Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sony Alpha A6000 Review

I am always very impressed by blogs I currently follow for their amazing photography. There are so many talented folks in the blog world! This post is in no way sponsored by any places listed or linked here.I purchase all of my photography items at Adorama, they have the best prices online, and I have been happy with every purchase. They also sell used equipment, not everyone can afford a lens that costs thousands of dollars, and the quality is very good. I have purchased some used items from them in the past, and they look brand new. I would not hesitate to tell someone to purchase from them whether new or used. 

I have been using the Canon Rebel with Canon Zoom lens EF 24-105mm 1:4L for the last few years. I was a late bloomer to switch to digital cameras, but while at the US Open tennis tournament, Olympus allowed you to take a camera around the grounds and play with it. They then took your photos and put them on a disk for you to take home. My first digital was a very basic Olympus, and it worked well, but I kept advancing until my current model. 

As much as I love my Canon equipment, I was hearing much about the mirrorless cameras. I follow a blog titled Girl Gone Travel, and she wrote about a Sony camera, showed the amazing photos she took which made me think - hmmm, should I buy one of these? I decided to take the plunge the end of 2015, I purchased the camera body separate  Sony Alpha A6000 (another great thing about Adorama) and the lens I purchased was the Sony 18-105mm F4.0 G OSS E-Mount NEX Camera Lens 

This camera is pretty advanced. You need to update it via your computer, as well as charge the battery. This type of camera has updates available to fix any issues Sony may come across, which I think is a cool idea. The main reason I was looking for a 2nd camera was I wanted something lighter than my Canon gear. I would never get rid of the Canon items, but this gives me another option for photographing around the city. I wanted a smaller camera that gave me the power of a DSLR. This camera has wi-fi connection as well, which I have yet to try, but is pretty fabulous for a blogger! 

Some of the reasons to purchase a Sony mirrorless camera are:
  • Size and Weight 
  • Live View 
  • Autofocus 
  • Electronic viewfinder 
  • Video 
  • Wi-Fi Connection - direct connect to Facebook, Twitter and Iphone 
  • Charge with a USB cord 
  • Adapters allow to use Canon or Nikon lenses 
  • Tracking re-focus

Many professional photographers are making the switch, so I felt if it was good for them, it would be good for me to give it a try! Below are some examples of the photos I took with this camera. As with any camera, I feel the more I use it, the better I will become at taking photos with it. It is different from the Canon I am used to, but I do feel more comfortable after each use. The ability this camera has is amazing, and I love the fact it is so lightweight. I was very impressed with the night shots as well. taken with no flash, they came out very nicely. The photos are very crisp and clear, and with the advanced focus it is almost impossible to take a blurry photo! 

Sony A6000 Features
  • All the quality in half the size & weight of other DSLRs
  • World's fastest auto focus with 179 AF points and 11 Fps
  • Capture life in high resolution with 24MP APS-C sensor
  • Instant sharing via smartphone with Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Stunning low light photos with ISO range of 100-25600
  • Easy and intuitive controls help you shoot like a pro
  • Record Full HD 1080/24/60P video
  • What you see is what you get with an OLED Viewfinder
  • Convenient features - Tilt LCD, pop-up flash and MI shoe
  • Enhance your camera and creativity with Camera Apps
2 great places where I found fabulous information about this camera are the following:

Recommended Sony A6000 Settings on the website Photography Life is extremely helpful

Gary Fong is a photographer who is very impressed with the Sony camera products. His site offers wonderful videos about this camera, as well as other Sony models, some free and some you have to purchase. I purchased the video of how this camera should be set up for the best results, and found it to be very helpful. There is so much this camera can do, you can easily miss something!

                         Have you used a mirrorless camera? Which one did you choose? 

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored by any folks mentioned here. I purchased this Sony camera and lens myself, via Adorama. I wanted to give you an idea about these cameras in case you were thinking of purchasing one. I would only recommend products that I use personally, and have been very pleased with the outcome. This camera fits the bill in every way!

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