Sony A6000 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Sony Alpha A6000? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Sony makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the A6000 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Sony Alpha A6000 below.
In any case, the A6000 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was officially introduced on February 12th, 2014, which means that, as of today, the camera is 3512 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Sony A6300 as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Sony's instruction manual for the A6000
The camera's instruction manual is 48 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the A6000 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Sony Alpha A6000 manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Sony's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Sony A6000 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Sony Alpha A6000
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your A6000 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Sony A6000 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Sony A6000 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the A6000.
What type of imaging sensor is used in the Sony A6000?
The camera has a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor at its core.
Which image processing chip is used in the Sony A6000 to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Sony equipped the A6000 with the BIONZ X image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Sony A6000?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Sony Alpha A6000?
Sony mentions a shutter rating of 100 000 actuations for the A6000. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the A6000 over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my Sony A6000?
Sony embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your A6000 has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.
Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Sony A6000?
The A6000 offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.
Does the Sony A6000 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the Sony A6000 for flash photography?
The A6000's flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.
Does the Sony A6000 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
Which battery does the Sony A6000 use?
Is there a vertical grip available for the Sony A6000?
Sony does not offer an optional battery grip, but third party suppliers do (see here on ebay).
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Sony Alpha A6000.
|Camera Model||Sony A6000|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Sony E mount lenses|
|Launch Date||February 2014|
|Launch Price||USD 599|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||367 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||28.2 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||24 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||6 000 x 4 000 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||3.91 μm|
|Pixel Density||6.55 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/60p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 25 600 ISO|
|ISO Boost||100 - 51 200 ISO|
|Image Processor||BIONZ X|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||82|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||24.1|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||13.1|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||1347|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||100%|
|Viewfinder Resolution||1440k dots|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||922k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Tilting screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||No front-flip|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||On-Sensor Phase-detect|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||11 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||MS or SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||micro HDMI|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Near-Field Communication||NFC built-in|
|Battery Type||NP-FW50 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||360 shots per charge|
|In-Camera Charging||USB charging|
120 x 67 x 45 mm
(4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8 in)
|Camera Weight||344 g (12.1 oz)|
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