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Sony ILCE6000LS Compact System Camera with SELP1650 Lens Kit (Fast Auto Focus, 24.3 MP, Electronic View Finder, Wi-Fi and NFC) - Silver
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- Sony’s 24.3MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor; Fast Hybrid Autofocus system; SVGA Tru-Finder. 16-50mm power zoom lens included.
- 24.3MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
- Fast Hybrid Autofocus system
- Sharp SVGA Tru-Finder OLED viewfinder
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|Battery Cell Composition||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||24.3||24.3||24.2 megapixels||16.1 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||24.3 megapixels|
|Has Image Stabilization||No||No||Yes||Yes||—||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||4.51 x 12 x 6.69 cm||6.69 x 12 x 4.51 cm||12 x 4.88 x 6.69 cm||4.67 x 11.95 x 8.31 cm||11.1 x 6.8 x 4.4 cm||12.69 x 4.82 x 9.44 cm|
|Item Weight||285 grams||285 grams||361 grams||342 grams||0.5 kg||416 grams|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||7.5 Watt Hours||7.5 Watt Hours||6.6 Watt Hours||7.8 Watt Hours||7.5 Watt Hours||7.5 Watt Hours|
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|Max Focal Length||0 mm||—||50 mm||84 mm||45||70 mm|
|Min Focal Length||16 mm||—||16 mm||8 mm||15||28 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24.7 megapixels||24.7 megapixels||24.2||17.2 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||24.3 megapixels|
|Removable Memory||Memory Stick||Memory Stick||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card|
Colour Name: Silver | Style Name: ILCE6000LS.CEC
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Sony ILCE6000LS Compact System Camera with SELP1650 Lens Kit (Fast Auto Focus, 24.3 MP, Electronic View Finder, Wi-Fi and NFC) - Silver.
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Rechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)
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From the manufacturer
Quicker autofocus than a DSLR
Shoot better with the α6000: 24 MP quality, fast autofocus — and very portable. Add an OLED Tru-Finder, manual controls and a range of lenses, for an enhanced alternative to bulky DSLRs.
Fast AF performance
Capture every subject clearly with unparalleled precision, at record speed, thanks to Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF with vastly improved phase-detection and contrast-detection capabilities. Fast data reading from the image sensor, high-speed BIONZ X data processing, more advanced AF algorithms and optimised control of the lens drive delivers approximately 35 per cent faster performance than in previous systems.
11 fps continuous shooting with AF tracking
When your subject is moving fast, 11 fps continuous shooting with AF tracking performance ensures you capture the decisive moment. This feature makes the maximum of the tracking performance of Sony’s wide-area 179 phase-detection AF points to accurately track your subject anywhere on the screen.
179 AF points over nearly the entire screen
In addition to 25 high-speed, high-precision contrast-detection AF (Fast Intelligent AF) points, the improved Fast Hybrid AF system features 179 accurate phase-detection AF points that cover nearly the entire image area. They permit enhanced subject tracking plus the capture of fast-moving subjects anywhere on the screen, as well as improved scene recognition and subject size detection.
24.3-megapixel APS-C image sensor
Create images of astounding beauty that surpass your expectations with Sony’s 24.3-effective- megapixel APS-C image sensor. The same size as found in most DSLRs, this sophisticated sensor offers high sensitivity in dimly lit environments and striking foreground and background defocusing. You’ll enjoy the increased light collecting efficiency of a gapless on-chip lens structure, low noise throughout a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 25600 and high corner-to-corner image quality with lifelike colour, detail and smooth tonal gradations that reveal every nuance of your scene.
BIONZ X image processing engine
Sony’s fast and sophisticated BIONZ X image processing engine reproduces textures and details in real time as seen by the naked eye. The resulting images are remarkably realistic with especially rich tonal gradations and a natural three-dimensional appearance. Whether shooting still images or movies, visual noise is nearly imperceptible, thanks to further advanced area-specific noise reduction. Detail reproduction technology delivers more finely detailed textures while diffraction-reducing technology optimises the performance of any lens you mount to enable advances such as finer details at small aperture settings.
High-resolution OLED Tru-Finder
View every scene clearly and naturally on the bright and accurate OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder, which offers 100 per cent frame coverage. The optical system with four double aspherical lenses provides a wide viewing angle of approximately 33 degrees and clear visibility from corner to corner. Clear details, rich tonal gradation and high contrast are yours in both dark and light environments, thanks to an advanced OLED design that lets you more faithfully preview defocusing, exposure and other effects. You can also fine-tune the focus by taking advantage of MF Assist and a helpful Peaking function, as well as adjust brightness in five steps to match the shooting environment.
Swift, intuitive operation
Controls are refined for intuitive DSLR-style operation while viewing scenes through the viewfinder. The mode dial enables quick selection of shooting modes with your thumb, while the control dial and control wheel make it easy to set various parameters.
Tiltable 3 inches LCD screen
Shooting comfort is enhanced by a 3 inches LCD screen that smoothly tilts to accommodate everything from low to high-angle shooting. This tilting flexibility combines with the camera’s compact mobility to greatly expand your shooting options.
One-touch remote and one-touch sharing
One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera and one-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. No NFC? No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.
|Sensor Type||APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4 mm)||APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm)||APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm) Exmor CMOS sensor||APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm) Exmor CMOS sensor|
|Megapixels||20.1 MP||24.3 MP||24.3 MP||Approximately 24.2 MP|
|ISO Sensitivity||ISO 100–16000||ISO 100–25600||ISO 100–25600||Still images: ISO 100-25600 (expandable to 51200), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-6400 equivalent, selectable lower limit and upper limit)|
|Maximum Continuous Shooting Speed||3.5 fps (in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting mode)||11 fps (in High Continuous shooting)||6 fps (in High Continuous shooting)|
|Movie Recording Mode||AVCHD 2.0 / MP4||AVCHD 2.0 / MP4||AVCHD 2.0 / MP4 / XAVC S||XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4|
|Screen Type||3.0 inch wide type TFT LCD||3.0 inch wide type TFT LCD||3.0 inch wide type TFT LCD||7.5 cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT|
|Viewfinder||Viewfinder 0.39 inch -type electronic viewfinder (color)||XGA OLED, 1.0 cm (0.39 type) electronic viewfinder (colour)|
|Battery Life (Sill Shooting)||Up to 420 shots||Up to 360 shots||Up to 400 shots||Approximately 350 shots (viewfinder) / Approx. 400 shots (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)|
|Wireless and Network Capabilities||Downloadable Camera Apps, NFC One-touch functionality, Wi-Fi||Downloadable Camera Apps, NFC One-touch functionality, Wi-Fi||Downloadable Camera Apps, NFC One-touch functionality, Wi-Fi||NFC One-touch functionality|
|Interfaces||Multi/Micro USB Terminal||Multi Interface Shoe, Multi/Micro USB Terminal||Multi / Micro USB Terminal, PC remote|
Top customer reviews
This is an exceptional camera and you have to work hard to mess up a shot. The results you get are as close to "professional" quality as you can get this side of £3000. That is actually an understatement because unlike full frame DSLR's , you do not need to know anything about photography to take the perfect picture.
The body is much smaller and lighter than a DSLR. It won't quite fit in your pocket with the standard lens but it's easy to carry around all day in a small case. It is a quality piece of equipment and feels comfortable in the hand. I bought the silver version which has a nice retro look and reminds me of the Leica of the 60s.
It works in both j peg and raw modes so if you are into post production photoshoping that is a plus. The camera has 2 auto modes, and all the usual manual settings too. The auto focus is amazingly fast and because of its light weight, it makes it ideal for action photography or taking pics of the kids running about.
The lenses are interchangeable and you can mount full frame lenses with an additional adapter as well as the Sony e mount ones .The stock lens is superb and the zoom function is very smooth and perfect for framing shots.
Other noteworthy points are it has a hot shoe, an electronic viewfinder ( which has transformed my results) , an excellent flash which can be pointed at the ceiling and a tilting lcd screen.
It can shoot at an astonishing 11 frames a second in burst mode. You can happily shoot at 6400 iso without the standard size images getting grainy and in low light conditions it will take 3 exposures and merge them to give a far better result.
The menu options are enormous and everything you can think of is adjustable and you can custom program the buttons in a way which suits you best. It also has WIFI and NFC which will allow you to both control basic camera functions, have live view using your smartphone and upload as you go. There are also a few decent apps to download from the Sony Playmemories site. The A6000 has a mini HDMI port along side the usual micro USB which is the same size as on most smartphones, saving the need for extra cables.
OK, no camera is perfect so I will mention what I don't like. The main thing to mention is that it isn't designed for video. It does take amazing quality video but the on / off button is a nightmare to find and use. It's as if they designed it that way on purpose ( it's a tiny button on the right upper corner of the camera). Also the sound quality is very average particularly in windy conditions and it doesn't have a mic jack for external input.
With all those clever electronics the battery life is just about ok but a backup is a good idea. My final criticism is the LCD screen doesn't articulate as much as other cameras. The other point to note is that because of the sheer number of menu options (almost 150 menus) it does take time to get used to. I have had the camera two months and I am just beginning to get used to it.
But these are relatively minor niggles if you are primarily interested in stills. It will consistently offer up the best quality pictures for any given lighting condition whether it's shooting into the sun or a window, indoors under domestic lighting or at night, you can't go wrong.
Even though I am a big Amazon fan, I bought my camera locally because I wanted expert advice so paid a bit more. While you might think the A6000 is expensive, it's not when you consider all you get.
If you are thinking about hiring a professional photographer for any reason well think about buying the A6000 instead. I promise you, you will not see the difference and if I am wrong, well this is Amazon ;-)
I hope this helps with your buying decision and happy snapping!
UPDATE: I have now had the camera 3 months and if anything, I am even happier with it. The form factor makes such a difference to both the number of times I take it with me and the ease of use compared to a DSLR. After a while you almost forget it isnt a compact camera. Also the quality of the images are really hard to beat. I watched a few reviews by professional photographers on YouTube who claim it is as good in most situations as their professional £6,000+ cameras. Definitely worth watching if you are thinking of buying.
I have been using the camera a lot for video too. The image quality is great and I got around the sound issue by buying a RODE smartphone mic ( also great ) and recording off camera. But the on / off button is still a nightmare to find which is remains my biggest and possibly only complaint. The camera battery just about lasts for a single outing but I do carry a spare.
Anyone considering buying a DSLR should seriously look at this mirror-less option instead.
After nearly 6 months I'm still getting a lot of use from this camera. It's size and ease of use means I can take it along to social functions without looking a bit obvious which I think you tend to do with a DSLR. I've purchased a cheap lens converter so I'm able to use my old canon effective lenses. Results are a bit mixed. It slows the auto focus down quote a bit particularly with my 200 mm zoom but still useful.
I also got a free time lapse app in the Google app store and have been taking some fabulous night sky images.
So overall I am still delighted with the camera. Seems to me mirrorless cameras certainly look set to replace low and medium end DSLR s.
May 2015 Update
I don't have a lot else to add except confirm that I am still as happy with the camera as I was nine months ago when I bought it. I have uploaded a sample set of stills to give an indication of performance in various scenes. To give you an accurate sense of what the camera can do , all of the images are straight from the camera and there has been no post production processing involved. On the macro shot the camera managed to pick out the sea snails eye clearly.
I also notice the price has dropped a lot and is now £100 less than when I bought it.
Sept. 2015 Update
For anybody wondering about the size of the A6000 I have posted a picture of it beside two other cameras I own. An old Canon DSLR and the Lumix GH4 which is also a mirror-less camera. By the way the GH4 shoots great 4K video but other than that, I much prefer the A6000. Its all round a better stills camera at about a third of the price :-)
Also, I think it's helpful to have some context - especially with cameras. In my case, I like to shoot casually; friends and family (kids), with some sports, holidays and cars. I have recently owned: A Sony Rx100 (simply outstanding), Fujifilm X-M1, Sony NEX6, Panasonic GM1 (crazy small and cute but terrible image noise), Canon S120 and Canon EOS40D.
What's so great about the A6000?
1) It's simply the most ergonomic of all the small APSC cameras anywhere near this price point. Only the Fujifilm X-T1 is better and that's twice the price! It is very compact but also feels very sturdy and comfortable grip for prolonged use. It feels like a real camera.
2) The photo quality is far superior to my RX100 or Fujifilm X-M1 in terms of sharpness and more natural looking skin tones - especially compared to the Fuji, which tends to make faces look a bit wax-like.
3) For kids, animals and sports it's simply unbeatable unless you pay more than twice the price. It is amazing at tracking fast moving objects from any angle or speed. It means that the photos have lovely depth of field - isolation of the main subject from the background - which is nicely blurred. The continuous shooting is approx. twice as fast as my previous digital SLR - again, amazing, I don't know how Sony have done but it works great.
4) Video is crisp, creamy-smooth panning, and the tracking focus helps the main objects really stand out - which smaller cameras simply cannot achieve. It looks stunning on a full-HD screen.
The lens selection is very poor compared to Fuji who make lovely lenses for the X series range, Canon or the 3/4 range. However, they do have one or two pretty good lenses which also tend to be very good value for money. My lens of choice is the Sony SELP18-105G F4. It's much sharper than the kit lens and has a very useful zoom range of 27-153mm, so it's a very good single-lens solution for landscapes, portraits and mid zoom photography. The only downside is that it looks and feels too big for the camera - that's because the A6000 is so small and light.
In summary, it's simply the best all-round camera at this price point, with photo quality to match many full-frame digital SLRs and can beat many of them when it comes to shooting kids, animals or sports. The only downside is the lens selection, and the only 2 I would recommend are the Sony SEL50F18 (50mm) portrait lens and the Sony SELP18-105G (27-153mm). They are both very sharp and offer amazing value for money. Not quite as good as the Fuji equivalent, but you can't argue at almost half the cost!
Update: 9th May. Yesterday I decided to purchase the Fujifilm X-T1 and spent the day running test shots. If anyone is interested, here is my summary conclusion:
Fuji XT-1 beats the Sony at:
1) The look and feel. It's in another league altogether - feels sublime in terms of weight and ergonomics.
2) Better in low light - less noise and more pleasing skin tones.
3) Sharper kit lens - especially in the corner of the frames.
4) Speed of controls - because they are hardware based, whereas Sony is mainly software based (e.g. focus area, focus type, exposure metering, ISO etc.)
Sony A6000 beats the Fuji X-T1 at:
1) Autofocus speed and accuracy - tested with my son on his scooter. Much faster and crisper photos from the Sony. Also, better colour accuracy.
2) Much better dynamic range - in bright sunlight the Fuji tends to over-saturate the colours - looking false - especially reds. Whilst Sony has the most accurate colour reproduction which is particularly noticeable in foliage - where Fuji is very bright or dark - Sony tends to lighten the shadows for a more evenly lit photo.
3) Price - half the price of the Fuji X-T1!
4) Resolution - more mega-pixels - so better for major enlargements.
5) Built-in flash - very useful for backlit photos.
6) Video quality is streets ahead - especially for tracking moving subjects.
The kit lens is useful given its range, and I still use it for wide shots but since buying the camera I have also bought a couple of lenses, a 35mm Prime and a 70-210mm Zoom. For 90% of the time my camera wears the prime. It takes in loads of light, is fast and vibrant.
Overall, I have been very happy with the purchase, both in terms of the performance of the sensor/processing, and some of the smart 'apps' that come with the camera. My favourite of which is the remote shutter app, which allows you to connect using NFC/WiFi and use your phone as a viewfinder and shutter release. This is not only a great party trick, but also very useful for taking group shots etc.
The sensor is great, and the additional megapixels very welcome. It has very competent low light performance, and the burst shooting is good fun and useful for capturing fast moving action.
I haven't yet used the video functionality much, but from what I have used, the continuous focussing gives a professional look to your films.
The camera is much more portable than a regular SLR, and I feel much more comfortable carrying it round than I did with a full size.
The only things I think I would change about the camera is the body construction. It's made out of a high quality plastic, but it would be nice if this was metal instead. Otherwise, it is brilliant, and I would recommend for others.
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