Sony a6000 in 2024 (5-Year Long Term Review)

The Sony a6000 originally launched way back about 10 years ago, boasting a 24.3mp sensor, compact body, superb image quality, fast AF and a reasonable pricetag. Personally, I’ve owned my a6000 for about five years at this point (I’ve been practicing photography for a bit over 10 years). I originally bought the camera back in 2018 as I was switching away from Canon.

Why You Can Trust Me

Chance (that’s me) has been practicing photography for 10 years and has been a paid professional for most of it. I bought my first Sony in 2018 so this website is the culmination of about 5 years of Sony experience (full site history). Although I test most things for a few weeks, I’ve had my a6000 for five years (read how I review/test gear).

This incredible camera has been on hundreds of photoshoots and has seen most of the United States with me (along with some countries) and I absolutely love it. So, in this review, we’ll be diving into all the things that make the Sony a6000 still so amazing in 2024, including many of my personal experiences and photos I’ve taken with it (and don’t worry, I’ll cover the negatives too). Let’s jump in.

  • Incredibly reliable & long-lasting
  • Compact & easy to use
  • Excellent images & large lens selection
  • Autofocus systems are fast & reliable
  • Lacks flip screen, mic jack, and stabilization
  • Poor battery life & some dated features
  • Getting harder to find, even used

Verdict: Not great for video, but still the best beginner camera on the market in 2024 if you’re looking to get into photography on a budget. Usually can only find it used (affiliate link) these days.

Me with my Sony a6000 plus my beloved Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens.
Me with my Sony a6000 plus my beloved Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens.

Size & Weight

To start, I’d like to bring notice to one of my favorite factors of the Sony a6000: the sheer diminutive size. According to my scale, it weighs in at only 12.13oz. Couple this with the fact that it almost shares the same height/width as my cell phone, this camera is truly compact! This is exactly what I was looking for when I initially switched to the Sony ecosystem five years ago.

cat standing by camera
Cat… for scale.

Expanding on that, one of my biggest reasons for switching away from Canon was to pursue a more compact and comfortable everyday setup, and I certainly found that with the a6000, especially when you throw an ultra-compact lens on this bad boy. In some cases, like with the Meike 35mm F1.7, I’ve been able to stuff both the camera and lens into my jacket pocket when not in use! Even with “bigger” lenses, I can still usually half-stuff them into my pocket.

For some reason, this 7s clip is one of the best performing videos on the channel.

Longevity/Durability

As far as build quality goes, small size & low weight doesn’t necessarily mean it’s built badly. Quite the opposite, actually. The body is made of magnesium alloy (which is a sort of lightweight but strong material) and has a small but tight grip. All the dials and controls feel clunky (in a good way!) and precise, and I appreciate how hard it is to accidentally bump my mode dial out of place (something that happened a lot on my old T5).

people walking in rainy chicago
A rainy day trip down to Chicago in early 2019.

The camera, unfortunately, is not weather-sealed, but I personally haven’t had any major issues. I’ve taken it into all sorts of environments. It has summited mountains out west, survived torrential downpours when I lived in Seattle, and has been through snowstorms on more occasions than I can count back in my home state of Wisconsin. Yet it still works and looks flawless if you ignore the hundreds of micro-scratches.

Sony a6000 covered in water.
My a6000 after a very snowy shoot in Milwaukee.

I can say with complete confidence that the Sony a6000 doesn’t feel like a “cheap” camera. It was most certainly built to last, and frankly, it functions and feels identical to how it did when I first bought it five years ago. The dials haven’t gotten loose, and all the buttons and switches still feel flawless. The battery door still slides back into place with a satisfying click, and the shutter button still has great resistance and a tactile feel.

Ergonomics & Comfort

Next up, I want to talk about ergonomics and overall comfort when out shooting. As I mentioned earlier, the Sony a6000 has a rather small rubber grip. I’m not going to say it’s flawless, or that it’s as comfortable as a large DSLR (or full-frame Sony), but it does the job. It’s comfortable enough whilst still allowing the camera to retain its compact form, so no complaints from me.

As for weight distribution, if you find the right lens, the camera feels like an extension of your hand. My lens of choice is the Sigma 30mm F1.4. It was the first lens I bought (also five years ago) and it shares a rather similar weight rating, thus when out shooting they feel perfectly balanced.

Two people looking out into a valley from a mountaintop.
Some friendly strangers I met in Glacier back in 2019. (lens: Sigma 30mm F1.4)

On the flip side, I have used some lenses that either feel too light or, in the case of large zoom lenses, far too heavy and uncomfortable. The simple truth of the matter is that the Sony a6000 is a compact and light camera, so it requires a heavy yet small lens to feel perfect in the hand.

Going off of that, I also believe that the camera strap matters as well. For years, I used a massive neck strap and, despite rarely ever putting the camera around my neck, I stubbornly stuck to it. This year, I decided to pick up a cheap wrist strap and it transformed the way I shoot. That may sound dramatic and exaggerated, but not having to deal with a massive neck strap swinging around is game-changing. The camera fits into my pocket easier than ever, and I don’t have to fight a huge tangled strap whenever taking it out of my (very small) bag.

A black and white wide angle shot of Grand Teton National Park.
Worked a seasonal job in Grand Teton and photographed this in May of 2021.

Button Layout & Usability

Next, I want to talk about button layout and day-to-day usability. The buttons and dials are set up in a way to allow for one-handed shooting, something that has been more handy than I had initially expected. I can carry a drink whilst shooting street photos in the city, or I can quickly raise it to my eye if I need to take a quick snapshot.

As I stated prior, the top dials are very stiff. I don’t believe I’ve ever knocked the mode dial out of place, and the other unlabeled dial can actually be switched to control either shutter speed or aperture when in manual mode.

Speaking of which, most buttons on the a6000 can be customized. I have my C1 button set to control drive mode (single shooting, burst, timer, etc.), C2 to control focusing mode (I enjoy switching to MF on occasion), and finally, I have my AEL button set to control exposure compensation. The level is customization is spectacular, and I love the fact that I’ve been able to tailor the buttons on my camera to exactly my wants and needs.

A smiling, happy dog in a neighborhood dog park.
A very friendly pupper I met in my local Milwaukee dog park. He was delighted to pose for some pictures! (lens: Sigma 30mm F1.4)

Autofocus

In this section, I’ll be sharing my insights on autofocus (pros and cons). Over the years, I’ve generally found it to be mostly reliable and fast. Sony boasts that autofocus time is “0.05 seconds” and, depending on the lens, I haven’t actually found this to be an exaggeration.

Assuming you’re shooting in good and even lighting, the Sony a6000 can focus lightning-fast with remarkable accuracy and, although not as advanced as newer bodies, the EyeAF system is incredible. It’s not flawless, but I’ve found it perfectly nails focus about 95% of the time. That may not sound the greatest, but I think it’s pretty impressive, as the other 5% of the time it gets incredibly close.

swan boats in milwauee
Swan boats along Milwaukee’s lakefront. They were expensive but really cute.

Subject tracking (AF-C or “autofocus continuous mode) is another strong point. For a long while, I never used it, but eventually I started doing more movement-heavy photoshoots (think twirling dresses and that sort of thing) and it’s blown me away.

I’ll turn on AF-C, low-speed burst mode, and then have the model just do their thing. I’ve gotten some incredible (and sharp) candid pictures this way. When shooting faster-moving subjects, such as cars driving across the frame or sports, I’ve found the performance to be pretty reliable as well, although not entirely flawless.

Speaking of burst mode, when Sony released this camera way back in the day, they touted the a6000’s impressive ability to shoot 11fps. Some newer cameras have exceeded these numbers (primarily sports-focused cameras), but at the time, these specs were incredibly impressive.

There are two important things to note on this subject, though. First, eventually, the SD card can’t keep up and the shutter will stop firing as it cannot write to the card quickly enough. Second, there’s no silent shutter mode so the camera will be… quite loud when shooting at high FPS (I like this noise personally).

A man holding a border collie.
My buddy and his dog. The autofocus is able to snap pictures quickly enough before furry friends start to squirm and wiggle. 🙂

Manual Focus

On the other side of the focusing coin, I want to talk about manual focus. I never put any thought into it for many years, until a friend introduced me to vintage lenses a couple of years ago. I met him at a photowalk and we got dinner afterward to chat about camera stuff and general photography.

Little did I know that I would be listening to him talk about vintage glass for 4 hours straight (no joke). At the end of the night, he loaned me a couple of his old lenses to try out. There are converters that have been made for pretty much every old lens, from Konica’s AR mount to Canon’s vintage FD mount (my personal favorite).

In addition, there are numerous manual focus systems in place on Sony cameras. I won’t get super into detail (that’s what my guide to manual focus is for), but I’ll touch on a few of the excellent features Sony included to help manual focus users nail their shot.

The Teton mountain range photographed on a snowy day.
A frosty morning in Grand Teton National Park. Photographed near the beginning of the season in 2021. (lens: Meike 35mm F1.7)

The first of these features is the focus peaking. A more thorough explanation is included in my guide linked above, but to put it simply it’s a feature that shows what’s in focus. It sounds simple because it honestly is. The Sony a6000 is able to detect what’s in focus and highlight it with a color (red is my choice, but it’s customizable). This allows a manual focus user to quickly grab fairly accurate focus.

Complementing that, however, is the focus magnifier tool. When I shoot with manual lenses, I bind the magnifier to the AEL button. What this allows me to do is double-tap the button and the image will zoom in 5-10x (customizable as well). This way, if I’m shooting a static subject such as a building or mountain, I’m able to obtain the most accurate focus possible.

Sony’s electronic viewfinder (more on that later) makes this all positive, given that it’s literally just a screen that shows exactly what the camera sensor sees. Overall, I absolutely adore manual focus. It’s a really fun change of pace, and adds an extra challenge, especially when shooting street photos or in other fast-paced situations. As that aforementioned friend told me, “it gives your other hand something to do”.

A portrait of a man with incredible bokeh.
A manual focus shot of my friend walking down the street. Sometime in the winter of 2020.

LCD & Viewfinder

One negative point that I do need to touch on is the LCD screen. While the screen may have been impressive when the camera was released so many years ago, it’s less so in the age of 4k TVs and ultra-HD phone screens. Playing back images on the LCD screen can lead to minor disappointment, as the low resolution makes pictures look much worse than they actually are.

That being said, a poor screen is just a small blemish on an otherwise great camera, and it shouldn’t be a determining factor when considering a body that’s this old. On the plus side, it does tilt either 90 degrees upwards (for the awkward on-the-ground shots) or 45 degrees downward (much more useful than I had expected).

Comet Neowise streaking through the sky above Yellowstone Lake.
Comet Neowise. I photographed this above Yellowstone Lake in 2020.

The viewfinder is in the same boat. It’s entirely usable, but it doesn’t compare to the quality of “screen” that a newer camera provides. I never saw an issue with it until I went into a physical camera store and looked through the viewfinder of a brand-new Panasonic camera. As with the LCD screen, however, it’s not a deal breaker and, for me personally, is a minor and mostly insignificant downside.

With that being said, I love having an EVF (electronic viewfinder). Poor quality aside, it shows exactly the image you’re going to get. If you adjust your settings in manual mode, the viewfinder will reflect that. If you’ve horribly overexposed your image, the viewfinder will show you that, along with a perfectly placed histogram.

I never had the courage to shoot in full manual mode when I owned a DSLR, but with an electronic viewfinder, it’s a breeze. I know exactly what I’m going to get. As a bonus, on extremely bright days when the poor-quality LCD screen becomes useless, I’m able to playback images in the viewfinder itself without any glare. If you’re coming from a DSLR, you’ll love having an EVF.

A man holding an umbrella walking under a bridge.
Chicago street scene, sometime in 2019. (lens: Sigma 30mm F1.4)

Battery Life

So uhh, the battery drains incredibly fast, and this was the biggest shock when I moved over from a DSLR many years ago. Whereas DSLRs have an optical viewfinder that’s literally just glass and mirrors, the Sony a6000 (and all mirrorless cameras) have essentially a tiny screen for the viewfinder. This tiny screen is always on when shooting and tends to drain batteries way faster than a classic DSLR OVF (optical viewfinder) would.

That being said, as I stated prior, it’s worth the convenience of having an electronic viewfinder. Autofocus will also, obviously, drain your battery. Normal single-shot AF isn’t too bad, but switching to continuous mode (AF-C) will annihilate it.

A few years ago (as I had mentioned), I went through a long phase where I was shooting almost exclusively with manual lenses. At that time, I wouldn’t have to bring an extra battery with me because the camera would last forever. Whenever I shoot regularly with autofocus lenses, I have to pack an extra battery anytime I go out, even if it’s a shorter shoot.

woman holding canon camera
A friend in late 2018 during a visit to a biodome. I love my Sony, but it can’t compare to the battery life of the DSLR featured in this image!

Turning off the camera, of course, does wonders for preserving the battery, and unlike a lot of cameras, startup time is very low. I’ve noticed that, even with an AF lens, it takes about only a second until I’m able to take a shot. If I recall, there was a firmware update released at some point to accomplish this, so if you end up buying the camera used, make sure to get that update.

Bonus tip: don’t bother buying Sony’s OEM batteries. Off-brand batteries are literally a third of the price of OEM ones so you’ll be saving some money that could be put toward lenses or accessories.

A paraglider soaring over the Washington wilderness.s

Image Quality

Next up, there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to image quality! The Sony a6000 has a 24.3mp sensor, offering great resolution for the vast majority of photographers. You won’t be printing billboard-sized images or any other massive prints, but for anything else, the 24.3mp is more than enough. Over the years, I’ve had some of my best work printed in standard sizes (think a typical mid-size picture frame) and the prints have turned out looking fantastic.

Additionally, the megapixel count is just enough to where you’re able to moderately crop in images without substantial loss of detail. This resolution is just big enough to be perfect for most uses, without images being so large that they take up a ton of file space or slow down lower-end computers when put into photo editing platforms (like my old craptop).

A panorama of a winding river going towards mountains.
A panorama while on a road trip in 2021. Somewhere in Utah or Colorado, if I remember correctly. (lens: vintage Canon FD)

As for low-light, the Sony a6000 has an ISO range of 100-25600, about half of which is not particularly usable without significant noise. I’ve noticed over time that you can get up to 1600 with virtually no noise (easily fixable in editing or with JPEG processing) and it’s only around 3200 where it starts to appear.

When I’m not shooting in full manual mode, I’ll set my Auto ISO to a max of 1600, and I can shoot knowing that I won’t lose any of my images to noise. I should note that JPEG images straight out of the camera handle noise very well. I rarely shoot in JPEG these days, but when I do, I notice that it can handle generally up to 3200 ISO and still produce decent (if a bit softer) images. Using RAW, of course, opens up an entire world of possibilities. I’ve been able to save 6400 ISO shots on a few occasions.

At the end of the day, it really depends on which medium you’re shooting for. When making larger household prints, I aim to shoot at 1600 or lower. When photographing for social media (tiny phone screen) purposes, it’s safe to push all the way to 6400 without worry.

Overall, not as impressive as my new a7iii, obviously, but I’ve rarely run into any situations where I was wishing for a cleaner and higher ISO range. By the way, if you’re looking to delve deep into night photography with this camera, consider reading this epic a6000-astrophotography-focused review from my friends over at Lonelyspeck.

Light streaks from cars moving through a historic neighborhood.
A long exposure of the Third Ward neighborhood in Milwaukee. Sometime in late 2018. (lens: Sigma 30mm F1.4)

Dynamic range is another important factor to consider when looking at older camera bodies. Sony offers both a “dynamic range optimization” setting and an HDR shooting mode. To be honest, however, I’ve never used either option as I shoot almost exclusively in RAW.

With standard auto exposure (+0 EV), the camera does tend to overexpose a bit of the skies, causing occasional blown-out highlights if it’s an extremely sunny day. What I’ve found works best is to expose for the highlights of an image (I just set exposure comp to -0.3 or -0.7 EV usually) and then fix the shadows in post-processing.

The RAW files that the Sony a6000 produces are incredible. I’ve been able to save images from almost pure blackness with minimal noise gain. In fact, in most cases, I’ll underexpose intentionally as the shadows are just incredibly easy to recover when compared to the highlights (this tends to be true on most cameras and is a generally good rule of thumb to keep in mind).

person overlooking grand teton
Summiting Breccia Peak east of Grand Teton National Park in 2020. I pushed the dynamic range to its limits for this shot. (lens: vintage Canon FD)

But what about JPEGS? As I’ve stated, I rarely shoot in JPEG, but when I have, the results were respectable. Whatever automatic processing software Sony stuffed into this camera is pretty impressive, as I’ve found JPEG images straight out of the camera had pretty good color accuracy and sharpness.

But still, I’d recommend to shoot RAW in 99.9% of situations. It allows for so much more post-processing, and you’ll be able to save otherwise ruined images (underexposed, weird flaring, etc.).

A car parked on top of a mountain overlooking a lake and hotel.
Glamour shot of a Subaru when I visited Waterton Lakes a few years ago.

Video Features/Quality

Back in 2014 when the camera was released, the 1080p was pretty impressive for the price point. Nowadays, to be honest, it falls a little bit behind Sony’s newer 4k offerings. Still, as I’ve been practicing developing my video skills, I’ve found the 1080p to be adequate for my uses.

Am I going to shoot a Hollywood film with this? Absolutely not. However, the a6000 does the job just fine for casual and cinematic YouTube content (pst, yep this website has a YouTube channel). The camera is able to record in 24, 30, and 60 frames. Sure, I’d love 120fps to get some REALLY slow motion shots, but 60 has been good enough for me thus far.

In terms of pure video quality, I’ve found daytime clips to come out looking fantastic. It’s when you dip into lower-light situations where the camera starts to fall apart, but that’s really not a surprise. I found that I was able to shoot at 800 ISO with no visible noise, but video quality started to drop at around 1600 ISO. Below, I’ve linked a “video test” that I shot in late 2019 (using the kit lens in bad lighting).

So, pure video quality is more than adequate for casual use, but the biggest flaw of the Sony a6000 is its lack of video-related features.

The first major flaw I want to touch on is the lack of in body image stabilization. Most of Sony’s newer bodies include it, but the a6000 is just too old to have this feature. There are a few ways around this. First, you could spring for a gimbal, but that’s QUITE expensive in addition to being bulky and hard to pack.

Second, you can choose a stabilized lens. Although I generally use my Sigma 30mm F1.4 for talking head stuff, I’ve actually gone out and picked up the old kit lens for everything else. It’s genuinely exceeded my expectations. The stabilization is great, sharpness/quality is acceptable (for the price), and it’s incredibly tiny. So, the lack of in-body stabilization is a bit of a pain point, but thankfully picking up a stabilized lens works just fine.

The second fatal flaw is that the a6000 does not include an audio jack. I’m not sure why Sony decided to exclude this, as it seriously limits your options for external audio. There are two ways to deal with this, both of which I’ve detailed in my post on how to connect a mic to your a6k, but I’ll summarize the two methods real quickly here.

The first method is to use Sony’s OEM microphone specifically made for the camera (the ECM-GZ1M). Otherwise, record to your phone (using an external mic) and then sync audio in post. It’s a massive pain, but it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than purchasing an entirely new camera. Refer to my aforementioned guide on connecting a mic for more details and instructions.

Check out this older video of mine, it has a lot of B-Roll shot on the a6000 (16-50mm kit lens along with a $12 lavalier mic connected to my phone).

Alright, now that I’ve covered the negatives of using this camera for video, let’s talk about the positives. First up, the a6000 does allow for full manual control, so you won’t have to worry about white balance, aperture, or shutter speed randomly changing. Second, autofocus works fantastically. I’ve rarely had issues with hunting, and you can even adjust the AF speed (for cinematic focus “pulls”).

So is the Sony a6000 good for video? I’d say it really depends. Recording audio on my phone and syncing it up in post-processing is a huge pain, but it’s still way cheaper than buying a whole new camera just for that purpose. If you have a decent budget and video is a high priority for you, I’d suggest you buy something more video-focused such as the a6600 or even the vlogging-focused ZV-E10 (similar price, review coming soon)

However, if you’re primarily a stills photographer who has just a fleeting interest in video, the a6000 will still be a good pick for you. If you can deal with the lack of stabilization and mic jack, the a6000 still puts out really good-looking quality for the price.

Two woman photographed in black an white.
Portraiture work sometime in early 2020.

Who is the Sony a6000 good for?

First, and perhaps most obviously, I’d recommend the a6k to a beginner. There’s a reason it’s the best-selling mirrorless camera ever. A beginner can shoot in JPEG and let the camera do all the work and still create respectable images. I’ve been able to hand the camera to my non-photographer friends and they’ve been able to produce nice pictures with ease.

If you dig through the (admittedly complicated) menus enough, you’ll find all sorts of beginner-friendly features. There are “creative styles” that allow the user to adjust all sorts of basic settings such as sharpness, contrast, etc. without ever having to dive into manual mode. For beginners looking to get more adventurous, there’s a “picture effect” setting that can achieve all sorts of things from watercolor filters to toy camera effects (I don’t use any of these).

People looking out a skyscraper window over Millennium Park in Chicago.
Open House Chicago was an event in 2019 where a ton of buildings opened their doors for the public. It was awesome.

But what about enthusiasts? Well, I’ve been shooting for a long time and I still use the Sony a6000 as fairly often, so yes. Delving into manual mode allows for full control of everything whilst still staying simple and pleasant to use. I’m able to control my aperture with the heavy top dial, shutter speed with the back dial, and my ISO with a custom button.

Everything is easily accessible, quick to change, and adjustable with one hand. The electronic viewfinder shows exactly what you’re going to get, whether you’re overexposed or horrifically underexposed. Manual focus is a breeze, with the camera offering all sorts of focus assists for enthusiasts. I even shot professionally for a little while (before upgrading to full-frame), and having a “cheap” Sony a6000 didn’t cause me any issues.

Finally, the last major benefit for enthusiasts is the incredible lens choice. Whether you want a razor-sharp, fast prime such as my beloved Sigma 30mm F1.4 or a bokehlicious beast such as the Sigma 56mm F1.4, this camera can support it.

Want to get really weird? Check out vintage lenses, such as the old Canon FD 50mm F1.8 or perhaps the crazy Helios 44M-2, a wacky lens built in the Soviet Union. The possibilities of the Sony ecosystem are endless, and I can’t see myself ever moving. If you’re interested in exploring more lens choices, you can check out my article on vintage glass or browse the lens review archives here on the site.

A long exposure image of downtown Seattle at rush hour.
A long exposure of downtown Seattle. Mid-2019 photographed from the Dr. Jose P Rizal Bridge. (lens: Sigma 30mm F1.4)

Comparisons/Alternatives

So, the a6000 is pretty great, right? But how does it compare to Sony’s newer bodies and even competing cameras from different manufacturers at similar costs?

First up: the Sony a6300 was the direct successor to the a6k. Versus the previous model, the a6300 offers 4k video recording and a much more robust (read: heavy) body. It’s a decent upgrade, but if you’re only interested in doing photography, don’t bother. It’s not worth the increased cost.

sony a6300 comparison
In my opinion, the a6300 isn’t really worth the cost increase.

Next: Canon. I know, I know. You’re reading a Sony site, yet I’m talking about a Canon camera. I switched from Canon years ago and have never looked back, but even I can’t deny that the M50 offers a pretty good value. If you’re doing exclusively photography, choose the Sony a6000.

However, if you want to expand into video, the M50 offers both a flippy screen AND in-body stabilization. I’d never suggest anyone choose Canon over Sony (I’m extremely biased, obviously), but I hate to admit that the M50 really does offer a good value. Something to consider.

sony compared to canon camera
As much as I am a Sony fanboy, I can’t deny the Canon M50 offers a great value.

At the end of the day, there are dozens of cameras out there offering plenty of features and great performance, but they tend to be either a bit more expensive or have more limited lens selections (such as Fuji).

Personally, I bought my a6k (body only) for $325 (crazy good deal), but nowadays you can buy the body plus kit lens for about $450-$600. The kit lens isn’t the greatest (full review here) but it’s a nice versatile little lens to have on hand, especially if you intend to shoot any video.

Downtown Seattle panorama photographed from Kerry Park.
A panorama of downtown Seattle from Kerry Park, sometime in mid-2019.

Conclusion

ProsCons
Reliable & long lastingNo built-in stabilization
Great stills image qualityNo mic jack or flip screen
Compact & lightweightPoor battery life
Super fast autofocusSome “dated” features
Lots of customizabilityGetting hard to find (used)

Now that you’ve read an entire essay on my beloved camera, I hope I’ve convinced you to pick up a Sony a6000 for yourself.

It offers a wealth of features for both beginners and enthusiasts, produces excellent images with decent low-light performance, and is built extremely well. Autofocus is reliable, quick, and still exceeds even some newer cameras. I truly do believe that, even now in 2024, the Sony a6000 is still one of the best cameras for anyone, whether a pure beginner or a seasoned enthusiast (one of the best for stills, at least).

If I’ve convinced you to pick one up for yourself, I’ll include purchase links below. Thanks for reading!

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Additional Sony a6000 Sample Photos

Waterfall cascading through rocks in a green forest.t
Ousel Falls in Big Sky, MT. A short and easy hike to get here. Photographed in mid 2021.
A small patch of trees on a foggy morning.
A foggy morning hike in western Wyoming, shot very recently.
A person overlooking a valley during fall.
A photograph of my girlfriend overlooking the Gardiner River Valley just north of Yellowstone in fall of 2020.
A portrait of a man sitting on the edge of a building.
A very amateur portrait shot of a friend of mine. We climbed a building for this! 🙂
A small town in a valley.
A photograph of the Wapiti Valley just outside the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Sometime in 2020.
A large waterfall cascading through rocks.
A roaring waterfall in Glacier National Park photographed sometime in the spring of 2019.
A hallway in the Milwaukee Art Museum.
A hallway in the Milwaukee Art Museum. Taken with Sigma 30mm F1.4.
A street art scene in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas.
2019 was a busy year for me, this is down in Dallas during an evening spent in the awesome Deep Ellum neighborhood.
A bowl shaped lake in Grand Teton National Park.
As I said before, the a6000 is light enough to lug along on LOOONG hikes. Pictured is a lake in Grand Teton National Park shot last year.
The Teton Range with the Snake River in the foreground.
Tried my hand at copying Ansel Adam’s famous shot in the Tetons last year.
skyline of milwaukee
A skyline shot of Milwaukee.
Passing through St Louis earlier this year and photographed this scene. It gives me Industrial Revolution vibes.
man standing with arms crossed
A portrait of myself, notice the rich colors.
waterton lakes in canada
The stunning Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.
A man petting his dog.
Somewhere at a Milwaukee dog park in 2019.
A portrait of a man standing in a snowy city.
My buddy posing for a picture. The snow was added in post-processing! 🙂
woman with mask
Another portrait sample (through glass).
Man standing in front of a mountain lake.
My friend posing in front of a stunning view.
Finally, here is a pinnable image featuring some of my sample photos. 🙂

If you’ve made it this far, you’re awesome. Thanks for reading about my beloved camera and for enjoying my pictures! Just a final note (again), if the a6000 sounds like the camera for you, purchasing it through this link grants me a small commission. Thank you! <3

2 thoughts on “Sony a6000 in 2024 (5-Year Long Term Review)”

  1. Hi Chance.. by chance I came across your awesome review of the a6000.
    Crazy but a friend of mine an older lady was clearing out boxes of her son’s stuff he no longer needed and asked me to look through it. This camera was wrapped up in some cloth and includes the selp1650 autofocus lens 16-50mm.
    Well it was going to be given to a thrift shop! So I gladly took it home and charged it up and it works great.
    Have spent some days now getting used to the features and your article has been a great help.
    I worked as a semi professional photographer for around 4 years around 20 years ago pre digital era and my camera back then was a Nikon 801s which was heavy and bulky but I loved it and took it around Europe on holiday. Eventually selling it as I had no cash and was stuck in London. Fast forward until today I had been enjoying taking photos with a smartphone and seeing how much I could push their capabilities to still enjoy photography but always secretly wanting to have a proper camera to start enjoying photography again.
    Well now I can and I literally fell into my lap and I’m so grateful. This has all the features of my old Nikon but in a wonderful compact body that reminds me of my first Russian manual camera from way back with the steel body and sturdy controls.
    I could not be more happier! I’m so excited to get back into it and have already taken a bunch of great shots around our farm. Cheers!

    • That’s awesome, I’m glad to hear! Going from an SLR (especially one that old) to a modern mirrorless camera must be a major difference for you. Thanks a lot for being a reader & fan. <3

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