Rumours that Sony would release a new NEX-style camera with the Alpha sub-brand at CP+ have proven accurate, with the a6000 launched today, as were the Cyber-shot WX350 and HX60V.


Sony a6000

Sony claims the 24-megapixel a6000 has the fastest autofocus in an interchangeable lens camera of just 0.06 sec. Remarkable that such a claim can be made for every shooting situation and with any lens mounted. But then we find the footnote, and the bold claim becomes a little more qualified: The a6000 has the fastest autofocus… ‘among interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C image sensor as of February 12, 2014, based on Sony research. Measured using CIPA internal measurement method with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted, Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use.’  

But we digress! Key features of the a6000 are:
– Fast Hybrid AF gives world’s fastest autofocus performance of just 0.06 sec. (Under certain circumstances);
– Wide autofocus coverage area with 179 phase-detection AF points;
– 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor featuring gapless-on-chip design;
– BIONZ X processor for ‘pro-quality’ photos and Full HD video;
– Light, compact and easy to use with built-in flash, OLED Tru-Finder and two control dials;
– NFC and Wi-Fi for One-touch sharing/remote control from your mobile;
– A range of downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps.

The a6000 replaces the NEX6 and NEX7 in the Sony range. It  will be available in Australia in April at an RRP of AU$1199 with 16-50mm kit lens.

> Keith Shipton  



Sony Cyber-shot HX60V

Key features:
– 30x optical zoom
– 20.4 effective megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
– Sony G Lens
– BIONZ X processor ““ three times faster than its predecessor  
– Clear Image Zoom
– Optical SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode
– Full HD videos
– Built-in Wi-Fi  


Sony Cyber-shot WX350

Key features:
– 20x optical zoom G Lens
– Optical SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode
– 18.2 effective megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
– Full HD video
– BIONZ X image processing
– Built-in Wi-Fi  

Both will be available in Australia from  March 2014, SRP AU$399 for the  WX350 and  AU$499 for the  HX60V.