Sony a6000 hands on review
Maarten | On 11, Jun 2014
Last year I reviewed the NEX6, and recommended it as the sweet spot in Sony’s mirrorless lineup. I was very interested to evaluate the new features included in the updated and renamed version.
Bottom line: Loved it, bought it and am learning to deal with the quirks I mentioned. Prices are quoted in Canadian dollars.
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So nice to have spring in Canada. Lots of great opportunities to get out – you’ll see lots of photos of tulips, both from the Ottawa Tulip Festival (the tulips are a gift of The Netherlands, in appreciation of the stay of Queen Juliana and her children during WWII) and closer to home.
All photos (and their EXIF data) can be found at my flickr account. All photos have been processed in Lightroom – my typical adjustments increase exposure slightly (I find that the a6000 underexposes slightly), darken highlights, lighten shadows (I prefer a flatter gamma curve), increase both clarity and vibrance. The lens profile correction was applied. If you are interested to have the original RAW file for any image, please ask.
You may notice lip-sync issues – I forgot the cable to attach the wireless receiver to the camera, so I had to ADR my voice. Arrgghh.
The video is shot using a Sony VG20 camera, with the SEL18200 lens. For the closeups, I use the SEL30M35 macro lens. The shots of me using the camera, taken at Yonge/Dundas Square in Toronto, were taken using the GoPro3+ mounted on a (VCT-55LH) bracket. I use the elgato game capture HD to record the HDMI ouput from the camera – the a6000 thankfully supports both clean and dirty output when shooting.
Editing in Final Cut X 10.1.
In addition to Ottawa, locations included: High Park (Sakura blossoms, geese, puppy, swans); Henry’s Toronto Exposure show (parrot, pirate; Equestrian events at Blue Star Farm in Mt Albert; RC Harris water treatment plant and MZTV Museum during Doors Open Toronto; CN Tower; Concord Choir; Alysha Brilla (at Yonge Dundas Square); Curtis Salgado (with Raoul and the BigTime at Hugh’s Room); Kettle Choir (at 3030).
As always, if there are any details I’ve overlooked, I welcome (and reply to) your comments and questions