Sony A6000 sensor review: Little wonder

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday April 09 2014

Camera Review
Introduction | Sony A6000: High sensor performance | Sony A6000 versus Sony NEX-6 versus Sony NEX-7: Incremental Improvement | Sony A6000 versus Panasonic Lumix GH-4 versus Olympus OM-D E-M1 | Conclusion
Sony A6000 sensor review: Little wonder

The Sony Alpha A6000 is a revision of the earlier NEX-6 featuring a new 24-Mpix APS-C sensor and on-sensor phase-detection AF with improved coverage. Read on to find out how the new model performs.

Sony’s re-branding of the APS-C NEX mirrorless models as Alpha has presented an opportunity to realigned the range. Although the new A6000 announced in February this year features a 24-Mpix CMOS like the technically still current NEX-7 it is seen as a replacement to the newer NEX-6.

Like that model it has dedicated on-chip phase-detection AF pixels (in addition to the usual contrast detection) although the A6000 can boast 179 AF points covering a greater area, up from 50-percent of the frame on the NEX-6 to just over 90-percent.

The Exmor type 24-Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor is a development of the device used in the NEX-7 using a similar gapless micro-lens structure as that found on the 36-Mpix full-frame sensor used by the full-frame A7R. The latest Bionz X level processor allows AF with continuous shooting at up to 11 fps and ISO sensitivity to a maximum ISO 25,600 for stills or ISO 12,800 for movies.

Like the NEX-6 and 7 it has a built-in EVF albeit with 0.39-inch lower resolution 1.44M dot OLED screen (down from 2.36M dot on the NEX-6) and a 3.0-inch 16:9 ratio, 921k-dot tilting LCD at the rear. Images can captured and shared using the on-board WiFi with NFC capability with suitably equipped smartphones.

Some slight improvements in video over its predecessor include the adding of a zebra-pattern display capability to aid exposure control and an uncompressed 1080i/p AVCHD video at 24/ 50/60 fps via HDMI in addition to the usual in-camera capture option.

The Sony Alpha A6000 is available in body only for $649 with a black or ‘titanium’ finish, or with the standard 16-50mm kit lens at around $799.

Key specifications

  • 24-Mpix APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor
  • 11 fps continuous shooting
  • Hybrid AF with wide coverage using 179 phase-detection points
  • 0.39-inch 1.44M dot OLED EVF
  • 3.0-inch 921k-dot Tilting LCD
  • Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC
  • Full HD 1080i/p AVCHD video at 24/ 50/60 fps
  • Multi-interface shoe

Sony A6000: High sensor performance

Sony A6000 versus Sony NEX-6 versus Sony NEX-7: Incremental Improvement

Sony A6000 versus Panasonic Lumix GH-4 versus Olympus OM-D E-M1

Conclusion