Sony Alpha A6000 - first impressions
Sony UK kindly delivered my A6000 a week early which was timed perfectly to take away to Hungary with me, replacing the NEX-5R as my main camera. Here are my first impressions now that I’ve had a full day using it:
EVF - there has been a lot of chatter over Sony’s decision to use a lower resolution EVF on the A6000. I can tell you this now with 100% conviction: it’s fantastic. The refresh rate, colour reproduction and overall quality of the EVF display is FAR superior to that of the NEX-5R’s add-on EVF, as well as that on the NEX 6 and 7. It’s a joy to use and a true step up from the previous generation. Ignore any reviews that suggest otherwise, you won’t be disappointed.
Autofocus speed - yes, it is as good as everyone says it is. Everything is faster to focus and its more accurate than the 5R ever was using all of the lenses.
Build quality - it feels like a premium product. It’s a bit bulkier than the 5R but this allows for my massive hands to grip it better so I’m happy. I’d have liked for it to have been weatherproofed but can’t have everything at this price point.
Image quality - I’m still away so haven’t processed any RAW images yet. I’ve used NFC and WiFi direct to transfer a load of images to my Nexus 7 for quick viewing and a couple of Facebook uploads and those look nice and crisp so far. The image attached to this post is straight off the camera’s panoramic mode and transfered using play memories app.
Flash - haven’t used it yet but having a built-in flash is a nice thing to have over the 5R.
Battery life - after a day out in Budapest the battery still had over 20% remaining and the camera was on for most of the day. Can’t complain. It also uses the same battery as the 5R so the spares I bought work nicely.
Other - it’s nice to have a camera with the EVF built into the body, using the add-on EVF for the 5R always worried me when storing the camera in the bag as well as making the device far less pocketable. No such issues with the A6000. The much bigger sensor is a great thing to have too, meaning cropped images will be better to work with. Haven’t had much chance to shoot lowlight photos yet but I’m told higher ISO performance is excellent so not worried about that.
Overall I’m extremely pleased with the camera, can’t fault it so far.