Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Sony Alpha A6000 (with 16-50mm PZ Lens)

For the successor to its generally excellent Alpha NEX-6, Sony claims improved performance from an updated autofocus system, better image quality from a new sensor and bump to the latest Bionz X image-processing firmware, and a refined design over its predecessor. The latest ILC to get Sony’s ILCE rebranding, the Alpha ILCE-6000 (aka the A6000) seems to have been improved in every way except the way it most needed — shortening its startup time.



Sony A6000 debuts more streamlined, configurable design (pictures)

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The NEX-6, with its hybrid autofocus system, performs pretty well, but the A6000 finally offers a solid burst frame rate with continuous autofocus. The updated system provides phase-detection sensors covering more of the image area — 92 percent, according to Sony — which should help with focusing on off-center subjects and subjects moving across the frame. However, it remains to be seen if Sony has reduced the camera’s long startup time, a problem that continues to plague all of its mirrorless models; the boot time on the preproduction model we saw still seemed awfully slow.


The new sensor incorporates the latest gapless microlens technology that most modern sensors now use and coupled with the Bionz X processor I think we should see some pretty good photo and video quality. Sony also brings the feature set up-to-date by adding NFC for quick wireless pairing, clean HDMI output, and Zebra (tone-clipping indicator).


Sony will also be offering three new A6000-compatible apps in for its proprietary PlayMemories platform in the spring, StarTrail (for long-exposure sky photography), LiveView Grading (which despite using the term “grading” looks more like special effects), and Smooth Reflection (a digital neutral-density filter for long exposures). All will cost you extra bucks. The new Sync to Smartphone app (for simultaneously saving to mobile device and camera) will be gratis, however.


On the one-step-back front, Sony seems to have downgraded the EVF — it’s much lower-resolution and a hair smaller — though it remains competitive with those of the other cameras in its class.


Here’s the current landscape for some similar cameras:


 
Nikon 1 V2
Olympus OM-D E-M10
Olympus OM-D E-M5

Sony Alpha ILCE-6000 (A6000)
Sony Alpha NEX-6
Sony Alpha NEX-7
Sensor (effective resolution)

14.2MP CMOS

12 bits

16.1MP Live MOS

12 bits

16.1MP Live MOS

12 bits

24.3MP Exmor HD CMOS

n/a

16.1MP Exmor HD CMOS

n/a

24.3MP Exmor HD CMOS

12 bits

13.2mm x 8.8mm

17.3mm x 13mm

17.3mm x 13mm

23.5mm x 15.6mm

23.5mm x 15.6mm

23.5mm x 15.6mm

Focal- length multiplier

2.7x

2.0x

2.0x

1.5x

1.5x

1.5x

Sensitivity range

ISO 160 – ISO 6400

ISO 100 (exp)/

200 – ISO 25600

ISO 200 – ISO 25600

ISO 100 – ISO 25600

ISO 100 – ISO 25600

ISO 100 – ISO 16000

Burst shooting

5fps (single AF, mechanical shutter); 60fps (electronic shutter)

n/a

3.5fps

unlimited JPEG/20 raw

(8fps with fixed focus and exposure)

4fps

17 JPEG/11 raw

(9fps with fixed focus, exposure and WB)

11fps

n/a

3fps

11 raw/15 JPEG

(10fps with fixed exposure and focus)

3fps

unlimited JPEG/6 raw

(10fps with fixed exposure and focus)

Viewfinder

0.47-inch TFT EVF

1.44 million dots

100% coverage

n/a

EVF

n/a-inch

1.44 million dots

100% coverage

1.01x – 1.15x/ 0.5 – 0.58x

EVF

n/a-inch

1.44 million dots

100% coverage

1.15x/ 0.58x

OLED EVF

0.4-inch

1.44 million dots

100% coverage

1.07x/ 0.71x

OLED EVF

0.5-inch

2.4 million dots

100% coverage

1.09x/ 0.73x

EVF

0.5-inch

2.4-million dots

100% coverage

1.09x/ 0.73x

Autofocus

73-point

phase detection, 135-area contrast AF

81-area contrast AF

35-area contrast AF

175-point phase detection, 25-area contrast AF

99-point phase detection, 25-area contrast AF

25-area contrast AF

AF sensitivity range

n/a

n/a

n/a

0 – 20 EV

0 – 20 EV

0 – 20 EV

Shutter speed

30 – 1/4,000 sec (1/16,000 sec electronic).; 1/250 sec x-sync

60 – 1/4,000 sec; bulb to 30 minutes; 1/250 sec x-sync (max)

60 – 1/4,000 sec; bulb to 8 minutes; 1/250 sec x-sync (max)

30-1/4,000 sec; bulb; 1/160 sec x-sync

30-1/4,000 sec; bulb; 1/160 sec x-sync

30-1/4,000 se.; bulb; 1/160 sec x-sync

Metering

n/a

324 area

324 area

1,200 zones

1,200 zones

1,200 zones

Metering range

n/a

-2 – 20 EV

0 – 20 EV

0 – 20 EV

0 – 20 EV

0 – 20 EV

Flash

Yes

Yes

Included add-on

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wireless flash

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Image stabilization

Optical

Sensor shift

Sensor shift

Optical

Optical

Optical

Best video

1080/30p; 720/60p H.264 MPEG-4 QuickTime MOV

1080/30p H.264 QuickTime MOV

(22 mins)

1080/60i QuickTime MOV @ 20, 17Mbps

AVCHD 1080/60p @ 28Mbps, 1080/24p @ 24Mbps

AVCHD 1080/60p @ 28Mbps, 1080/24p @ 24Mbps

AVCHD 1080/60p @ 28Mbps, 1080/24p @ 24Mbps

Audio

Stereo; mic input

Stereo

Stereo; mic input

Stereo; mic (via accessory shoe)

Stereo; mic input

Stereo; mic input

LCD size

3-inch fixed 920,000 dots

3-inch tilting touch screen

1.04 million dots

3-inch tilting touch-screen OLED

614,000 dots

3-inch tilting touch screen

921,600 dots

3-inch tilting touch screen

921,600 dots

3-inch tilting

921,600 dots

Wireless

Optional

(via WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter)

Wi-Fi

None

Wi-Fi, NFC

Wi-Fi

None

Battery life (CIPA rating)

310 shots

320 shots

330 shots

420 shots

270 shots

(VF); 360 shots (LCD)

430 shots

Dimensions (inches, WHD)


4.2 x 3.2 x 1.8


4.7 x 3.2 x 1.8

4.8 x 3.5 x 1.7

4.8 x 2.9 x 1.8

4.8 x 2.8 x 1.1

4.8 x 2.8 x 1.7

Body operating weight (ounces)

11 (est)

14 (est)

15.1

12.1 (est)

12.3

12.4

Mfr. price

$799.95 (body only)

$699 (body only)

$799.99 (body only)

n/a

$649.99 (body only)

$949.99 (body only)

$899.95 (with 10-30mm lens)

$799 (with 14-42mm lens)

$899.99 (with 14-42mm lens)

$799.99 (with 15-60mm PZ lens)

$799.99 (with 15-60mm PZ lens)

$1,049 (with 18-55mm lens)

$1,049.95 (with 10-30mm and 30-110mm lenses)

n/a

$1,099.99 (with 12-50mm lens)

n/a

n/a

n/a

Ship date

November 2012

March 2014

April 2012

April 2014

October 2012

November 2011


In related news, Sony shared pricing and availability for the full-frame FE-mount 70-200mm f4 lens announced around the time of the A7/A7R: it will ship in April for $1,499. Five more FE lenses are planned for this year and another five should arrive in 2015.


Article source: http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/photo-news/540087/fuji-launches-instax-mini-90-as-digital-age-antidote


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