Sony has announced the replacement of its popular NEX-6 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The new a6000 has got a 24MP APS-C sized sensor (up from 16MP on the NEX-6) and brand new Hybrid AF system, which combines the best of the both worlds of phase-detection and contrast-detection auto focus systems. The faster phase-detect points now cover 92% of the frame and provide for what Sony calls “the world’s fastest autofocus”.
But that’s not all, as the Sony a6000 can shoot up to 11fps – and that’s with tracking continuous autofocus turned on.
Sony’s new hybrid auto focus system pairs “a phase-detection AF sensor with an extremely wide autofocus coverage area – 179 focal points – with a high-precision contrast-detection AF”, and the company says that makes it faster (and more versatile) than some professional DSLR cameras.
The Sony a6000 also has an OLED Tru-Finder (that’s Sony for viewfinder) of 1.4M dots resolution, which turns on automatically thanks to a proximity sensor. There is also a built-in flash, Wi-Fi and NFC for one-touch pairing and image transfer to NFC-enabled Android smartphones. Both Android and iOS smart devices can also be used as a remote for the camera with live image preview and instant shot reviewing
The ISO can go up to 25.600, which is the same as on the NEX-6, but here the low-light performance is said to be improved thanks to the new image sensor.
The camera can shoot AVCHD videos in resolution of up to 1920 x 1080 pixels (60p, 24p) and MPEG-4 videos in 1080p@30fps. The new auto focus system benefits video recording too and the Sony a6000 allows aspiring videographers to fine tune the sensitivity of the auto focus system during video recording.
Enjoy this Sony a6000 quick look video below:
The Sony a6000 camera will be available in April 2014 for about $800 in a kit with Sony’s 16-50mm zoom lens. The body will be be sold separately as well for around $650.