Sony A6000 Review

April 22, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The Sony A6000 is a new compact system camera featuring a 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, BIONZ X processor, a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600, Fast Hybrid AF for optimal fast and precise autofocus as quick as 0.06sec with 25 contrast-detect and 179 phase-detect points covering 92% of the image, 11fps burst shooting with autofocus tracking, OLED Tru-Finder, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps, a built-in flash and Multi Interface Shoe. Other highlights include a shooting mode dial, two control wheels, a dual-axis electronic level gauge, Sweep Panorama mode and 1080p video recording at 60/50/24fps. Available in black or titanium, the Sony A6000 is available for £550 / $650 body only and £670 / $800 with the 16-50mm OSS Power Zoom lens. In the UK, it's also sold in a double-zoom kit with the 16-50mm and 55-210mm lenses, priced from £800, and with the 16-70mm Carl Zeiss lens for £1400.

Ease of Use

The new Sony A6000 slots into Sony's range of mirrorless cameras between the consumer-focused A5000 and the range-topping but older NEX-7, and adds a number of features and functions that you cannot find in either of those models. Outwardly it looks a lot like the previous NEX-6 model, at least at first glance. The front of the camera is dominated by the relatively large, rubberised hand-grip, which enables users to hold the camera comfortably, and also conceals the shared battery / memory card compartment at its base.

Curiously our A6000 review unit came with the FE 35mm f/2.8 lens, which you can't actually buy in a kit with the A6000, but which is a good test of the camera's image quality. Most people will probably purchase the A6000 with the Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom, which is currently the smallest E-mount zoom lens When not in use, this lens retracts into its housing, much like a compact camera lens, contributing a lot to the low profile of the Sony A6000 and making the combination compact enough to fit in a large coat pocket. The downside of using a collapsible power zoom is that it causes start-up (and wake-up) times to be longer than usual. Those who aren't keen on the idea of shooting with a power zoom can of course buy the camera in a body-only configuration.

On the forward-sloping edge at the top of the hand-grip we find the shutter release encircled by a nicely rigid on/off switch. In use, we have found that the A6000's shutter release was less sensitive to a half-press than that of most other cameras – essentially it required more like a “three-quarters-press” to do anything. Some photographers will like this, whereas to others the relative insensitivity of this button may give the false impression that the camera is less responsive than it actually is. As to the shutter itself, it's louder and clunkier in action than most other compact system cameras; somewhat reminiscent of the mirror return of an SLR. To most users this won't be an issue but if you need to work absolutely discreetly and quietly, you might want to take a look at some of the A6000's mirrorless competitors.

Press the shutter release button down halfway and, after a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment of focus/exposure adjustment, the AF point/s highlight in green accompanied by a beep of affirmation to indicate that the user is good to continue on and take the shot. Do so, and in single shot mode a full resolution JPEG is written to memory in about 2 seconds. Note that it's quite a long-winded process to change the AF point on the A6000 - by default, you have to access the Focus Area menu via the Fn button, choose Flexible Spot (Small, Medium or Large settings), then use the navigation pad on the rear to choose the AF point, somewhat slower than other cameras including Sony's own A7/7R models. There is the option to also shoot Raw files, or even more usefully for those who wish to hedge their bets Raw and JPEG images in tandem. You also get Fine or Normal compression levels offered for JPEGs. The Sony A6000 also offers a very impressive burst shooting rate of 11fps, impressively both at full 24 megapixel resolution and with autofocus tracking, something that its main rivals can't compete with.

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Front Rear

Alongside the shutter release is a useful, customisable C1 button which by default provides access to the Focus Mode settings. You can change the function assigned to this button from within the Setup menu. Viewed from the rear and starting from the left, on the A6000's top plate there's an ISO standard hot-shoe that accepts generic centre-contact flash units, which is great news for strobists and anyone using standard hotshoe-mounted accessores. Dedicated Sony/Minolta system flashes that have a non-standard foot can be mounted with the help of a separately sold hot-shoe adapter. Sheltered underneath the housing at the front of the hot-shoe we find a number of connector pins that allow users to mount a range of proprietary Sony accessories, which is why the company calls this accessory port a 'Multi Interface Shoe' rather than just a flash hotshoe.

Next to this accessory shoe is the A6000's built-in pop-up flash. To pop up this flash you need to press a dedicated button at the top of the rear plate – in use we have found this recessed button to be a little fiddly, requiring a rather strong press to do its job. A clever hinged design allows the flash to be raised high above the lens to avoid red-eye issues The flash settings can be modified from within the Camera menu, while the AE Lock button can be reprogrammed to provide easy access to flash exposure compensation. This is seldom needed though – as long as your subject is within range, the flash provides consistently good exposures,. Our only gripes with this flash are the low guide number (GN 6 in metres at ISO 100/21°) and the fact that it cannot act as a commander for wirelessly slaved system flashes – even though the camera itself has the capability, you still need a compatible hotshoe-mounted external unit to use that feature.

On the right-hand side of the top plate – still viewed from the rear – we find a shooting mode dial. Aside from standard shooting modes like Programmed Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual, this dial has separate markings for Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto, Scene Modes and even Sweep Panoramas. The chief difference between Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto is that in the latter mode the camera might decide to shoot a quick series of images for automatic HDR exposure blending if it determines that the luminosity range of the scene is wider than the dynamic range of the sensor. The mode dial itself is quite stiff, but lesss so than the NEX-6, so your chances of inadvertently switching to another shooting modes are pretty low. Completing the A6000's top plate is a thumb-controlled command dial for changing the aperture/shutter speed.

Even in Intelligent Auto mode users still have the ability to get hands on to a degree thanks to the Photo Creativity mode. This provides easy-to-understand control over a number of key parameters via a series of interactive on-screen sliders, with the real-time preview on the LCD providing instant feedback to the beginner target audience. In addition to controlling the background defocus, with a half moon shaped indicator appealing on-screen to the side of the scroll wheel, defocus at the bottom of the arc, 'crisp' at the top, you can also change the vividness, brightness and colour of the image, plus add a Picture Effect or the Soft Skin Effect, and set the self-timer and burst shooting options. You can even apply more than one option at a time and go back and individually change them if you wish.

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Front Tilting LCD Screen

The rear plate of the Sony A6000 looks remarkably similar to that of the NEX-6, the majority of it taken up by the large articulated LCD that stretches from the base to the top plate. The Sony A6000 offers switchable framing lines and a live histogram in both the LCD screen and the viewfinder. The A6000 also has a clever eye level sensor that switches off the rear screen's info display as you bring your eye close to the excellent viewfinder, although be aware that this might cause a slight inconvenience when shooting from the hip if your body blocks the eye proximity sensor.

One of the most useful ways to set up the EVF and LCD is to compose your shots with the former and use the latter as an interactive status screen. In this view, you can check all of the camera's important shooting settings at a glance, and even modify 12 of them by first pressing the Function button and then moving about the screen using the navigation pad. By using the rear screen as an interactive status display you can mostly save yourself from having to delve into the menu. The LCD is hinged but only flips up and down – you cannot fold it out as on some competing models. Also missing is any sort of touchscreen functionality – while many of you will never miss this, we think it's a pity that you cannot set the active focus point by touch, again something offered by rival models. Also, given that the Sony A6000 offers built-in Wi-Fi it would have been nice to be able to enter passwords and other text via an onscreen virtual keyboard in the same way that you do on most smartphones.

Above this display is a high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder. Offering a resolution of 1,440,000 dots, 100% scene coverage, a bright, high contrast image and a high magnification, the A6000's EVF is very similar in specification to the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 bridge camera and good enough that we used it for the majority of our shooting in both good light and bad. The placement of the finder in the upper left corner of the backplate is another plus point as it allows you to look into the EVF without pressing your nose against the rear screen – unless you're left-eyed, of course. Still on the topic of the EVF/LCD, the Sony A6000 has an excellent focus peaking feature available when you are using the camera in manual focus mode. This function enhances the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific colour (red, yellow or white depending on user preference) in the viewfinder or on the rear screen. The peaking level can be fine-tuned via the Setup menu.

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Pop-up Flash Top

Press the Menu button on the rear and six icons appear on screen - Camera Settings, Custom Settings, Wireless, Applications, Playback and Setup. Choosing one of these opens a text-based menu system with with white text on a black background aiding visibility. The six Camera Settings folders allow users to select image size, ratio and quality and - if JPEG (RAW and RAW+JPEG also available) - compression rates too, plus features like long exposure and high ISO noise reduction - all in fact activated as a default, and also contains the video quality and audio options, while the four Custom Settings folders allow you to tweak the A6000 to your way of working.

In addition to the Flash and Menu buttons, the Sony A6000 has a very useful AEL button, which also doubles up in Playback mode to quickly zoom to 1:1 pixel view to check for critical sharpness. As previously mentioned, the Function button underneath usefully accesses 12 of the camera's important shooting settings, which you can customise, and when playing back an image it accesses one of the wi-fi settings. Underneath is an unmarked button encircled by a scroll wheel that you can use to set the shutter speed or navigate menus. The top, right, bottom and left parts of this wheel can also be used as navigation buttons, much like a classic four-way pad. In Record mode, four different functions are mapped unto this navigation pad including Display, ISO, Exposure Compensation and Self-timer / Drive Mode. The last two controls on the rear of the Sony A6000 are the self-explanatory Playback button and another customisable C2 button, which by default accesses the Help menu and also doubles-up as the image delete button. The A6000 actually offers 7 customisable buttons and 43 (fixed) assignable functions, letting you fine-tune the camera to suit your shooting preferences.

The Sony A6000 offers both built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. This gives you a number of options. With the free Play Memories Mobile app, you can control the camera remotely from your smartphone via Wi-Fi, although in our experience the control options are quite limited for the time being. You can see the camera's live view feed on your phone's screen, set exposure compensation and take a picture remotely but that's it basically – and communication between camera and phone can be quite slow too. It's also possible to hook the camera up to an existing Wi-Fi network – though as noted earlier, the lack of touchscreen functionality means entering passwords isn't fun – and access Sony's Play Memories service if it's available in your country. This in turn allows you to download Play Memories camera apps to the A6000. Some of these camera apps are free and potentially useful, such as Direct Upload which enables you to send selected photos from your camera directly to Facebook via Wi-Fi. Not all apps are free though, which is all the more surprising given that the selection of available apps is still rather limited. The A6000 also features NFC (Near Field Communication) technology (the same technology that's used for mobile payments), which allows you to connect it to a compatible internet enabled device or another NFC-enabled camera by simply tapping them together.

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Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment

Apart from taking still photos, the Sony A6000 is also capable of shooting videos in either AVCHD or MP4 format with clean HDMI output. The HDTV-friendly AVCHD videos can be either interlaced or progressive, and offer a variety of frame rates (60p/50p/60i/50i/25p/24p). They can also be burnt to Blu-ray disks or DVDs using the supplied Play Memories Home software. By contrast, MP4 videos are easier to edit and share on a PC – if not with the Play Memories Home program – but are only recorded as 1440x1080 pixel or VGA video files at a frame rate of approximately 30fps. The Sony A6000 has built-in stereo microphones but lacks a standard microphone jack, meaning you cannot use a third-party external mic to record audio with your movie clips. Video recording can be initiated at any time by pressing the dedicated, camcorder-style video record butto on the rear thumbgrip, which is quite difficult to reach and certainly not comfortable to operate, but at least prevents accidental operation.

By entering Playback mode via its dedicated button, you can review your photos and videos – though curiously, not both at the same time. You have to go into the menu to select whether you want to play back your photos, MP4 clips or AVCHD videos. This can be surprising at first and mildly annoying in the long run. Do note that if you have the 16-50mm power zoom attached to the camera, it will retract into its housing if you spend too much time in Playback. This also means that when you go back to Record mode you'll have to wait until it extends again, meaning you might miss a fleeting moment. Not only that, but when the lens does extend it will invariably default to the 16mm position, even if you'd had it set to a different focal length before it retracted.

At the base of the A6000 we find a metal screw thread for a tripod directly beneath the lens mount, and a compartment storing the rechargeable lithium-ion battery which offers a resonable 310-shot lifespan. A short mains cable is also provided along with a small adapter/transformer, but if you plan on buying a spare battery it's advisable to also invest in an external charger, otherwise you won't be able to use one battery in the camera while the other is charging. The memory card slot is located on the left-hand side of the camera when viewed from the rear, here Sony reaching out to a wider audience by offering SD/SDHC/SDXC compatibility alongside its own Memory Stick. The left hand flank is also where users will find a covered port for HDMI connectivity and Sony's Multi port. Only the USB cable was provided with our review sample; there's no standard definition AV output. There's also a small built-in speaker for reviewing audio in the field on the bottom and protruding metal strap eyelets on either side of the camera.

Image Quality

The Sony A6000 produced images of outstanding quality during the review period. The Sony A6000 has an extensive and very usable ISO range of 100-25600. ISO 100-800 is noise-free, whilst ISO 1600-6400 produces more than acceptable results, and even ISO 12800 and the fastest setting of 25600 are OK for emergency use. The RAW samples illustrate just how much processing the camera does by default, though, as they're much noisier at all ISO values than their JPEG counterparts.

The 24 megapixel images are a little soft straight out of the camera using the default Standard creative style and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera sharpening level. The built-in flash worked well indoors with no red-eye and good overall exposure. The night photograph was excellent, with the maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds and the Bulb mode offering lots of scope for creative night photography.

The effective Dynamic Range Optimizer function extracts more detail from the shadow and highlight areas in an image, without introducing any unwanted noise or other artifacts. The High Dynamic Range mode combines two shots taken at different exposures to produce one image with greater dynamic range than a single image would produce. It only works for JPEGs and for still subjects, but does produce some very effective results. Sony's now tried-and-trusted Sweep Panorama is still a joy to use. The range creative Picture Effects quickly produce special looks that would otherwise require you to spend a lot of time in the digital darkroom, while the Creative Styles provide a quick and easy way to tweak the camera's JPEG images.


There are 8 ISO settings available on the Sony A6000. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:


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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

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Sharpened (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Sony A6000 has 2 different image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

20M Fine (6.56Mb) (100% Crop) 20M Standard (4.62Mb) (100% Crop)
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20M RAW (23.9Mb) (100% Crop)  


The flash settings on the Sony A6000 are Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow sync and Rear flash sync, with Red-eye reduction available in the Main Menu. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

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And here are a couple of portrait shots. Neither the Auto setting or the Red-eye reduction mode caused any amount of red-eye.

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The Sony A6000's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's also a Bulb mode for even longer exposures, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 100.


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Dynamic Range Optimizer

D-Range Optimiser (DRO) is Sony's solution to improve shadow detail in photos taken in contrasty light.


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High Dynamic Range

High Dynamic Range Optimiser (HDR) is Sony's solution for capturing more contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining two exposures into one image.



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Sweep Panorama Mode

The Sony A6000 allows you to take panoramic images very easily, by 'sweeping' with the camera while keeping the shutter release depressed. The camera does all the processing and stitching and even successfully compensates for moving subjects.


Creative Styles

There are 18 Creative Style preset effects that you can use to change the look of your images.



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Night Scene

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Autumn Leaves


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Picture Effects

Just like Olympus and Panasonic, the Sony A6000 offers an extensive range of 13 creative Picture Effects.


Toy Camera

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Pop Color


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Soft High-key

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Partial Color (Red)

High Contrast Mono

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Soft Focus

HDR Painting

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Rich-tone Mono


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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Sony A6000 camera, which were all taken using the 24.3 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Sony A6000 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Sony RAW (ARW) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 32 second movie is 85.8Mb in size.

Product Images

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The Sony A6000 is a full-featured, responsive compact system camera that delivers excellent images in a variety of situations, all at a very competitive price that significantly undercuts its main rivals. Despite lacking a touchscreen interface and having a slightly inferior EVF to the older NEX-6 model that it replaces, it's our pick of Sony's current APS-C mirrorless camera range, and a very strong contender in the mid-range market.

One of the main reasons for that is the significantly improved Fast Hybrid AF system. With 25 contrast-detect and 179 phase-detect points covering 92% of the image, the Sony A6000 is one of the few mirrorless cameras on the market that can sucessfully track a moving subject and keep it in focus. Coupled with the impressive 11fps burst shooting rate with subject-tracking and the fast 0.06 second AF speed, the A6000 is currently the best compact system camera for capturing fast moving subjects.

The new 24.3 megapixel sensor also ensures that image quality is also excellent, with results easily rivalling even the DSLR competition and beating most of its compact system camera rivals. Noise doesn't rear its ugly head until ISO 3200 for JPEGs and even the faster settings prove eminently usable, although the A6000 does apply some pretty aggressive noise reduction to keep the files clean as shown by the much noisier RAW images. The myriad of creative effects such as HDR, Dynamic Range Optimisation, creative styles, picture effects and the innovative sweep panorama mode help to get the most out of the A6000.

We are a little puzzled, though, by the decision to omit a touchscreen interface on what is after all a consumer-focused camera. Not only would it broaden the appeal of the A6000 to smartphone users, it would also make things like setting the AF point much easier, something that's particularly long-winded on this camera.

With an official price-tag of £550 / $650 body only and £670 / $800 with the 16-50mm kit lens, though, we're inclined to forgive the Sony A6000 that minor transgression. The Sony A6000 is a great mirrorless camera that truly can keep up with all the action. Essential!

5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Sony A6000.

Fujifilm X-E2

The new Fujifilm X-E2 is a faster, more full-featured version of last year's X-E1 compact system camera, promising better image quality too. Can this gorgeous retro-styled model improve on one of our favourite cameras of 2012? Read our Fujifilm X-E2 review to find out...

Fujifilm X-M1

The Fujifilm X-M1 is a new compact system camera that's designed to expand the appeal of the X-system. The retro-styled X-M1 offers the same image sensor and lens mount as the more expensive X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras in a smaller, lighter body. The X-M1 has a built-in flash, new 16-50mm kit lens, wi-fi connectivity, tilting LCD screen and of course a more affordable price tag. Read our Fujifilm X-M1 review to find out if it succeeds in bringing Fujifilm's mirrorless range to the masses...

Nikon 1 V2

The Nikon 1 V2 is a second-generation compact system camera that's clearly been redesigned to appeal to the serious enthusiast. In addition to a more direct control layout with shooting mode and control dials, a chunky hand-grip and built-in pop-up flash, the Nikon V2 also sports a new 14 megapixel sensor, faster 15fps burst shooting with continuous focusing, and improved Best Moment Capture and Motion Snapshot Modes. Read the World's first Nikon 1 V2 review to find out if this new mirrorless model can capture the attention of the more discerning photographer...

Olympus E-P5

The Olympus E-P5 is a new compact system camera that's both old-fashioned and cutting-edge, with a gorgeous retro design that harks back to the 1950s and the very latest digital technologies. Read our expert Olympus E-P5 review to find out if this is the best PEN camera yet...

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Building on the runaway success of the enthusiast E-M5, and inheriting some of the key features of the professional E-M1, the new O-MD E-M10 is attempting to bring Olympus' retro-flavoured mirrorless camera system to a wider audience. But can it retain the same levels of build quality, speed and image quality at a lower price-point? Read our expert Olympus E-M10 review to find out...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is an exciting new compact system camera aimed firmly at keen photographers. With a built-in tilting electronic viewfinder, 16 megapixel sensor, 3 inch tilting LCD touchscreen, pop-up flash, 60/50p high-definition video, integrated wi-fi and NFC connectivity, both lens and in-body image stabilization, and a stylish design, is the GX7 the ultimate interchangeable lens camera? Read our expert Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review to find out....

Samsung NX300

The Samsung NX300 is a new mid-range compact system camera featuring a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor, hybrid AF system, 3.3-inch tilting AMOLED touchscreen, 8.6fps continuous shooting, Wi-fi and NFC connectivity, full 1080p video, and an ISO range 100-25,600. Read our in-depth Samsung NX300 review now...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Sony A6000 from around the web. »

It's been a few months since Sony took the decision to officially drop the NEX moniker from its E-mount compact system cameras, renaming all of its interchangeable lens cameras with the Alpha brand, regardless of whether it is an A mount or an E mount (those formally known as NEX) camera. This means that some Alpha cameras (such as the A6000) take E mount lenses, while others take A mount lenses.
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  • Software

    • Operating System Compatibility : supported, Windows Image Mastering API(IMAPI) Ver.2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs.) Windows Vista® SP2 (Starter Edition is not supported) Windows® 7 SP1; Windows® 8; Mac OS X (10.6-10.8)
    • Supplied Software : Supplied Software: PlayMemories Home, Image Data Converter Version 4
  • Camera

    • Camera Type : Mirrorless Camera
    • Lens Compatibility : Sony E-mount, (Sony A-mount, Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA adaptor)
    • Lens Mount : Sony E-mount
    • Color : Black
  • Drive System

    • Continuous Shooting Speed : Continuous mode: 11fps (hi), 6fps (mid), 2.5fps (low) with AF
    • Flash Sync Speed : 1/160 sec.
    • Shutter Speeds : Still images: 1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (in 1/3 step), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode, up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode
    • Self-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
    • Shutter Type : Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
    • Drive Mode : Single Shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracket: Cont. / Single/ WB / DRO
  • Exposure System

    • D-Range Optimizer : Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step))
    • Auto Exposure Lock : Yes with AE lock button (AE also locked when shuter button is halfway: Auto/On/Off selectable)
    • Exposure Compensation : Still images: ±5.0 EV(1/3EV, 1/2EV steps selectable) Movies: ±2.0 EV(1/3EV steps selectable)
    • Picture Effect(s) : 13 modes: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
    • Exposure Settings : iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M), Memoru Recal (MR), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection, Movie
    • Scene Mode(s) : Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
    • Exposure Bracketing : Cont. Bracket: x3 or x5 image in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV increments, Single Bracket: x3 or x5 image in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV increments, White Balance Bracket: Low (LO), high (HI) DRO Balance Bracket: Low (LO), high (HI)
    • Metering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
    • Metering Sensitivity : EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
    • Metering : Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
    • ISO : Stills: ISO 100-25,600 selectable in 1/3 EV steps, Still Auto: ISO 100-25,000 selectable upper and lower limit, Movies: ISO 100-12,800 selectable in 1 EV steps, Movie Auto ISO 200-12,800 selectable upper and lower limit
    • Noise Reduction : Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off selectable, Multi-frame NR: Auto/ISO 100 to 51200
    • Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box(1-6), (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
    • Color Temperature : 2500 to 9900K & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15-steps, A7 to B7: 15-steps)
    • White Balance Mode : Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color Temp. Filter (G7 to M7: 15-steps, A7 to B7: 15-steps), Custom, Underwater Auto
  • Flash

    • Flash Modes : Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync, Wireless, Red-eye reduction (On/Off)
    • Flash Bracketing : 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 EV steps, 3/5 frames (1.0/2.0/3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable
    • Guide Number : 6 (in meters at ISO 100)
    • Flash Coverage : 16mm (focal length printed on lens body)
    • Flash Type : Built-in, Pop-up
    • Flash Metering System : Pre-flash TTL
    • Flash Compensation : ±3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
  • Focus Control

    • Focus Features : Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Predictive control, Focus lock, AF illuminator (with Built-in LED type) Approx. range; 0.3- approx. 3.0m (with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
    • AF Illuminator : Built-in LED, Range: approx. 3' 4” - 9' 9” (0.3m-3.0m)
    • Focus Sensitivity : EV0 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
    • Focus Area : Wide (179 points phase-detection AF, 25 points contrast-detection AF), Zone, Center-weighted, Flexible Spot (Small, Medium, Large)
    • Focus Points : 179 points (phase-detection AF) 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
    • AF Modes : AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
    • Focus System : Fast Hybrid AF(phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
  • Imaging Sensor

    • Processor : BIONZ X™ image processor
    • Pixel Gross : Approx. 24.7 megapixels
    • Focal Length Conversion Factor : 1.5x
    • Color Filter System : RGB primary color
    • Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 24.3 megapixels
    • Anti Dust : Charge protection coating on Optical Filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
    • Imaging Sensor : Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
  • Interface

    • NFC : Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
    • HDMI Terminal : HDMI® micro connector (Type-D)
    • DC IN : Yes via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
    • Memory Card Slot : Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
    • HD Output : HDMI micro connector (Type-D) BRAVIA Sync (link menu) PhotoTV HD 4K Still Image playback via HDMI to compatible 4K TV
    • Tripod Mount : Yes (1/4" diameter, 20 threads per inch)
    • Remote Commander : Yes, via optional RM-VPR1
    • USB Port(s) : USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
    • Wi-Fi : Yes(Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band) )
    • Accessory Shoe : MI (Multi-interface shoe), Standard ISO 518:2006 design with multi-pin configuration for additional accessories
    • A/V Remote Terminal : Yes, via optional RM-DSLR2 wired Multi-terminal remote
  • LCD Display

    • Peaking : Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
    • Real-time image adjustment display : Yes (On/Off)
    • LCD Type : 3.0" TFT LCD (921,600 dots)
    • Coverage : 100%
    • Customization : Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Disp. Info, Histogram, For viewfinder
    • Angle Adjustment : Tilt up by approx. 90 degrees, down by approx. 45 degrees
    • Zebra : Yes (levels 70, ,75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 10, 100+, off)
    • Histogram : Yes (On/Off)
    • Live View : Continuous Live View
    • Brightness Control : Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
    • Grid Display : Yes (Rule of Thirds, Square 4x6, Diagonal & Square 4x4, Off)
  • Power

    • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
    • Number of Still Images : Approx. 310 shots (Viewfinder), Approx. 360 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
    • External Power : AC Adaptor AC-PW20
    • Battery Capacity : 1080 mAh
    • Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation) : Approx. 2.8W (still images, with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens)
  • Power consumption

    • Power Consumption (in LCD Screen Operation) : Approx. 2.4W (still images, with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens)
  • Recording

    • Panorama Still Image Size : Wide: Horizontal 23M (12,416 x 1,856), Wide: Vertical 12M (5,536 x 2,160), Standard: Horizontal 15M (8,192 x 1,856), Standard: Vertical 8.4M (3,872 x 2,160)
    • Audio Format : Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
    • Video Format : AVCHD Ver. 2.0 / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
    • Video Mode : AVCHD: PS - 1920x1080/60p @28Mbps FX - 1920x1080/60i @24Mbps FH - 1920x1080/60i @17Mbps FX - 1920x1080/24p @24Mbps FH - 1920x1080/24p @17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440x1080/30fps @12Mbps, VGA - 640x480/30fps @3Mbps
    • Color Space : Still: sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut), Adobe RGB Movie: xvYCC standard (x.v.Color™ when connected via HDMI cable) Compatible with TRILUMINOS™ color
    • Still Image Size 16:9 : L: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M: 4240 x 2400 (10M) S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)
    • Still Image Size 3:2 : L: 6000 x 4000 (24M) M: 4240 x 2832 (12M) S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)
    • Still Image Mode : RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
    • Still Image File Format : JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
    • Media Type : SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™ media
    • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 24.3M pixels (approx.)
  • Service and Warranty Information

    • Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & Labor
  • Viewfinder

    • Type : 0.39" (1.0 cm) OLED electronic viewfinder (color), 1,440,000 dots
    • Field of View : 100% (approx. 33° vewing angle)
    • Magnification : Approx. 1.07x (35mm camera equivalent: Approx. 0.70x) with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 diopter
    • Diopter Adjustment : -4.0 to +3.0m-1
  • Weights and Measurements

    • Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 4-3/4" x 2-7/8" x 1-13/16" (120mm x 67mm x 45mm)
    • Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 10.1 oz (285 g) (body only) Approx. 12.1 oz (344 g) (with battery and memory stick)

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