A6000 hands-on review: Sony’s 24.3-megapixel APS-C version of the Sony A7 boasts a number of interesting features. We take a look at some of the signature specs in our Sony A6000 hands-on review video.

    Sony A6000 hands-on review

    The Sony A6000 is the latest addition to Sony’s Alpha compact system camera range, and while it doesn’t replace the now discontinued NEX-6 it will sit in a similar slot in the new range of Sony CSC’s.

    Here Amy Davies of our testing team takes a look at what the camera has to offer in her hands-on Sony A6000 review video.

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    Sony A6000 Hands-on Review Video Transcript

    Hi, I’m Amy Davies from Future Publishing’s photography portfolio and I’m here at the launch of the brand new Sony a6000.

    This camera sits in the same kind of slot as the NEX-6 or the NEX-7 previously occupied, although Sony has decided to drop the NEX branding from its compact system cameras.

    There are quite a few similarities between this camera and the NEX-6, which it basically replaces, while it also shares some features of the full-frame A7 and A7R. The a6000 features an APS-C sized 24.3 million-pixel sensor though.

    Those photographers which appreciate a lot of dedicated dials and buttons will probably enjoy using this camera – as you can see, there are plenty available.

    The A6000′s grip is fairly pronounced, making it nice and easy to hold, especially if using it one handed. The metal construction and textured coating of the a5000 also help to lend it an air of quality.

    Where the NEX-6 had two stacked dials on top of the camera, the a6000 instead has two dials next to each other on the top of the camera.

    While this takes up more room overall, it makes the shooting easier and less prone to accidental settings changes.

    This dial here, which controls aperture or shutter speed, is very easily reachable by the thumb, which is handy for making quick changes.

    As with most other Sony cameras of late, most of the buttons on the a6000 are customisable. There’s also a type of quick menu available by pressing the function button – everything that appears in this menu can be swapped out for something you find you use more often.

    Finally, this small custom button here can be set to quickly access one particular setting.

    The camera has a tilting screen, but, as with the A7 and the A7R, it’s not touch sensitive, which is a bit of a shame.

    The screen is joined by an electronic viewfinder, which is the same as found in the recently launched premium RX10 bridge camera – it’s very bright and clear, with this eye sensor here making it a seamless transition.

    This is a camera which should appeal to those who are tempted by the A7 or A7R, but can’t quite stretch to its high asking price.

    Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can get hold of a full production sample of the a6000 to put image quality to the test. For now, take a look at my hands on review at Techradar.com.

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    Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 11:53 am under Compact Cameras, Reviews.

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