The A6000's automatic mode captured this Balinese rice terrace beautifully, with accurate exposure and colors. You can see the sharpness of details in the 100 percent insets above, shot at f/9 with a 1/100-second shutter speed and a sensitivity of ISO 100.
The camera's speedy focus made it possible to snap this shot on a whim. The Balinese countryside looks vibrant and properly exposed. With more time to prepare, I would have adjusted the aperture from f/11 in order to bump up the shutter speed from 1/125 of a second to something that would have counteracted the movement of our car. Regardless, with a sensitivity of ISO 100, there's no noise in sight.
A sensitivity of ISO 1250 allowed for a 1/160-second shutter speed with an aperture of f/4.5 in this shady shot, enabling the camera to capture sharp details at Ubud's Sacred Monkey Forest.
This midday scene at Bali's Ulun Danu temple is slightly overexposed, though colors are accurate and details are sharp in this 1/125-second, f/10 exposure at ISO 100.
Set at Ubud's Royal Kirana Spa, this tranquil scene was captured at 1/160 of a second and f/4, with a sensitivity of ISO 200. Details are incredibly sharp, with accurate color and exposure.
Singapore's skyline shines brightly from the top of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Details are sharp, with relatively low noise at ISO 3200, with an exposure of 1/15 of a second at f/3.5.
I bumped the ISO up to 6400 to snap this sharp shot at Singapore's Flight Experience. Details are crisp and clear in this Boeing 737 simulator, with an exposure of f/3.5 and a 1/40-second shutter speed.
Video quality was also excellent, as you can see in the sample reel above. The camera exposed properly and adjusted quickly, with speedy focus as well. Zoom is also improved over previous models, thanks to the motorized lens and integrated toggle.
Competition is stiff in the mirrorless camera market, but you can't do much better than the Alpha 6000 kit for 800 bucks. If you're willing to spend a bit more, Sony's A7 full-frame model is a phenomenal option, but that'll run you $1,700 without a lens. In the 6000's price range, Samsung's NX30 is a solid choice -- it's available for $940 with an 18-55mm lens. Photographers also seem to love Panasonic's GH3, which ships for $1,000 without a lens, and the Olympus E-M1, available for $1,300 body only.
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.