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Body Elements

Not only has the a6000 received a substantial bump in resolution, it also has more phase-detect points, allowing for 92% coverage across the frame.

Sony's dust removal system includes a combination of ultrasonic vibrations as well as a 'charge protection coating'.
While still respectable, the EVF on the a6000 is a step down from the one on the NEX-6. It's both smaller and lower resolution.

The resolution of the EVF is 1.44 million dot, while the magnification is 0.70x (equivalent).

An infrared sensor activates the EVF when your eye approaches it.
The directional controller is just like it is on the NEX cameras. It has a wheel for adjusting settings, and can also set the drive mode, ISO, display mode, and exposure compensation (among other things).

The Fn button opens the shortcut menu shown below, and sends images to a smartphone in playback mode.

On the top right of the a6000 is the mode dial and the main control dial, which can adjust aperture, shutter speed or, if you wish, exposure compensation.

Above that is the power switch / shutter release combo and the Custom 1 button.

 

 

The a6000 has a pop-up flash, which is released manually. This flash has a guide number of 6m at ISO 100, which is typical for a midrange mirrorless.

The built-in flash can be used to control compatible external speedlights wirelessly.

Here you can see the movie recording button, which Sony keeps moving further away from the back panel, in order to prevent users from accidentally pressing it. The downside: now it's too hard to press.

The 'NFC' symbol is the spot where you'll tap your compatible smartphone for remote control and photo transfer.
There are two ports under a plastic door on the camera's left-hand side. On the top is the multi-interface port, which is for USB, charging, and attaching a wired remote.

Below that is a micro-HDMI port for connecting to a TV or video recorder. The a6000 can output uncompressed video over HDMI, a big improvement over its predecessor.

The Alpha 6000 uses the familiar NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery, which contains 7.7Wh of energy. This translates into 360 shots per charge, according to Sony.

As mentioned in the introduction, the default charging method is over USB, with an AC-to-USB adapter included in the box. If you want faster charging, or just want a spare on-hand, you'll want to pick up the external charger.

First Impressions

At first glance, the a6000 looks like an NEX-6 with a new name. While the two cameras have much in common, Sony has improved several things under the hood, most noticeably the autofocus system. With 179 phase detection points covering 92% of the frame, one would expect the a6000 to track subjects very well. While we haven't tried that on our pre-production camera, the examples shown to us by Sony were most impressive. Overall autofocus speeds were excellent in good light, and fairly good in low light. The a6000 also has 'Eye AF', which we're eager to try when a full production camera arrives.

Another notable change compared to the NEX-6 is a lower resolution electronic viewfinder. The XGA OLED viewfinder on the NEX-6 (and several other Sony cameras) is truly spectacular, but the one on the a6000 is no slouch, either. The resolution is fine for nearly all purposes, and there's very little lag.

The menu system has been given the same makeover as the Alpha 7 twins, which is mostly a good thing. The a6000 shares the same customizable Function menu as those cameras, as well. While there are two labeled custom buttons, the AEL button as well as all four directions on the 4-way controller can be set to your liking, as well. As mentioned at the start of the review, the a6000 can now display a zebra pattern which, along with focus peaking, works as advertised. Something that caught our eye in the menu are new options for AF drive speed and track duration, neither of which were on the NEX-6.

While some of the features of earlier NEX models (such as the cramped controls and rear dial) haven't changed, our initial impressions of the a6000 are certainly positive. One of the toughest things for a mirrorless camera to do is track a moving subject, and we can't wait to find out if Sony's latest mirrorless camera is up to the task.

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rodderslw
By rodderslw (1 hour ago)

Thanks for your review so far. I think most cameras at this point point will deliver good photos so more and more it is the handling and usability thats important. I found the NEX6 a good step up from the NEXc3 so reading your comments about the A6000 is very encouraging.

The NEX/Alpha cameras have matured into good tools instead of just tech. Still will take some time for people to see a 'SONY' camera as a real camera. BTW I handled the A6000 and Oly EM10 together and felt the Sony was more comfortable. The EM10 felt too small and my hand was always touching some buttons. Both seem like nice cameras but I will buy the sony because I have some E mount primes.

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Dave Oddie
By Dave Oddie (3 hours ago)

"I found myself wondering whether the truism about 'the best camera is the one you have with you' shouldn't really be something like: 'the best camera is the one you enjoy shooting with enough to have with you.' "

The above from the article is very true in my experience. Get the ergonomics right and a camera will get used. Get them wrong and it can actually stop you taking photos as the urge to pick the camera up is somehow muted subconsciously in my experience.

Years ago in the days of film I bought one SLR which was supposed to be the "best" when in the shop another felt better in the hand. Always regretted it.

These days I shoot with a Sony A77 and ergonomically it's the best camera I have ever had. I enjoy taking photos with it so I can see absolutely where the reviewer is coming from here.

It may be his personal view regarding the a6000 but having read it I doubt many would find themselves in disagreement over most points if they actually used the camera.

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quezra
By quezra (1 hour ago)

It is true but to a point. When I had both the FZ200 and the NEX-5N, the FZ200 blew away the ergonomics of the 5N. But the IQ of the 5N blew away that of the FZ200. I almost always picked the 5N to go out.

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Diver2
By Diver2 (8 hours ago)

Cameralabs just posted review. Wow. AF is truly there! Exciting to hear his - and dpreviews - findings with other lenses than the kit lens. How about 55-210 (plus 1.7 extender)?

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (9 hours ago)

Is Sony so flush with scrap CD plastic that they are abandoning metal bodies except in the $2000 plus category?

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EthanP99
By EthanP99 (7 hours ago)

the body is $650....

WTF do you expect

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Greynerd
By Greynerd (1 hour ago)

Considering they are starting to drop the use of metal in aircraft I think having a plastic camera is not a real problem in this century.

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quezra
By quezra (1 hour ago)

Besides, the typical DPR user holds on to a camera for far less than the lifespan of the plastic material...

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marc petzold
By marc petzold (14 min ago)

@RichRMA

The A6000 is made out of magnesium alloy - so what? perhaps you meant the A5000, which is made out of plastic.

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bzanchet
By bzanchet (11 hours ago)

Wel, that is it. I love the DPreview web site, but I started having doubts after the images from my Sony RX100 were so much better than the samples posted here.
I recently bought the Canon G1XmkII even though I didnt like the images posted here, and again, my jpegs were wonderfully better than the ones taken by the reviewer.
I was following the shooting experience with the a6000 from the image-resource web site and was considering the camera. Today, I saw the images here and again, they were diferent from the other web site samples.
I dont know if it is the photographer, but here the pictures seems always out of focus, always mushy and grainy, except from the high end Canon and Nikon full frame cameras.
Also the other web site you can compare side by side pictures, multiple studio shots with a lot of diferente settings and cenarios, as with the DPreview you have only one studio scene.
Sorry guys, I am searching on others places from now for my upcoming cameras.

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Eugene232
By Eugene232 (11 hours ago)

it is always own pictures are much better then others

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David Julian
By David Julian (11 hours ago)

Really interested in your impressions of the Canon G1x mill.
Are you posting more about it here on DPR or elsewhere?

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (10 hours ago)

Wow if you are talking about IR's Comparometer or whatever as the ability to compare any two pictures, that's simply retarded. I haven't seen frames used in webpages since my favorite browser was Netscape. DPReview's studio comparison is far better. And there is no substance to your 'my jpegs are better' claim as your gallery is empty.

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ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (8 hours ago)

They didn't learn how to use it right.

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ageha
By ageha (8 hours ago)

The photos posted by DPR's staff are always horrible.

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rurikw
By rurikw (8 hours ago)

Timbukto: what's retarded about the IR comparometer?

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (8 hours ago)

There are a lot of web design issues with frames without enough characters to discuss, just google it if interested. I have no problem with the IR studio test images...the more the better I say. However as far as the actual *tool*, despite using flash, the DPReview one is just nicer to go through various settings such as ISO and lighting or resize. Also the Comparometer isn't retarded...just the comment that its implementation of 90's style frames offers up side by side comparison in a way that is better than Dpreview's much better engineered studio comparison widget is a retarded statement ;p. I like IR as well.

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rurikw
By rurikw (7 hours ago)

Thanks Timbukto. I was asking because I was looking at dpr's test images of panasonic g6 and they were way softer than those from about any other camera. I asked about it on the m43 forum and was recommended to check the IR comparometer and the difference vanished. So can I trust that IR gives the correct impression and something is wrong with dpr's test images from the g6? Sorry for going off topic as this has nothing to do with the Sony a6000. Just want to be sure I am not missing something important.

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (7 hours ago)

The g6 shots in dpreview studio is most assuredly shutter shock that goes away in low light mode where exposure time is longer. IR may have avoided the problematic shutter speeds. The A6000 has no such issue.

The fact that Dpreviews studio shot contains shutter shock tells me as a buyer more information, not less.

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rurikw
By rurikw (6 hours ago)

Thanks again, you are right, the softness occurs only in the low iso daylight scenes. Interestingly though the IR images show no similar softness at similar shutter speeds, maybe they used the electronic shutter.

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bzanchet
By bzanchet (25 min ago)

Timbukto are you the architect from the universe? You know everything about everything wow! Just need to learn to stop crying :)

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bzanchet
By bzanchet (24 min ago)

Mr. David Julian, I will post my impressions on the forum! Thank you for the reply!

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mas54
By mas54 (12 hours ago)

"the viewfinder is really good,"

Truly? I see no indication whatsoever of a viewfinder. Where is it?

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ryan92084
By ryan92084 (11 hours ago)

back top left?

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JJLMD
By JJLMD (12 hours ago)

When you say on screen level gauge is gone, is it gone only on LCD screen or is it gone from viewfinder too? I really like that feature on my NEX-6

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (12 hours ago)

It's entirely absent from the a6000, so far as I can tell.

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SRHEdD
By SRHEdD (13 hours ago)

I actually prefer the "experience" reviews over the technical ones. I'm more interested in handling and use than splitting hairs between pixel depth and noise at ISO128,763. I also like to hear how it fits well (or not) into the system. I love that my OM-D E-M1 is there for me, but I can grab any accessory and throw it on my E-PL5, or E-P2, with good results. How a A6000 fits in the bag functionally with an A7 or A77 would be interesting. Flash would work, lenses not so good. I'd LOVE an A7 with an A6000 for snaps and easy stuff if the lenses were fully interchangeable, as well as the flashes, etc. The Oly/Panny camp has that down pretty well.

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Zeisschen
By Zeisschen (8 hours ago)

why can't you interchange lenses? Its the same mount, just different crop. Hotshoe is also the same so no problem there as well...

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binauralbeats
By binauralbeats (13 hours ago)

Plastic body? I thought sony said metal when it was announced several months ago.

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KL Matt
By KL Matt (13 hours ago)

11 "really"s and 4 "rather"s on a single page. I'm rather impressed. Really!

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quezra
By quezra (13 hours ago)

I've always felt the "enjoyability" factor was a way to slip in a whole lot of subjective bias. And I still think this is the case after reading this, even though Richard seems to be leaning toward the positive. It's striking that this turn of opinion did not come into the A7 or A7R reviews, which have much more of these "features" Richard appears to be discovering for the first time in the A6000, including a much better dial setup. It's suspicious that the main thing happening between these cameras and the A6000 was in fact the A7S announcement and how seriously that camera was being taken by the film world... suddenly the mirrorless Alphas had to be taken seriously and it needed a shift in official line from DPR that justified it.

What is most interesting is this is the first review of a Sony camera where, on reading the negatives, I didn't immediately think WTF? so at least they are starting to avoid raising pointless quibbles.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (12 hours ago)

This is the personal perspective of the reviewer (me, in this case).

I didn't review the a7 or a7r, so didn't write about my experiences of using them.

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quezra
By quezra (11 hours ago)

It's funny then that your name is listed as a co-author of the A7 review.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (11 hours ago)

I contributed some work towards the review but was not the primary reviewer, nor the writer of the shooting experience section (which is a personal perspective).

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quezra
By quezra (10 hours ago)

If it's down to one reviewer, it comes off as idiosyncratic and any number of blogs do those just as well as you. Funny enough I always thought DPR was objective enough to put several heads together to push out a more objective review. It's sounding increasingly like you don't, with the main difference being your checklist of things to mention is longer than everyone else's.

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (9 hours ago)

Yes I much prefer a hive mind. A collective of hundreds of people from different backgrounds, many without any professional pedigree, but everyone can have their say. We can add a Like button and vote in a global democracy. The end results would be stunning.

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badi
By badi (5 hours ago)

while a bit ... too critique :) i must say that quezra has a point (and timbukto's reply, even if it made me smile, is a bit pointless).

Anyway, having a reasonable level of coherence between the reviews and shooting experiences of any camera line, as well as good comparisons with same range of cameras from other manufacturers seems very important. And expecting it from a "super pro" review site is legit.
And, supporting his point, this can only be achieved (I think) if the different reviewers do cooperate pretty tight on these parts.

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Revenant
By Revenant (3 hours ago)

But you can never achieve objectivity when it comes to things that are essentially subjective. There is no truly objective way to describe shooting experience, handling or ergonomics, so the only alternative to letting one person give his subjective opinion on those things, would be letting two or more people do the same. And there's no guarantee that any of them would share the opinion of any particular reader.
I don't expect a review to offer universal truths, I read it because I'm interested in the opinion of someone experienced and knowledgeable. By reading as many different reviews as possible, one gets a fuller picture of the product in question.

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quezra
By quezra (1 hour ago)

It's really a question of weighting. The way Richard describes it, "enjoyability" has almost equal weight with the technical aspects and that strikes me as the sort of standards you expect from blogs, not what DPR should be known for. Compound that with the fact that it is now revealed to be solely down to one individual photographer, and the explanation of results suddenly become very clear.

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Underdog 3000
By Underdog 3000 (13 hours ago)

I enjoyed the back handed compliments - as much as any non Sony fan but I digress, we all know your love of the XT-1 so what camera is out there that you have toyed with has bearable video? Enough video capability to suffice but still makes you happy to shoot stills?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (12 hours ago)

Actually, I'm not as sold on the X-T1 as Andy is. I like it, I admire it, but the ISO dial and a couple of other changes make it feel like backwards steps have been taken since the X-E2.

But I too digress. That's a tricky question. I think if you want video as well as stills, this might be the best balance, at least until Olympus gets its act together on the video side of things.

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marc petzold
By marc petzold (13 hours ago)

If Sony could create a new Standart Zoom, let's say 16-50/2.8 OSS PZ without adding more physical bulk, and for the same price, that'll be way nice for their advanced Alpha E-Mount Bodies. But one can dream...can't i? That SEL-1650PZ and neither the SEL-1855 would do the current APS-C Alphas any justice - in terms of IQ, no offence.

For instance, look at the Samsung NX 20-50mm, it's also a slow 3.5-5.6 Zoom from the usual type, but apart from this, the IQ is great for a small Zoom Lens, but therefor it doesn't have OSS integrated like the SEL-1650 Powerzoom.

Apart from this, i think the A7-Series 2.88 MP OLED EVF Viewfinder wasn't
inside the "budget" at the given price point to include it also into the A6000,
or because Sony wanted to keep that EVF currently for the A7-Series only.

The A6000 Body currently costs around ~640 EUR here in germany atm,
the Zeiss SEL-1670Z is almost 900 EUR right now. Imagine Sony would bundle these 2 guys together for ~1299 EUR into summer season...

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Thorgrem
By Thorgrem (3 hours ago)

Don't expect a new e-mount APS-C lens for a long, long time. Sony seems not interested in f/2.8 zooms for e-mount. And most Sony users are happy about that if I read the e-mount forums on DPR....

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ryan92084
By ryan92084 (13 hours ago)

It should be noted, since a decent deal is made about it, that once in Flexible spot mode it only takes 1 press to move the spot again. This is dependent on you not having Lock On AF or something similar permanently assigned to the center button.

My main reason for pointing this out is a member came to the forums assuming it always took two presses every time you wanted to move the spot.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (11 hours ago)

That's a good point. I'll amend the phrasing.

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liquid stereo
By liquid stereo (14 hours ago)

Damned with faint praise:

"I wouldn't say the a6000 is suddenly my favorite camera - or even my favorite in its class - but it's the first E-mount camera I've used where my enjoyment of the camera is in proportion to my enjoyment of the results."

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Caerolle
By Caerolle (14 hours ago)

"It doesn't suck nearly as bad as it used to!"

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Paks
By Paks (14 hours ago)

With every "con" may come a "pro". What the review fails to state (though I may have missed it) is the complete coverage of the frame with the select-able points, a huge improvement over the NEX-6.

Though it takes two button presses to access, is speed really of the essence for select-able focus points (on average ) or is it frame coverage? Would love to hear DPR's perspective on this.

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Caerolle
By Caerolle (14 hours ago)

Seriously, why doesn't it just have a touch screen for direct control of focus points? Isn't Sony like supposed to be the gee-whiz camera company?

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Paks
By Paks (13 hours ago)

I see your point (no pun intended) and agree.

But, I don't think it's as simple as fulfilling the expectations of the masses. I expect that most users would complain that eye-start got in the way of the touchscreen or the opposite, if they had put one in that was not perfect. Is the sole purpose of the touchscreen the focus points? Seems like a waste if true....

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h2k
By h2k (14 hours ago)

I thought this was a very interesting camera usability report with some good information. Thanks for this write-up!

It's sad that almost no-one in by now 660 comments acknowledges the interesting info, but just breaks into the usual fanboy militarism.

Yes, and now you can flame *me*.

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Paks
By Paks (14 hours ago)

h2k, I agree. Does that count as a flame?

I read most of the comments below (recent ones) to be on your side of the fence, rather than the other.

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quezra
By quezra (13 hours ago)

Check the date stamp... most of the comments come before the "usability report" and therefore lines up along fanboy lines in the absence of hard facts

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (14 hours ago)

"The image quality isn't great - plenty of my images have soft edges, inconsistent corners and all the other defects that tend to come from kit zooms (collapsible or otherwise, pretty much regardless of brand)."

Thanks for being honest about it DPR.

.

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Artpt
By Artpt (14 hours ago)

Interesting narrative on the shooting experience.

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Neal Hood
By Neal Hood (15 hours ago)

I especially like the focus on portraying the camera/photographer interaction. Good short review.

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Impulses
By Impulses (15 hours ago)

Wish they'd add a touchscreen! Would solve some of the UI issues. It's so nice for setting up an AF point or even shooting all in one tap...

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Cane
By Cane (15 hours ago)

Seems like Sony has abandoned the touch screen.

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h2k
By h2k (14 hours ago)

Funny, isn't it, to abandon the touchscreen. Even though it is such a useful thing.

No touchscreen -> no Sony for me.

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pew pew
By pew pew (11 hours ago)

theres a lot of people that dislike the touchscreen because you keep accidentally touching it, but if it had a option to disable that would have been a plus.

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (2 hours ago)

@pew pew, all touch screen boasting mirrorless have an option to disable it. Even the Pana GM1, which is almost unusable without it.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (15 hours ago)

Good review. Maybe a different scoring system is needed. Gold award is a given, but just below that, an ergonomics score (admittedly, somewhat personal & subjective) and an image quality score. The two scores would not be combined or averaged.

Given that even the clunkiest digital cameras do more automatically than most film cameras ever did, and people still enjoyed photography and got great images, there are people who will trade convenience for quality and some who won't. For example, a Zeiss lens might get a low score for it's autofocus performance (none) but a high score for image quality. Same for a camera that needs to have the mirror locked up or one that is only good at low ISO speeds. These are obviously serious drawbacks but some users may be willing to live with them.

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SRHEdD
By SRHEdD (16 hours ago)

The eye opening on the new camera looks to be substantially smaller than the NEX6. Can you speak to that? To some of us wearing glasses, that's a concern.

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Donald B
By Donald B (15 hours ago)

I was in a shop yesterday playing with both and never picked up on that , in fact I couldn't tell the difference between the 2 as for evf res also.

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Siobhan A
By Siobhan A (16 hours ago)

I preordered one but when I demoed it at a store I found it too uncomfortable to use - for me. I also found in the store it was hard to focus on people walking around- in sunlight it should be a different story. I think this is correct to say, "the camera's not bad".

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bluevellet
By bluevellet (16 hours ago)

This shooting experience article suggests a silver award in the final review.

The final paragraph says it all. Never seen so many words used just to say "the camera's not bad".

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ryan92084
By ryan92084 (16 hours ago)

it also says "it's the first E-mount camera I've used where my enjoyment of the camera is in proportion to my enjoyment of the results" and the nex 6/7 received 78/81

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (16 hours ago)

@ryan92084 - the scores don't factor-in how much the reviewer enjoyed the camera (which is why some NEX cameras got great scores but silver awards).

Also, I didn't review either of those cameras.

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marc petzold
By marc petzold (16 hours ago)

Now if only the A3000 Body would have the new, upgraded Alpha Menu, like the A7-Series or the new A5000/A6000 Menu Style we see here instead of that horrible Icon-based "Toys'R'us" look...

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (16 hours ago)

Wow Richard Butler actually enjoy using a Sony camera? did not see that comming

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (16 hours ago)

Nor me.

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Camley
By Camley (16 hours ago)

DPreview - please...please don't keep writing:

"The company's latest processor, dubbed Bionz X for reasons that presumably made sense to someone"

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (15 hours ago)

@Camley - we haven't 'kept writing' it, in the sense that we're not going out of our way to repeat ourselves. I wrote it once in this preview and that text got re-used in the A7/7r preview that we needed to publish that same night. The A7/7r preview was then split into two separate reviews.

It shouldn't appear in so many places, though - I'll re-work it when I get a moment.

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Camley
By Camley (14 hours ago)

Thanks Richard and I appreciate your response.

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marc petzold
By marc petzold (16 hours ago)

The wide angle (24mm) onto the 16-50mm/3.5-5.6 PZ Lens was never good, check out the older lens review of that particular lens at photozone:
http://www.photozone.de/sony_nex/842-sony1650f3556oss
Photozone has given the SEL-1650 only 1.5 Stars (!) in terms of optical (lens) quality - that speaks for itself, without the in-body corrections on many NEX/Alphas, it's garbage.

The A6000 should be ideally matched with the SEL-1670Z, which is the
Zeiss 16-70mm/F4 Lens.

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BarnET
By BarnET (16 hours ago)

Indeed the powerzoom does not do this camera any justice.
However pairing it with the 16-70mm put's it straight against the Fuji xt-1.

Which costs the same with the also excellent 18-55 f2.8-4 lens. I will take the Fuji at that price.

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ryan92084
By ryan92084 (16 hours ago)

its a 14-50 lens designed to be corrected to 16-50. If you judge the uncorrected results of course its going to be disappointing. Corrected its a pretty cheap, average performing but nicely compact kit lens.

If you are against corrections get the 18-55

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (16 hours ago)

I'm using both lenses, at the moment.

I think the 16-50mm gains in convenience what it loses in IQ. It's a kit lens: it's a bit wonky in some respects, but that's not uncommon. It offers a good range and a lot of convenience, which is part of the battle won.

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (17 hours ago)

The A6000 seems like a really nice camera.

I plan to get one when Hassleblad releases a $7,000 version, made with exotic wood and decorated with real gems.

I can hardly wait!

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Retzius
By Retzius (16 hours ago)

Its also gonna need a fancy astronomy inspired name like the Hasselblad Eclipticon

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quezra
By quezra (14 hours ago)

My vote is for Hasselblad Moonshine.

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (14 hours ago)

The Hassleblad Pluto.....

(The Planet that Got Cut From the Solar System).

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gerard boulanger
By gerard boulanger (17 hours ago)

Not for me, I want a shutter speed dial on top plate.

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naththo
By naththo (17 hours ago)

Few of photos have had highlight/white part burnt out/blownout. Hrm I guess the exposure compensation might have caused the problem or either camera metering mode is not as good as Nex 7 I supposed?

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (17 hours ago)

Confused how every single review outlet has declined to make substantial impressions on its AF...its like every one of them signed a NDA in regards to what they can say about its AF. This includes Tony Northrup and TheCameraStore, etc...*every* official reviewer seems to have not given detailed impressions on its AF...either every reviewer has exactly the same thought process, or there seems to be some NDA in place...that makes it so true test of AF comes after pre-orders perhaps?

The silence speaks louder than words perhaps....

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (17 hours ago)

There's no NDA in place. We only ever sign NDAs about announcement dates, never about not discussing or testing aspects of a camera.

We've just not had a chance to test it yet. As soon as the weather improves a bit here in Seattle, we plan to.

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (17 hours ago)

Waiting for good weather in Seattle? Perhaps that is a major factor in review times and AF tests. ;p

AF tests are highly anticipated...the 11 FPS seeing all those dancing AF squares combined with Sony's claim for fastest AF, etc.

Camera will be widely available soon so it looks like the first real tests will be coming from owners.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (17 hours ago)

Yes, but if you say it's a "pre-production" camera, it implies that if there are any flaws they need not be taken seriously since the actual production cameras will be different.

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Jogger
By Jogger (17 hours ago)

There are many videos on youtube which show how it works, better than charts or a narrative.

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Richard Shih
By Richard Shih (17 hours ago)

You'd be surprised how empty the office is when there's sunlight outside...

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (17 hours ago)

@AbrasiveReducer - we used a pre-production camera for the original preview. We now have a production model - all experiences and images (and subsequent AF testing) will be based on this.

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (17 hours ago)

Richard... in the Pacific Northwest, sunshine is so rare they invented a special term for it.... "sun break."

Whenever there is a sun break, everyone seems to take ill and call in sick for work!

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (16 hours ago)

I must stress that the reason we haven't tested it yet has been the lack of time, not the weather. The reason I'm not testing it currently is that the weather's middling.

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K E Hoffman
By K E Hoffman (15 hours ago)

I think this news about camera review releases being tied to good weather in Seattle could create a shockwave in the industry basically any camera that hits the shelves after September will be 7 months before a final review can be done!! :) I was going to say it is Sunny in in Lynnwood (15 Min north of DPR office) come shoot here.... but that just changed.. :) Its cloudy again.. :(.

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (15 hours ago)

Richard has already clarified that it is not the weather...its the lack of time. Lack of time mostly due to being off work when the sun is out.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (14 hours ago)

@Timbuktoo - no one said we were off work - we're out testing and taking photos for galleries when the sun's out (though you'll probably find most of the images in the samples gallery were shot on Saturdays and Sundays).

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photog4u
By photog4u (17 hours ago)

Level gauge, one press AF selection and eye sensor activation are all fixable in firmware...please get busy Sony!

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Cheng Bao
By Cheng Bao (17 hours ago)

Level gauge has hardware requirement, it can't be add by firmware.
I don't know a6000's AF selection, but you can assign center button to af selection active on a7, so, just push center button, then you can use wheel to adjust focus points, quite neat.

For small size camera, there is no way to add standalone joystick like full-sized dslr, so you can't make it zero button press. However, it is bad to not include touch screen, which touch screen af, why I need a joystick?

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photog4u
By photog4u (17 hours ago)

I've already confirmed that the a6000 has the required hardware (gyro) built in, they just chose not to activate the level in this model for some strange reason.

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Cheng Bao
By Cheng Bao (17 hours ago)

Source about the gyro built-in?

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Bart Hickman
By Bart Hickman (14 hours ago)

It's got to have some sort of gyro to know to auto-rotate photos.

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Cheng Bao
By Cheng Bao (14 hours ago)

auto-rotating doesn't require gyro. cameraes from 2000s can auto rotate photo, none of them can do level gauge.

Doing auto rotate, you only need to sense > 45 degree rotation, and no tilt sensor required, to have level gauge, you need < 5 degree rotation precision and also ability to sense tilting.

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Retzius
By Retzius (17 hours ago)

Richard,

I enjoyed your latest comments on the a6000 regarding the shooting experience. This is something I would like to see expanded upon in future reviews. I have likewise found many of the latest and greatest cameras have a poor user experience even though they have great sensors and great 'technology'.

Ironically, the cameras I enjoy 'using' the most are the Nikon D200 and the Pentax K50. They give you the feeling you truly are "in charge" of the image creating process. Pentax seems to excel at this, Nikon used to but lately their offerings are a mess in this department.

This is also one of the areas where I find many of the mirrorless camera still struggle. I still feel like the technology is 'getting in the way'. Admittedly, it is hard to get around that when you peer through an electronic viewfinder but I think they could do many simple things to improve the experience.

Cheers

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photog4u
By photog4u (18 hours ago)

Wow...really impressive images coming from the kit lens. This thing will undoubtedly rock with FE lenses attached.

"the best camera is the one you enjoy shooting with enough to have with you." BRILLIANT!

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badi
By badi (5 hours ago)

True... but if you pay for FE lenses, there is little reason not to pay for an A7 ... and maybe an a6000 as a back-up body.

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JaimeA
By JaimeA (1 week ago)

Mr. Jeff Keller:
Please make sure to mention the omission of the electronic level in your report/review of this important camera.
The level is an essential tool. I still cannot understand why it has been removed.

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StanRogers
By StanRogers (18 hours ago)

There is a rather large difference between "an essential tool" and "a convenience I have come to rely on". Architectural photography was (perhaps surprisingly) possible before cameras had electronic anything at all, let alone levels. If the camera's base is flat and perpendicular to the sensor, you've got what you need. If that isn't what you *want*, then there are other choices.

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Wally626
By Wally626 (16 hours ago)

Now that the camera has the standard hot shoe you can buy one of these hot shoe bubble levels. I will grant I have used the electronic level a few times on my Sony but not enough I would not buy the camera over it.

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JaimeA
By JaimeA (1 week ago)

It is confirmed. The Sony a6000 does NOT have an electronic level on the LCD finder or the EVF. It is not mentioned in the Manual either, confirming the omission. Unbelievable. However, Sony has thought it important to keep the “Toy Camera” feature ….. Boggles the mind.
Especially in this camera, thought as an improved successor to the NEX-7, itself a real gem.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (17 hours ago)

I have electronic levels in my Nikon and Canon and they're no more accurate than a bubble level in the hotshoe. They would be great if they were super accurate. So far, the iPhone level seems more precise.

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JaimeA
By JaimeA (1 week ago)

The Sony A6000 is being released for sale in a few days. Today I visited the Sony Store at Madison Avenue in New York. There was a display model, spanking new, an object of desire. Mysteriously, neither I nor the salesman were able to activate the electronic level (virtual horizon). This is an essential tool, as I do architectural and travel photography.
If you know how to activate it, please advise.
The camera otherwise feels perfect.

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munro harrap
By munro harrap (1 week ago)

That said , with the new 14-70mm Zeiss lens, the A6000 should be fabulous, but will then cost so much you may as well get an A7...

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3dreal
By 3dreal (1 week ago)

Friend of mine who has also old Contax/Yashica-Zeiss-lenses is overwhelmed. I have seen 180mm images. Most fabulous. I am thinking about getting the A6000.

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marc petzold
By marc petzold (2 days ago)

Add a Mitakon Lens Turbo (C/Y Mount for Contax Zeiss and Yashica Lenses) and you'll get that "Fullframe" look at a fraction
of the usual costs. I'm way happy with my Lens Turbo and old Contax & Yashica ML primes.

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munro harrap
By munro harrap (2 weeks ago)

The difference in sensor size is from the DSC-R1's 21.5 x14.4mm to the video-enabled new one here which is 23.5x15.6mm. I would bet the R1 lens could be redone slightly scaled up ( like an 18-70mm Nikkor is a downsized 28-105mm Nikkor etc).

You would lose all the dust problems, and the Sonnar T build quality is much better. Nothing wobbles!!

Looking in Photozone at the lenses available for the NEX style mount, they are all so bad without exception that I fail to understand how Sony can produce optics so inferior to the R1. The R1 lens is sharp edge-to-edge at all focal lengths and apertures- everything very good to excellent. What they are doing now makes no sense to me at all.

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marc petzold
By marc petzold (2 days ago)

Glad to see somebody still gives love to their old, but goldie
R1 - the Zeiss is truly phantastic, and i own some old Contax Zeiss Primes as well as Zooms. I'd love to have the 24-120mm R1 Lens as a E-Mount Version, but with constant F2.8 aperture. Sad thing, Sony's new 16-70/F4 Zeiss is quite
expensive.

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munro harrap
By munro harrap (2 weeks ago)

Sony have the perfect lens for this machine already. The one they fixed onto the DSC-R1. It is MUCH better than anything they have produced since, and is a reason I treasure mine.
14mm-71mm f2.8-4.8 . giving 24-120 on its slightly smaller sensor, and usefully a bit wider on the APS-C standard size.
Hardly any distortion and fringing only at the wide end. Lightroom even had a lens correction module for it they deleted (to get you to buy its replacement?).

I can imagine it on a NEX7 style body with really fast AF, and the R1's 0.007 secs prefocussed delay.

Since this technology is proven and exists WHY buy a poor substitute.The lens is easily good enough for a 24MP sensor, and combined with the body here without an AA filter would best an M9 Leica and almost any lens you put on it- well into Sigma territory here.

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Droidie69b
By Droidie69b (2 weeks ago)

Add a full frame sensor, image stabilisation, tilt up EVF, touch screen and weather proofing and you've almost got the perfect camera!

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davids8560
By davids8560 (3 weeks ago)

Is it time for NEX-7 users to move on?

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Simon jackson
By Simon jackson (3 weeks ago)

does any body know when dpreview is going to have full review and what do you think there going to rank it?

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lawamainn
By lawamainn (3 weeks ago)

DP is painfully slow, but at the same time extremly thorough! Worth waiting for! My guess: three weeks from now, maybe?

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Galbertson
By Galbertson (2 weeks ago)

Do you know when sony a6000 will be offered in major camera stores?

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lawamainn
By lawamainn (3 weeks ago)

Question: I`ve noticed in this preview that this camera use the same dust-removal system as A7/r. Anyone who knows if it works well?? I currently use a Nex-6, and that sensor gets littered with dust at the first lens-change after I have cleaned the sensor. And I`m VERY careful during lens-changes.....

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Galbertson
By Galbertson (1 month ago)

Is there any way to find out if multi interface shoe will work with sony ecmxyst-1m nicrophone? If sony not knowing or unwilling to let us know that would be frustrating.

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Galbertson
By Galbertson (1 month ago)

Browny
You made statement that all of us have no right to respond to your "ugly" lens statement, that we are not modern of thought as you, that we must stay in 2008. We are just as here as you. Some of us just don't care what a camera looks like, or the lens. Just blind, i guess...for me, literally.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 month ago)

Gal,
You have the right to do whatever you want. I don't give you that right, or take it away. But with that right, you also open yourself up to criticism if your response to my statement is stupid. Just as I have the right to make a comment on the aesthetics of a lens, you have the right to say no person should consider the aesthetics of a lens. I personally think you are wrong - we are photographers - we are visual creatures. We can judge if something is ugly or not. And given the choice between shooting images with an ugly can of tuna (like some of Sony's e-mount primes), or something like a Fuji X-100s - I would take the later. Let's say it inspires me more to have attractive equipment. Go ahead disagree if you want - it is not a right or wrong thing - it is my opinion.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 month ago)

such a pretty little body, but such ugly lenses! OK, here comes the hoard of people telling me that it doesn't matter what a camera looks like. Please, save your comments for 2008. Today - yes it does matter. I like the pancake prime, and the collapsible zoom - but other than that the other primes look like a can of Vienna Sausage.

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pgb
By pgb (1 month ago)

... or a can of tuna but the body is very businesslike. Time for a change from the Canon melted butter look but that was revolutionary in its day. Strange how things go around in circles.

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trainerKEN
By trainerKEN (1 month ago)

When all else fails, blame your poor photography skills on the design of the camera

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 month ago)

trainerKEN - wow you must be psychic or something. Never seen one image I have ever produced - yet you already know I have poor photography skills. You are some kind of genius.
I was simply saying that Sony has some ugly lenses. I never said I could not produce high quality images with it - or any other camera. Can I blame your poor thinking skills on the design of your brain?

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Galbertson
By Galbertson (1 month ago)

Dude, you deserve this negative resonse. Why in the world title a lens as ugly. It is wasted comment. If you want a camera or lens as pretty necklace, fine, but what a camera or lens looks like doesn't matter to those that they are meant for...image makers. If we ever get to point where what a camera looks like as primary reasons for purchase...photography will be dead. Get my drift?

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 month ago)

dude - At what point did I say that "what a camera looks like as primary reasons for purchase"? I said it matters what a camera looks like. I didn't say that it mattered above all other things.
All these new crop of mirrorless perform at about the same level. There are some philosophy differences in the interface - but IQ wise they are close. So if you could have a camera that, all other things being equal - looked ugly as fu****, or one that performed just as well, but also looked nice - which would you chose? Clearly we make choices like this every day. Any car will get you from A to B. They all do exactly the same thing. But then why do we chose to drive cars that look different? How could it be if you are right that it doesn't matter what it looks like? Try to think outside of your box a little. Get my drift?

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Galbertson
By Galbertson (1 month ago)

If there no differences mechanically with mirrorless, why do we continue to search for one that best suits our needs. Difference between us is i don't care about how a camera looks...period.. I primarily shoot 4x5, some could say it ugly. What is on my mind is the quality and marketability of the image.

By the way, i need to apologize, have devoted reason for not seeing importance of camera/lens attractiveness...i am mostly blind, just enough sight to compose and operate camera.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 month ago)

Well, back in the age of the model T ford, no one cared what cars looked like either. They were just replacements for horses. But today, the product has matured and now looks are important too, some would say the most important. We are coming out of the film age, where cameras did not have much choice in size and shape. We are entering a new era of possibilities. Looks have mattered in the past for cameras, but not so much. As we progress, I am sure looks will start to dominate how the products look. Look at Apple - they have made an empire based on slick looking design - there products do not function any better than others - they just look better.

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tbcass
By tbcass (1 month ago)

Really? What a camera looks like is that important to you? You apparently are not a real photographer but instead are someone for whom a camera is a fashion statement. I might add that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. All in all I have no respect at all for you or your opinion.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (1 month ago)

tbcass - you, sir, are retarded. You probably read lots of photography forums - in fact that is probably why you consider yourself a photographer. Because the statement you made is one I see often repeated on all of these forums - always regurgitated by a dumb old troll. But SURPRISE! When I go read a professional review of something like a Fuji X-whatever camera - the reviewer is a professional photographer - but it is always one of the first things they mention - it is a beautiful camera. "the tactile feel is wonderful" - "it's a camera that just makes you want to put it on the shelf and display it as artwork". How could it be? Professional photographers care what a camera looks like? OMG. I have no respect for them! How dare they even look at a camera and think it might be more or less beautiful than any other camera! Go back in your hole - stop reading so many forums and go get another hobby.

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JustSomeOldDude
By JustSomeOldDude (2 weeks ago)

You could always buy a giant Sam-Yang 85mm or a sigma 50mm f1.4 and put it on it, If big glass lenses suit your need. ;)

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dp62
By dp62 (2 weeks ago)

I do agree with brownie314. Some cameras I would never buy, simply because I feel they look ugly, although they may be (very) good from a technical point of view. Within the same category, many cameras are technically very much the same - same as cars. You will buy the one you are most attracted to, right?

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Galbertson
By Galbertson (1 month ago)

Hope I'm not taking advantage of forum...is there lcd magnifier loupes that fit the 16:9 ratio of a6000 lcd?

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