Sony unveil the new A6000

Sony have announced a new compact mirrorless camera to replace the NEX 6&7, the all new Sony Alpha 6000.

The A6000 is all boxy lines and compact form, complete with E-mount for interchangeable lenses.

Sony claims the A6000 delivers the “world’s fastest AF”  with a new 179-point phase-detection autofocus system joining the contrast-detect on-sensor system. It’s quick!

The A6000 utilises a 24.3-megapixel sensor with gapless-on-chip design. This essentially means the on-sensor “pixels” don’t have a space between them and, therefore, can be larger for better light-gathering properties and, in turn, better images. It’s the same technology that Sony has employed in its Alpha A7 flagship model, albeit here on a sensor with a smaller surface area than its full-frame big brother.

Just like the Alpha A7, the A6000 also includes the latest Bionz X processor to ensure top speeds are possible.

Whether using the rear 3-inch, 921k-dot tilt-angle LCD or the built-in 1440k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) – the latter is aligned to the top-left corner of the screen – the focus and burst speeds remain the same throughout.

Using the Alpha A6000 is relatively easy as there’s a main mode dial sat to the side of a rear thumbwheel. Both look similar, but fall well to the thumb to access the majority of controls – it’s taken the best of both worlds from the earlier NEX-6 and NEX-7 models here. Add to this considerable button customisation options and there’s a lot of user flexibility for advanced shooting. Or just pop it into auto, point and shoot.

Elsewhere the A6000 offers Wi-Fi and NFC compatibility, while the PlayMemories apps section continues to grow.

Coming in around £550, in short the A6000 is like the NEX-6 with an injection of Alpha goodness; given those foundations are already solid, it looks like the latest Alpha will be a cut above.

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