Sony Al­pha 6000

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Price £449 (body only)

THE sony Al­pha 6000 is a cheaper al­ter­na­tive to the more re­cent and sig­nif­i­cantly more ex­pen­sive Al­pha 6300 (£829 body- only) and Al­pha 6500 (£1,279 body- only) mod­els that suc­ceeded it. While there are some ar­eas where it shows its age, it re­mains a ca­pa­ble cam­era with a good spec­i­fi­ca­tion that pro­vides un­beat­able value for money at its price point.

Built around a 24.3mP APs- C Ex­mor CmOs sen­sor and BiONZ X im­age pro­ces­sor, the A6000 of­fers a na­tive sen­si­tiv­ity range of isO 100-25,600 along with an ex­tended setting of isO 51,200. Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing speed, mean­while, is a very re­spectable 11fps. While there’s no sup­port for 4K video, the A6000 does pro­vide 1080p Full HD video cap­ture at up to 60fps. in ad­di­tion, it comes with built-in Wi- Fi and NFC con­nec­tiv­ity along with sup­port for sony’s Playmem­o­ries apps that can be used to add ex­tra fea­tures.

The hy­brid AF sys­tem en­com­passes 179 phase- de­tec­tion AF points plus a fur­ther 25 con­trast- de­tect AF points for speedy focus ac­qui­si­tion. The A6000 is fit­ted with a 3in, 921k- dot lCD dis­play that can be tilted up and down; how­ever, un­like the A6500, there’s no touch­screen func­tion­al­ity. Above this sits a 1.44m- dot EVF that’s still per­fectly us­able, even though its res­o­lu­tion isn’t as high as the A6300 and A6500 – both of which come equipped with 2.36m- dot EVFs. Build qual­ity, as with all sony mir­ror­less cam­eras, is very good with the A6000 ben­e­fit­ing from ro­bust (al­beit not weath­ersealed) poly­car­bon­ate and mag­ne­sium al­loy con­struc­tion.

Key fea­tures

Price: £449 (body only) 24.3MP APS-C CMOS sen­sor ISO 100-12,800 (ex­pand­able to ISO 25,600) 11fps con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing 3in, 921k-dot tiltable LCD 1080p Full HD video cap­ture

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