Knowledge makes for wise decisions. Getting a camera that works for you requires that you gain basic knowledge of what a good camera offers. That is, after considering what your needs are, of course. Which is why we have brought to you this Sony a6000 vs Fuji X-E2 comparison.
In this review, we will be presenting you with timely information that will aid you in your choice of cameras. The review contains information that you can go through in little time.
Comparison Overview — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
Our comparison of the Sony a6000 vs Fuji X-E2 is quite lengthy. And so, we have divided this review into bits using subheadings to give you a clearer picture of what these cameras have in store for you. With this section, we hope to give you a gist of this review just in case you do not have the time to get to the meat of the matter.
Where Do They Both Get It Right? — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
First off, both cameras under review each come with a built-in electronic viewfinder. While the Sony a6000 has a viewfinder resolution of 1440k dot, while the Fuji X-E2 has one of 2360k dot. The viewfinder allows you to frame your pictures properly.
Another similarity they share is RAW support. Both cameras come with RAW support, allowing your images to be stored in the most uncompressed form possible.
The Sony a6000 and the Fuji X-E2 have LCD screens with high resolution. The Sony’s LCD has a resolution of 922k dot, while that of the Fuji X-E2 is 1040k dot.
If you are interested in action photography, continuous shooting speeds will be of interest to you. While the Sony a6000 affords you 11.0 frames per second, the Fuji X-E2 affords 7.0 frames per second. These are definitely fast shooting speeds.
Also, both cameras provide auto exposure bracketing. This is sure to help a great deal when shooting in tricky lighting conditions.
Still, on lighting, Sony and Fujifilm fit both cameras with built-in flash so they can come in handy in low-light conditions.
Both the Sony a6000 and the Fuji X-E2 also each come fitted with an external flash shoe for external flash support.
Shooting portraits or group pictures is a lot easier when using a camera with face detection focusing. Both the Sony a6000 and the Fuji X-E2 have the face detection feature, making them great cameras for shooting images of people.
A Sony a6000 Demonstration Video — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
Where Do They Both Get It Wrong? — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
With respect to the cameras under review, Sony and Fujifilm get in wrong in a number of ways.
One thing we don’t like is that neither the Sony a6000 nor the Fuji X-E2 comes with built-in image stabilization. What exactly is the role of image stabilization? When shooting with a camera that has a built-in image stabilizer, the likelihood of shooting blurry images is reduced. This is because the stabilizer automatically stabilizes the camera’s screens against vibrations or movement in the camera’s positions.
The importance of having a camera with good battery life cannot be overlooked. Unfortunately, neither of the two cameras under review has good battery life. Since the average battery life of a mirrorless camera is 359 shots, the cameras do not do so well in this regard. While the Sony a6000 barely scales through with 360 shots per single charge, the Fuji X-E2 falls short with 350 shots per single charge.
Dust particles and water creeping into cameras are the most common causes of damage to a camera’s system. And so, manufacturers fit some of their cameras with weather-sealed bodies. Unfortunately, neither the Sony a6000 nor the Fuji X-E2 comes with environmental sealing on their bodies.
Finally, neither of the two cameras has a touch screen. Although shooting with a camera that has a touch screen will make navigation easier, its absence might not be much of a deal breaker.
How Do They Differ From Each Other? — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
First off, while the LCD on the Sony a6000 is articulating, the one on the Fuji X-E2 is fixed. This means that shooting with the Sony affords you more flexible shooting positions than with the Fuji X-E2. Although both cameras come with a built-in microphone, only the Fuji X-E2 comes with an external microphone port.
The two cameras under review also differ from each other in the area of sensor resolution. The Sony a6000 has a sensor resolution of 24.3 megapixels, while the Fuji X-E2 has a sensor resolution of 16.3 megapixels.
A Fuji X-E2 Demonstration Video — Sony a7 Vs Sony a77
Which has a better price-value ratio — Sony a6000 or Fuji X-E2?
The Sony a6000 has the better price-value ratio of the two. The a6000 costs a couple hundred bucks less than the Fujifilm X-E2, and it still has the better sensor resolution, better wireless connectivity, wider auto exposure bracketing range, faster burst mode, and slightly better battery life. So, yes, the Sony a6000 surely gives you better value for your dollars than the X-E2. This is not to say, however, that the Fujifilm camera doesn’t give great value, because it really does.
Brand Strength — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
Sony and Fuji are both Japanese brands that are major players in the photography and imaging market. Sony is considered the world’s largest supplier of imaging sensors.
Fuji published a couple of years ago that their goal is to capture No. 1market share in the premium mirrorless camera market. Guess who their major competition is. Yeah, Sony.
The competition between these two makes them dole out the best mirrorless cameras, making either of them a comfortable choice.
Comparison Table — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
|Announcement Date||12 February 2014||18 October 2013|
|Sensor Resolution||24.3 megapixels||16.3 megapixels|
|ISO Range||100 – 25600||200 – 6400|
|Body Weight||344 grams||350 grams|
|LCD Screen Resolution||922k dot||1040k dot|
|Battery Life||360 shots per charge||350 shots per charge|
|Continuous Shooting||11.0 frames per second||7.0 frames per second|
|Auto Exposure Bracketing Range||±5 Exposure Value||±1 Exposure Value|
|Auto Focusing (AF)||179 points||49 points|
|Near Field Communication connectivity||Yes||No|
What Situation Is Each Suited For? — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
|Despite the fact that the Sony a6000 lacks built-in image stabilization and environmental sealings, this camera is still good for sports photography. Its continuous shooting of 11 frames per second, maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 second, 179 focus points, and good low light ISO make this possible.||Sharing the same major limitations with the Sony a6000, the Fuji X-E2 can also serve as a good tool for sports photography. Its fast 1/4000 second shutter speed, 49 focus points, good low light ISO, wireless connection, and built-in electronic viewfinder work together to achieve this.|
|With its medium size body, thickness, and sensor size, it is a convenient camera to carry around daily. This means together with its other features, the Sony a6000 makes for a great camera for daily photography.||The Fuji X-E2 has features that also make it suitable for portrait photography. Features such as its sensor size, its electronic viewfinder, average ergonomics and sensor resolution.|
|Together with the already highlighted features, its live-view feature, face detection focusing and articulating screen, make it an acceptable camera for street photography and shooting portraits.||This camera is definitely suitable for daily photography because, in addition to its already listed features, it has a medium-sized body that makes it portable.|
|Getting an external stabilizer and weather sealed lenses will make the Sony a6000 great for landscape photography. This is due to features like its large 24.3 megapixels APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 millimetres) sensor and its live-view feature.|
|Get the Sony a6000!||Get the Fuji X-E2!|
Common Features — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
Here are the things the Sony a6000 and Fujifilm X-E2 have in common:
i. Electronic viewfinder
ii. RAW support
iii. Fast continuous shooting
iv. Built-in flash
v. External flash hot shoe
vi. Face detection focus
vii. Auto exposure bracketing
viii. Light body weight
We will now be looking at each of them in detail…
If you want to properly frame your images before shooting, you will need to look through the viewfinder first. So, there are basically two types of viewfinders: optical and electronic. How do they work? The optical viewfinder allows you a peek into what the lenses see, thereby, showing you the image as it really appears.
But with the electronic viewfinder, you see what the sensor sees. The electronic viewfinder shows you exactly what the image will look like after it has been shot. It is this electronic viewfinder that both cameras under review come with. They differ, however, in resolution.
While the Sony a6000’s viewfinder has a resolution of 1,440k dots, that of the Fuji’s viewfinder is 63% higher at 2,360k dots. Both cameras’ electronic viewfinders provide 100% coverage, but the a6000’s offers slightly lower magnification at 1.07x vs 1.062x for the Fuji X-E2. The 100% coverage of both cameras’ viewfinders helps in the accurate framing of shots reducing the need to crop the images later.
When using a camera, it is possible to shoot your images in either RAW or JPEG. To preserve as much image data as possible, it is advisable to shoot in RAW. The RAW support of cameras allows the images to be stored in unprocessed formats, giving you more freedom to edit the images. But when you shoot in JPEG, the images are automatically compressed and processed, causing you to lose some image data.
The two Sony cameras under review – Sony a6000 and Fuji X-E2 – have the RAW support feature, so purchasing either of the two cameras could be a good choice.
Fast Continuous Shooting
When you shoot in burst mode or continuous shooting mode, you are able to take a number of shots rapidly within a set timeframe before you release the shutter button. This great feature helps in capturing the best possible picture at any moment.
Fortunately, the Sony a6000 and the Fuji X-E2 have fast continuous shooting. While the Sony a6000 allows an amazing 11 frames per second, the Fuji X-E2 affords you 7.0 frames per second.
Choosing either of these two cameras will afford you adequate chances to capture memorable moments.
When it comes to shooting in low-light conditions, the benefits of a built-in flash cannot be ignored. It is definitely not every time you will want to use external flash support, so the built-in flash of your camera comes in handy. Both Sony and Fuji get it right in this regard by fitting a built-in flash into these two cameras.
Please bear in mind that we are in no way claiming that a built-in flash takes perfect care of those low-lighting situations. We are, however, saying that they come in handy. And that sure doesn’t hurt.
External Flash Hot Shoe
Still on the low-lighting issue. We feel better when we are given options, especially in tricky situations. Since the built-in flash will not always be enough, the Sony a6000 and the Fuji X-E2 are each fitted with an external flash shoe.
This provides you with the option of external flash support. If you have flash photography in mind, the two cameras are great options to consider because of the external flash support.
Face Detection Focus
Face detection focusing is the feature that allows a camera to automatically set its focus and exposure to take a shot immediately it detects the faces of humans. Both the Sony a6000 and the Fuji X-E2 have this feature. And this makes the two cameras great choices for shooting portraits.
Auto Exposure Bracketing
When shooting in tricky lighting conditions and not really sure about what exposure is best for your image, exposure bracketing is needed. You only need to shoot an image at a particular exposure, and then take two other shoots adjusting the exposure after each time.
It is from these options you are able to determine the best shot and then discard the rest. Automatically setting this on your camera can only be possible if it has the automatic exposure bracketing (AEB) feature.
Both the Sony a6000 and the Fuji X-E2 have got this feature. Once the camera is in AEB (automatic exposure bracketing) mode, this feature enables you to set the width of the three pictures to be taken.
What this does is that when you take the next shots, the first shot will be in the exposure you set. The second will be underexposed by the number of stops set, while the third picture will be overexposed by the number of stops you set.
Although the two cameras have this great feature, they have different bracketing ranges. While the bracketing range of the Sony a6000 is ±5 exposure value (EV) that of the Fuji X-E2 is ±1 exposure value (EV).
It is important to point out here that a wide bracketing range is really useful for High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging.
The two cameras are portable and medium-sized. With a body weight of 344 grams for the Sony a6000 and 350 grams for the Fuji X-E2, both cameras can easily be carried around all day without you feeling weighed down by their mass.
How Different Are They From Each Other? — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
Which is better for flexible shooting: Sony a6000 or Fuji X-E2?
Only the Sony a6000 is fitted with an articulating screen; the screen on the Fuji X-E2 is fixed. This means that only the Sony a6000 affords flexible shooting positions.
Which has a better screen resolution: Sony a6000 or Fuji X-E2?
While the Sony a6000’s 3-inch LCD has a resolution of 922k dots, the Fuji X-E2’s boasts of 1.040k dots. This means that the Fuji X-E2 provides a 12 percent higher resolution screen.
Which offers better audio quality: Sony a6000 or Fuji X-E2?
Both the Sony a6000 and the Fuji X-E2 come with built-in microphones. However, only the Fuji X-E2 comes with an external microphone jack. Thanks to this, you will be able to improve the audio quality of your recordings with the Fuji camera just by attaching a good external microphone. This is particularly useful when you have to shoot in a noisy location.
Which has the better sensor resolution: Sony a6000 or Fuji X-E2?
While the sensor resolution of the Sony a6000 is 24.3 megapixels, that of the Fuji X-E2 is 50 percent less at 16.3 megapixels. Having a camera with high sensor resolution provides higher flexibility for cropping images or printing larger pictures without losing details or compromising image quality.
These two cameras actually have good sensors. But that of the Fuji X-E2 is slightly larger. While the a6000 comes with just an APS-C CMOS sensor, the X-E2 has an APS-C CMOS X TRANS II sensor.
Most times, people attribute the quality of pictures to the sensor of the camera which was used to shoot them. This makes sensor resolution one of the most important things that are considered before deciding to purchase a camera.
But there’s more to a quality shot than a camera’s sensor resolution. This is not in any way downplaying the need to get cameras with amazing sensors.
Which has better focusing: Sony a6000 or Fuji X-E2?
Sony a6000 and Fuji X-E2 equally feature both phase detection and contrast detection autofocus (AF) systems. However, while the Sony a6000 offers 179 focus points, the Fuji X-E2 offers only 49. These autofocusing systems guarantee the speed and accuracy of the cameras’ focusing.
Unique Pros — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
Pros Of The Sony a6000
- The Sony a6000 comes with an articulating screen which is absent on the Fuji X-E2.
- Only the Sony a6000 has Near Field Communication connection support which allows wireless connectivity with compatible devices.
- The Sony a6000 provides 130 more focus points to choose from.
- Also, the Sony a6000 has 50% more pixels at 24.3 megapixels than the 16.3 megapixels of the Fuji X-E2.
- The auto exposure bracketing range of the Sony a6000 is 80% wider than that of the Fuji X-E2.
- Finally, the ISO range of the Sony a6000 is also higher than that of the Fuji X-E2.
A Sony a6000 Demonstration Video — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
Pros Of The Fuji X-E2
- An external microphone port is one notable feature that is present on the Fuji X-E2 but absent on the Sony a6000.
- The Fuji X-E2 has a flash coverage that extends a longer distance than the Sony a6000 by 1.0 metre.
- Of the two cameras, the Fuji X-E2 has the higher LCD screen resolution of 1040k dot.
- The viewfinder of the Fuji X-E2 is 2360k dot, which is 63% higher than the Sony a6000’s viewfinder resolution of 1440k dot.
A Fuji X-E2 Demonstration Video — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
Unique Cons — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
Cons Of The Sony a6000
- Of the two cameras, the Sony a6000 comes with the noticeable absence of an external microphone port.
Cons Of The Fuji X-E2
- There is the absence of an articulating screen on this camera.
- Also, the Fuji X-E2 does not support the Near Field Connection connectivity.
- The Fuji X-E2 has a not so wide auto exposure bracketing range.
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Common Pros — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
|Electronic Viewfinder||The Sony a6000 has a built-in electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 1440k dot which helps to correctly compose shots.||The Fuji X-E2’s electronic viewfinder has a resolution of 2360k dot which helps to reduce the need to crop images.|
|Great LCD Resolution||The LCD on the Sony a6000 has a great resolution of 922k dot, which is a little lower than that of the Fuji X-E2.||The resolution of the Fuji X-E2’s LCD screen is higher than that of the Sony a6000 by 12% at 1040k dot.|
|Face Detection||The Sony a6000 has the face detection autofocusing feature which allows it efficiently detect the human faces in the frame. And then proceed to automatically set its focus and exposure to take a shot.||This feature is also present in the Fuji X-E2, making it a wonderful choice for shooting portraits.|
|Wireless Connection||Sony a6000 has been built for better connectivity as this camera comes with a wireless connection.||The Fuji X-E2 makes allowance for the easy sharing of images online with its wireless connection feature.|
|Fast Continuous Shooting||Ensuring you capture those perfect moments, the Sony a6000 allows you to shoot continuously at a speed of 11.0 frames per second.||The Fuji X-E2 has a continuous shooting speed of 7.0 frames per second.|
|Smartphone Remote Control||With the smartphone remote control feature, the Sony a6000 allows you to control it remotely from your smartphone.||The smartphone remote control feature is also present in the Fuji X-E2.|
|RAW Support||The Sony a6000 comes with RAW support which stores your images as uncompressed files.||The RAW support of the Fuji X-E2 ensures no loss of image data as images are stored unprocessed.|
|Auto Exposure Bracketing||With a wide bracketing range of ±5 exposure value (EV), the Sony a6000 helps when shooting in tricky lighting conditions.||The Fuji X-E2 also has the auto exposure bracketing feature, albeit at a not so wide range of ±1 exposure value (EV).|
|Portability||The Sony a6000 is a really portable camera that weighs 344 grams. With all the features packed in it, the camera is a portable treasure.||With a weight of 350 grams, the Fuji X-E2 can be carried around all day without weighing you down.|
|Built-in Flash||The Sony a6000 comes with a built-in flash whose head can be manually tilted upwards to bounce the flash’s light. Its flash coverage is 6.0 metres.||The Fuji X-E2 also comes with a built-in pop-up flash with a 7.0 metres coverage.|
What Cons Are Common To Both Products? — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
|Image Stabilization||This camera does not come with built-in stabilization. This can prove problematic when really long lenses are used without placing the camera on a rig or tripod. Optical stabilization lenses are, therefore, a good investment to make.||The Fuji X-E2 also does not come with built-in image stabilization. This can result in blurry images once there is a change in movement in the camera’s positions while shooting.|
|Touchscreen||The Sony a6000 does not come with the touchscreen feature. Although shooting with a camera that has the touch feature is cooler, its absence might not be considered a deal breaker.||Fuji did not fit this camera’s LCD with the touch feature.|
|Environmental Sealing||The Sony a6000 does not come with environmental sealing on its body. This can shorten its lifespan if it is used for shooting in conditions where it is exposed to dust particles and water.||There is no environmental sealing on the Fuji X-E2. If this camera will be used in tough weather conditions, extreme care will need to be taken.|
|Battery life||For a camera in its class, the Sony a6000 has a barely average battery life of 360 shots per single charge. It will be advisable to invest in spare batteries.||The Fuji X-E2 has a battery life that affords just 350 shots per single charge, which is well below what is expected of a camera in its class.|
What Do People Think Of Both? — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
|Users were completely in love with the medium-sized wonder. They kept emphasizing that the images produced by the Sony a6000 really amaze others when they see the little size of the camera that was used to shoot it. Many agreed that the Sony a6000 is an excellent travel companion.||Users of the Fuji X-E2 were delighted to have a camera that has all the basic features in a size that makes it convenient to be carried around all day.|
|The battery life was considered poor by a whole lot of users. Most are okay with purchasing extra batteries because the performance of the camera justified the purchase. Some users suggested that the camera be put in “Airplane mode” when not in use to prevent further draining of the battery.||Some users complained that the electronic viewfinder got too bright when shooting in low lighting conditions. Ironically, they complained that in bright daylight, the electronic viewfinder was really dim and it took so much time to adjust to the change. This often caused a distraction as the users could not shoot efficiently.|
|Although excited with the camera’s performance, users were not happy with the absence of environmental sealing on its body. This restricted the use of the camera to capture picturesque moments.||For a camera that costs as much as it does, users expected the Fuji X-E2’s body to be weather sealed.|
|Users were delighted when they had to find out after purchasing the Sony a6000 that it had a pop-up flash.||Most users of the Fuji X-E2 find it to be an excellent alternative to your typical clunky DSLR.|
|While some users found the gigantic menu to be a put-off, others saw it as a challenge they were willing to learn to surmount. Most users found the menu intuitive. Yeah! Practise makes perfect.||Users agreed that the Fuji X-E2 was suited for people who really loved adjusting settings themselves, and advised that you will need to get familiar with exposure and how to adjust it.|
|In all, the vast majority found it to be worth the price despite the absence of environmental sealing and image stabilization.||Users majorly found the Fuji X-E2 to be a good travel and backup camera.|
What’s Our Take On Them? — Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2
|Looking at the feature set of both cameras show the Sony a6000 has the more favourable feature set. We feel that for its price, it is a worthy choice. However, it all depends on what you want to get out of your photography. If the Sony a6000 meets your photographic needs, then get it.||We found both cameras lacking in a number of areas. However, what thing we have found for sure is that all the screens on this camera have better resolution than the Sony a6000. Depending on what your needs are, this could be a great buy for you. If the Fuji X-E2 suits your needs and budget, by all means, get it.|
Sony a6000 Vs Fuji X-E2 — FAQs
Is the Sony a6000 good for portraits?
Typically, full frame cameras are better for portraits, but in spite of it being an APS-C camera, the Sony a6000 will not be doing very badly at portrait photography. This camera comes with face detection focus, which perhaps is the most important feature for portrait photography. It also has 179 focus points, which is actually pretty impressive.
And of course, not to forget that the a6000 can shoot RAW images, so, you can decide to shoot your portraits and have them store in their uncompressed and unadulterated format.
Is the Sony a6000 good for beginners?
The Sony a6000 is a really good camera for beginners. Weighing just 344 grams and with a dimension of 120 by 45 by 67 mm, you can tell it is a compact and portable camera; one that won’t be a burden to the average amateur user. It is also really budget-friendly, so, as a beginner, you do not have to spend so much to get your first camera.
More so, the a6000 is a pretty easy camera to use. It is intuitive and it is quite some fun to shoot with; you can record time-lapse videos with the aid of an optional app, and you connect the camera to your smartphone with just one touch.
Is the Sony a6000 better than the iPhone X?
It is pretty tricky to compare an actual camera to a smartphone camera, but there are actually more similarities than you might think. In this case, both the Sony a6000 and the iPhone X’s camera are mirrorless. Generally, for better quality images, the Sony a6000 will be your best bet, but for selfies, you will be better off with the iPhone X.
Furthermore, for HDR photography, shooting in low light, taking continuous shots, and shooting in direct sunlight, the Sony a6000 is better. However, for vlogging and recording YouTube videos, you might be better off using the iPhone X. It shoots 4k, while the a6000 does not.
Which Fujifilm X series is best?
i. Fujifil X-T4
ii. Fujifilm GFX 50R
iii. Fujifilm GFX 100
iv. Fujifilm XP140
v. Fujifilm X-Pro 3
vi. Fujifilm X-T30
vii. Fujifilm X-T3
viii. Fujifilm X-E3
ix. Fujifilm X-H1
x. Fujifilm X100V
Which is better: Nikon D5600 or Sony a6000?
The Sony a6000 is better at focusing, continuous shooting, HDR photography, and low light shooting. It is also important to that it has a hundred percent (100%) viewfinder coverage, making the a6000’s viewfinder the more accurate one.
On the other hand, the Nikon D5600 is the better for video recording, has a longer flash coverage range, far better battery, better wireless connectivity, and is also the more user-friendly one of the two.
So, considering these their different strengths and weaknesses, you can decide which one of the a6000 or D5600 will be better for you.
Is the Nikon D5600 a good camera?
The Nikon D5600 is a really good entry-level DSLR camera. It is easy to use — and even made easier thanks to the touch sensitive LCD screen. It comes with a 24 mega pixel APS-C CMOS sensor, so, you know you will be getting good photos with this one. It also shoots full HD and is compatible with external microphones, so, you can record high quality videos with good audio, too.
The D5600 is also has a battery that will last for upwards of 800 shots per full charge. And with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and near field communication, the D5600 offers you the holy trinity of wireless connectivity.
Not to forget, you can also take selfies with this camera. Amazing!