How to Change Screen Brightness on Sony a6000

Ever been trying to shoot at mid-day and your screen is a little to dark? What about the opposite: shooting epic astro shots at night, and then you get blinded by your screen.

We’ve all been there. In this quick guide, I’ll be covering how (and why/when) to change the monitor brightness on your a6000.

Let’s do it.

Menu Location

First up, to access the actual brightness settings:

  1. Hit the menu button
  2. Go to tab 6 (suitcase icon)
  3. Go to the 1st page
  4. Open the “monitor brightness” settings

Here’s a visual showing exactly where to find it.

visual showing where to find menu button for brightness
Menu –> Tab 6 –> Page 1

Which setting to choose?

So which setting should you choose? It really depends.

Out enjoying the weather on a sunny day? Set it to, as you’d expect, sunny mode. Keep in mind that in extreme cases, the screen still may be a bit too dark, so you may still have to resort to using the viewfinder.

On the flipside, I like to set it to manual (-2) when shooting at night. This way, I don’t get blinded by the screen and lose my night vision. This is especially important when doing astrophotography.

Conclusion

If you find yourself jumping between environments fairly often, you can actually bind a custom button for the brightness so you don’t have to dig through the menus. In addition, lowering your screen brightness can actually save a LOT of battery life.

Want to learn more about your Sony a6000? We’ve got dozens of a6k-focused guides to check out. Thanks for reading.