The Sony a6000 is a top gift this year. I discovered it by accident last week at Best Buy and was pleasantly surprised.
I currently have a Sony Alpha a390 dSLR camera. Isn’t she a beaut?
I’ve been pleased with it, but I have often found my mind drifting down the road not travelled (i.e. getting a Canon or a Nikon.) I wondered if my pictures might be better if I had one of the two “main” brands.
So when I went looking for a new camera, I was quite sure I did NOT want a Sony. I went to Best Buy to see some of the cameras in person that I had been researching online. I had whittled down my choice to two cameras, either the Canon EOS Rebel T5 or the Nikon D3300, CNET’S “Best dSLR under $500.” The Canon T5 has 18 megapixels. The Nikon D3300 boasts a whopping 24.2 megapixels.
I had really good vibes about the Nikon until I started talking to the “Sony Expert” in the store.
Argh! I thought. I’m trying to get away from you Sony! Just get off my back already.
I had not included Sony in my research so of course I knew nothing about the mirrorless wonder I was about to be introduced to. It helped that the associate actually had his personal a6000 on his person. He clearly loved the product and showed me lots of pictures of his cute little pug on it.
Well played, sir.
So without further ado, I present:
Five Fantastic Features about the Sony a6000:
Because it is mirrorless, the body of the camera only weighs 10.5 oz!
I just weighed my a390 on my kitchen scale and the body alone weighs 1 lb 4 ounces (i.e. 20 oz). That thing does get heavy on a trip to the zoo.
2. Tiltable LCD screen
I have a similiar feature on my a390. It comes in handy when you need to take a photo up high or down low.
3. Wi-fi enabled
Two key benefits. First, you can use your phone as a remote. Second, you can send photos to your phone from the camera.
When I heard the second benefit of wi-fi, it was like angels coming down from heaven singing, “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!” Or like this wonderful Taraji P Henson gif:
This feature is perfect for posting pics from your fancy camera straight to Instagram on your phone without having to transfer them and all that jazz. Ama-zing!!! This is so practical!
4. Electronic view finder
When it’s too sunny to see your LCD screen, you can look through the eye piece to review your photos. This is another byproduct of the camera being mirrorless. So cool!
5. 24.3 effective megapixels
My a390 only has 14.2 MP, so 24.3 is quite a step up. More MPs = clearer, crisper pictures.
You can read more about the Sony a6000 on Sony’s website here.
**UPDATE: June 30, 2016**
So we did end up getting this for Christmas and have had it for 6 months. It is an AMAZING camera- super lightweight, amazing photos, and the electronic view finder performs great in bright conditions.
We highly recommend going mirrorless.