Sony A6000 Review 2020

To be precise, it was the year 2014 when this camera was launched. I know, from a technological perspective this is like grandpa of nowadays DSLR camera, but in our Sony a6000 review 2020 we found it to be pretty surprising.

Build and Design

It is a fantastic travel photo camera, not that great for videos (which you would come to know about reading our Sony a6000 review 2020) but a fantastic camera for photo purpose.

This weighs only 450 grams, and to be honest; it is not that bigger than an iPhone. You can stuff into your jacket pocket, which is built to last.

This Sony Alpha iLCE 6000Y feels bulky the moment you hold it in your hand. The buttons are exactly where they are supposed to be.

Every control is near to each other and yet is precise and accurate buttons layout with agronomical. The pop-up flash is a lifesaver and is sturdy.

Now the battery life is something Sony needs to work upon. In our Sony Alpha iLCE 6000Y review, we found it to last only 40-45 minutes. I was quite disappointed, but thankfully the batteries are super cheap so you can have a quite a lot of them. 

The internal audio is not that great, and it does not have input for an external mic. But given the fact that it was meant for 2014 so we can excuse it here.

Features & Image

The JPEG images generally look excellent, though in low light they don’t remain as sharp as photos from some competitors. The new 24MP sensor incorporates the latest gapless microlens technology that most modern sensors now use, coupled with Sony’s latest Bionz X image processor.

Another function by the Bionz X processor is ‘Diffraction Reduction’, in which the camera’s processing attempts to correct for the softness caused by diffraction as you stop a lens’ aperture down.

As per Sony, the Bionz X chip offers a more advanced version of its context-sensitive, ‘area-specific noise reduction’. It attempts to identify whether each area of an image represents smooth tone, textured detail or subject edges, and then apply different amounts of noise reduction accordingly.

At low ISO sensitivities, JPEGs are sharp, with a relatively broad tonal range and good colour in the default settings. The neutral setting does render more accurate colours, since it doesn’t push the saturation and contrast as much, but the default Creative Style doesn’t shift hues.

Once you hit about ISO 800, all but the most in-focus edges in JPEG images get soft and smeary. So in our Sony a6000 review 2020, I did get printable pictures as high as ISO 12800, and Sony manages to keep colour noise under control quite well. 

This is a 2014 camera, are you joking? It is a great deal!

If you shoot raw, there’s a reasonable amount of recoverable shadow and highlight detail, at least at low to medium ISO sensitivities.

In our Sony Alpha iLCE 6000Y review, we found that the significant improvement in the Alpha 6000 over its predecessor is the ability to shoot continuously at 11fps with autofocus and auto exposure, for at least 50 JPEGs or 22 raw (at 23 it slows a lot, though).

The updated system provides phase-detection sensors covering more of the image area — 92 per cent, according to Sony — which does help with focusing on off-centre subjects and subjects moving across the frame. That’s a big win.

If there’s one area that makes the a6000 stand out from the crowd, it’s the camera’s improved AF system. While the 25-point contrast detect part of the system remains the same, the number of phase-detect points has increased to 179 since the NEX-6.

And as we all know, Sony is known for its auto feature, and it has done a commendable job with this camera.

All of that new phase detect points give you a much wider coverage area: roughly 92% of the frame, compared to around 50%. The benefit? As per our Sony Alpha iLCE, 6000Yit means a wider area that lets phase detection autofocus do what it does best: track moving subjects.


In our Sony a6000 review 2020, we did use the lock-on auto-focus — Sony’s version of tracking AF – which works well when it locks onto the correct subject. However, it seems like the lock-on AF uses the contrast autofocus, but the phase-detection autofocus doesn’t always seem to “hand-off” the focus area to the lock-on AF correctly.

Sony A6000 Key Feature

  • 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Bionz X image processor
  • Hybrid AF system with 25 contrast-detect and 179 phase-detect points
  • Built-in flash + Multi-Interface Shoe
  • 11 fps continuous shooting with subject-tracking
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 921,6000 dots
  • OLED electronic viewfinder with 1.44M dots
  • Diffraction correction, area-specific noise reduction, and detail reproduction technology
  • Full HD video recording at 1080/60p and 24p; clean HDMI output
  • Wi-Fi with NFC capability and downloadable apps

It has plenty of controls available, and, like other Sony cameras, pretty much all of them are customization to help you adjust the camera to suit the way you take photos.

The grip of the A6000 is ever so slightly pronounced, making it quite easy to hold, though with a larger lens like the Sony 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 it starts to feel slightly front-heavy.. There’s also a nice texture covering the camera. On top of the camera are two dials: one for controlling the shooting mode (such as automatic, semi-automatic or manual), and another for altering the shutter speed or aperture, depending on the mode you’re shooting in.

Although it’s not a touchscreen, the screen tilts, which is useful for shooting from some awkward angles, or for shielding the screen from glare. The viewfinder is bright and clear except in broad daylight, when it’s too easily lost in the glare. It’s also a ‘wide’ screen, so in the regular 3:2 aspect ratio for stills, it doesn’t use the full screen width, which makes the screen feel quite small and cramped.

The a6000’s image quality is generally very good. At low ISOs the greatly improved JPEG sharpening means you tend to get much more usable images than before. Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimization (DRO) feature also helps in terms of getting well-balanced images that make good use of the camera’s dynamic range, so it’s shame that there’s no post-shot in-camera Raw conversion option, to allow you to experiment with different intensities of DRO, after getting a shot.

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