Sony just announced the new A6000 compact mirrorless camera which features a new 24mp APS-C sized sensor with 179 phase detection AF points! It looks to me Sony tried to take the best of the Nex-6 and Nex-7, minus the tri-navi controls on the Nex-7.
So what is so special about the A6000? Well, the new 24mp sensor has a focal plane phase-detection AF sensor with an extremely wide autofocus coverage area consisting of 179 AF points! A huge improvement over the 99 on the previous Nex-6 16mp sensor. This works in a hybrid fashion with the Contrast AF system for very fast and accurate AF even though the camera is mirrorless. How much faster is it in the real world? That will be tested shortly 😉
The new sensor also utilizes a gapless on-chip lens design, which fills the gaps between neighboring pixels with optimized lenses that match the angle of incidence to increase light gathering ability and produce edge-to-edge sharpness and quality.
The A6000 is also featuring the powerful Bionz X processor, which allows for 11fps at the full 24mp resolution! That is very impressive and beats a lot of DSLR’s in this area. I don’t know how well the AF will track in comparison, but Sony improved the tracking abilities as well per the press release.
This potent combination allows the camera to accurately track and respond to a subject moving through nearly the entire frame, and to shoot at an eye-popping speed of up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus.
Going for around $800 US, the price point is very good considering the resolution, better build quality, and updated Hybrid AF system.
New FE-Mount 70-200 f/4 OSS Lens Update:
Sony has also announced the price of its previously announced full frame E-mount 70-200mm F4 G OSS telephoto zoom lens (model SEL70200G). This lens will be available in March for about $1500. Awesome news as the rumors going around were way higher on this lens! I think I will buy this lens to go with the A7r if I decide 100% to keep it. I’m having mixed feelings about it now honestly. With that lens and a killer prime, I think I could be totally happy though and finally get rid of all my Pro Canon gear. Thoughts? Anybody? 😉
The Sony A6000
Check out what the new Sony A6000 looks like from the most common angles. High res images, so click for the larger versions!
Check out the Full Press Release
Sony Electronics Introduces the Versatile A6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera with World’s Fastest Autofocus System
by Communications 02/11/2014
New Mirrorless Camera Features Impressive AF, 24 MP APS-C Sensor, BIONZ® X Processor, OLED Tru-Finder™ and more
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 11, 2014 – Sony Electronics’ new A6000 camera pushes the limits of mirrorless camera innovation, boasting the world’s fastest AF performance1 at just 0.06 seconds.
The speedy new camera (model ILCE-6000) is also equipped with a high-resolution 24.3 MP image sensor and powerful BIONZ X processor. This powerful combination of features ensures that still images, full HD videos and all fleeting moments are captured in sharp focus and incredible detail.
“With the world’s fastest autofocus system1, the ability to capture a blazing 11 frames per second and a 24.3 MP sensor, the new ?6000 rivals even the best DSLRs in the market today in terms of performance, and does this in half of the size and weight at an extremely attractive price point,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony. “It’s an ideal choice for photo enthusiasts eager to ‘go light’ and take their photography to the next level.”
Mike Fasulo, President and COO of Sony Electronics, added “The new A6000 camera is simply the latest in a recent line of awe-inspiring product introductions from our digital imaging group – one of the key pillars of our core electronics business. As a leader in the imaging industry, we’re continuing to push the limits of innovation, offering products and experiences that only Sony can deliver.”
New ultra-fast AF system
Even quicker than most professional DSLRs, the phenomenal autofocus speed of the ?6000 camera is powered by Sony’s advanced Hybrid AF system. The new model features a focal plane phase-detection AF sensor with an extremely wide autofocus coverage area – 179 focal points– that is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF. This potent combination allows the camera to accurately track and respond to a subject moving through nearly the entire frame, and to shoot at an eye-popping speed of up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus. It’s an unprecedented combination of speed and frame coverage in today’s market.
Design and Controls
The new camera’s clear, bright OLED Tru-Finder lets you see a live preview of all setting adjustments before the shot is taken, so what you see is exactly what you get. Conveniently placed mode and control dials on top of the camera give easy access to commonly used settings. Additionally, a ‘Function’ button and two additional customizable buttons give quick access to any one of 47 assignable functions. There’s also a built-in flash for extra flexibility in any shooting situation.
Wi-Fi® and PlayMemories™
The A6000 camera has built-in Wi-Fi, giving consumers one-touch connection with Xperia® or NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones or tablets for instant image transfer and sharing2. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera with a smartphone or tablet for a live image preview, to fire the shutter from a distance and to review shots instantly.
For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control through Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile™ application, available for the iOS and Android platforms.
The camera is also compatible with downloadable Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps, adding a range of exciting and creative capabilities. Currently there are a total of 10 different applications available with several others to be released this spring. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca .
Pricing and Availability
The Sony A6000 compact interchangeable lens camera will be available in April 2014 in black and silver in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650) for about $800. It will also be offered separately as a body for about $650.
A6000 Review, First Look, and Sample Photos
Courtesy of ItsDanKReviews:
Courtesy of SonyHowTo
Some A6000 sample photos @ the PhotographyBlog.com
Hands-on with the A6000 @ Imaging-Resource >>
That is about it for the new A6000, but would love to hear your thoughts on the new camera. Is it what you want and need, or are you disappointed and jumping ship to Fuji or something else?
Thanks again for checking in, and stay tuned for some A7r Lab test photos later today!
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