Sony A6000

Sony Alpha a6000 front

Sony A6000 summary

Sony A6000 is Sony's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera first revealed on April of 2014. The camera includes a 24MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Sony released this model in order to replace the earlier Sony NEX-6 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently brought out the more recent Sony A6300 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this camera.

The A6000 is ranked #30 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and overall #172 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please use our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your personal requirements.

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The following is a graph of different factors used in the rating system.

Sony A6000 history

The Sony A6000 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can discover all previous and brand new models along with main features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-Alpha-a6700 front thumbnailSony A6700
A6000 vs A6700
26MPAPS-C11.0 fps2023
Sony-Alpha-a6600 front thumbnailSony A6600
A6000 vs A6600
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2019
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Sony-Alpha-a6100 front thumbnailSony A6100
A6000 vs A6100
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2019
Sony-Alpha-a6400 front thumbnailSony A6400
A6000 vs A6400
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2019
Sony-Alpha-a6500 front thumbnailSony A6500
A6000 vs A6500
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2016
Sony-Alpha-a6300 front thumbnailSony A6300
A6000 vs A6300
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2016
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Sony-Alpha-a5100 front thumbnailSony a5100
A6000 vs a5100
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-a6000 front thumbnailSony A600024MPAPS-C11.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-a5000 front thumbnailSony a5000
A6000 vs a5000
20MPAPS-C4.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-NEX-6 front thumbnailSony NEX-6
A6000 vs NEX-6
16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2013

Sony A6000 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Sony A6000 based on factors that are typically regarded as important in a digital camera.

change lenses (Sony E mount)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
delivers RAW formats
good high ISO (25,600)
good minimum ISO (100)
good resolution screen (922 thousand dot)
has a tilting screen
has built in flash
has manual focus
includes HDMI support
lighter than competition (344g)
NFC connection
nice screen size (3")
sensor has phase detect AF
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports face detect focusing
supports tracking focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have headphone jack
does not have mic jack
lack of image stabilization
screen is not selfie friendly
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Sony A6000 Sensor features

The Sony A6000 features the Bionz X chip. The spec of the sensor in the Sony A6000 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 100 - 25600. The ISO can also be widened electronically to a maximum of 51200. RAW photos are saved therefore you have more margin for error.

The picture below shows the A6000's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The A6000 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony A6000 dimensions

Sony A6000 has a weight of 0.76 pounds (344g / 12.13 ounces) and features exterior dimensions of 120mm x 67mm x 45mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.8"). The weight of average Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454g so the Sony A6000 is less heavy than various rivals.

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The following is a visual of the Sony A6000 beside a soda so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Sony Alpha a6000 dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button layout on the A6000.

Sony Alpha a6000 topview buttons dials

Sony A6000 Lens features

The A6000 works with the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses that you can purchase. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the A6000.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-24-70-F2.8-DG-DN-Art-Sony-FE lensSigma 24-70 F2.8 DG DN Art24-70mmf/2.8835g
Tamron-24mm-F2.8-Di-III-OSD-M1-2-Sony-FE lensTamron 24mm F2.8 Di III OSD M1-224mmf/2.8215g
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Sony-Vario-Tessar-T-FE-16-35mm-F4-ZA-OSS lensSony Vario-Tessar T FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS16-35mmf/4.0 518g
Sigma-28-70mm-F2.8-DG-DN-C-E-Mount lensSigma 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN C28-70mmf/2.8470g
Sony-FE-70-200mm-F4-G-OSS lensSony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS70-200mmf/4.0 840g
Sony-E-18-135mm-F3.5-5.6-OSS lensSony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS18-135mmf/3.5-5.6 325g
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Sony-FE-70-200mm-F2.8-GM-OSS lensSony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS70-200mmf/2.8 1480g
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Sony A6000 Connectivity

The A6000 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can send images and sometimes alter settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Many apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Sony A6000 Video features

The highest possible video quality in the Sony A6000 is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S file format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance for video quality and file size but 1080p will not leave you with much room to crop. The body does not offer a mic and headphone jack which means that you have zero control over your sound. It is probably best to order an alternative camera should you require decent sound in your videos.

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Sony A6000 Weather Sealing

Sony A6000 does not have environment proofing so wet conditions might damage the camera.

Sony A6000 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony A6000 includes a 3 inch tilting screen with a resolution of 922 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Sony A6000 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 1,440 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.7x

Viewfinders can be very beneficial for bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Sony A6000 Shutter features

Sony A6000 has the capability to shoot continuously at 11.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Sony A6000 Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony A6000 has got both integrated flash and external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/160 seconds.

Sony A6000 Autofocus features

Sony A6000 has got both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & accurate than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera includes Face detection which makes it handy for portraits.

It includes 179 focus points to pick from. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for subjects on the move. Sony A6000 has manual focusing in case it is needed for low light occasions or you want more exact control on focusing.

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Sony A6000 Battery life

The battery life (NP-FW50) on the Sony A6000 is designed to last for 360 images based on the CIPA specifications which is similar to its rivals. The average Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 offers the best (810) battery life for this class of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Advanced Mirrorless cameras with the best battery life:

Sony A6000 for different styles of photography

The following graph shows a outline of the Sony A6000 for different styles of photography. To see more, browse to the specific section below.

Sony A6000 Portrait photography features

The Sony A6000 receives a points total of 79 which is superb, and means the camera is a brilliant pick for portraits. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW files together with the capability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
decent megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files

Sony A6000 Street photography highlights

Having a awesome points total of 80, the Sony A6000 is a excellent option for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen tilts up and down
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than competition (344 grams)
above average high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization

Sports photography with Sony A6000

A above average sports photography rating of 73 means the Sony A6000 is a very decent option for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have excellent tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
sensor has phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization

Sony A6000 Travel photography details

Weight is really crucial when selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Sony A6000 gets a outstanding 77 as a travelling camera which is a outstanding choice to take on your vacations.

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lighter than others in class (344g)
decent megapixels (24MP)
flash built-in
does not feature selfie friendly screen

Sony A6000 Landscape photography advice

For anybody who is looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony A6000 at it's exceptional grade of 78 as a landscape camera is a awesome option among its rivals.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
great high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
no image stabilization

Sony A6000 Vlogging information

A vlogging camera should offer a articulating screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering all the details, the Sony A6000 is not acceptable for vlogging as it gets a dreadful score of 33.

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offers face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (344 grams)
does not have a selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
missing microphone socket

Sony A6000 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the A6000, below is a range of the top scored cameras which fall in to the category of Advanced Mirrorless.

The diagram here gives you an overview of the A6000 versus it's highest scored rivals mentioned above.

These are some more cameras you might look into as alternatives. To review a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Sony Alpha a6000
Advanced Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Bionz X
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Sony E
Available lenses
Crop factor
Range of screen
Screen sizing
Resolution of screen
922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
1,440 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes
Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction, hi-speed sync, wireless control
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/160 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
344g (0.76 lb)
120 x 67 x 45mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.8")
Battery life
360 pictures
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous (3-5 shot))
Time lapse recording
With downloadable app
Storage media
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Price at release