New Mirrorless Camera Features Impressive AF, 24 MP APS-C Sensor, BIONZ® X Processor, OLED Tru-Finder™ and more
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 11, 2014 – Sony
Electronics’ new α6000 camera pushes the limits of mirrorless camera
innovation, boasting the world’s fastest AF performance1 at just 0.06 seconds.
The speedy new camera (model ILCE-6000) is also equipped with a
high-resolution 24.3 MP image sensor and powerful BIONZ X processor.
This powerful combination of features ensures that still images, full HD
videos and all fleeting moments are captured in sharp focus and
“With the world’s fastest autofocus system1, the ability
to capture a blazing 11 frames per second and a 24.3 MP sensor, the new
α6000 rivals even the best DSLRs in the market today in terms of
performance, and does this in half of the size and weight at an
extremely attractive price point,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the
alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony. “It’s an ideal
choice for photo enthusiasts eager to ‘go light’ and take their
photography to the next level.”
Mike Fasulo, President and COO of Sony Electronics, added “The new α6000 camera is simply the latest in a recent line of awe-inspiring
product introductions from our digital imaging group – one of the key
pillars of our core electronics business. As a leader in the imaging
industry, we’re continuing to push the limits of innovation, offering
products and experiences that only Sony can deliver.”
New ultra-fast AF system
Even quicker than most professional DSLRs, the phenomenal autofocus
speed of the α6000 camera is powered by Sony’s advanced Hybrid AF
system. The new model features a focal plane phase-detection AF sensor
with an extremely wide autofocus coverage area – 179 focal points– that
is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF. This potent
combination allows the camera to accurately track and respond to a
subject moving through nearly the entire frame, and to shoot at an
eye-popping speed of up to 11 frames per second with continuous
autofocus. It’s an unprecedented combination of speed and frame
coverage in today’s market.
Design and Controls
The new camera’s clear, bright OLED Tru-Finder lets you see a live
preview of all setting adjustments before the shot is taken, so what you
see is exactly what you get. Conveniently placed mode and control
dials on top of the camera give easy access to commonly used settings.
Additionally, a ‘Function’ button and two additional customizable
buttons give quick access to any one of 47 assignable functions.
There’s also a built-in flash for extra flexibility in any shooting
Wi-Fi® and PlayMemories™
The α6000 camera has built-in Wi-Fi, giving consumers one-touch
connection with Xperia® or NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones or
tablets for instant image transfer and sharing2. A single
touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera with a
smartphone or tablet for a live image preview, to fire the shutter from a
distance and to review shots instantly.
For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly
transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control through
Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile™ application, available for the iOS and
The camera is also compatible with downloadable Sony PlayMemories
Camera Apps, adding a range of exciting and creative capabilities.
Currently there are a total of 10 different applications available with
several others to be released this spring. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca .
Pricing and Availability
The Sony α6000 compact interchangeable lens camera will be available
in April 2014 in black and silver in a kit with a compact, versatile
16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650) for about $800. It will
also be offered separately as a body for about $650.
Sony has also announced the price of its previously announced full
frame E-mount 70-200mm F4 G OSS telephoto zoom lens (model SEL70200G).
This lens will be available in March for about $1500.
The new camera and all compatible lenses and accessories will be available at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.
Sony α Lenses Assortment
The α6000 camera is compatible with Sony’s ever-growing assortment of
E-mount interchangeable lenses, and uses the same Sony E-mount as the
α3000, α5000 and acclaimed α7 and α7R models, as well as all the
previous α ‘NEX’ cameras. All Sony ‘FE’ and ‘E’ lenses are compatible
with all E-mount cameras.
Outlined below, the E-mount family now includes 20 different models
with several premium models from Carl Zeiss® and G Series Lenses:
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