The new camera is also equipped with a high-resolution 24.3-megapixel image sensor and BIONZ X processor handling both stills and full HD videos.
Sony’s Hybrid AF system is touted as the reason for the camera’s speed. 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 combination allows the camera to accurately track and respond to a subject moving through nearly the entire frame, and to shoot at a speed of up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus.
The camera’s OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder lets you see a live preview of all setting adjustments before the shot is taken. 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.
The alpha 6000 has built-in Wi-Fi, giving consumers one-touch connection with Xperia or NFC-compatible Android smartphones or tablets for instant image transfer and sharing. 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 app, available for the iOS and Android platforms.
The camera is also compatible with downloadable Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps – 10 available with several others to be released this spring.
Sony’s alpha 6000 will be available black and silver in April. Retail price with the 16-60 mm lens is $800, body only $650.