What... no online manuals or documentation?

Started Apr 20, 2014 | User reviews
PDX Photo New Member • Posts: 4
What... no online manuals or documentation?

I just bought the A6000. It's quite nice and definitely complicated compared to my Nikon D80. Out of the box, the manuals provided are quite limited so, I dutifully went to the Sony website to look at the supporting documentation to figure out how to use the WiFi and PlayMemories apps and I got this:

"Support information for the ILCE-6000L is coming soon!

In the meantime, for product specifications and ordering information for the ILCE-6000L, please visit the Sony Store web site."

There is a Sony Youtube channel, but there's not much there either.

I don't understand how Sony can launch such a sophisticated camera without full documentation available at product launch.

Am I missing something?

(DP Review - I didn't want to provide a rating yet because I haven't really explored the camera fully, however, your website forced me into giving a rating.  So far, it's quite impressive)

Sony a6000
24 megapixels • 3 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: Feb 12, 2014
PDX Photo's score
4.0
Average community score
4.3
Nikon D80 Sony a6000
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Juhaz Contributing Member • Posts: 617
Re: What... no online manuals or documentation?
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The support site is bit of a mess and hasn't been updated to include the links to the available documentation.

They do have an online manual here, http://download.sony-europe.com/pub/manuals/consumer/ILCE6000_HG_EN.pdf

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OP PDX Photo New Member • Posts: 4
Re: What... no online manuals or documentation?

I took a look at the manual - thanks!  500 pages, multi-lingual... but doesn't really go into the depth required to really understand what the camera offers.  I'm still struggling with the ability to load applications for example...

Thalabai New Member • Posts: 4
Re: What... no online manuals or documentation?

...still no reason to 'belittle' the camera by 4 stars cause of issues with online manual. Besides -this camera is all but a beginners camera

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W5JCK
W5JCK Veteran Member • Posts: 3,416
Re: What... no online manuals or documentation?

Here is the support page with all the manuals etc. for the a6000:

http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=ILCE6000&LOC=3#/manualsTab

If you couldn't find the PDF manuals, I'm guessing you won't be able to figure out the camera either. You might google Gary Fong and pay him for his video tutorials. He seems knowledgeable. I haven't looked at them, but I saw his review video and he does know a lot about the a6000. I have no connection with him, BTW.

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Juhaz Contributing Member • Posts: 617
Re: What... no online manuals or documentation?

W5JCK wrote:

Here is the support page with all the manuals etc. for the a6000:

http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=ILCE6000&LOC=3#/manualsTab

If you couldn't find the PDF manuals, I'm guessing you won't be able to figure out the camera either.

That was uncalled for. The in-depth manual was not listed on that page three months ago when he posted this.

It was available, but finding the link required trawling forums or pretty decent google-fu.

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Freesia New Member • Posts: 9
Re: What... no online manuals or documentation?

I had a similar problem some months ago when I received my A600 and my solution was to buy Friedman's on line e book on the A7. It was very helpful and the operation of the cameras is very similar.

Good luck

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Beat Fehr Junior Member • Posts: 36
Re: What... no online manuals or documentation?

There is a nice list on sony UK

http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/content/cnt-man/ILCE-6000/list

You wil find the most languages.

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