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Digital Photography Review tests Sony's new A6000 camera

Digital Photography Review (DPR), one of the web's most trusted resources for all things digital photography, has just completed its in-depth review of the Sony Alpha 6000, the world's first full frame, mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera. When Sony announced the A7, it fulfilled the dreams of many who felt limited by sub-frame models that were the only option until the A7. Needless to say, people were quick to clamor for the camera. Now, the first review by a world-renowned authority has been published.

So, how does the A7 do? Answer: rather well.

Overall, the staff at DPR loved the A6000 for the fact that, with the exception of the viewfinder: the A6000 represents a clear advance from the NEX-6 (the 'NEX' moniker has been axed) that it succeeds in Sony's lineup. That in itself is quite an accomplishment in today's world of digital photography, where improvements by leaps and bounds have given way to evolutionary steps most iof the time. Oh, yes, the A6000 is cheaper than the NEX-6 was, too.

Innovations aside, how about actual performance?

The strong suit of the A6000 is its imaging on both the still and video end of things. When it comes to video, this is not all that surprising considering that Sony has an extensive background in the video camera field. In addition to the high quality of the video itself, the A6000 ups the game on the still end of things, with DPR noting that the camera produces excellent images at default settings in both RAW and JPEG mode. In the past, Sony model;s have tended to excel in one (usually RAW) at the cost of the other. No more with the A6000.

As for complaints? Well, there's one that could put off people who are serious still shooters and it has nothing to do with the camera itself. Rather, the biggest limitation for the A6000's still ability is the company's rather limited lineup of serious lenses as Sony has tended to focus on affordable zooms and all-in-one superzooms, instead. If you want premium macro optics or fast primes, you'll have to buy an adapter until Sony finally gets the ball rolling with such optics.

Overall conclusion? DPR called the A6000 the best all-around camera (in terms of still and video capability) they've yet tested.

Want to buy an A6000? As for pricing and availability, the A6000 is in in stores now and sells for around $650 with the bundled kit lens.

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