Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 – Detailed Comparison

In this article, we’ll be comparing Sony a6000 vs Sony a7. As a result, we’ve pitted the features of one camera against those of the other camera to see which camera does better.

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
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We’ve also included what we consider to be the good and not so good aspects of each camera. The basic idea of all these is for you to decide not just which the better camera is but which is the better camera for you.

If you are in a bit of a hurry, check out the quick overview and comparison table below for concise information. But if you can spare the time, be sure to read through the entire article for more elaborate information.

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 – Comparison Overview

Right here, we’ll be giving a quick summary, if you must, of the two cameras in this review. We’ll just be giving you snippets here, but they will be enough to help you make a quick decision. First off…

Overall Rating Of Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7

We generally consider both cameras really great cameras. However, the Sony a6000 is the better camera for sports photography and capturing kids too. This is because the people involved move around a lot and 11 frames per second will do a good job of catching the moments.

The Sony a7 is the better camera for taking videos. Why? Basically because you can attach an external mic to it which reduces the noise that the camera can record.

Rating Of The Features Of The Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7

First off, both cameras are mirrorless cameras and so are pretty lightweight. However, you need to know that the a7 weighs significantly more than the a6000.

Furthermore, the Sony a7 does really well when it comes to resolution. Well, max resolution is the same with both cameras at 24 megapixels. But for screen and viewfinder resolution, the a7 scores 1230k dots and 2359k dots respectively. You need to also know that the a7 is weather sealed while the a6000 isn’t.

The battery life isn’t the longest for either camera but that is to be expected seeing as they are both mirrorless cameras. You’ll like the tilting screen that both cameras come with and the in-built wireless connectivity too.

Price/Value Ratio – Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7

The Sony a6000 and the Sony a7 are really decently price for the value you get. Now granted, the a7 costs a bit more than the a6000.

However, if you consider the fact that the a7 is weather sealed and has a higher screen and viewfinder resolution, you’ll have to agree that the difference is justified.

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 – Comparison Table

 

Sony a6000

Sony a7

Weight 0.76 pounds 1.04 pounds
Dimensions 4.7 by 1.8 by 2.6 inches 5 by 3.7 by 1.9 inches
Environmental Sealing No Yes
Viewfinder Resolution 1440k dot 2359k dot
Continuous Shooting 11 frames per second (fps) 5 frames per second (fps)
Built-In Flash Yes No
Shutter Speed (max) 1/4000s 1/8000s
ISO Range 100 to 25600 and can be expanded to 51200 100 to 25600

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 — A Comparison Video

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
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Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 – Which Is Better Under What Circumstance?

Sony a6000

Sony a7

With the continuous shot of 11 frames per second, the Sony is the better camera at shooting subjects in motion like during sports or play. On the other hand, the Sony a7 has a microphone port and a headphone port. As a result, this camera will be good for taking videos.
The Sony a6000 is the more affordable of the 2 cameras. So, you’ll want to consider this if you need to save a few bucks. If you need a camera to take shots when the elements (dust, rain, snow etc.) are doing their thing, this could be it because it is weather sealed.
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
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Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 – Common Features

In this section, we’ve set out to see how similar the Sony a6000 and the Sony a7 are. As a result, we’ve listed out (and explained, of course), those features that are exactly alike in both cameras. We’ve also included those features that are mostly alike but with slight variations. First off….

1. Mirrorless

Both the Sony a6000 and the Sony a7 are mirrorless cameras. Now what exactly is a mirrorless camera? Well, as opposed to a DSLR camera (which is kinda the alternative), a mirrorless camera comes without a mirror and an optical viewfinder.

Now, with a DSLR camera, light passes through the lens and hits the mirror which then bounces off the light into the optical viewfinder. Well, a part of that light actually bounces into the optical viewfinder while the other part bounces into the Auto Focus Sensor.

However, since mirrorless cameras opt out of the mirror and optical viewfinder, light passes through the lens to the sensor and the sensor sends the digital image to the electronic viewfinder or the LCD screen.

From all we’ve said, the basic difference between a DSLR and a mirrorless camera is the presence/absence of a mirror and an optical viewfinder. And this basic difference accounts for a number of other differences between DSLRs and mirrorless cameras including weight and even battery life.

2. Viewfinder

We’ve already said that the presence/absence of an optical viewfinder is one of the basic differences between a DSLR and a mirrorless camera. But did you know that mirrorless cameras could also differ from one another? Well, they can.

Some mirrorless cameras substitute the mirror and optical viewfinder thing for an electronic viewfinder. The others do not have any substitute, so, you’ll need to make use of just the LCD screen.

The LCD screen might be good enough in certain situations. However, if you are in a place that is to brightly lit (like out in the sun), you might struggle to see images on the screen. You could get an external viewfinder for those cameras, though.

Thankfully, both the Sony a6000 and the Sony a7 come with an in-built electronic viewfinder. Now about the viewfinder resolution; this is where things vary slightly.

The viewfinder on the Sony a7 has a resolution of 2359k dots while the Sony a6000 has a resolution of 1440k dots. So obviously, the viewfinder on the Sony a7 will be brighter and better defined than that on the a6000.

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
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3. Articulating Screen

What does it mean that a screen is articulating or articulated? It basically means that screen can be moved in certain directions without having to necessarily move the camera body. The basic idea of this kind of screen is for the photographer to be able to take pictures from some nearly impossible angles.

That said, both the Sony a6000 and the Sony a7 have a tilting screen. A tilting screen, as opposed to a fully articulating screen, can be moved upward and then down again.

Still on the topic of screens, both cameras have a 3 inch screen which is decent. Furthermore, the screen resolution is one thing that varies between these cameras. So, while the Sony a6000 has a 922k dots screen resolution, the a7 has a 1230k dot screen resolution.

4. Wireless Connection

Seeing as the whole world is basically on the internet, no one wants a device that cannot be connected to the internet. That said, while all digital cameras could be said to have a provision for internet connection, not all digital cameras have the provision built in.

That said, both the Sony a6000 and the Sony a7 have an in-built wireless connection. This way, the cameras can be connected to the internet without an external device.

Furthermore, both cameras are Near Field Communication enabled. As a result, they can be wirelessly connected to other devices (not necessarily cameras) that are also NFC enabled. This allows for quick and seamless transfer of files from the camera to whatever connected device.

Finally, we’ll like to add this here. Both the Sony a6000 and the Sony a7 can be controlled via a smartphone and it’s easy to do too. All you need is the right app, then you make the connection between the devices via the app and you’re set.

The connected smartphone could serve as both the screen and the control panel for the camera.

5. ISO Range

The ISO range is an important factor to consider in choosing a camera. This range tells us, in numbers, the light sensitivity limits of a camera. A camera cannot be adjusted below or beyond the numbers its ISO range suggests.

Now, the lower the ISO of a camera, the less light it is able to capture which is a really good thing if there is just too much light. Plus, with the camera in a low ISO setting, there is a reduced possibility of grains.

On the other hand, a high ISO means more light sensitivity which means better light capture. This is a good idea for when your setting has low light. However, with high ISO comes a higher possibility of grains.

Having known all these, you’ll probably have concluded that having a wide ISO range is a definite plus and you’d be right. The wider the range, the more room a photographer or videographer has to wiggle around and adjust.

That said, both cameras have basically the same ISO range which is between 100 and 25600. However, with the Sony a6000, the range can be expanded to 51200.

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
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6. External Flash Port

Because you won’t always be in areas where the light is just perfect, you need to always have that backup light solution with you. That said, the regular camera solution for the low light situation is a flash.

Now, both the Sony a6000 and the Sony a7 come with an external flash port. You could get an external flash if you like. However, you need to know that the external flash will come in handy if you need to do flash photography.

7. RAW Support

This is basically about the format in which photos are saved. The alternative to the RAW format is jpeg and this format tends to play down the quality of the photo before it is saved. On the upside, photos saved as jpeg are usually small files and do not take up so much space.

On the other hand, the RAW format saves pictures in their original quality. However, the photos in RAW format are usually large files and so take up a bit of space.

8. Picture Resolution

This is something to really bear in mind as it has to do with the quality of the finished products. The higher the picture resolution in megapixels, the better defined the photo is. That said, both cameras have a picture resolution of 24 megapixels which is pretty decent.

9. Face Detection

Both the Sony a6000 and the Sony a7 have the face detection feature. What does this do? It allows the camera recognize and focus on faces. This makes both cameras good for taking portraits.

10. Available Lenses

Both cameras have the same number of lenses available to them; 102. However, bear in mind that of the 102 lenses available to the Sony a7, only 59 of them are full frame.

Furthermore, neither of the cameras has an image optimization feature. The implication of this is that if photos are taken with the camera in motion, the photos could come out blurry.

So, to counter that, you’ll have to get optical optimization lenses. Both cameras have 23 of those lenses available to them.

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 — A Sony a6000 demonstration Video

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 – Unique Features

This section contains feature that are different from one camera to the other. It also includes those features that appear in one camera but not the other.

1. Weight

Remember we told you that both cameras are mirrorless cameras? Well, one of the things mirrorless cameras are known for is being lightweight. This is largely due to the absence of a mirror.

Now, while mirrorless cameras are basically known for being lightweight, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they all weigh the same. That said, we have to point out that the Sony a6000 is significantly lighter than the Sony a7. The Sony weighs 0.76 pounds as against the a7’s 1.04 pounds.

We consider the weight difference significant enough for us to swing one way or the other. However, there is more to considering the weight of a camera than just paying attention to the camera body. You also have to pay attention to the lenses because they could be enough to turn the tables.

That said, we cannot exactly go through the numerous lenses deciding their weight. So, to determine whether the lenses are significant enough to change anything, we look to the sensor.

The Sony a6000 has an APS-C sensor while the Sony a7 has a full frame sensor. There are a number of implications to this, one of them being that the a7’s pixel area is larger and so has a better capacity for capturing light than the a6000.

However, the implication that is more important here is the lens fit. Because of the difference in the sensor size, for the exact same aperture and focal length, the a7 will require lenses that are both larger and heavier. Hence, it is safe to say that, all around, the Sony a7 is significantly heavier than the Sony a6000.

2. Continuous Shooting

This is basically a mode that allows you take a number of shots in one second. This mode will definitely come in handy if you need to capture a subject that is in motion. In this mode, you basically just need to hold the shutter down and the camera is able to take as many shots as it says in one second.

That said, the Sony a6000 can take 11 frames in one second while the Sony a7 can only take 5 frames per second. Both a kinda impressive but the Sony a6000 is obviously more impressive.

This makes the Sony a6000 the better camera for shooting subjects that are known to be in constant motion like children and sports people.

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
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3. Flash

We said something about flash before but we were basically about the external flash port. Here we refer to the in-built flash and this is a feature that not all cameras come with, including the a7.

The Sony a6000 comes with an in-built flash which is kinda more reassuring. We say this because you can be sure that you’ll always have the flash with you. Also, this flash will really come in handy in low light.

4. Microphone Port

Basically every camera is built to be able to take pictures and record videos too. As a result, they usually have an in-built microphone system that will record sounds. However, these in-built mic systems usually capture a lot of noise. Hence, to capture more specific sounds, you’ll have to attach an external mic.

That said, not all cameras come with an external microphone port, including the Sony a6000. The Sony a7 does, however, and that makes it the better camera for recording videos, vlogging and basically any video related need.

5. Headphone Port

This is another feature that enhances your video recording experience. If all you’ll use your camera for is take pictures, you’ll not have any need for headphones.

How exactly do headphones enhance your video recording experience? Well, if the headphones are plugged into the camera, you can listen to what you are recording as you record just to be sure you are getting exactly what you want.

That said, while the Sony a7 comes with a headphone port, the a6000 does not. This just comes together with the microphone port feature to make the a7 the better camera for recording videos.

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
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6. Weather Sealing

This is another important factor to consider in choosing a camera (well, all we’ve been saying is basically important). Anyway, a camera that has environmental protection or better still, is protected against the elements is usually dust resistant, water resistant, waterproof or all three.

This is a really good idea as it frees you to be able to use your camera in certain situations you wouldn’t be able to use it in otherwise, depending on what it is protected against.

Now restricting this to this review, the Sony a6000 isn’t protected against the elements at all, so, you’ll need to be really careful. On the other hand, the a7 is both dust resistant and water resistant but it isn’t waterproof. So, don’t go dunking this camera in water or taking it out for a swim.

7. Battery Life

The battery life of a camera is measured by how many shots said camera can take before it has to be recharged. Now, mirrorless cameras aren’t exactly known for their impressive battery life, so, do not expect to see staggering numbers.

That said, the Sony a6000 can take 360 shots with one charge while the Sony a7 can take 340 shots in one charge. Neither battery life is the most impressive but it could be sufficient for you depending on your needs.

8. Memory Card Support

It is no news that digital cameras stores photos in a memory card that is inserted into them. However, ever hear of the Ultra High Speed memory card?

The UHS memory card allows for speedy transfer of photos from the buffer to storage. However, this kind of memory card is not compatible with all cameras and one of them is the Sony a7. You get to use this memory card with the Sony a6000, though.

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 — A Sony a7 Demonstration Video

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 – Unique Pros

Pros Of The Sony a6000

  • The Sony a6000 can take 11 frames per second which is 6 frames more than the a7 can take in one second.
  • Also, the Sony a6000 is significantly lighter than the Sony a7.
  • Furthermore, we really like that the Sony a6000 has an in-built flash in addition to its external flash port.
  • We also do like that the Sony a6000 supports the use of the UHS-I memory card.
  • Finally, the Sony a6000 is the cheaper of the two cameras.

Pros Of The Sony a7

  • The Sony a7 comes with a microphone port and a headphone port vs the Sony a6000 which does not. This makes the a7 the better camera for video recording.
  • Furthermore, the Sony a7 is dust and water resistant but not waterproof.
  • The Sony a7 also has a better screen resolution and a better viewfinder resolution than the Sony a6000.

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 – Unique Cons

Cons Of The Sony a6000

  • The Sony a6000 is not weather sealed and this could restrict the places and times you use the camera.
  • Also, the Sony a6000 does not come with a microphone port. As a result, audio captured with this camera could come out really noisy.

Cons Of The Sony a7

  • The Sony a7 doesn’t come with an in-built flash. As a result, you’ll have to depend solely on the external flash which might not be such a terrible thing.
  • You can’t get as many frames per second with the a6000 as you can with the a7.

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 – Common Pros

 

Sony a6000

Sony a7

Articulating Screen The Sony a6000 has a 3 inch tilting screen. As a result, you can take pictures from different angles without necessarily moving the camera body. Same as the Sony a6000.
External Flash Port The Sony a6000 comes with an external flash port to which you can attach an external flash. This external flash could come in handy for flash photography. Same as the Sony a6000.
RAW Support We like that the Sony a6000 supports the RAW format. Because it means photos will be stored in their original quality even if they will take up a bit of space. Same as the Sony a6000.
Wireless Connection The Sony a6000 comes with an in-built wireless connection which makes it able to connect to the internet. Furthermore, this camera is NFC enabled which means it can wirelessly connect to another NFC enabled device. Finally, with the right app, the Sony a6000 can be smartphone controlled. Same as the Sony a6000.
Time Lapse Recording With the right app, you can time lapse record on the Sony a6000. Same as the Sony a6000.
Picture Resolution The Sony a6000 has a really decent picture resolution. 24 megapixels ensures that you’ll get really detailed pictures. Same as the Sony a6000.
Face Detection The Sony a6000 is able to recognize and focus on faces. This makes it a good camera for taking portraits. Same as the Sony a6000.
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
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Sony a6000 vs Sony a7 – Common Cons

 

Sony a6000

Sony a7

Image Stabilization The Sony a6000 does not come with an image stabilization feature. As a result, pictures taken with this camera could come out looking blurry. You can get an optical stabilization lens, if need be. Same as the Sony a6000.
Battery Life With the Sony a6000, you can only get 360 shots per charge which isn’t the longest a camera can offer. However, with this camera being a mirrorless camera, we weren’t really expecting any different. Same as the Sony a6000.

Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7 – What People Think About Both

Sony a6000

Sony a7

It looks to us like people really like the Sony a6000. High up there among the reasons for this like is the continuous shooting. With this camera, you can get 11 frames per second. While this is not the most you can get, it is safe to say that it is impressive. Something else that gets people is the weight of the camera. The Sony a6000 is lightweight so people can lug it around a lot. The wireless connection feature also looks to be making many people happy. The Sony a7 is another camera that people also seem to like. One of the most common reasons for this like is the fact that the camera is weather sealed. Furthermore, the fact that it is mirrorless and also uses a full frame sensor isn’t very popular among cameras and so is quite cherished among customers. Others reasons people like the camera include great image quality, ergonomics and even microphone and headphone ports.
Some people have complained, though. For one, they say the camera is not weather sealed and so cannot be used in certain settings and times. There are also a few complaints about the absence of a microphone port. However, a majority of the complaints seem to be about the lenses. Some complain that some of the lenses could be quite pricey while others complain that some of the lenses could be quite weighty.
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7
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Sony a6000 vs Sony a7 – Our Take

Sony a6000

Sony a7

We consider the Sony a6000 a really nice camera for photography. We think the picture quality is great and it saves in RAW format which is also great. We also consider the Sony a6000 a good camera for ‘motion subjects’ like sports people and even children. That it is lightweight and has an in-built wireless connection is also a plus in our books. We consider the Sony a7 a really nice camera for video coverage. The basic reason is that this camera comes with a microphone port and a headphone port. We also consider this camera a good one for taking photographs. The picture quality is good and said picture gets saved in its original quality.
However, if you are out for a camera for vlogging and other video coverage needs, you probably don’t want to go for this camera. It doesn’t come with a microphone port so your video might be too noise. If you’re looking for something for photography, get the Sony a6000 now! However, the Sony a7 is not as good at shooting subjects in motion as the a6000. But if you’re looking for something to shoot videos for your vlog, get the Sony a7 now!