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Overall score includes:
Image quality (40%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (40%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.
Prices are from a June 2018 survey.
08 Aug 2015, IanC
Product use: 6 months or more
I bought this as my first step up from a compact 'point and shoot' and am pretty happy with it so far. I choose it as it was meant to have best autofocus at the time.
It is a real step up and image quality is great in my opinion.
Fast autofocus, compact body, great view finder. The kit lens tested by Consumer is very versatile and compact, but not suited for indoor shooting unless you use a flash (there's one built-in).
Like any camera, it comes down to personal preference and intended use. And what your budget is..
I'm not sure what Consumers poor score for screen is about; i'm happy with mine.
If you want a "does-it-all" camera without having to buy additional lenses then the Sony RX100 (or rivals) may be better suited as its lens is meant to be better in low light (i.e. photos have less noise) and probably a better all-rounder.
I ended up purchasing another lens (~$500) because the A6000 kit lens isn't that bright, so not that good for situations like indoors with fast moving kids.
I wish I had known/tried before buying as I might have gone with the RX100.
One of the dials is a bit twitchy and battery door is hard to open. Can't charge battery outside of body without optional charger.
Maybe, it depends on what you're after.