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Sony Electronics Introduces the Versatile α6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera with World’s Fastest Autofocus System1
|By Business Wire
|February 11, 2014 11:00 PM EST
Sony Electronics’ new α6000 camera pushes the limits of mirrorless
camera innovation, boasting the world’s fastest AF performance1
at just 0.06 seconds.
The speedy new camera (model ILCE-6000) is also equipped with a
high-resolution 24.3 MP image sensor and powerful BIONZ X processor.
This powerful combination of features ensures that still images, full HD
videos and all fleeting moments are captured in sharp focus and
“With the world’s fastest autofocus system1, the ability to
capture a blazing 11 frames per second and a 24.3 MP sensor, the new
α6000 rivals even the best DSLRs in the market today in terms of
performance, and does this in half of the size and weight at an
extremely attractive price point,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the
alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony. “It’s an ideal
choice for photo enthusiasts eager to ‘go light’ and take their
photography to the next level.”
Mike Fasulo, President and COO of Sony Electronics, added: “The new
α6000 camera is simply the latest in a recent line of awe-inspiring
product introductions from our digital imaging group – one of the key
pillars of our core electronics business. As a leader in the imaging
industry, we’re continuing to push the limits of innovation, offering
products and experiences that only Sony can
New ultra-fast AF system
Even quicker than most professional DSLRs, the phenomenal autofocus
speed of the α6000 camera is powered by Sony’s advanced Hybrid AF
system. The new model features a focal plane phase-detection AF sensor
with an extremely wide autofocus coverage area – 179 focal points – that
is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF. This potent
combination allows the camera to accurately track and respond to a
subject moving through nearly the entire frame, and to shoot at an
eye-popping speed of up to 11 frames per second with continuous
autofocus. It’s an unprecedented combination of speed and frame coverage
in today’s market.
Design and Controls
The new camera’s clear, bright OLED Tru-Finder lets you see a live
preview of all setting adjustments before the shot is taken, so what you
see is exactly what you get. Conveniently placed mode and control dials
on top of the camera give easy access to commonly used settings.
Additionally, a ‘Function’ button and two additional customizable
buttons give quick access to any one of 47 assignable functions. There’s
also a built-in flash for extra flexibility in any shooting situation.
Wi-Fi® and PlayMemories™
The α6000 camera has built-in Wi-Fi, giving consumers one-touch
connection with Xperia® or NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones or
tablets for instant image transfer and sharing2. A single
touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera with a
smartphone or tablet for a live image preview, to fire the shutter from
a distance and to review shots instantly.
For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly
transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control through
Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile™ application, available for the iOS and
The camera is also compatible with downloadable Sony PlayMemories Camera
Apps, adding a range of exciting and creative capabilities. Currently
there are a total of 10 different applications available with several
others to be released this spring. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca
Pricing and Availability
The Sony α6000 compact interchangeable lens camera will be available in
April 2014 in black and silver in a kit with a compact, versatile
16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650) for about $800. It will
also be offered separately as a body for about $650.
Sony has also announced the price of its previously announced full frame
E-mount 70-200mm F4 G OSS telephoto zoom lens (model SEL70200G). This
lens will be available in March for about $1500.
The new camera and all compatible lenses and accessories will be
available at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com)
and other authorized dealers nationwide.
Sony α Lenses Assortment
The α6000 camera is compatible with Sony’s ever-growing assortment of
E-mount interchangeable lenses, and uses the same Sony E-mount as the
α3000, α5000 and acclaimed α7 and α7R models, as well as all the
previous α ‘NEX’ cameras. All Sony ‘FE’ and ‘E’ lenses are compatible
with all E-mount cameras.
Outlined below, the E-mount family now includes 20 different models with
several premium models from Carl Zeiss® and G Series Lenses:
E 16mm F2.8
E 20mm F2.8
E 35mm F1.8 OSS
E 50mm F1.8 OSS
E 30mm F3.5 Macro
E 24mm F1.8 ZEISS
E 10-18mm F4 OSS
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
E 18-55mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
E 18-200mm F3.5 – F6.3 OSS
E 18-200mm F3.5 – F6.3 OSS LE
E PZ 18-200mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
E 55-210mm F4.5 – F6.3 OSS
E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
E 16-70mm F4 ZEISS OSS
FE 28-70mm F3.5 – 5.6 OSS
FE 35mm F2.8 ZEISS
FE 55mm F1.8 ZEISS
FE 24-70mm F4 ZEISS OSS
FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
For a full video preview of the new Sony α6000, visit www.sony.com/blog
and please follow #SonyAlpha on twitter for the latest α camera news.
Notes to Editors:
1 Amongst interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with
an APS-C image sensor as of February 12, 2014. Determined with internal
measurement method with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted, Pre-AF
off and viewfinder in use.
2 Only for smartphones or tablets with Android OS (Version
4.0 or later). The latest PlayMemories Mobile application must be
installed on the mobile device.
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