A Review of the Sony A6000

Mirrorless cameras today are powerful and feature packed than they were years ago, making them almost at par with the DSLR cameras. But not all cameras are really as close as they are with the DSLR, especially in terms of image quality.

Today, we shall be looking at a mirrorless camera that is touted to be an advanced mirrorless camera, capable of matching DSLR image quality. Let’s see what Sony has to offer with the A6000.

BUILD AND SPECIFICATIONS

Before anything, let us look at the build of this camera. It has a good solid build housed in a portable body, making it less bulky and easier to carry around. It also has a solid handle that lets you hold the camera with one hand comfortably and firmly when needed. With a weight of only 468 grams, the camera is lightweight enough for you to carry around, especially if you travel and take photos a lot.

One unique feature that makes the A6000 stand out is the presence of a built-in electronic viewfinder, a feature many mirrorless cameras do not have built in but rather is an item to be purchased separately. This electronic viewfinder allows you to view your photos a bit better and produce better results as far as the images you capture is concerned.

In addition, it also has an LCD screen that you can tilt, though it cannot be flipped at a 180 degree angle for selfie captures. And also, the LCD is not touchscreen but it does have a simple and easy to follow menu system. And yes, it has a built in flash as well as a hotshoe to place an accessory like an external flash.

PERFORMANCE

The Sony A6000 has a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with the latest gapless microlens technology that most modern sensors now use, coupled with Sony’s latest Bionz X image processor that provides a maximum ISO sensitivity of 25600.

If you want to experiment with how the colors would appear straight from the camera, you can adjust Picture Styles. There are a number of customizable presets available like Landscape, Vivid, and Monochrome. What’s better about the camera’s Picture Styles is that they can be shot in RAW format, so you’ll have a “clean” version of the image should you need it sometime down the road.

The camera’s metering system also does a good job in general at helping to produce accurately exposed images. However, there are times that the A6000 is prone to underexposure, meaning you’ll need to dial in some exposure compensation (if shooting in aperture priority or shutter priority) to get a balanced image.

The automatic white balance is decent as well in reproducing accurate colors, but there would be occasions that you would need to adjust the white balance to a different setting especially if artificial light would cause the colors of the photo to be too warm.

But what makes the A6000 stand out is its claim of being the camera with the fastest autofocusing speeds in any camera with an APS-C format sensor. To say the least, they are very impressive.

As far as connectivity is concerned, it also has a built in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for instant sharing online.

VERDICT

Sony has come a long way in making their mirrorless cameras to be the best in the market. And the Sony A6000 is certainly a step in the right direction. There are so many things to like about this camera. If you are shopping around for a mirrorless camera or would like images to have the same quality as those shot by Carl Glancey, this is one model you should definitely check out.

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Review: Lowepro Flipside 400 AW

Lowepro has been known for great quality camera bags, especially for photographers who love the outdoors. Today, we are going to review one of their products geared for the outdoor-loving photographer, the Flipside 400 AW. Let’s see how well this bag stacks up.

ON THE OUTSIDE

The Lowepro Flipside 400 AW is a camera bag pack with external dimensions of 30.3 x 25.3 x 46 cm. (11.93 x 9.96 x 18.11 in. it only weighs 1.6 kg, (3.52 lb) so it does not contribute additional weight to whatever you will be putting in your bag.

It also offers contoured shoulder straps and padded waistbelt which help evenly distribute weight, especially if you will be putting a lot of gear in the bag, as well as provide extra comfort when you’re going from place to place for your photography.

There is also a body-side access for added security and quick access to gear at any time when you need reach out for something in your bag.  And if you’re in the wild, where silence is very important so not to disturb the animals there, the Flipside 400 AW has silent zipper pulls that would provide quiet access around your surroundings, especially if silence is very much important.

In addition, the bag also has a built-in All Weather AW cover that is included to protect your gear from the elements like rain and harsh sunlight.

ON THE INSIDE

The bag has a very spacious body, designed to carry a full-sized DSLR with a 300 mm lens, as well as an extra camera body, 4-6 lenses, an external flash, and other accessories and small personal items. These items can be arranged in separate padded camera compartments that can be adjusted or personalized, depending on the gear you will be bringing in with your bag.

The bag also has a front storage where you can place those small personal items and other accessories. And if ever you need some extra space, the Flipside 400 AW have SlipLock attachment loops that serve to expand its carrying capacity.

If you will be bringing a tripod with you, the bag has a Hideaway Tripod Mount which serves to secure your tripod to the pack.

In addition to all this, Lowepro guarantees the longevity of this bag. In fact, it provides a lifetime warranty, making sure your bag is guaranteed to last as long as you use it.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Lowepro Flipside 400 AW is not for everyone. But if you’re a professional outdoor photographer or a photographer that does a lot of work outside the studio like Shane Webber Photography, this is one bag you should seriously consider to have as part of your gear. It has a huge capacity and can take on as much as you do in your work. It is one of the best camera bags out there in the market guaranteed to meet your needs in protecting something as precious and important as your camera gear.

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Rounding Up The Best Camera Phones of 2015

This year, we have seen some very impressive mobile phones offering some great camera functionality. But which of these phones are the best as far as photography is concerned? If you are on the lookout right now for a great camera phone, we have provided for you a list of the best camera phones in the market today that you should seriously consider having and give you as well a rundown of each camera’s features and see what each of them offer.

Samsung Galaxy S6

The latest flagship phone model of Samsung boasts of a lot of new and exciting features. As far as its cameras are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S6 provides dual high resolution cameras: a 16 MP main camera at the rear and a 5 MP front facing camera for those detailed and clear selfies. Both cameras launch as fast as 0.7 seconds, allowing you to capture moments quickly.

Another feature which makes this phone stand out as a camera phone is its aperture of f1.9, which lets you take quality low light shots instead of looking grainy and optical image stabilization for those less blurry shots. Overall, the cameras take really high quality photos that make it a topnotch camera phone in the market today.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus

The iPhone 6S Plus is one of the two recent iPhone models released by Apple, the successor to the iPhone 6 Plus which was Apple’s first phablet sized phone. The iPhone 6S Plus touts some improvements over the previous iPhone 6 Plus, with the former now having a 12 megapixel main camera and a 5 megapixel front camera.

What makes the Apple iPhone 6S Plus stand out are camera’s features, with an aperture of f2.2 for better low light shots and a faster autofocus system which Apple calls “focus pixels.” Unique to the iPhone 6S Plus is the optical image stabilization feature, which helps provide better quality and more stable photo through its lens.

LG G4

With Samsung and Apple dominating the mobile phone industry at the moment, LG comes out with an impressive phone to give the two a run for their money that is the LG G4. For one, it boasts of a 16 MP main camera and an 8 MP camera at the front, the highest resolution for a front-facing camera.

Inside, the camera boasts of an f1.8 aperture which provides very good performance even under low light conditions. It also has optical image stabilization and a manual mode which is the highlight of this camera as it provides more control of the photos you take with high quality results. It even allows you to shoot in RAW as well.

HTC One M9

HTC has put forth a good flagship phone with the HTC One M9, with a 20 MP main camera and a 4 MP front camera which is somewhat lower compared to the flagship Android phones of its competitors.

As far as the camera phones, it does the job well though again, it somewhat pales in comparison compared to the other flagship Android phones. The aperture at f2.0 is passable in quality. Image quality overall is good, however it lacks the definition that other cameras have.

Verdict

Based on features and real life performance, there is a consensus that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best camera phone in the market today. But the other phones are not far behind in terms of performance. Apple iPhone 6 still offers great photographic performance that has been a hallmark of iPhones since the introduction of the iPhone 4S years ago. And LG G4 offers some superior specs in some aspects while delivering camera performance at par with the others.

HTC One M9 seems to be on the losing end in the list. While it still provides good image quality, its performance is somewhat lacking compared to its competitors though it is not that far behind.

In the end, it all depends on user preference. All the phones listed here are very good camera phones. And if you are not looking in particular for any feature or capability like in event photography, you will not go wrong with these phones.

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