Welcome to another detailed comparison article. In today’s article we’ll be taking a look another pair of mirrorless cameras from Sony; the a6000 and the a7rII.
Both cameras are amazing and highly praised by users. However, there are many differences between these two cameras.
Choosing between these two might be a bit tough, but don’t worry. This article will give you a full understanding of the cons and features of both cameras; so that you will be able to choose the camera which best suits your needs.
Usually people don’t have time to read through an entire article, so in this section we’ll be giving a quick summary of the entire article for those who don’t have the time.
Of course if you want a fuller understanding of these two cameras, you’ll have to read through the whole comparison.
Overall rating of the a6000 Vs a7rII
Both cameras are not on the same level when you look at their capabilities. However, they are both great for their levels.
The Sony a7rII makes a good video camera and also takes amazing photos there are certain features which make this possible; however, we will look at them a bit later.
On the other hand, we have the Sony a6000. It produces amazing images, and has a high continuous shooting rate which makes it wonderful for child or sports photography.
Rating of the features of the a6000 Vs a7rII
The a7rII and the a6000 have some features in common such as NFC, AF tracking and an electronic viewfinder; however, there are also many differences. First of all, the a6000 has a higher continuous shooting rate than that of the Sony a7rII (11fps against the a7rII’s 5fps).
The Sony a6000 also weighs a lot less than the a7rII and is a lot more affordable, making it the ideal camera for those on a tight budget. One problem which both cameras share is battery life. The a6000 has only 420 shots, and the a7rII has 290 shots. However, this isn’t a surprise.
Opinion of the price/value ratio
When you look at the value that each of these cameras bring, you can see that they are reasonably priced. The Sony a7rII is a lot more expensive than the a6000 and not everyone can afford it.
On the other hand, the Sony a6000 is a lot more affordable, making it perfect for those who are on a tight budget and don’t have much to spend on an expensive camera like the a7rII. Despite the difference in price, both cameras bring you great value. You can be sure that money spent on either of these cameras is money well spent.
|Has a flip-out screen||Yes||Yes|
|100% viewfinder coverage||Yes||Yes|
|Has a hot shoe||Yes||Yes|
|Has a flash||Yes||No|
|Has a built-in focus motor||Yes||No|
|Is a system camera||Yes||Yes|
|Has AF tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Maximum light sensitivity||25600||102400|
|Sensor size||23.5 x 15.6mm||24 x 35.9mm|
|Supports AVCHD format||Yes||Yes|
|Has a microphone in||No||Yes|
|Has stereo speakers||No||Yes|
|Battery life||420 shots||290 shots|
|Has a removable and rechargeable battery||Yes||Yes|
|Can be controlled remotely||Yes||Yes|
|Has dual card slots||No||Yes|
|Has a HDMI output||Yes||Yes|
What situation is each best for?
The Sony a6000 is a lot less expensive than the a7rII. If you are on a tight budget and don’t have much to spend on a camera, you should definitely try the a6000.
Even though it costs less than the opponent, you can be sure that you are getting your money’s worth.
Because of its high continuous shooting rate, the a6000 is ideal if your subjects move around a lot (sportsmen, children, and animals for example).
If you are looking for a camera which lets you shoot despite the weather, the a7rII is the camera for you.
Unlike the a6000, the a7rII is both dust and moisture resistant, meaning you don’t have to worry about bad weather affecting your camera.
The a7rII is also perfect for those who want to shoot videos.
Split second sharing through smartphone with Wi-Fi and NFC.
Wi-Fi connectivity gives you the ability to run your camera with the PlayMemories Camera Apps and your compatible Tablet or Smartphone.
Frame your image via the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) of your device and have complete control of the camera’s shutter.
You can also move the images directly taken to your device for quick uploading and editing – The process of connecting has been reduced to a simple touch making use of NFC.
If you want to connect, all you need to do is simply touch the camera to the matching NFC enabled device.
Trouble-free connectivity to your smartphone through NFC/Wi-Fi
Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been made easier with Wi-Fi/NFC control.
Another added feature to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, is that the α7rII also supports NFC giving you “one-touch connection” convenience when sharing images to tablets and Android smartphones tablets with NFC.
All you have to do is touch devices to connect.
Has AF tracking
Fast Hybrid Auto Focus with 179 phase-detection points
Enhanced Fast Hybrid auto focus fuses highly accurate contrast-detection AF with fast phase-detection AF.
Fast Hybrid AF has been sped up through a new Spatial Object Detection algorithm, to achieve some of the fastest autofocusing performance of any camera (0.06 seconds).
First, 179 tightly placed focal plane phase-detection AF points resourcefully and swiftly shift the lens to move the subject into focus.
Then contrast-detection Autofocus with wide Autofocus coverage perfects the focusing instantly.
Quick hybrid AF system
The fast hybrid autofocus system of the a7r II uses 399 phase-detection points and 25 contrast-detection points.
Rebuilt from the α7, this new AF enhances focusing speed and subject tracking performance by roughly 30%.
The OLED EVF presents a new optical system with four double spherical lenses which gives you complete frame coverage and a broad viewing angle (about 33°) for clear visibility from corner to corner, dramatically enhancing visibility.
View every scene in gradations (on the high contrast 1.4M dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder) and rich tonal detail. The viewfinder devotedly shows what will be displayed in your recording, which includes the results of the settings of your camera, so that you can examine the results precisely.
Electronic viewfinders have many benefits, including being able to present the result of diverse camera settings before a picture is taken, taking advantage of Peaking function along with the MF Assist to preview your shot and fine-tune the focus.
Tiltable 3-inch LCD screen
The tiltable 3-inch (921k dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display makes photographing high over crowds or down low to capture pets eye to eye much easier by swinging down approx. 45° and up approx. 90°.
You can preview life and scroll through menus, and it’s all thanks to WhiteMagic technology which significantly enhances visibility in clear daylight. The brilliant display gives you high-quality movies and still images while allowing easy focusing operation.
Expand your creativity and camera with Camera Apps
Personalize your camera by giving it new features of your choice with PlayMemories Camera Apps. Discover apps which will fit your shooting style from portraits, sports, detailed close-ups, motion shot, time lapse and much more.
Use apps that save videos, shoot and share using Wi-Fi to manage your camera easily through smartphone. You can also post photos straight to Facebook or backup images to the cloud without needing to connect to a computer.
Sony a6000 Vs Sony a7rII – Unique features
This feature comes in handy if you want to crop your images further, or if you want to print huge enlargements such as posters.
Supports slow-motion video recording
Shoot Full HD footage of high-quality at 120 frames per second high-speed shooting with a bit rate of up to 100Mbps. The a7rII has the ability to record movies on the inside whenever the frame rate is set to 24p or 30p, or use the 120 frames per second footage to change into slow motion afterwards.
Has sensor shift stabilization
This feature ensures that shots taken with the a7rII don’t appear blurry.
Has a stereo microphone
This feature makes the a7rII perfect for video recording.
Better image quality
In comparison to the a6000, the image quality of the a7rII is superior.
Enhanced ergonomics and operability
The a7rII is resistant to both moisture and dust. This makes it easier to shoot in harsh environments or weathers. For example, if you are taking pictures of landscapes such as deserts, mountains, or snowy areas, the camera remains in good condition.
The stout refined grip and lens mount make shooting with large and heavy lenses much easier. If for instance, you wish to use a lens with a wider diameter so as to affect the light falloff and sharpness at the edges of your image circle, the a7rII will support it easily.
Battery life of 420 shots
Sony’s mirrorless cameras aren’t famous for their long battery life, but compared to many of them, this one stands out. The a6000 uses the Sony NP-FW50 battery which gives you about 420 shots of battery life.
Although it isn’t much, it’s still a lot better than the life a7rII which uses the same battery, but drains twice as fast.
Longer battery life (than the a7rII at least)
420 shots of battery life; not very much when you look at it. However, it’s definitely better than the a7rII’s 290 shots.
Has a flash
The a6000 comes with a built in flash. Because of this, you don’t have to buy another flash separately.
Dual card slots
That’s another point in favor of the Sony a7rII. Because of this, you can have two memory cards in your camera just in case one gets full.
Faster shutter speed
This gives you clear low light images. One little problem with this one is that you run a risk of under exposure, so it all depends on your setting.
Only 1 SD card slot
This is one of the main faults with this camera. There’s not much to say on this one. For those of you who have already made up your minds to go for the a6000, just remember to bring an extra SD card; just in case.
Users have made complaints saying that this camera is slow when starting up. Although many of Sony’s cameras have this same issue, the a6000’s case seems a bit more serious.
Lack of budget lenses
Unfortunately, the a6000 doesn’t have many easily affordable lenses. This can be a bit of a challenge for those on a tight budget.
Unlike the a6000, the a7rII does not have a built in flash, meaning that you have to get one separately.
Short battery life
Can’t really say I’m surprised. Majority of Sony’s mirrorless cameras have this same problem.
Has a hot shoe
Each camera has a Hot Shoe which can be used for attachments such as light meters, rangefinders or an external flash.
Has an EVF
Both cameras are enabled with a high-resolution, high contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder with roughly 2.4 million dots which offers excellent corner-to-corner visuals.
The viewfinder also features a new mode which permits display of images at 120Hz, making sure that action is shown smoothly with few after images for the feeling of immediacy you get when shooting images with an optical viewfinder, thus making the tracking of your subject through the Tru-finder much easier.
Has a removable/rechargeable battery
This comes in handy if your current battery runs out of power or gets damaged. You can simply replace the battery with a new one or with one that is fully charged
Easily connect with NFC code to tablets or smartphones with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app available for IOS and Android platforms and the built-in Wi-Fi.
Control your camera or move files to your device for effortless and fast sharing without having to use a computer. It’s also compatible with Sony’s ever expanding range of PlayMemories Camera Apps, which add diverse creative functionalities to the camera.
When you are through, the free software can be used to manage and sort your videos and stills with PlayMemories Home, or rework your RAW file with either Capture One Express, or Sony’s Image Data Converter (for Sony).
Supports remote control via smartphone
The a7rII and the a6000 can be controlled by your smartphone through the Smart Remote Control app. With this you can take shots and view images on your mobile device.
Poor battery life
Being mirrorless cameras, this isn’t a surprise.
General feeling among users
The Sony a6000 also had positive reviews from customers. This was many because of its amazing shutter speed.
The frame speed of 11fps made it wonderful for those taking shots of subjects which moved around a lot.
Another loved feature was the lightness and compactness of the camera. It made it perfect for on-the-go photography. Also loved by customers was the pricing.
They loved the fact that it was so affordable. Many who were on a tight budget praised the quality they were getting for such an affordable price.
Those looking for a good video camera avoid this one. Its lack of a microphone makes it unpopular among those who shoot videos.
The next issue, which is common among Sony’s mirrorless cameras is poor battery life. No one was surprised by this; however, it wasn’t as bad as most of its other cameras.
One of the things which users loved about this camera was its 42 MP image quality. Not everyone actually needs it, but they had to admit that it was pretty amazing.
The Sony a7rII also records videos in 4K, but many people didn’t say anything about that. A few people though said that its 4k recording feature was a disappointment.
However, many said that it was a great camera for recording videos.
Two things a few people hated about the a7rII. First was the horrible battery life. This isn’t abnormal for Sony, but a lot of people were put off by this.
The second thing which annoyed users was the pricing. It seemed to drive the nuts at first, but when they got used to it they said that it was fair for the value it brings.
To sum it all up, if you are looking for a good video camera which is weather sealed and takes amazing pictures, you should definitely go for the Sony a7rII.
On the other hand, if you are on a tight budget and are looking for a more affordable camera which still gives you quality photos, the Sony a6000 is what you should go for. Hope you found this article helpful. Happy buying!