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Sony α 6000

Sony α 6000

from  $448+
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92 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • Incredibly fast autofocus
  • Excellent image quality
  • Beginner-friendly interface
  • Integrated WiFiand EVF
  • Solid battery life
Cons
  • No microphone input jack
92 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

92
 

User Reviews

90
intrins
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
abepine
Buy the camera. You will not be disappointed. As someone who suffers from buyers...read more
90
kedmond
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
89
Average user Score
 
90
intrins
08.09.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
abepine
02.22.15
Buy the camera. You will not be disappointed. As someone who suffers from buyers remorse for devices I need, I couldn't feel anything other than joy with this camera.
 
90
kedmond
01.23.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
MoneerK
01.04.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
starvsion
11.14.14
Just love this camera, has features of mid-range DSLR, takes amazing picture
 
90
AstraLuna
05.29.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
ryanmaclean
05.23.14
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 shoots. Triggering the camera from your phone is surprisingly easy. Apps available are actually very useful, most notably the double exposure app. I was pleasantly surprised with the usefulness of the custom buttons - this has been a huge boon in my productivity. Further, the memory recall settings are fantastic, and allow me to easily switch the camera from outdoor to studio then to street modes without skipping a beat. Finally, having used other NEX cameras, I was pleasantly surprised with the menus - they aren't as hard to use at all, and the Fn button brings up the most commonly accessed features I need when shooting quickly and efficiently. The on-camera flash, while seemingly underpowered, is in fact not bad at all for Weegee-esque snaps. Great for street shots as a fill. The EVF is unnoticeable. What I mean by this is that I keep forgetting that it's not an optical viewfinder. The bad: the hot shoe is quite close to the eyecup, and generally you'll want to remove the cup prior to removing a flash or wireless trigger as it will fall off. On a busy set, you don't want to be searching around to find this thing. Wifi to phone sync on shut-down keeps sending the same images over and over. You end up with a mountain of dupes unless you are formatting your card after each shoot. If swapping cameras, this isn't useful. Flickr upload is supposed to go to a specific folder, but instead uploads to your public stream, with no security. Wishlist: - Vertical grip that holds more batteries - In-camera apps to support shared wifi instead of ad-hoc networks, switching your phone wifi settings adds another step to this already slow process - Quicker access to the in-camera apps (as opposed to the in-camera app menu, via custom buttons) It would be great to be able to assign the Double exposure app to a physical button! - Faster startup times, specifically with the kit lens - Downward swivel on LCD screen for over-the-head shots of crowds - Better eye-detection for auto switch from LCD to EVF (shooting street from the hip is difficult as the camera keeps detecting your shirt as your face, and switches back and forth, taking about a second each time).