The Only Camera You Need: Sony a6000 Review

February 6, 2017 in BLOG, Travel Tips - 113 Comments
Light, compact, and takes great pictures. The Sony a6000 is the only camera you need. Traveling Well For Less

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In May a couple weeks before my 19-day quasi-round the world trip, I bought a Sony a6000. As a long-time Nikon girl, this was a huge decision for me. It wasn’t one I went into lightly. But my health depended on it. Here’s my Sony a6000 review.

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Sony a6000

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The Sony a6000 makes taking low light photos a snap.

I take a lot of photos all the time, especially when traveling. Because I can’t get good low light photos with my iPhone, I bring a camera.

Specifically, I bring one of my Nikon DSLR cameras, either the D50 with the 18-200 lens or the D7000 with 18-300 lens, aka the big cameras. If I’m shooting a lot, like when I went to Iguazu Falls, then I bring the Nikon D7000 because it has two SD card slots and a battery pack. But if I’m only shooting 500 or so pictures each day then I’d bring the Nikon D50.

A Nikon D50 with an 18-200 lens weighs a little over 2 pounds. And a Nikon D7000 with an 18-300 lens and battery pack weighs about 5 pounds. While that might not seem a lot, that’s 2 to 3 pounds on your back, hanging from your neck, or in your hand all day.

Plus a large camera takes up room in your backpack or carry-on bag and adds extra weight. Not what you want when you’re traveling internationally and they weigh bags, including backpacks, that look heavy.

But the bummer about having big cameras, because they are so heavy I left them at home on some trips like when I went to Milan, Dublin, and the first time I visited Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

So I needed a camera that was small, light enough to bring with me all the time, and takes great pictures. In other words, the Sony a6000.

The Sony a6000, also known as the Sony Alpha a6000, is a mirrorless camera. DSLR cameras (digital single-lens reflex) like my Nikon D50 and D7000 have a mirror which bounces the image so that you can see it in the viewfinder. A mirrorless camera, like the Sony a6000, doesn’t have that mirror.

Sony a6000 specifications

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The Sony a6000 with 18-55mm lens
  • Image sensor: 24.3 Megapixel Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor with BIONZ X™ engine
  • Max resolution: 24 Megapixel: 6000 x 4000 resolution
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, 100 – 25600
  • Sensor type/size: CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
  • Lens mount: Sony E-mount interchangeable lens system
  • Autofocus points: 179 phase detection; 25 contrast detection
  • Still image file formats: JPEG, RAW
  • Movie file formats: MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC S
  • Exposure modes: Aperture Priority, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Memory Recall, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama; Metering Range: EV 0.0 – EV 20.0; Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
  • Shutter: Electronic & Mechanical; Speed: 30 – 1/4000 second,  Bulb Mode; 1/4 – 1/4000 second in  Movie Mode
  • Continuous shooting: Up to 11 fps
  • Built-in flash
  • Flash modes: Auto, Fill-in, Off, Rear Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Wireless
  • Max sync speed: 1/160 seconds
  • External flash connection: Hot Shoe, Wireless
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 – 60 frames per second, 24 frames per second; 1440 x 1080 – 30 frames per second; 640 x 480 – 30 frames per second
  • Built-in microphone with video, stereo
  • 3″ tilting LCD widescreen
  • Shutter lag: 0.02 seconds
  • Self-timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds
  • Remote control: RM-DSLR2 (Optional)
  • Memory cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro HG-Duo
  • Wi-Fi
  • Connectivity: HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0, Wired Remote Port
  • 1x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.2  VDC, 1080 mAh
  • Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8″ / 120.0 x 67.0 x 45.0 mm
  • Weight: 12.13 oz / 344 g (with battery and memory card)

The Sony a6300 is the newest version of their E-mount mirrorless cameras.

The difference between the Sony a6000 and Sony a6300:

  • Image sensor: 25 Megapixel
  • Autofocus points: 425 phase detection and 169 contrast detection
  • Video: 4k video
  • Audio recording: Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo, Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
  • Self-timer: 10 seconds, 5 seconds, 2 seconds
  • Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9″ / 120.0 x 66.9 x 48.8 mm
  • Weight: 14.25 oz / 404 g (with battery and memory card)

Pro-tip: For the same price as the Sony a6300, you could buy the full-frame Sony a7.

Weight

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At only 1 pound, the Sony a6000 is light enough to carry all day

Although the Sony a6000 doesn’t have a mirror, it doesn’t make it any less capable than a DSLR camera. All of the photos in this post were taken with my Sony a6000 (except for the photos of the camera). 

What it does is make it significantly lighter. Light enough to eliminate that extra weight and avoid neck and back pain.

The Sony a6000 only weighs 1 pound. Yep, 1 little pound. Half the weight of my Nikon D50. And one fifth the weight of my Nikon D7000. That’s a huge weight off my neck (pun totally intended).

Size

Because the Sony a6000 is a small camera, it looks like a point and shoot camera. Which makes it totally low profile.

So low profile that I can take photos without attracting attention to myself. Which if you lug around a giant DSLR, you know that’s totally impossible.

When I traveled with my big cameras I was often mistaken for a professional photographer. Which was both good and bad. It meant that I could take photos when others couldn’t. But I couldn’t take photos when others could. “Hey, no professional photographers.” “Do you have a permit?”

With my D50 and D7000, I couldn’t snap those unobtrusive photos without anyone realizing it because I had a big honkin’ camera in front of my face or attached to my arm. Oh sure, I’ve taken many shots where I’d raise my arm snap away from waist high. So it wouldn’t look like I was taking pictures.

But sometimes you want or need a different angle. Or the shot just isn’t right that low. You need a better vantage point.

And that’s where the Sony a6000’s size comes into play.

You look like you’re using a point and shoot camera. And you can take as many photos as you want without being bothered. Plus it fits in my cross-shoulder body bag. And I even have room for my glass case, passport, wallet, chapstick, and keys.

Why I Chose the Sony a6000

Everyone Had One

Being a Nikon girl, I wanted to stay true to Nikon but the Nikon 1 didn’t have as many great reviews as the Sony a6000.

I spent countless hours researching all mirrorless cameras, including the Fuji X-T10, Fuji X-A3 (because it’s cool and retro looking), and the Leica X (out of my price range).

And I saw the Sony a6000 everywhere: traveling, on press trips, etc. There was always someone who had a Sony a6000.

So I caved and went Sony. And I haven’t regretted it for a moment.

Bring it Anywhere

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You can quickly take a picture of your food without being obvious.

As I mentioned earlier, it’s so much smaller than a DSLR. I love that it fits in my bag. I can bring it with me at all times. All those moments when you’re like, “Oh, I wish I had my camera.” Nope, not gonna happen anymore. Because you’ve got your little amazing camera with you.

Compatible With Nikon Lenses

You can buy an adapter and use your Nikon lenses or Canon lenses (if you play for the other team) on your Sony a6000. So if you already have a wide angle lens or 35mm lens, you’ll have some money.

Wi-Fi

Because Wi-Fi is built-in, you can send your photos to your smartphone instantly. Which means you can upload to your social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, etc. without having to wait until you get back home or to your hotel.

I haven’t used this function yet because I use an Eye-Fi SD card which does the same thing and transfers the photos to my iPhone instantly. But I like that I have an extra option if my Eye-Fi card is full or if I’m using a different SD card.

Pro-tip: Use the Wi-Fi function to back up your photos. Just in case anything happens to your camera before you get a chance to download your pictures.

What I Don’t Like About the Sony a6000

Noise

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When you’re first to board, the shutter noise won’t bother anyone

The shutter noise aka little beep it makes when it takes a photo. You can’t turn it off.

While it’s just a little beep, it’s annoying none the less. No more secret shots snapped off.

So when that cabin crew tells you to stop taking pictures, you can’t keep taking them like you could with stealth cameras like the X or Y. You have to stop taking photos. 🙁

Battery

You can’t charge the battery outside of the camera. Meaning the battery has to be in the camera to charge. Which means you can’t use your camera while the battery is charging. 🙁 This is my least favorite thing of the Sony a6000.

But you can buy a compatible battery charger like one of these:

Not Weather Sealed

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A dip in the pool would be disasterous for the Sony a6000

So you don’t want to take the Sony a6000 out when it could get wet like in the rain or during water sports. Instead bring your GoPro or buy a water housing.

Video

The video quality is great. But I can’t download the files automatically to my iPhone or Mac. I have to use a separate program. 🙁 Not an issue if you are a Windows user.

Not Full Frame

When you take a photo the image you saw on the screen or through the viewfinder will not be the same final image. Because it’s cropped.

It’s a small crop but none the less, you lose a little bit. Not enough to matter to most people.

But if you’re a serious photographer, you’re probably not going to buy the Sony a6000. Because you want a full frame camera like the Sony a7R II or Sony a99 II.

Lenses for the Sony a6000

Sony 35mm

My low light images come out fine with the 16-50mm kit lens but for higher quality images, you’ll want to get a lens like the Sony 35mm.

Sony 55-210mm

The Sony 55-210mm telephoto zoom lens will cover the gaps from the 16-50mm kit lens.

Sony 18-200mm

You avoid having to bring multiple lenses with an all-in-one lens like the Sony 18-200mm.

Sony 10-18mm

If you take landscape photos, you’ll want to get the Sony 10-18mm wide-angle lens.

Gear for the Sony a6000

67mm German Optics UV Filter

Buying a UV Filter is like waxing your car. It adds a layer of protection that helps keep your lens safe. And it’s cheaper to buy another filter than a lens. This 67mm German Optics UV filter is similar to the one that I use on my camera.

SanDisk Memory Card

I buy a lot of SanDisk memory cards. Because they’re reliable and you can usually get them on sale via Amazon or Staples. 🙂

Zomei Z818 Camera Tripod

You’ll want a tripod for landscape photos. They also work great for food photos (if you’re a food blogger). I like the Zomei Z818 Camera tripod.

Conclusion

I’m really glad that I switched from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera, specifically the Sony a6000. It’s so light, compact, and I can bring it anywhere.

Taking photos is so easy, just a click of the button. And I can upload them instantly via Wi-Fi.

And the price is incredibly reasonable. The Sony a6000 is available for $548 for the body only. But I recommend buying it with the 16-50mm lens for $648. Because you save $150 buying the lens with the camera over buying the camera and lens separately.

Remember you can buy an adapter and use your existing Nikon and Canon lenses.

What camera do you use when you travel?

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  • karen February 6, 2017 at 7:00 am

    There is so much to consider when purchasing a camera. I love mine – but I find that the biggest thing is the lens. I did a TON of research to get the correct lens so I can make my photos really fab!

    • Aaron March 11, 2017 at 9:36 am

      You can turn off the “beep” noise but the physical shutter, even with E shutter on is noisey. I think Sony menus are bit poorly laid out and so things like this get buried. I love my a6000 as I use a lot of old M42 lenses like Takumar, focus peaking is a huge deal for manual focus. As I am not a pro I think this is the best travel/family camera. Lenses are a bit more expensive than DX lenses but I just invested in the kit lenses(16-50mm and 55-250mm) and the Sigma 30 prime. All else are manual lenses. Very good points in the article.

  • Ana De- Jesus February 6, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I am a Nikon girl too but I do like the sound of the Sony camera , even if it does have a loud shutter noise. I like that because it tells me when a photo is being taken which is helpful x

  • Jessi February 6, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Thank you for this. I have been browsing around thinking about getting a new camera soon and this seems like a great option.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle February 6, 2017 at 9:00 am

    That sounds like a great camera. I love how crisp the shots are. Even better, I love how portable it is. Some cameras can be absolute behemoths.

  • CoCo February 6, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Great review! I love my DSLR but it does get really heavy! I have considered getting something a little smaller and loved your input!

  • rxgeek February 6, 2017 at 9:12 am

    There are after-market batteries and chargers available.

  • Marcie February 6, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I love that you found a camera that works for you and your travel style! I usually just bring my iPhone for candid shots and encourage my husband to bring his huge Nikon for our “good” shots. Cameras can get so heavy!

  • Mandy Carter February 6, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Looks like a great camera. I am attached to my camera too! And I would love to be on that plane!

  • Stephanie Wilson February 6, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I’m on the market for a lighter weight camera like this, so I’m definitely going to check this one out!

  • Tam Warner Minton February 6, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I just bought the Olympus mirrorless, and used it in Antarctica! LOVE it. And now I am off to Indonesia for underwater photography!

  • Courteney Noonan February 6, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Wow these are great quality pictures. There’s so much to consider when investing in a new camera, it sounds like you obviously chose the right one for you though 🙂

  • HilLesha O'Nan February 6, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I have the Nikon D7000 as well with the same lens, but I’ve been looking for a camera that’s more travel-friendly yet can still produce quality pictures. This one sounds perfect!

  • Cara (@S February 6, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I am a newbie photographer and have quite a few dSLRs and compact cameras. I have not yet decided to part with them for a mirror-less camera, but I do like your review on Sony a6000 and will consider it. Thanks!

  • Janel Berchielli February 6, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I completely agree. As an active photographer myself owning a heavy Canon dslr, I switched to a lighter system over a year ago (Fuji) and I wish I would have done it sooner!

  • Eloise February 6, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    some day I would LOVE to splurge on a nice camera like this! I love photos that capture low light, and I love the photos you have taken, I can tell it’s a really good-high-quality camera… I’ll keep this in mind : )

  • Krysten February 6, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I have a lot of friends who have this camera and love it, but I love my canon and I don’t think that I could switch. I’m glad you found a camera that you love!

  • Shevy February 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Beautiful camera with lots of great features. Too bad I didn’t see this before I purchased my first DSLR a few days ago.

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh February 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, I don’t know if I’ve ever read a review urging someone to buy a camera that wasn’t a Canon or a Nikon. Very interesting. I’ll have to look into this one when I’m ready for an upgrade.

  • Di Hickman February 6, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Wow great review! I got a canon g7x last year for taking out and about and absolutely love it. I did also get a Canon T5i dslr but not as portable. It’s annoying having different cameras for different things. Plus When I leave the dslr at home I usually regret it, lol!

  • Lydia February 6, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Your shots looks so great! I use a Canon t6i and I love it. Also, I can’t get over your travel pictures, it looks so pretty and fabulous!

  • Krystel February 6, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Wow I had no idea this existed. I love traveling, having adventures, and taking pictures but like you said DSLR is big. Love this!

  • Debra February 6, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I want a good camera, I’ve only ever had a point and click and my phone. I can’t wait to learn how to take good pictures, thanks for your review.

  • Roch February 6, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    This was one of the cameras that was included in my list when I was deciding which mirrorless camera to buy. In the end, I got the Fujifilm xt10 and did not regret it. Sony a60000 is really good with cameras and lenses.

  • Ashley LaMar February 6, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks for this recommendation! I’ve been looking for a camera that is easily portable and takes great pictures. This sounds perfect!

  • The Travel Ninjas February 6, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    I’ve been thinking about the Sony a6000 for a while too. It definitely has a lot gong for it. If my nikon dies (or I drop it), its high on my list. Thanks for this great review.

  • Marisa February 7, 2017 at 5:14 am

    I was just looking at cameras this weekend. I love how light this one is. I’m really considering this model. Thanks for sharing.

  • My Teen Guide February 7, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Actually, I’m looking for a good camera so I could start Vlogging asap! This is really pretty amazing! I will check it out

  • Natasha February 7, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Sounds like a great camera. I am a Canon girl myself but the specs on the cameral look great. And it looks like it takes great photos.

  • Melissa Dixon February 7, 2017 at 6:34 am

    This looks like a nice camera. I have never been an expert on these types of things but the picture quality always lets you know how good one really is and that’s what matters most.

  • Jen February 7, 2017 at 7:08 am

    A very comprehensive review but I like it. At least now I know if I should go for this or not. It’s very difficult to find a camera that suits well with your needs. Thanks

  • Robin Rue February 7, 2017 at 7:22 am

    This camera does look amazing! I have been looking to get a new one this year so I will be considering this one.

  • Krystle Cook February 7, 2017 at 7:24 am

    I am really in the dark about cameras for the most part. Thanks for sharing how this one is the best to help me with my decisions.

  • Karissa February 7, 2017 at 7:42 am

    This camera has so many features!! Wow it is amazing what they can do these days. Love your photos too!

  • Dawn McAlexander February 7, 2017 at 8:20 am

    This camera seems pretty sweet. I actually have a professional camera like this but I never use it. I am not that tech-savvy, so it seems a little above me to use, so I just stick with my smartphone camera.

  • Tabitha Shakespeare February 7, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Buying a camera is such a hard decision! I have a canon and I love it but I do wish that it was smaller sometimes!

  • Brandi Puga February 7, 2017 at 8:36 am

    OMG i really need a new camera for both my family and my blog! If I ever make enough money blogging this is where I will go for sure!

  • Harriet February 7, 2017 at 8:51 am

    This looks like such a great camera. Your pictures have come out so well!

  • Charlotte February 7, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I have to say, I know very little about cameras but I have been looking at getting a new one, specifically for my blogging! Looks like this one is a great pic and it’s taken some great shots!

  • Theresa February 7, 2017 at 9:16 am

    This camera sounds incredie. I’m a huge fan of my GH4 though. I don’t think I’ll switch for a long time.

  • Vicky February 7, 2017 at 9:39 am

    We have a full DSLR that we never use when we travel because it is too heavy. I like how this is so lightweight as it makes it easy to just grab and go on adventures.

  • Donna Janke February 7, 2017 at 9:53 am

    My next camera will be a mirrorless one. I like the quality and features of my DSLR but would like a more compact option. I appreciate this review – good to know all the considerations.

  • Jalisa February 7, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Since I’m really getting into blogging now I’ll be needing a real camera. I’ve hear mirrorless cameras are starting to become a big thing and setting themselves apart from dslrs. Thank you for your review.

  • Echo February 7, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Thank you for all of this information! I love my Canon, but this camera looks ABSOLUTELY fantastic!

  • maria han February 7, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Me and my hubby was planning to buy a new camera ours was too old, I love this camera absolutely sounds a great review and I love the 25 mega pixels. thanks for the good review

  • Sophie Nadeau February 7, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Oh my goodness: I have the Sony A6000 as well and absolutely love it! It just fits in all my bags and takes the most spectacular pictures (even with the kit lens!)

  • Kathy Myers February 7, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I have heard good things about this camera, I will have to check it out!

  • Heather February 7, 2017 at 11:42 am

    This looks like a great camera! I have a Nikon DSLR that I love, but you are right, it is definitely heavy and hard to lug around.

  • Stephanie Jeannot February 7, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I wish I had seen this post last year when I went camera shopping. This has a lot of the features that I was looking for. I love landscape photography and the lens and zoom need to be amazing. This camera seems just right.

  • Azlin Bloor February 7, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Well, it sure does produce some amazing photos! I guess we are have different tastes, I do love my Nikon.

  • Shane February 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I love my current camera but am in need of an upgrade. THank you for the helpful review!

  • Kusum February 7, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Sounds like a great camera! I love SONY too, that was my first ever purchase but now mostly use canon and others.

  • Amie @ Busy Bliss February 7, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Such helpful information! I poured over camera reviews for weeks before I bought my camera a couple of months ago.

  • Shannon Gurnee February 7, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Wow – that looks like a really awesome camera! I’ve only used Canons, but it looks like a good camera. 🙂

  • Reesa Lewandowski February 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you for the review! I am eager to get my hands on a new camera! This one sounds wonderful!

  • Kristin February 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I just love how lightweight it is, yet it still takes such amazing photos. It sounds like the perfect travel camera!

  • Chubskulit Rose February 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    This looks like a cool gadget to have,. I have a Nikon D3100 and love it for my everyday captures.

  • Tiffany February 7, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Wow!! This is an eye-opener for me as a total Nikon Girl.. I would have never thought of a SONY at all. I currently have a Nikon D5300 and Coolpix B500 but I am still looking for another addition to my camera family. Perhaps I will consider a SONY…

    • Namdeo July 5, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Sony’s A6000 is better that D5300 ,excellent clarity and so many options for photo with electronic view finder s really very useful.

  • Brittany February 7, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Ooh this camera looks amazing. I just got into photography last year. My kids are getting older and I don’t want to miss any of their moments. This camera looks like a great starter for me!

  • Lisa Rios February 7, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I have been using a Sony Digital Camera for past 5-years and it has been my best companion anytime during travel. But Sony A6000 is even more amazing as the pictures look more crisp, clear & detailed too. The built-in Wi-Fi and other features sounds really great as well!

  • Jasmine Watts February 7, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Sounds like a great Camera to capture high quality pictures! I need to check it out. Thanks for your review!

  • saidat February 8, 2017 at 1:35 am

    I always love sony so I know this camera will definitely be the bomb. Thanks for the detailed review.

  • Hallie February 8, 2017 at 1:49 am

    I’m a Canon girl myself, but I’d be interested in trying this camera. I was Nikon girl before I was a Canon girl so there’s always room to move in other directions haha. I like that you can send the photos directly to your camera or other devices via wifi. That would be useful sometimes.

  • Jennifer (JenuineMom) February 8, 2017 at 5:36 am

    This looks like a great camera. Major bummer that you can’t turn off your beeping noises, though. I thought I couldn’t on my Lumix, but I just recently figured out how to do it. Woot!

  • Gabriel February 8, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Looks like a great camera. Is it fairly durable? I’m really rough on gear, that’s the main reason I just stick to my phones’ camera.

  • Chelsea Damon February 8, 2017 at 6:21 am

    THis sounds great! But yes, the battery thing would get a little annoying especially if you’re like me and you always forget to charge it until the moment you need it!

    • Ashley Goble July 15, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Buy a second battery and there are chargers that do the job outside of the camera!

  • Angela Ricardo February 8, 2017 at 7:17 am

    As a military wife who could barely handle her busy schedule I am truly glad I came across your post. I love checking out new things and this A6000 sounds so incredible. Im hearing a lot of good feedback on this.

  • KatrinaJeanCarter February 8, 2017 at 9:36 am

    As handy as our cellphones are now, it’s still fantastic to have a reliable camera. Thank you for your review! I will check it out 🙂

  • Rachel February 8, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I’ve heard good things about this camera but was wondering if it was a crop sensor. Good to know. I like that I can adapt my Canon lenes.

  • Blythe Alpern February 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I’m a die-hard Nikon fan as well, so I can understand the hesitation with buying another brand. I love my DSLR, but it can be a pain for travel. Luckily, the new iphones have better lighting and options so for now I will stick with that. Though this Sony does sounds like a great buy.

  • Laura Dennis February 8, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    My husband bought this camera almost a year ago and loves it! Wonderful for travel because of the light weight and the video quality is great for school programs, etc.

  • E H February 8, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Looks like an awesome camera! And not too bulky to travel with it – it takes amazing photos for sure! I love this camera, wish I had one like this one!

  • Terri Beavers February 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    This looks and sounds like a great camera. I love how the photos turned out. I am looking for a smaller cam as well due to chronic back pain. My DSLR has been retired because it’s too much to lug it around.

  • Ance February 8, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    This is great review on this Sony camera I would love to have one. Great pictures I really need good camera and this looks great ! !

  • rika February 8, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing this review.. I always wanted to purchase a Sony Camera but always end up with Canon. Sounds like a great product.

  • OurFamilyWorld February 8, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I am saving up for a new camera. This look reaaly nice and I love that it’s not too big. I will check this out.

  • Lisa Heath February 8, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    These cameras are so confusing for me! But for the type of blogging photography I do, I don’t think it’s necessarily for me. But if I did more traveling, I for sure would look into it

  • Chelsea Daigle February 8, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    These are great photos. I was considering getting another Canon, but I’ve added this to my list of options now.

  • glenn February 8, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I love it. Its seem like very good for capturing image, I will buy this sooner or later.

  • Lynndee February 9, 2017 at 4:10 am

    My niece told me about this mirrorless camera and it’s on my wish list. I love my DSLR, but it’s just too bulky to carry. I didn’t even take it with me on our holiday trip. I just used my iPhone. 🙂

  • Amber Nelson February 9, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Ok I really think that I need this in my life. I wonder if my hubby would splurge!

  • Katriza February 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I’m looking into picking up a camera to try my hand on photography! I think my favorite feature is the fact that it has wifi built in! That is such an amazing feature is absolutely useful!

  • Cynthia Williamston February 9, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Any camera that allows me to automatically send photos to my smart phone is awesome to me. Save me time and makes me efficient.

  • The Adventure Ahead February 11, 2017 at 8:28 am

    We are on the lookout for a new travel camera, so we really appreciate all of the information you have gathered here. The built in wifi is a pretty cool feature. We often resort to just using our phones to take pictures, and they really don’t cut it sometimes. I think it is time we make the investment 🙂

  • LeAnna Brown February 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I’m also a Nikon DSLR gal, but I agree that sometimes it is nice to have something that isn’t so huge, harder to lug around and doesn’t scream “TOURIST!”

  • Sarah Albom February 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I’ve always been on Cannon, but my mum is planning on upgrading so I might switch to her micro four-thirds olympus.

  • Tamara Elliott February 11, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Wow, you captured some great pics with the Sony! I agree, you can’t depend on iPhones for high quality photos, especially in poor lighting conditions, so it’s great to have the option of a light mirrorless camera.

  • Suze February 12, 2017 at 4:21 am

    We have a small Sony that I sometimes use although we’re fans of the Lumix. Thanks for such a complete review, it’s certainly a camera that I’d bear in mind for the future

  • Samantha Sparrow February 12, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I’m getting seriously into my photography, and this post was super helpful. I’ve actually just invested in an Olympus Pen + Lenses so I’m not in the market for a new camera, but if I ever am, I know where to find the right info!

  • Annie February 12, 2017 at 9:53 am

    This is a really thoughtful and honest review. Thank you for mentioning the beeping sound it makes when you snap a picture, that would definitely make me nuts although not a deal breaker seeing as it has a lot of other benefits. But being smaller and more compact does mean lower profile, so maybe it balances out!

  • Vishal Vashisht February 12, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I don’t think camera purchase should be taken so lightly because it is an expensive purchase. I myself have never used a Sony Camera before but loved your detailed review. I can see you are very happy with it and why not? If it is giving you excellent photos and a good return on investment, you should enjoy it. I find it not so unhelpful when you can’t use a different manufacturer’s lens on a different camera and vice versa. Otherwise, I would use a few different options.

  • Wildish Jess February 12, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I’ve never played with a Sony before since I’m a Nikon shooter. Looks like a decent camera though!

  • Abhinav Singh February 13, 2017 at 7:29 am

    This seems like a camera I would love to try. It’s lightweight appeals to me so does its sleek look. Also not many cameras can take good low light pictures. You know why I am impressed.

  • Only By Land February 13, 2017 at 8:02 am

    As a Canon man I don’t normally look at Sony products, however another traveler once had one of these and was boasting about it’s features, it seems they were right! I didn’t really understand the mirrorless feature, I got it now! The point you make about carrying a heavy camera around all day and needing a lighter option is 100% true. I am a bodybuilder but still get aches around my shoulder / back / bicep after a long day shooting. This is a great lighter option to give the body a rest.

  • Lydia@LifeUntraveled February 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I admit I have a hard time carrying around a DSLR camera! I traveled for 4 months in SEA and only used my IPhone….lol! But I like that the Sony A6000 is really small and lightweight – definitely a plus!

  • Jennifer February 13, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    That is a great review of your product! I am in the market for a new camera, so this is a great big help for me. I am generally a Canon person, so this is great.

  • melbtravel February 13, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I have to admit I don’t use my SLR much especially when I am scrambling up mountains because it will smash and it is cumbersome. I do like the looks of this camera and your photso are great especially one of Melbourne my home country 🙂 I like your write up on the camera I would definitely give this a look next time I update.

  • Isha Write February 13, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Amazing image quality for the price; Blazing-fast hybrid autofocus; Swift burst shooting with generous buffer depths; Good battery life with LCD monitor; More compact than a DSLR; In-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking. Great camera!

  • Ami February 14, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Wow that is such a lovely and detailed review of Sony. I like the sound of it, as it seems to be compatible with Canon and Nikon. And you say that it is quite light and handy. Will definitely be checking this out seriously

  • neha February 14, 2017 at 2:03 am

    A very balanced review. I am not that much into the technical details of the cameras but one thing I can say is you pointed it right that when the camera takes up a lot of space, it gets annoying. And that is what is happening somewhat with my current DSLR. At times we think about dropping the idea of carrying it along because of the sheer size thing. And this sony – a 6000 really looks like a compact one for all the features that it has.

  • Joanna February 14, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I have the same issues as you, but with my Canon. The camera with the lens is huge and it would take a bag just to carry it around. I do take it with me but only in longer trips. An alternative like this Sony would be great for short weekend get aways. I like that it acts well in low light, that’s a plus.

  • Soumya Nambiar February 14, 2017 at 5:40 am

    I am a Nikon girl myself but like you said it can be quite heavy to carry on all my trips. I am still in the learning phase so I don’t use a big lens but I can think of the Sony A6000 maybe in the future. However the fact that I can’t take any photos while it is charging seems to be quite irritating.

  • Jennifer Melroy February 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I have never had the professional photographer issue come up while traveling when I have the short lens on my DSLR. Now my long range lens does attract that kind of attention but I don’t worry about that much. This does look like a good backup camera for people with DSLR. I really like the fact that it has an adapter and can take Nikon lens.

  • Karina Pacheco February 15, 2017 at 1:11 am

    A good camera is always a good investment. Not only for bloggers but also to capture specials memories with the family. This Sony camera sounds like a great investment!

  • Swati February 16, 2017 at 6:50 am

    My first ever digicam was Sony and it was too small and light that used to fit in the palm and delivered awesome pictures too Post that I have been using canon and but yes carrying all the lenses all the time is a big pain. Sony a6000 picture quality looks great and nice review.

  • Ashley Goble July 15, 2017 at 7:09 am

    You can charge the battery outside of the camera! The are many after market chargers to do just that and I have one. There are even some that charge two battery’s at a time.

    • Debra Schroeder July 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Hi Ashley Goble,

      Thanks, good point about buying a charger and extra battery. I’ve added a couple to the post.

  • Will in DC February 5, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you for this nice review with photos. I’m buying a first time camera and I’m deciding between this, the a5100 and the a6000. I want a balance of portability (I don’t look like “that tourist” :), it can fit in a drawstring bag on a hike, or a carry-on on a flight), but also some heft (not so tiny that I can’t control it or it always feels like it’ll drop).

    I’d feared the a6000 might be too big…but seems fine, you’re ok operating it with one hand? Also do you know how this compares to the other two sonys? I’m completely new to this, I just want photos better than iphone 6s.

    Mostly I snap social stuff/friends at parties, graffiti, city streets at night, and random nature snaps on hiking trails. I’m not a pro, but I’m also ok learning–slowly–about cameras in the long term.

  • Milet Miranda May 8, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    I’m a Nikon girl too but like you, I’ve been wanting to try a lighter system for my travels. Sony A6000 sounds like a great camera for my travel needs. Thank you for sharing!

  • Ines August 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Hello . I have Sony A6300 and a Nikon D50. Can you tell me what is the adapter correct to use the
    lens from Nikon D50 to Sony A6300.
    Tks.

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