As most people know, mirrorless is rapidly becoming THE way to shoot Infrared images. With a mirrorless converted camera there are no focus issues and you get to compose your images by seeing in Infrared. I get the opportunity to speak with most people who have a camera converted with Life Pixel and for the last couple of years I’ve noticed that Sony mirrorless camera are the brand that most people are choosing. And everyone loves them. I would love to go mirrorless, but I AM a Canon shooter. I’ve been a Canon shooter since I bought my first AE-1 in high school. I have quite a few Canon lenses AND . . . Canon is about to bring out a full frame mirrorless, . . . or so they said in 2015.
I got the opportunity, just recently to get hands on with a Sony Mirrorless, the A6000.
Now I want to be honest, I went into this with the same attitude as a 2 year being told to take a nap.
“No, no, no, no, … I’m not going to like it.”
So, I got the camera. And my first reaction was, perhaps a bit sarcastic.
“How cute, it looks like a camera, ..only smaller.” “ Maybe you could plant this and grow a full size camera”
The A6000 is small, and light weight. With a battery in and a 18-55 lens the unit weighs a mere 16.5 ounces, ….. as in a little over one pound. My lunch weighed more than that.
Okay, so maybe it’s lighter than my 7DMKII, or my 6D, …. Yeah it weighs about half as much as one of my Canon bodies, without a lens. So what!
I got the manual out to check the specs.
Umm, …. No, this can’t be right. This tiny little toy camera is 24.3 mega pixels, and my 7DMKII is …. Never mind that’s not important.
Next I decided to take it for a test shoot. I grabbed my smallest camera shoulder bag, …. It was too big, way too big. I could have put 2 or 3 of this camera in the bag and still had space for lunch.
Shooting with the Sony A6000 is not challenging. Sony has placed the adjustments knobs so that you can access all the necessary things easily. ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, all can be adjusted on the fly.
And the burst rate when you shoot brackets is very impressive; it’s 11 frames a second, which is one frame faster than my 7DMKII, and …well the 6D is so slow that it’s not worth mentioning.
I took the A6000 out for a shoot in a couple of locations, and very quickly got comfortable with it. It is easy to use. If you are someone who likes to get low angles and doesn’t want yo get your knees dirty, the articulated screen does make quick work of it.
So, the Sony A6000 is very small, light weight, and easy to use. Buuut, how are the images?
Well. . .
Here’s the thing.
They’re great. And it pains me to admit that.
I used Sony’s RAW converter, Capture One Express for Sony. It is a free download. It’s very easy to use, and has an eye dropper for White Balance like most RAW converters do.
The color tones in Super Color were very crisp.
And with a Channel swap and a few adjustments, here it is.
I am now officially impressed. I ran thru a series of images, trying all different post production scenarios, and here’s some more examples.
My final assessment is this:
- The Sony A6000 is a great mirrorless camera and makes a good IR camera.
- If Canon doesn’t get their act together and bring out a good mirrorless soon, Sony is going to take their number one slot.
Now I want a Sony A6000. BTW, if you are interested in this camera, or most any other camera, you can now get one pre-converted from us.
* Side Note: I did borrow a EF – E mount converter ring from a friend to try out my Canon Lenses on the A6000. The converter ring made the auto focus very slow, and I do not suggest it.