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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha A6000

Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Focus points
Many focus points
179
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Sony A7

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,248 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
90.0
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
 
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Advantages of the Sony A7

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,248 ISO vs 1,347 ISO
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The A7 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.8x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Overall image quality Better image quality 90.0 vs 82.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 13.1 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.8 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Focus points Significantly more focus points 179 vs 117
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lens availability More lenses available 21 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
Battery life Longer battery life 420 shots vs 340 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 11 fps vs 5 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 120x67x45 mm vs 127x94x48 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $648.00 vs $1,498.00
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The best price we've seen is $850 cheaper (2.3x less)
Weight Significantly lighter 285 g vs 474 g
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Around 40% lighter
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.8" vs 1.9"
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Around 10% thinner
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              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              A7:2,248 ISO
              A6000:1,347 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              A7:90.0
              A6000:82.0
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              A7:24 MP
              A6000:24.3 MP
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              A7:14.2 EV
              A6000:13.1 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              A7:24.8 bits
              A6000:24.1 bits
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              A7:117
              A6000:179
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,074 body only

              $1,200 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              True resolution Takes significantly lower resolution photos
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,288 - $1,299 body only

              $1,698 - $1,699 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $4,298 - $4,299 with 24-70mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $3,298 body only

              $2,897 - $4,300 with 12-35mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Focus points Many fewer focus points
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 body only

              $749 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798 - $799

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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              Avatar for Roland Roland (0:09 AM, August 22, 2014)
              The A6000 can not, repeat not, sync with external strobes--such as those in a studio. If there is a way, I'd love to know it.
              Also, I just shot a swell movie. NO SOUND. Does the A 6000 need an external mic as well? There is much to like about this camera, but
              I am concerned with these two shortcomings.