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Sony a6000 promises world's fastest AF and 11 fps subject tracking

By dpreview staff on Feb 12, 2014 at 04:02 GMT
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Sony has released its new a6000 mirrorless camera, which is the replacement to the NEX-6. This midrange mirrorless features a 24MP CMOS sensor, Sony's latest Bionz X processor, and a refined Hybrid AF system that covers 92% of the frame with phase-detect points. The new AF system allows for continuous shooting at 11 fps with subject tracking, and also promises the 'world's fastest autofocus', according to Sony. The camera now offers zebra pattern and clean HDMI output for movie lovers. Those who love the XGA EVF on the NEX-6 may be disappointed by the smaller, lower resolution one on the a6000.

The camera will be available in silver or black for $650 body only, or $800 when kitted with the 16-50 F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens.

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Press Release:

Sony Electronics Introduces the Versatile α6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera with World’s Fastest Autofocus System1

New Mirrorless Camera Features Impressive AF, 24 MP APS-C Sensor, BIONZ® X Processor, OLED Tru-Finder™ and more

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 11, 2014 – Sony Electronics’ new α6000 camera pushes the limits of mirrorless camera innovation, boasting the world’s fastest AF performance1 at just 0.06 seconds. 

The speedy new camera (model ILCE-6000) is also equipped with a high-resolution 24.3 MP image sensor and powerful BIONZ X processor. This powerful combination of features ensures that still images, full HD videos and all fleeting moments are captured in sharp focus and incredible detail.

 “With the world’s fastest autofocus system1, the ability to capture a blazing 11 frames per second and a 24.3 MP sensor, the new α6000 rivals even the best DSLRs in the market today in terms of performance, and does this in half of the size and weight at an extremely attractive price point,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony.  “It’s an ideal choice for photo enthusiasts eager to ‘go light’ and take their photography to the next level.”
Mike Fasulo, President and COO of Sony Electronics, added “The new α6000 camera is simply the latest in a recent line of awe-inspiring product introductions from our digital imaging group – one of the key pillars of our core electronics business.   As a leader in the imaging industry, we’re continuing to push the limits of innovation, offering products and experiences that only Sony can deliver.”

New ultra-fast AF system
Even quicker than most professional DSLRs, the phenomenal autofocus speed of the α6000 camera is powered by Sony’s advanced Hybrid AF system.  The new model features a focal plane phase-detection AF sensor with an extremely wide autofocus coverage area – 179 focal points– that is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF.  This potent combination allows the camera to accurately track and respond to a subject moving through nearly the entire frame, and to shoot at an eye-popping speed of up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus.  It’s an unprecedented combination of speed and frame coverage in today’s market.

Design and Controls
The new camera’s clear, bright OLED Tru-Finder lets you see a live preview of all setting adjustments before the shot is taken, so what you see is exactly what you get.  Conveniently placed mode and control dials on top of the camera give easy access to commonly used settings.  Additionally, a ‘Function’ button and two additional customizable buttons give quick access to any one of 47 assignable functions.  There’s also a built-in flash for extra flexibility in any shooting situation.

Wi-Fi® and PlayMemories™
The α6000 camera has built-in Wi-Fi, giving consumers one-touch connection with Xperia® or NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones or tablets for instant image transfer and sharing2.  A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera with a smartphone or tablet for a live image preview, to fire the shutter from a distance and to review shots instantly. 

For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control through Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile™ application, available for the iOS and Android platforms.
The camera is also compatible with downloadable Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps, adding a range of exciting and creative capabilities.  Currently there are a total of 10 different applications available with several others to be released this spring. 

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Pricing and Availability
The Sony α6000 compact interchangeable lens camera will be available in April 2014 in black and silver in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650) for about $800.   It will also be offered separately as a body for about $650.

Sony has also announced the price of its previously announced full frame E-mount 70-200mm F4 G OSS telephoto zoom lens (model SEL70200G).   This lens will be available in March for about $1500.

The new camera and all compatible lenses and accessories will be available at Sony retail stores ( and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Sony α Lenses Assortment
The α6000 camera is compatible with Sony’s ever-growing assortment of E-mount interchangeable lenses, and uses the same Sony E-mount as the α3000, α5000 and acclaimed α7 and α7R models, as well as all the previous α ‘NEX’ cameras.  All Sony ‘FE’ and ‘E’ lenses are compatible with all E-mount cameras.

Outlined below, the E-mount family now includes 20 different models with several premium models from Carl Zeiss® and G Series Lenses:

  • E 16mm F2.8
  • E 20mm F2.8
  • E 35mm F1.8 OSS
  • E 50mm F1.8 OSS
  • E 30mm F3.5 Macro
  • E 24mm F1.8 ZEISS
  • E 10-18mm F4 OSS
  • E PZ 16-50mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
  • E 18-55mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
  • E 18-200mm F3.5 – F6.3 OSS
  • E 18-200mm F3.5 – F6.3 OSS LE
  • E PZ 18-200mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
  • E 55-210mm F4.5 – F6.3 OSS
  • E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
  • E 16-70mm F4 ZEISS OSS
  • FE 28-70mm F3.5 – 5.6 OSS
  • FE 35mm F2.8 ZEISS
  • FE 55mm F1.8 ZEISS
  • FE 24-70mm F4 ZEISS OSS
  • FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS

1. Amongst interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C image sensor as of February 12, 2014. Determined with internal measurement method with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted, Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use.

Sony a6000 specifications

Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialComposite
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2832, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 2000, 3008 x 1688
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorBionz X
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
ISOAuto, 100-25600 (51200 with Multi-Frame NR)
White balance presets10
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsExtra fine, fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (DCF v2.0, EXIF v2.3)
  • RAW (Sony ARW 2.3)
Image parameters
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • Sharpness
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2X)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points179
Lens mountSony E
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots921,600
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Viewfinder resolution1,440,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • iAuto
  • Superior Auto
  • Programmed AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashYes
Flash range6.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via Multi Interface Shoe)
Flash modesFlash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction, hi-speed sync, wireless control
Flash X sync speed1/160 sec
Continuous drive11 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, continuous (3-5 shot))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Storage typesSD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (wired or PC)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA)420
Weight (inc. batteries)344 g (0.76 lb / 12.13 oz)
Dimensions120 x 67 x 45 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.77)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes


Total comments: 51
By JaimeA (2 months ago)

Is there in the new Sony a6000 any way to save Custom Settings? In the mode dial of the A7r/A7 we see the numbers 1 and 2; there are none on the dial in the A6000. As much as I loved the NEX-7 and its stunning results, there was no way to save settings. When I did tripod-mounted panoramas everything had to be changed to manual, including the focusing and the ISO at 100. For any other type of use it was a real hassle to change everything back to automatic. Often I forgot and kept shooting to discover later that no images were usable.
If there are no means to save at least one custom setting this camera is worthless for me, no matter how advanced. I tried to find this info but I cannot find it anywhere. Please help.

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By Timmbits (1 month ago)

Anything containing or ending in "please help" belongs in the forums, where you'll most likely have a better chance of getting expert answers. ;)

vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (2 months ago)

Nice specs, beautiful features, but it's 2014 - the manufacturers should ditch the muddy f3.5+ lenses on such cameras. Everybody wants the same: big sensor+fast lens. It's as easy as that...

By Timmbits (1 month ago)

the Canon G1Xii is coming out! ;-)

Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (2 months ago)

am really sorry about the lack of the NEX-7's Tri-Navi UI , that is in fact a very very nice UI that is well thought out and once one get used to the control layout. I have my doubt about the 24MP overall field performance vs the old 16MP ( specifically when light is not that great ). I wouldn't worry about its performance at low ISO, but then anything like ISO400 or above .. well ... the lesser EVF do not help either

Technically speaking I am not seeing this as much of a upgrade or update perhaps with the exception of the on sensor PDAF. Evolutionary update is perhaps the best to describe it, and that's pretty much the case with almost all new camera this year on ; with very little technical innovation or advance.

Wonder if we would see a real NEX-7 replacement with that Tri-Navi and if possible a nice new sensor. Despite what, there is still very much a place for a top end APS-C sensored model for the E mount and this A6000 certainly do not fit

By parkmcgraw (2 months ago)

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This new camera from Sony, much like similar offerings from other manufactures, regardless of body style, if properly conceived of as a fieldable "35 mm" non laboratory environment like camera will be SUBJECT MATTER COMPOSABLE WITHOUT THE NEED OF TURNING ON ELECTRICAL POWER, or require one to look upon an illuminated screen displaying 3rd order at best image quality with false field illuminance.

On the whole, nearly every camera body being produced and designed today appearing to be fashioned for mentally lazy individuals not wishing to be technically proficient, less relegated to a preconceived of 2 dimensional range, void of much subject matter depth and discipline (a.k.a. subject matter fakes) unlike any time before in the history of photography.

What is being offered today little more than GARBAGE with near unethical planned obsolescence for the sole purpose of increasing short term corporate profit margins, and not long-term product usage.

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By JaimeA (2 months ago)

You are so wrong. We are blessed these days with wonders of engineering and design, especially in the field of photography. If you have the ability, you can now create great images, many not possible even a few years back. You may be alluding to the rapid progress of technology and the improvements it entails. Of course things change, usually for the better. What is good to know is that the new cameras give you the choice of utter simplicity (everything automatic on the mode dial) or as customizable or complicated as you may want.

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By parkmcgraw (2 months ago)

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Little sold today of heirloom design or quality. The trend in the past two decades being to continually lower the bar on the full performance and tool range of the hardware.

The supervising managers that have decided to remove optical viewfinders in place of EO only viewfinders, more than likely removing the simple yet highly functional, low maintenance, low component count transparent windshield from a car or motorcycle helmet.

Choosing in favor of a less visually true, less fault tolerate cranky solution that is difficult to physically service, composed of chemically less stable internal components prone to accelerated decomposition (highly dependent on homogeneity), critically dependent on consumable items (batteries) that functions via an (default condition) opaque screen, that in operation results in reduced visual fidelity, most likely laden with marginally valued added distracting functions.

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By parkmcgraw (2 months ago)

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The camera body offerings today, somewhat analogous to how a fledgling and or pretentious cook, as appose to a skilful chef, creates a "what is that" sort of desert, not being knowable or skillful enough in the arts to produce a basic though very high quality cake or seasoned pie with ice cream.

In closing, please STOP removing basic system hardware functions and or options without first insuring that what is being selected to be the replacement item is superior on most all respects to the predecessor.

Do a job, big or small, do it right or not at all.

Park McGraw

By Enginel (2 months ago)

Go buy Nikon DF, or even better, Nikon F4.
Do you seriously think that camera makers should not sell small, high IQ cameras to users who want them just because of someone's else faggotry?

By Alizarine (2 months ago)

Dear Mr. McGraw,

Welcome to the world of capitalism.

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By captura (1 month ago)

Oh really? What features that were there in the NEX-6 and the NEX-7 have been removed? The level gauge for one.
And 11fps continuous AF with tracking? The Nikon 1 V2 and S1 can do 15.
No matter, it looks promising. Hoping there will be no light leaks like with the A7 and A7R.

By Timmbits (1 month ago)

Seriously? You guys actually read all that? all parts 1-3? LOL

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (2 months ago)

Another yawner from Sony-san. Maybe it'll take decent still pix, but the 24MP sensor sounds crowded. Not good for video, of course, as it uses the banged-up old bad codec AVCHD, and Sony had conveniently "forgotten" to add a microphone jack and/or a headphone jack to the body. I guess it'll be good for something nonetheless.

Also, it would be so nice for Sony to finally retire either their E-mount cameras and lenses or else their Alpha mount cameras and lenses. Why have them both?

Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (2 months ago)

What's wrong with AVCHD? It's still mpeg-4. Also personally I always use an external audio recorder when doing video, even with a mic socket the analogue amps on a sound recorder tend to be much better than a camera's amps.

Why have both mounts? Because one is optimised for smaller sized lenses by not having space behind the mount for a mirror obviously. It makes sense to have both, because they offer different trade offs. The only company who attempted to use DSLR lenses on a "mirrorless" body was Pentax, and that didn't seem to work out that well for them.

By T3 (2 months ago)

Once again, Francis Carver proves that he is the grumpiest know-nothing on dpreview. LOL.

By Timmbits (1 month ago)

I think where it's headed is they are probably phasing out the alpha mount.
If you look at how NEX is renamed alpha, it seems obvious they are getting rid of the prism that robs you of 30% of the light.
I'd bet my money on E-mount and whatever they call the mount on the new 7/7R, as what will survive beyond 2014.

By Xentrax (2 months ago)

From some tests available AF seems to be good. Sony needed AF improvement. Sony used to have bad AF-C and small AF area.
But how do people decide that A6000 EVF so much worse than in NEX-7? By specs? Or there some apparent deficiency? Bigger pixels mean better colors and less wiring. Is microdispaly size smaller?

A6000 lacks just one feature. I would pay some more to get SEALED cropped body. But even if Sony does such a camera, it will charge much more.

And there is no 16-50/2.8 cropped lens. A-mount has such lens, and SEALED and with SSM.
f/4 is really not enough for cropped sensor both in terms of ISO and in terms of DOF. There is non-SSM 24-70 FE, which seems to be a good upgrade path. I may go that route after seeing ISO performance tests.

I get it that all that is solved with A7+24-70/4 FE, but there are issues like no Electronic Front Curtain Shutter and also price.

Currently I think I would buy A77 successor, not this one. Or both, SLT will stay home, this one - with me.

By captura (1 month ago)

Yes it has the EFCS.

Electronic Front Curtain Shutter : Yes (On/Off)

By Beckler8 (2 months ago)

Highly disappointed they decreased EVF resolution. :( Maybe an a7000 is coming...or is that just the a7 already?

By grafli (2 months ago)

179 focal points --> 179 focus points?

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vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (2 months ago)

the megapixel war is over. let's fight in number of focus points.. :) yes, 39 is better than 9. as well as 12 mpix is better than 4. but 179 FPs?? :) I know, it's subject tracking....

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By peevee1 (2 months ago)

It would be great if some trusted camera testing site (wink wink) could verify all those claims of "fastest AF" with independent objective (numerical) testing...

But they'd rather shoot black-and-white resolutions charts in case manufacturers cheat with their megapixel counts (?)...

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By peevee1 (2 months ago)

11 fps with C-AF would be perfect for sports, but Sony APS-C E-mount does not have a single decent sport tele zoom. f/6.3 55-210 and 18-200, nor $1500 FE 70-200/4 need not apply.

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By Enginel (2 months ago)

If they had decent sport zoom, but not a camera with fast AF, you'd complain the lens is utterly useless because it cannot focus.
They have to start somewhere from.

By captura (1 month ago)

Where is that 85mm prime they kept promising us? And now they say, no more APS-C lenses. Just full-frame FE lenses, some of which are 'way too large and expensive for the little A5000 and A6000 cameras. Not to mention all the NEX cameras out there.

Justin Francis
By Justin Francis (2 months ago)

I'm the world's fastest 100m runner (1).

Note 1: Measured against against 85 year old ladies in 35c heat.

By bluevellet (2 months ago)

"Fastest AF for an APS-C mirrorless camera"

So still kind of slow.

By ET2 (2 months ago)

No, the claim Sony makes in the press release says, fastest "interchangeable lens cameras with APS sensors."

That includes APSC DSLRs

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vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (2 months ago)

That also includes APS-H DSLRs, right?

By zodiacfml (2 months ago)

I'm just warming with the recently announced Canon G1x II...but seeing this at a price of $800 makes the Canon look like a joke. (even considering equivalence)

vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (2 months ago)

Well, I'm not that sure. Cause I would be happy to choose a compact 24-120mm (eq.) f/2.0-3.9 lens over no matter how fast AF speed with a slow lens. Yes, I consider f/3.5 slow for an APS-C. If they make a fast pancake, OK...

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By ianimal (2 months ago)

Put the same sensor in a RX10 with a 16-50mm lens and I might buy.

Leandros S
By Leandros S (2 months ago)

What's special about the RX10 body that you're missing from this $800 kit option?

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By ianimal (2 months ago)

Minimum body size/weight, with fixed lens. Don't need to be able to change lenses if the 16-50mm is of good quality.

By exdeejjjaaaa (2 months ago)

fastest AF ?

"Amongst interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C image sensor as of February 12, 2014. Determined with internal measurement method with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted, Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use."

as usual the real kings of mirrorless AF = Nikon 1 and m43 are excluded for marketing purposes :-)

Leandros S
By Leandros S (2 months ago)

And according to Fujifilm, the XT-1 will own this one. We'll see...

By hip2 (2 months ago)

but it includes some APS-C DSLR with really nice AF, so if the statement is true, it is quite bold !

By zodiacfml (2 months ago)

Why not? The size and weight of the lens affects AF speed. I could not find fault in Sony's claims.

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By Sdaniella (2 months ago)

never forget:
digicams and smartphones are all mirrorless, most are very small sensor/lens=very high inherent deep dof = closer/closest to 'focus-free' (tinier apertures, sensors very close to lens opening = brighter for af sensors)

next in size ...
m43/nikon1 = next closest expected to fast/easier to AF (minimal focus mechanic adjustment) 'focus-free' demands ... hardly phenomenal, if it is inherent to high/deep dof optics of 'small systems' ...

when a larger system system (apsc or ff) is fast for inherent shallower dof image optics, the AF demands are so much higher for identical incoming light on AF Sensor or image sensor.

and you wonder why disposable film cameras with tiny apertures were 'focus-free' even if the image surface was still far from the lens opening in the film days ... if they had AF ...they only needed one for infinity, and one for macro... and no real 'focusing' task to speak of.

put the AF of m43 behind ff/aps LENS/Body, and it will surely struggle to focus

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By Revenant (2 months ago)

And as long as they don't reveal their "internal measurement method", their claims are meaningless to outsiders.

By Sdaniella (2 months ago)

smaller systems
=smaller lens
=smaller apertures
=smaller mechanical (shorter distance for mechanical actions for AF to work)

a 1mm shift in mechanical adjustment for AF translates to focusing FASTER LONGER DISTANCE DIFFERENCES in a smaller system than a larger system:

a tiny adjustment of a given time and mechanical AF movement in: the smallest system can focus from 0 to infinity
a small system can focus from 3m to 30m, easier when dof super deep
a medium system ... 8 to 20 easier deeper dof, worse shallower dof
a large ... only 11 to 12 worse when super shallow
a very large ... 11.5 to 11.6 worse when dof super shallow
(using imaginary values for illustration only)

its just logical smaller systems have easier/less AF mecanical loads when overcoming dof thats hardly ever shallow, and much closer to focus-free conditions than larger systems will ever be.

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By Vobluda (2 months ago)

No touch screen and finder resolution only 1,440,000 with 0,7 magnification.
Nex 6 have 2,359,000 dot finder and 1,09 finder magnification!

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By thx1138 (2 months ago)

Wow another camera with the worlds fastest AF. That makes about 4 in the last year and none of them are DSLR's. Does anyone ever verify these claims?

By pdelux (2 months ago)

read the fine print - only compared against APS-C cameras... so not against M4/3s which have blazing fast AF

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By thx1138 (2 months ago)

Damn, I was ready to sell my 1D X and E-M5!

By Revenant (2 months ago)

Also, "determined with internal measurement method". Impossible to verify (or disprove) their claim without knowing their method.

Anfernee Cheang
By Anfernee Cheang (2 months ago)

Comparing to the NEX-6, sensor and processor have been significantly improved. AF performance is still mysterious. Hope it works well. I am not quite satisfied with the one on NEX-6. New C2 button is lovely, and Fn button is moved to a more reasonable place.

I doubt if the wheel works better than NEX-6. The place is not easy to reach with your thumb. Considering that mode dial is not as frequently used as the wheel, why not swap their position?

Hmm... I am considering A7R. But it may be less responsive in overall operation than A6000. And I got 4 APS-C lenses already. But I really love the photo quality from A7R. How should I pick?

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By Charrick (2 months ago)

This looks to be a very nice camera!

By mpgxsvcd (2 months ago)

A little expensive but it has some nice features.

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By mgblack74 (2 months ago)

Maybe this is the sensor Nikon has been waiting for with focal plane phase detection for the D400.

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