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CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sony a6000

By Barney Britton on Feb 13, 2014 at 05:21 GMT
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CP+ 2014: Hands-on with Sony a6000

The a6000's viewfinder is almost flush with the back of the camera but its large eyecup certainly isn't, as you can see here. We don't mind though - we much prefer a large soft eyecup like this compared to a small hard one (of the sort found on the Fujifilm X-E2 for example) especially when wearing glasses. 

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Total comments: 99
Galbertson
By Galbertson (1 week ago)

I just read new a7s will have multi interface hotshoe. Images show it connected to hi end mic attached to hotshoe. Since a6000 has multi intrrface hotshoe, will sony be offering hotshoe adapter that will work on a6000? THEN we would be closer to replacement of nex 7.

0 upvotes
Timmbits
By Timmbits (1 month ago)

it is nice to see them consolidate the nex6&7 with this updated successor.
canikony have far too many models for today's market.

0 upvotes
Mike FL
By Mike FL (2 months ago)

Sony NEX-3N is $298 having the same lens as this $798 camera. Interesting.

0 upvotes
nathanleebush
By nathanleebush (2 months ago)

I like the tri-navi system, so that's a shame. Relegating the mode dial to a software solution was fine with me. Hope the NEX-7 gets a sequel, still!.

1 upvote
dailyphoto
By dailyphoto (2 months ago)

looks good

0 upvotes
RobertSigmund
By RobertSigmund (2 months ago)

The Panny GX 7 has silent shutter - really silent.
Nex, in my experience, has noisy shutter!
Big, important difference in favour of Panasonic.

0 upvotes
Scott Birch
By Scott Birch (2 months ago)

Without ever having been in the same room as one or seen any sample pics, I can say that this is a good-looking camera. The design team got it right this time.

2 upvotes
Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (2 months ago)

I kinda feel bad; Why did I buy E-PM1 + Sigma 30mm+ 40-150mm for 400€, just autmn.

This gray version looks very cool. Better specs than Micro43... etc etc. Wondering about its video, would be getting warm as previous NEX cams ?

2 upvotes
bluevellet
By bluevellet (2 months ago)

E-PM1 from all the way to 2011? You probably bought it because it was cheap. At least I hope you got it cheap.

E-PM2 is a better camera though. :p

0 upvotes
EricCul
By EricCul (2 months ago)

This Sony looks like a little gem of a camera. Can't wait to try it out myself, as a friend is dead set on getting it. Better than the E-PM. Time to save up I guess :)

0 upvotes
Everlast66
By Everlast66 (2 months ago)

Are there any photos of this camera with the tiny Sony 20mm lens?
Has anyone tested AF speed with other than the kit lens?

1 upvote
loph
By loph (2 months ago)

Corrected

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lyricalmotion
By lyricalmotion (2 months ago)

the silver,... looks very nice

7 upvotes
lmtfa
By lmtfa (2 months ago)

Now it's vote count. Name what you like about it.

0 upvotes
AndreSJ
By AndreSJ (2 months ago)

DP2 Quattro Hands on review 160+ comments. Sony a6000 hands on review 67 comments. im very surprised

0 upvotes
loph
By loph (2 months ago)

Look at the 1st 1st impression post. It has over 400 comments:)

1 upvote
Peter G
By Peter G (2 months ago)

The DP2 Quattro has a much more controversial design. So it has more arguing about it's merits.

0 upvotes
jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (2 months ago)

Although I'm a Canon(pro equipment) guy for the most part; this seems like a better camera than the new G - Especially the fact that it has a built in flash AND a viewfinder. Waiting for the inevitable DP showdown between the latest round of high end compact mirrorless.

7 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (2 months ago)

Oh no, the Canon just couldn't stand a chance on this one. They better drop the price of that to avoid comparisons to this Sony.

1 upvote
HelloToe
By HelloToe (2 months ago)

I like this camera, but Sony is spreading themselves too thin. They've got two different lens mounts, and two different sensor sizes for each, and none of them are really getting the lens selection they need.

I'm not really a fan of X-Trans, but I have to salute Fujifilm's decision to give one platform their undivided attention. Same goes for Olympus and Panasonic.

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14 upvotes
pacnwhobbyist
By pacnwhobbyist (2 months ago)

I have to agree with your statement. My feeling is that Sony will eventually phase out A mount cameras and concentrate on their E mount cameras. In the past year, they have released one new A mount camera vs. 5 or 6 new E mount cameras.

3 upvotes
Donnie G
By Donnie G (2 months ago)

Agree with all of the above.

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (2 months ago)

The lens selection is good at the moment, only clue is that the real good ones are Zeiss, with, in some of them, not that much better skills, and Zeissy crazy prices that not everyone wants to pay. Many of them are for FE format and thus realy too expensive.

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HelloToe
By HelloToe (2 months ago)

Right, the new FE lenses look nice, but they're pricey, and they're also rather large for those of us who are mainly interested in mirrorless systems for their compact size.

1 upvote
EricCul
By EricCul (2 months ago)

I would have to applaud Sony for stepping out and trying new things. They have to know that some people will complain.

Fuji and others are probably scratching their heads. They produce fine cameras, but they only have theirs at the end of the production line before Sony have trumped them again with a couple of new cameras. Competition and advances are great for us consumers though, regardless of what camera you shoot with. If Sony wants to introduce a third lens mount with a new improved system, bring it on.

0 upvotes
Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (2 months ago)

That pop-up flash makes this look like WALL-E.

8 upvotes
ARB1
By ARB1 (2 months ago)

Totally digging the silver body. This may be a nice big brother to my OMD and a little big brother to my D800.

1 upvote
Timmbits
By Timmbits (1 month ago)

...and if you replaced the d800 with one of the A7 s you could have a consistent menu interface. not sure what the omd would still do in the picture though... maybe sell it to finance the new acquisition.

0 upvotes
Peter CS
By Peter CS (2 months ago)

Another enthusiast camera by Sony that lacks weathersealing for serious landscape and outdoor photography. The A7 had weathersealing!
Message to Sony - get your lens quality production in line and weatherseal your advanced mirrorless cameras,-besides your FX sensor cameras!

1 upvote
PaulDavis
By PaulDavis (2 months ago)

Sony usually starts the weather sealing at the 7 series models. I think most people that are trying to get a landscape shot out in the rain are the type of photographers that are buying above the enthusiast level cameras. Not that it wouldn't be nice for them to weather seal these cameras. I just don't think it the lack of it effects their sales much, as it would if it were an a7000.

4 upvotes
inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (2 months ago)

the mistake is where you name sony and serious in one sentence

1 upvote
MrTaikitso
By MrTaikitso (2 months ago)

Pentax K series.

0 upvotes
lightnfast
By lightnfast (2 months ago)

inevitable crafts studio , remember Minolta was the first to have a good AF system up and running, Minolta copied the great Nikon F3 and made it better with their STR series. Sony also makes musical instrument some of the best, great electronics. So when you say mistake...well keeping thinking that, because there is a rumbling coming up behind Nikon and Canon and it will run over them soon. Remember Sony's sensors are used in Nikon and several others. So Mistake, I do not think so. And Sony makes some errors along the way but fixes them as newer products come out. It is just a matter of time

1 upvote
lyricalmotion
By lyricalmotion (2 months ago)

it is 650 dollar camera body... dont expect too much out of it.

1 upvote
Shamael
By Shamael (2 months ago)

for the price it's hell of a camera, that's sure. But still no replacement for the NEX-7

1 upvote
Timmbits
By Timmbits (1 month ago)

weather sealing is nice... but I just put a bread bag over my camera, with at the front, a hole for the lens, with a UV filter that holds the opening in place. it could rain and it wouldn't matter. and it's free. :D

0 upvotes
SolitaryMan
By SolitaryMan (2 months ago)

EXIF Data for the images show it was show with a Fuji X-T1.

1 upvote
altaf007
By altaf007 (2 months ago)

the a6000's flash isn't powerful enough for much more than close-range portraits and 'fill-in'. However, it can be used to control compatible external speedlights wirelessly.
This function is enough for the existence of this small pop up flash. That's all what I need from such tiny flashes, nothing more.

4 upvotes
Vlad4D
By Vlad4D (2 months ago)

Plus it allows bounce flash mode. Not many build-in flashes allow that.

2 upvotes
mwan
By mwan (1 month ago)

<<the a6000's flash isn't powerful enough for much more than close-range portraits and 'fill-in'. However, it can be used to control compatible external speedlights wirelessly. <<

This is A BIG mistake. I've bought a A6000 today, it seems that the wireless flash mode is there, but this mode is not available to the internal flash, just like NEX-7 or NEX-6. Quote from the manual of NEX-6:

Wireless: This mode is effective when you attach a remote control-compatible external flash (sold separately) to the camera, and shoot with a wireless flash (sold separately), placed away from the camera.

http://sonyalphalab.com/2013/01/sony-nex-6-and-flash-photography-on-and-off-camera/

0 upvotes
Paul1974
By Paul1974 (2 months ago)

Credits to DPreview for providing a more meaningful second "first impressions".

1 upvote
Wolfgang Fieger
By Wolfgang Fieger (2 months ago)

So the very first NEX camera is still the best NEX camera around. Astonishing. Though it's 3 years old now the NEX-7 still tops or equals the specs of this newest breed.

1 upvote
Thoughts
By Thoughts (2 months ago)

No, the first Nex were NEX -3 and 5.

14 upvotes
PaulDavis
By PaulDavis (2 months ago)

I would buy this over over the nex7. With wifi, nfc, better focusing, and equal sensor. At least for me this camera a better match for what I like. Although I chose the nex6 over over the nex 7 too.

10 upvotes
AndreSJ
By AndreSJ (2 months ago)

This does seem like a very capable camera and i'm LOVING the silver finish.

Please get a NX30 hand on review done as you can buy that in stores and i need comparisons!!!

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6 upvotes
tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (2 months ago)

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53102344

0 upvotes
DaveE1
By DaveE1 (2 months ago)

The perspective along with the tiny hands in those photos had me looking to see if that thing had luggage wheels.

It's small in reality. Check out the specs.

4 upvotes
hjr13
By hjr13 (2 months ago)

I looked at those pictures and thought the camera was as big as my Fuji Xpro1.

0 upvotes
ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (2 months ago)

Just for the record: us manual lens users don't care about PDAF. The main attraction of the A6000 to me is the ability to remote control, which is sorely missing from the NEX-7. I also expect a minor bump in dynamic range of the sensor... and my NEX-7 is only 1 stop behind my A7.

1 upvote
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (2 months ago)

It always amazes me how the instant a new camera is announced, a few people say "I had it."

These are probably the very same people who "were married to Susan Anton, who they have seen naked. Yeah, that's the ticket!"

14 upvotes
venancio
By venancio (2 months ago)

who's susan anton? just kidding, just thought she reminded me of someone named farah Fawcett... as for the "I had it" tick marks, I sometimes think these are frustrated gearheads who's mild criticism on underwhelming specs would be "I've had it"!

0 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

There are always some who say "I own it" too. I guess they use them as like/dislike buttons to express their preconceived opinions.

Or maybe they have very poor hand to eye coordination, and clicked on the wrong button.

5 upvotes
DaveE1
By DaveE1 (2 months ago)

I'm encouraged by the "I had it" numbers to look for a second hand one in my local camera shop this evening :D

I may have one before the new ones arrive on the shelves.

1 upvote
Henrikw
By Henrikw (2 months ago)

It's most likely a Japanese lady holding it - they generally have small hands

0 upvotes
pew pew
By pew pew (2 months ago)

thats a mans hand :3

2 upvotes
quezra
By quezra (2 months ago)

"Sony has dropped the Tri-Navi operation of the NEX-7 in favor of a more conventional twin-dial approach in the a6000." - this doesn't make sense? It's more like "Sony continues the twin-dial approach of the NEX-6" - there are no mirrorless or DSLR cameras in this price range with more than 2 physical dials?

2 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

The a6000 is supposed to be the replacement for both the NEX-6 and -7.

3 upvotes
AndreSJ
By AndreSJ (2 months ago)

Samsung NX do if you count their lenses

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (2 months ago)

It is not a replacement for NEX-7, it will not be one, and Sony tells NEX-7 users clearly that there will not be one. So, do like me, change the brand. Sony will concentrate on the FE mount as they claim, so await one more FF surprise for Photokina, and that's it. Sony said that there will not be any new APSC E-mount camera anymore in 2014. Simply, we, NEX-7 users, can stick the finger in the smelly place. FY Sony.

0 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

Yes, I agree that the a6000 may not be the replacement that NEX-7 users were hoping for, but it's a replacement in the sense that the a6000 is what they have to offer you.

0 upvotes
ianimal
By ianimal (2 months ago)

Looks more like a "on hands" report.

18 upvotes
Zeisschen
By Zeisschen (2 months ago)

This looks like a very well designed digital camera. Together with the new Fuji and M43 offerings this year marks the end of the APS-C DSLR.

10 upvotes
Nikon2011
By Nikon2011 (2 months ago)

really

5 upvotes
io_bg
By io_bg (2 months ago)

First sentence - true
Second one - hilarious

5 upvotes
Zeisschen
By Zeisschen (2 months ago)

I don't see a reason for consumers buying into a consumer grade DSLR system anymore. As soon as Canon and Nikon make their real switch to mirrorless even their fan base will sooner or later commit that it's the future. All mirrorless systems (apart from canons) have a nice range of lenses today and nice road maps. None of them is complete yet but so isn't the APS-C range of Canon and Nikon.
Just try to look 2-3 years into the future. As for me I'm happy having entered directly into e-mount 3 years ago when I made the step up from a compact camera. I waited long time but these DSLR form factor never appealed to me, and I know many people who feel the same.

4 upvotes
Donnie G
By Donnie G (2 months ago)

Mirrorless cameras and DSLRs will continue to exist side by side, in harmony, just as they have always done, because each form factor appeals to different buyers for different reasons. What's happening is that the traditional tiny all in one point and shoot camera is evolving into a more enthusiast oriented device, complete with big sensors, big screens, and interchangeable lenses, because smartphones have taken over their old turf as shirt pocket camera for the masses. But mirrorless cameras have been around forever. Most of them were called Elphs or P&S. The marketing folks hadn't taught us to call them mirrorless until just recently. Believe it or not, there was a time when SUVs and Crossovers were called Station Wagons. It's just marketing hype. You really shouldn't get too worked up over it Zeisschen.

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Shamael
By Shamael (2 months ago)

mirrorless is for the big boys that do not want to be seen, DSLR's are for the small boys that are afraid that nobody sees them, and the hell knows how many of those exist on this earth. DSLR will die, maybe, but not tomorrow, believe me.

0 upvotes
Vlad4D
By Vlad4D (2 months ago)

Looks much bigger in those small hands :)
That's how full frame NEX supposed to look like :)

2 upvotes
Craig Atkinson
By Craig Atkinson (2 months ago)

looks like one of those silly samsung things

2 upvotes
Craig Atkinson
By Craig Atkinson (2 months ago)

Does it still sound like someone being slapped when you take a picture? Being slapped by normal sized hands I mean, not the ones in the picture above.

2 upvotes
love_them_all
By love_them_all (2 months ago)

So Sony is dropping the touch screen along with the NEX name?

1 upvote
T3
By T3 (2 months ago)

Yes, they are going to drop touch screens *forever*! Never any more touchscreens on Sony cameras ever again! LOL. Relax. Just because this one doesn't have a touchscreen doesn't mean that they are "dropping the touchscreen along with the NEX name."

4 upvotes
monkeybrain
By monkeybrain (2 months ago)

They have to do something to keep the price low. Hence, no touchscreen, lower res EVF, and we could guess cheaper innards as well.

1 upvote
Juhaz
By Juhaz (2 months ago)

They never had touch screens except in NEX-5s.

No idea why they feel the need to reserve them for a single model series within a lineup, but that's how it is.

2 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (2 months ago)

if we wait a few month more, you will buy a user manual at Sony and you will get the camera for free with it.

0 upvotes
ecka84
By ecka84 (2 months ago)

That's because they will release a6000+touch screen (and probably take some things away), call it a7000 and ask $300 more :).
Why won't they put it all in one camera? - I don't know, I call it greed fetish :)

0 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (2 months ago)

This silver body may look nice with Contax G lenses.

9 upvotes
Fredy Ross
By Fredy Ross (2 months ago)

I have a canon dslr and you are wrong pew pew

0 upvotes
pew pew
By pew pew (2 months ago)

maybe his hands are small :P

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (2 months ago)

Why in the world don't you guys photograph these cameras with something identifiable for scale? A stick of lip balm, an AA battery, an iPhone, something more reliable than a pair of hands! Just put it next to the camera somewhere in the photo for size comparison. Hands vary so much in size, it makes it almost impossible to really judge the size of these cameras.

8 upvotes
mm1975
By mm1975 (2 months ago)

Here' s a comparison with the NEX-6 and an AA battery.

http://camerasize.com/compare/#535,375

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (2 months ago)

its there already, its called hotshoe

2 upvotes
pew pew
By pew pew (2 months ago)

its me or it looks bigger then the nex6

3 upvotes
HelloToe
By HelloToe (2 months ago)

It's almost identical in size to the NEX-6.

0 upvotes
Joachim Gerstl
By Joachim Gerstl (2 months ago)

That's one big mirror less camera! But I think it's due to the fact the lady holding it has extremely small hands. The should ask my colleague from the Lebanon to hold it. He could let a Canon 1DX look small.

0 upvotes
EthanP99
By EthanP99 (2 months ago)

http://camerasize.com/compact/#535,375,ha,f

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (2 months ago)

it is 1/10 of a millimeter larger than NEX6/7

0 upvotes
Fredy Ross
By Fredy Ross (2 months ago)

After so much written why nothing about the shutter noise? I still haven't got over how loud my a7r is?

0 upvotes
pew pew
By pew pew (2 months ago)

I´m pretty sure the shutter in your a7r is less loud then a a dlsr with a mirror.

1 upvote
PaulDavis
By PaulDavis (2 months ago)

The a7r has a much larger shutter and no electronic first curtain. It is going to be louder than these cameras.

0 upvotes
Josh Bailey
By Josh Bailey (2 months ago)

I am getting this one as my first camera! :)

9 upvotes
Retzius
By Retzius (2 months ago)

What the Nikon 1 should have been...

12 upvotes
T3
By T3 (2 months ago)

I can't imagine the Nikon 1 system being around for much longer. It just can't be taken seriously, and I can't imagine anyone investing much money in it. It's dead.

2 upvotes
monkeybrain
By monkeybrain (2 months ago)

If it sells well in Japan (which is did because it's made by Nikon) then it is still profitable. America is not the world.

3 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

With the AW1 the 1 system has a unique selling point compared to other systems. Also the crop factor for telephoto reach. I can see Nikon 1 surviving as a niche system.

0 upvotes
Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (2 months ago)

Because of the *stupid* interface, lousy AF, the size and quality of E-mount lenses, I replaced my NEX gear with the Nikon 1 system. Image quality isn't on the same level, but it is still very good. The defining difference between any two cameras consist of a whole lot more than sheer IQ. If that were not the case, we'd all be shooting with Foveon sensors.

3 upvotes
inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (2 months ago)

no the nikon 1 should be a 16mm 4k videocamera that outputs motion dng

0 upvotes
inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (2 months ago)

i looked it up its called black magic pocket cinema ;)

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (2 months ago)

@ monkeybrain - what sold well in Japan was the lowest level, least expensive Nikon 1, the J1. And it probably sold mainly to Japanese women, because it came in cute matchy-matchy body+lens colors. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if one of the more popular colors was the pink one! That doesn't say much for the strength of the system, how serious we should take the system, or the profitability of the system as a whole.

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