6 Months with the Sony A6000 ILCE-6000

I bought a Sony Alpha 6000 six months ago to replace my SLT-A55, mainly because the A55 was difficult to handle while being out and about with my daughter.  Even though it is small for an SLR, the bulk and balance of it meant it swung around and hit things or hit my daughter’s head while doing the type of maneuvers that I end up doing while running around with a toddler.  The A55 didn’t sit well in different bags, it really needed to be in a camera bag. I also was not satisfied with the autofocus and image quality of the A55.

I had been considering the NEX-6 but the performance of the autofocus was reported to be a bit sluggish and I wasn’t prepared to down grade autofocus for a better form factor. So when the A6000 was announced with “world’s fastest” autofocus, I was primed to buy it.

The great things about the Alpha 6000

  • Fast, intelligent focus
  • Snappy performance
  • Great image quality
  • Compact size with nice handling
  • Enough knobs but not too many
  • Great value

The not so great things:

  • Lens selection could be better (but it isn’t bad)
  • No wireless flash control with built in flash
  • Some functions blocked when saving RAW files
  • Sweep panoramas fails consistently in some situations

I’m glad I did buy the A6000.  It has produced some great images.  The high frame rate, fast focus and face detection have made it that much easier to catch the fleeting smiles and funny expressions of my constantly moving daughter.

The performance of the autofocus has been impressive.  I never struggles to focus, even in dim light. It reliably picks out the subject (when it is obvious) and the focus point can be easily overrides if you need to.  Ruined shots caused by the camera focusing on the background is very very rare.

I have the 20mm f2.8 pancake lens and the compact kit zoom.  This has given me a couple of options where the camera is unobtrusive and will easily fit in any bag while also being easy to access.

The only feature I miss is in body image stabilization.  Maybe this is on Sony’s roadmap for a future APS-C e-mount camera body?

Your comments are welcome