Comments on AF of A6000 in full review.

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Comments on AF of A6000 in full review.

"So how does it all come together in practice? First of all, the speed in AF-S mode. I tested the A6000 with the 16-50mm kit zoom and found it could certainly focus very quickly for single AF acquisitions. It's hard to know what combination of technology it's using when set to AF-S, but there's minimal to no hunting, and in good conditions the lock is almost instant. The Pre-AF option, enabled by default in the menus, also means the camera has generally already focused on the subject if you dwell on it for more than a second or so.

Tested side-by-side in AF-S mode against rivals, it's certainly quicker than the more expensive Fujifilm XT1, suggesting Sony may be right about its claim of the fastest AF for a mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor. But it's certainly not the fastest mirrorless camera of any format. I tested the A6000 alongside the most recent Micro Four Thirds models from Panasonic and Olympus, and both were quicker than the Sony. I should also add as the light levels became lower the A6000 (like the XT1) slowed down and in dim conditions often struggled to lock-on, whereas the latest Olympus and Panasonic models continued to autofocus successfully even in very low light. For comparison, Sony quotes the A6000 AF works down to 0 EV whereas the latest Panasonics will still operate at -4 EV (both at 100 ISO with f2.8 lenses).

In a real-life scenario shooting the Paris skyline from the Montparnasse Tower, I found the OMD EM1 had no problems at all focusing, but the A6000 had to be put into manual focus; focus peaking and a magnified view let me get the shot with the A6000, but it took me much longer than the Olympus which just auto-focused without fuss."

Seems like a good camera for the money but the kit lens is mediocre.

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