Sony a6000 Review – Perfect Full Feature Travel Camera?
Update April 2017:
Our Sony a6000 review is a bit dated now since the Sony a6300 was introduced. So what about the Sony a6000 vs a6500? Well, the few reviews that I have read can not come up with a really sound reason to switch to the newer model. Unless 4K video is something that you have been really yearning four, there is little else, the reviewers say to recommend it.
Sony a6000 Review – Perfect Full Feature Travel Camera? Perfect? That’s a tall order, isn’t it.
Knowing that we both wanted something new, different, with outstanding features, we went a looking. Or, more correctly, I went a looking. Specifically, went looking for mirrorless cameras.
Why mirrorless cameras? Because, they give you many of the same features that can be found in DSLR cameras. But, and this is key, in a much smaller and lighter form factor. Win and win!
Before we go any further, let me say, right up front, this not going to be a highly technical piece dedicated to those looking for a “professional” review. There are scores of those already. No, these are the thoughts of your average every day traveler, who, in my case, is tired of lugging around a rather hefty DSLR and sundry. And, in my wife’s case, totally dissatisfied with the simple compact point and shoot she has used for the last several years.
I’m sure that some are asking what a mirrorless camera is. Or, you’ve heard of them, but aren’t really sure what all the hoopla is about.
Ok, so what is a mirrorless camera? It’s a camera that provides the image quality and interchangeable lenses commonly associated with DSLR cameras.
But, they are much, much smaller. And, much lighter.
The lightness, and reduction in size, is accomplished by getting rid of the mirror found inside a DSLR. Instead, the a6000, like all mirrorless cameras, uses an electronic viewfinder, that duplicates the image on the LCD screen, as well as in the eyepiece.
I think that I would call the design of the Sony a6000 “Urban Minimalist”. Not sure exactly what that is, but it sounds good doesn’t it?
Seriously, it is slim and streamlined. Yet is built with a very comfortable, and reassuring, front grip. Let me assure you that you will find this a very suitable arrangement.
I can say this with confidence, as I am 6′ 8″ tall (207 cm), and have huge hands. The camera definitely offers a very comfy fit in the hand.
On the back you will find a tilting LCD screen that allows you the flexibility to hold it over head or down low. This screen does not offer the ability to swivel out like my old T4i. A little bit of a loss, but not huge.
Of course, the only thing that matters is the quality of the images that are produced. With a 24 mega-pixel sensor you’ve got all the sensitivity you need to make great images. As they say, it’s all up to you.
I haven’t had the camera very long, so I only have a few from our recent trip to Las Vegas at Thanksgiving that I can share. But I think you will see what I see.
As I said at the beginning, this not supposed to be an in-depth Sony a6000 review, but my initial impressions. After all, I’m not a real camera reviewer. And, my feelings are that the a6000 may not be perfect, but to this non-professional photographers eyes, the Sony a6000 sure is my perfect full feature travel camera.
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