Sony’s α6000 CSC: Fast AF, 24MP APS-C Sensor, OLED Tru-Finder

Sony’s α6000 CSC: Fast AF, 24MP APS-C Sensor, OLED Tru-Finder


San Diego, CA—Sony’s new α6000 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera boasts autofocus performance of 0.06 second and is equipped with a 24.3 megapixel APS-C-size image sensor and the latest Bionz X processor.

“With the world’s fastest autofocus system, the ability to capture a blazing 11 frames per second and a 24.3MP sensor, the new α6000 rivals even the best DSLRs in the market today in terms of performance, and it 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.”

The autofocus speed of the α6000 is powered by Sony’s hybrid AF system. The camera features a focal plane phase-detection AF sensor with a wide autofocus coverage area—179 focal points—that is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF. The combination helps the camera to accurately track and respond to a subject moving through nearly the entire frame, and to shoot at speeds up to 11 fps with continuous autofocus.

Also notable is the camera’s bright OLED Tru-Finder, which lets users see a live preview of all setting adjustments before the shot is taken. And mode and control dials on top of the camera give access to commonly used settings. Additionally, a “function” button and two additional customizable buttons provide access to any one of 47 assignable functions.

Other features include: ISO 100–25,600; a 3.0-inch, 921,600-dot TFT LCD display; Full HD 1080/24/60P video recording; 13 picture effects, like toy camera and HDR painting; creative styles, such as vivid and night scene; various scene modes, including motion blur; a sweep panorama function; a built-in flash; and an accessory shoe.

The α6000 also offers built-in Wi-Fi, giving consumers one-touch connection with Xperia or NFC-compatible Android smartphones or tablets for image transfer and sharing. A single touch also activates a smart remote control, linking the camera with a smartphone/tablet for a live image preview, to fire the shutter from a distance and to review shots. For devices without NFC, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos and activate smart remote control through Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile app.

The Sony α6000 compact system camera will be available in April 2014 in black and silver in a kit with a compact 16–50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650) for $800. It will also be offered body only for $650.