The Sony a6000 Camera: My Honest Review

My honest opinion on the Sony A6000 mirrorless camera (spoiler alert: I love it!!)

Earlier this year, I made the somewhat large purchase of the Sony a6000 mirrorless camera. After going back and forth (with myself) about it for so long, I finally bit the bullet and bought it on Amazon. I wanted to wait at least a few months of using it before giving an opinion, and that time has finally come! Spoiler alert: I love it.

A blogger's honest review of the Sony a6000 mirrorless camera (spoiler alert: put it on your wishlist!)

Why a mirrorless camera? Well, a few reasons:

A photographer's honest review of the Sony a6000 mirrorless camera (spoiler alert: she loves it!)

  • The size and weight:
    • My Canon 5D MKII is amazing, but it weighs, like, a million pounds. When I go on vacation, I don’t even bring it out of my suitcase when I’m touring because it hurts my back to carry it around all day! Talk about a waste of precious luggage space. My Sony a6000 weighs just over a pound WITH a lens on. Plus, it’s small and can fit in my purse easily!

My honest opinion on the Sony A6000 mirrorless camera (spoiler alert: put it on your wish list!!)

  • The moveable LCD screen:
    • The back screen on the Sony a6000 is moveable, which makes it easier to get really high up or down low shots. I can put my camera on the ground and take photos without having to get on my stomach to see and compose my shot! It’s also great for when I don’t have a ladder handy — I can just stick my arm straight up in the air to get a birds-eye shot!
My honest review of the Sony A6000 mirrorless camera
Taken in San Francisco with my Sony a6000 camera
  • The image quality:
    • I get such good quality photos from my Sony a6000! I took it to San Francisco, and the photos turned out beautifully and very large — I was able to blow all my photos up and print them without losing image quality!

Honest review of the Sony a6000 mirrorless camera

  • The shooting speed:
    • The lack of a mirror makes it easier to take image after image after image with a mirrorless camera. These cameras are also quicker and almost completely silent, a luxury which the DSLR does not have.
My review of the Sony A6000 camera
Taken by an innocent bystander with my Sony a6000 — so easy to use, even for novices!

There are, of course, a few (very small) drawbacks to this camera.

  • Battery life:
    • The Sony a6000 needs to be plugged into an outlet just like your phone. You can definitely get spare batteries and a wall charger, but if you’re looking to travel light, you have to remember to plug it in each night before you’re planning to use it. I’ve been able to set reminders for myself before trips, but it’s easy to forget so you have to stay on top of yourself!
  • Lens choices:
    • Mirrorless cameras have really expensive lens options, especially if you already have a DSLR and don’t want to buy even MORE lenses. However, I found a workaround! If you buy this adaptor for either your Canon or Nikon lenses, you can use your existing DSLR lenses on your mirrorless. Boom!

Neither of these, to me, are reasons to reconsider a mirrorless camera. They both have easy solutions, and the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks.

My honest review of the Sony A6000 camera
I brought my Sony a6000 camera to a picnic my friend was hosting!

Overall, I highly recommend the Sony a6000 camera. It has wonderful functionality, and for travel, outweighs a DSLR (at least in my opinion).

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What do you think? Have you tried this camera, or are you interested in trying it out? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Sound off in the comments below!

  • Sounds awesome. I’ve never heard of this type of camera but I like the idea!

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  • Love it! I’d definitely consider the purchase. Lugging around my Nikon on vacation is less than ideal.

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  • I’m currently looking at the a6000 because I have a ton of trips coming up and I don’t want to lug my DSLR along! I’m SO glad to hear another good review of it!! Which lenses do you use on it the most? I’m thinking about a 35mm, but I’m wondering if a zoom would be better for travel.
    So glad I came across this post!!
    xoxo,
    Lauren | http://www.lakeshorelady.com/

    • Hi Lauren! You totally need this camera for your trips! I use the standard lens that it comes with (the 16-50mm). I would love to get a 35mm or 50mm in the future though! Let me know if you get one of them, I would love to hear your thoughts! :)