Gear Talk: Sony Does It Again with the a6000
Once Zeiss started making lenses for the Sony Mirrorless NEX system, I was sold. My NEX-7 paired with the Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 is an awesome combination. The focus is noticeably faster with this lens than just about any other Sony lens I’ve tried. That said, I’ve always been left a bit “wanting” with the NEX-7. Great camera but, especially for street photography, a bit slow on the focus.
Here comes the new Sony a6000 (release is slated for mid-April) which I got to touch and try at WPPI last week. Sony is touting this as the fastest auto-focus camera on the market and I believe it. Not only will it shoot 11 frames a second, but it will focus individually for each frame. Typically, the focus occurs on the first frame only. When I tried it out, the fast hybrid auto-focus, with 179-point phase detection and 25-point contrast detection achieved the claim.
There are a ton of other improvements including, most importantly, a 24.3mp new APS HD CMOS sensor with BIONZ Z processor. Sony claims usable images up to 25,600 ISO. We’ll have to see on that one!
Anyway, I’ve already sold my NEX-7 in anticipation of this bad boy. The camera felt great in my hand. And with additional features such as built in WiFi, anti-motion blur and built in HDR, Pano & Time-lapse, I’m very excited. Stay tuned for a hands-on review in April.