Since Sony took the decision to drop the NEX series from its compact system cameras and renaming its interchangeable lens cameras with the Alpha brand it has been an exciting product period for Sony lovers which caused some waves. Concerning prices they are still a stretch for many even if they are cheaper as some competitors in the same range.
Sony’s solution just for eastern has been a kind of crossing between the single numbered Alpha line (A7, A7r, A7s) and the old NEX line which gave birth to the Sony A6000. The NEX line with the NEX-6 sitting at the top of the enthusiast range will be discontinued.
The A6000 has a kind of similar look and feel as the A7. The newly designed 24.3 million pixel APS-C CMOS sensor has a gapless on-chip design, which should increase light collecting more efficiently. The sensor has 179 autofocus points, all used for phase detection, and 25 able for contrast detection in it’s autofocusing system. Sony's claims that the camera has the fastest AF in the world for cameras with APS-C sized sensors and has features as Lock on AF, Eye AF and AF area settings.
The A6000 has the latest processor, the Bionz X, something which is also found in the A7/A7R. According to Sony it should be three times faster than the previous generation and it has a sensitivity of ISO up to 25600.
While kind of reflecting the shape of the NEX series, the a6000 has much more of the clean, angular lines of the a7 and a7r - a great-looking design in my opinion and one that's not based on retro styling as a lot of others.
I found that image quality has been quite superb but as there have been already a lot of reviews with detailed information I refrain from dipping in to deep - nevertheless I like to give my humble opinion as well.
Where the a6000 improves over its predecessors is in the following: Battery life, for example, is now rated at 420 shots over 360 for the NEX-6. The autofocus system is also bumped up, with faster hybrid phase and contrast detection that has become standard in most new models. The difference is apparent especially with continuous tracking, which, while still not at DSLR level, does a pretty good job as long as you have decent light. Single shot autofocus is snappy.
Speaking of ease of operation, the camera is very customizable. The two C1 and C2 custom buttons and the FN button may become anything you need. Not only this, but almost every button on the a6000 can be changed, transforming the camera by your needs.
All the good parts I found:
• fast and precise focusing system
• excellent sensor dynamics
• perfect design
• 11 fps burst with continuous focus
• good ergonomics by lots of customizable buttons
• excellent EVF
• good battery life
The bad and the ugly in my opinion:
• LCD is difficult to see in daylight
• lack of touchscreen
• proximity sensor too sensible, difficult to shot from hip