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A do-it-all mirrorless camera that's worth every penny

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Sony is continuing its winning streak with the Alpha 6000. This well-rounded camera should last you for several years of top-notch shooting, and at $800 (or £669) with the 16-50mm power zoom lens, your wallet will be in good shape, too. Advanced shooters will find dedicated controls, speedy performance and excellent image quality, while ILC newbies will benefit from accurate full-auto options and a straightforward interface, also making it a solid fit for beginners with the cash to spare. In other words, while the macaques at Bali's Sacred Monkey Forest will steal any camera, if they're serious about their photography, they'll want to opt for Sony's Alpha 6000.

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Critic reviews

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    7.8
  • Battery life
    7.2
  • Design and form factor
    8.6
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    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.9
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9.0
Engadget May 14, 2014

There are more powerful mirrorless cameras on the market, but if you're looking to spend less than $1,000 including a lens, Sony's Alpha 6000 is a solid pick.

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9.0
PC Mag May 1, 2014

The Sony Alpha 6000 focuses instantly and shoots at 11.1fps. Its image quality matches its speed, making it our Editors' Choice.

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8.0
Gizmodo Apr 18, 2014

It seems like Sony is still in need of a killer feature or two to really set its APS-C mirrorless cameras apart from the competition, but until that happens a6000 represents a solid all-around shooter at a great price.

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8.0
CNET May 15, 2014

Despite small annoyances, the Sony Alpha A6000 is a great overall camera for more advanced photographers who want something smaller than a dSLR, especially if they need the continuous- shooting speed.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Jun 2, 2014

Its stand-out features are its comprehensive video controls and continuous autofocus performance unprecedented at this price. The flexible but optically average power zoom make this a highly capable and compact package.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 2, 2014

All told the Sony A6000 is an echo of its earlier NEX-6 model, making it a sensible balance of small and light but also powerful and capable of producing great images. We love the built-in electronic viewfinder, tilt-angle LCD screen and the step forward in autofocus ability.

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9.0
TechRadar Apr 15, 2014

Sony has come within a whisker of creating the perfect CSC in the shape of the A6000, with just a few niggles stopping it being very good indeed.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Apr 28, 2014

On the whole, it's difficult to pick out any substantial flaw on the camera, and it's safe to saw that it's one of the most impressive CSCs on the market.

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9.0
Camera Labs Apr 1, 2014

The Sony A6000 is a good solid interchangeable lens camera with one major advantage over rivals: effective continuous AF which works pretty much anywhere on the frame for stills or movies.

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9.0
TrustedReviews May 20, 2014

The Sony a6000 is an impressive CSC that may lack a particularly standout feature but otherwise offers a very compelling combination of compact form factor, very impressive performance and a reasonably competitive price.

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8.0
Digital Versus Apr 29, 2014

Its speedy and effective AF tracking system is a treat to use too. While slow start-up and photo-saving times plus over-complex menus make this a four-star camera rather than a five-star show-stopper, it's still an excellent-value option.

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The Phoblographer May 16, 2014

The Sony A6000 hands down has what could arguably be called the best autofocusing system out there. While it isn’t the fastest, it by far is the smartest and the most responsive–putting some DSLRs to shame in our tests for sure.

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9.0
ePHOTOzine May 16, 2014

The Sony Alpha A6000 delivers a seriously quick camera with good image quality at an impressively low price considering the features on offer.

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Photography Blog Apr 22, 2014

The Sony A6000 is a full-featured, responsive compact system camera that delivers excellent images in a variety of situations, all at a very competitive price that significantly undercuts its main rivals.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 11, 2014

We had a few minutes to check out the A6000 ahead of CP+. We poked around the new interface, which we found to be a refreshing change from the NEX format of yesteryear. The A6000 is actually noticeably larger than the NEX-6, but not significantly so.

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Gizmodo Feb 11, 2014

Overall, the A6000 is a much more powerful camera with better image quality than its predecessor, which sadly, has some scaled back viewfinder hardware. Luckily, it's getting a scaled back price too: $800 coupled with the super compact 16-50mm power zoom lens.

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CNET Feb 11, 2014

The new sensor incorporates the latest gapless microlens technology that most modern sensors now use and coupled with the Bionz X processor I think we should see some pretty good photo and video quality.

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PC Mag Feb 12, 2014

Like the NEX-6, Wi-Fi is built in. This makes it possible to transfer images from the camera directly to a phone or tablet for online sharing, but the functionality can be expanded via downloadable apps written specifically for Sony Alpha cameras.

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Digital Photography Review Feb 13, 2014

The new a6000 sits in the same place in Sony's mirrorless lineup, but adds a number of significant new features ... While the resolution and processor have been bumped up, the most notable feature on the a6000 is its updated Hybrid AF system.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 11, 2014

The A6000 is all boxy lines and compact form, complete with E-mount for interchangeable lenses. It’s the company’s attempt to breathe new life into the compact system camera line, and although it’s not reinvented the wheel, it has successfully rebranded.

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Imaging Resource Feb 11, 2014

On the inside, the Sony A6000 features a big sensor upgrade over the NEX-6 with a newly developed 24.3-megapixel EXMOR APS HD CMOS sensor coupled with Sony's BIONZ X image processor which was borrowed from the A7/A7R lineup.

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Reviewed.com Cameras Feb 13, 2014

The result is a shooting experience that has all the positives of previous NEX cameras—the compact size, ever-improving ergonomics, and the excellent EVF—but without the pain points such as the convoluted menu system and control scheme.

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T3 Feb 12, 2014

We like the sturdy build of the camera - the controls fell well placed and it sits comfortably in the hand, unlike some CSCs which can feel a little unbalanced once a lens in attached. The added Wi-Fi and NFC, plus the EVF and also neat tweaks and we look forward to taking the new sensor for a...

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TrustedReviews Feb 12, 2014

As a result the familiar feeling Sony A6000 feels like a souped-up NEX-6 with improved handling. On this evidence many people will find themselves considering this new camera, even previous NEX owners will now have a good reason to consider upgrading.

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DigitalCameraReview Feb 12, 2014

A 16-50mm lens is included with the standard kit, and DCR had no problem changing the lens using the release button located near the bottom of the lens. It takes a little maneuvering to get the lens out after releasing it, but it prevents the user from unintentionally releasing the lens.

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TechRadar Feb 12, 2014

One thing we have been able to get a feel for is focusing speeds. Sony is very proud of the work it has put into increasing speeds, and it does seem to be paying off.

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ChipChick Feb 11, 2014

The A6000 is a compact, lightweight, interchangeable lens camera that features some serious improvements over its predecessor. Once again, it’s a compact camera that seriously rivals larger DSLRs in quality and capabilities.

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Camera Labs Feb 12, 2014

Physically it looks and feels a lot like the NEX-6 it replaces. Both share essentially the same body shape, with a top panel featuring a popup flash, hotshoe (with accessory port) and the same protruding grip.

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Expert Reviews Feb 12, 2014

The new camera is aimed at the same kind of photography enthusiasts. There's still no touch screen, but you do get a thumb-controlled dial on the upper rear and a mode dial next to that. The dial is now recessed into the body, giving the whole design a far neater look.

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ePHOTOzine Feb 12, 2014

The Sony Alpha A6000 is slightly larger than the NEX-6 it replaces, with a redesigned mode dial and command dial, the camera is still able to squeeze in the electronic viewfinder (EVF), a pop-up flash and hot-shoe on the top plate.

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8.0
ryanmaclean ryanmaclean

A great camera for taking portraits, fashion, glamour. In-studio, you'll want to either have many batteries or the optional AC adapter. The good stuff: matched with the 50mm f1.8, this is an extremely affordable camera with amazing AF speed and great image quality for both outdoor and in-studio...

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