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First Look: Sony A6000 bursts ahead of the pack

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First Look: Sony A6000 bursts ahead of the pack

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A great mirrorless camera for advanced photographers who need the speed.

[MUSIC] The highpoint, to the Alpha A6000, Sony's followup to its NEX Merlin interchangeable model, is it's seriously speedy continuous shooting. It laps the field with it's 11 frame per second burst and that's with autofocus and auto exposure, in either raw or JPEG. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the A-6000. Not only, is it fast, but continuous shooting in JPEG runs at least 50 shots. Probably more if you tried. Although, it takes a while for the camera to save the images to the card, that doesn't interfere with shooting another burst. It does prevent you from reviewing though. And for some reason, Sony put the right indicator on the bottom of the camera instead of the back. In all other aspects of performance, it tested, a bit slower than the NEX-6. Though, in practice, it feels about the same. You can speed up the auto focus system by turning on [UNKNOWN] after one of the continuous auto focus options. But features like that use up more battery power. And the A6000, while rated at 100 shots more than the NEX6 still only lasts about, 420 shots on a charge. The autofocus system works pretty well most of the time. But on the occasions when it makes the wrong choices it can get really frustrating. And like many mirrorless models, it's pretty slow on start up. The A6000 has a higher resolution sensor than the NEX 6. It jumps to 24 megapixels from 16, and that means there's a lot more image detail. I found that, even as low as ISO 800 though, I could get better results from Raw processing than the JPGEs, which look kind of mushy. You can fiddle with the amount of processing in camera if you'd like. On the other hand, I did shoot some ISO-2800 photos which, while still noisy, were still usable. There's a reasonable amount of recoverable shadow and highlight detail as well. And the default creative, style color settings don't push contrast or saturation egregiously. Though the neutral setting is more accurate. Video looks quite good as well. With the exception of a few real annoyances, I really like the camera's design and features implemententation. Sony gives good grip on this mirrorless model. And everything an advanced user might want, is easy to get to quickly. Although the EVS is smaller and lower resolution than the NEX-6, it's still fine and I didn't really notice. And it's really necessary since, the otherwise good LCD screen is hard to see in direct sunlight. Sony does get browny points for the tilting flash. The Wi-Fi connectivity works fine, although, it's really laggy for remote shooting. But I really hate, that in order to update to the full smart remote app, a capability that most competitors simply build in. You have to sign up for a Sony Entertainment Network account, and its a real pain entering text on a phone without a touch screen in order to log in. Despite the small annoyances though, the A6000 is a great overall camera for more advanced photographers who want something smaller than a DSLR. Especially if they need the continuous shooting speed. [MUSIC]. I'm Laurie Hoonen, and this is the Sony Alpha A6000. [MUSIC]

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