This article will cover the ups and downs of both cameras to help you determine which would best suit your needs. So without further ado, let’s jump into it.
This section is just a quick summary of everything we’ll be covering in this article. This is for those who are in a hurry and don’t have the time to read the whole article. However, if you want an even deeper understanding of today’s topic, it’s advised that you read through the entire article.
General rating of both products
For their levels, we must admit that both cameras are very good. The Fujifilm xa5 is a better camera for video recording. There are certain features which this camera has which makes this so; We’ll talk about those later.
The xa5 also has a touchscreen, making the operating of this camera more convenient. It also has a longer battery life than its opponent. The a6000 also has its own area of specialty. If you are looking for a camera with a fast continuous shooting speed, you should definitely go for the Sony a6000.
Also, it has an amazing focusing speed o 0.06 seconds. So as you see, each camera has its unique features. Picking the right camera depends on what you want.
Overall rating of the features of these products
The Sony a6000 and the xa5 have many similarities; for instance, they are both lightweight mirrorless cameras. However, there are a few things which make each camera unique in its own way. Frist of all, we’ll talk about the xa5.
It has a microphone port meaning a meaning it will give better audio than the a6000 which has none. This makes it the better camera of the two for video recording. In addition, this camera has a touchscreen making it easier to select different features. Finally, it has a longer battery life than the a6000 (450 shots to the a600’s 420 shots).
On the other hand, we have the Sony a6000. Unlike the xa5, the a6000 has a viewfinder. With the xa5, you have to use the LCD as a viewfinder. This has a big disadvantage. If you are in a very bright environment, you won’t be able to see what’s on the screen clearly.
So as you can see, the a6000’s viewfinder is a great advantage. Also, the Sony a6000 is lighter than its opponent by 17g. This isn’t really a significant difference, but is worth mentioning all the same.
Opinion of the price/value ratio.
The value which these cameras bring is worth their pricing. To be honest, there’s not much difference between their prices. Both cameras are quite affordable, so if you are on a budget, you probably won’t have any issues with the pricing. Even though there isn’t much difference between the prices, you should note that the xa5 is more expensive.
About the brands
Sony is a conglomerate multinational company which was founded in Japan in the year 1946. It’s popular for building Japan’s first tape recorder, known as the Type-G. Today, Sony isn’t only in the photography industry. Its other business units include entertainment, gaming; even the medical line is seen as a future growth sector.
Founded in 1934, Fujifilm started out as Japan’s innovative film making company. Now, its influences are seen globally. Fujifilm isn’t only found in the photography industry. Its popular for its innovations in areas such as graphic arts, healthcare and optical devices.
|Is a mirrorless camera||Yes||Yes|
|Megapixels||24.3 MP||24.2 MP|
|Has a hot shoe||Yes||Yes|
|Has AF tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Has a flip-out screen||Yes||Yes|
|Maximum light sensitivity||25600 ISO||51200 ISO|
|Maximum Battery life||420 shots per charge||450 shots per charge|
|Frames per second||6 fps||11 fps|
|Tilting touchscreen||Has a tilting screen but not touch sensitive||Yes|
|Is weather sealed||No||No|
|Number of microphones||1||2|
|Has a removable and rechargeable battery||Yes||Yes|
Sony a6000 vs Fujifilm xa5 — What situation is each best for?
Both the a6000 and the xa5 have light and compact bodies. Because of this, they can be carried about with ease, making them perfect for on-the-go photography.
The image quality of these two cameras make them good for landscape photography; however, they lack weather sealing, which makes it impossible them during harsh weathers. You just need to be careful about where you use them.
Sony a6000 vs Fujifilm xa5—Common features
Tilting LCD screen
Both cameras have a tilting LCD screen. However, the screen of the xa5 is a bit different. The screen of the xa5 can be rotated to more angles than that of the a6000. Because of this, you can use the Fujifilm xa5 to take selfies.
Image resolution of 24MP
With an image resolution of 24 megapixels, both cameras bring you high quality images which you can crop as you see fit.
External flash shoe
The xa5 and the a6000 has a flash shoe which you can use to attach an external flash or other flash accessories.
Smartphone remote control
Both cameras support the use of a smartphone as a remote controller. You can easily shoot photos and manage your camera by just downloading the right app, and then connecting your phone to the camera.
Sony a6000 Vs Fujifilm xa5-Unique features
Has a viewfinder
Nothing like the Tru-Finder Organic Light-Emitting Diode electronic viewfinder (EVF) has ever been seen. That is, until now. The OLED EVF features a new optical system which has four double spherical lenses, giving you 100% frame coverage and a broad viewing angle (about 33) for clear viewing from corner to corner, significantly expanding visibility.
See every scene in gradations (on the high contrast 1.4 million dot OLED EVF) and rich tonal detail. The viewfinder unfailingly displays the results of your recording, including the results of your camera settings, enabling you to examine the results of your image precisely.
100% higher max ISO (than the xa5)
Because it has more sensitivity than the NEX-7 by as much as 20 percent, in low-light conditions, you get amazing detail from ISO range 100 – 25600. To provide an extra flash of light, the α6000 is enabled with a pop-up flash and a normal hot for other flash accessories.
The a6000 is a very compact mirrorless camera which weighs about half the weight of a standard DSLR. However, it has the same size APS-C image sensor many DSLR’s have. Compared to many DSLR’s, the a6000 is of better quality.
However, what makes it special is its lightness. The E-mount system and interchangeable lenses give the α6000 more flexibility than almost any other type of available camera. This makes shooting from different perspectives and angles much easier. If, for instance, you wish to photograph over crowds, the lenses and E-mount system will make this a whole lot easier.
The a6000’s hybrid enhanced fast autofocus blends highly precise contrast-detection AF with quick phase-detection AF. Through a new Spatial Object Detection algorithm, this fast autofocus has been quickened to accomplish some of the quickest autofocusing performance of any camera (0.06 seconds).
First, 179 closely placed focal plane phase-detection AF points resourcefully and swiftly adjust the lens so that the subject will be in focus. Then wide Autofocus coverage with contrast-detection Autofocus instantly perfects the focusing.
Wi-Fi connectivity gives you the ability to run your camera with your compatible Tablet or Smartphone and the PlayMemories Camera Apps. Frame your image by using your camera’s LCD screen, and have control of your camera’s shutter.
You can also directly transfer images directly to your device so that you can quickly edit and upload – By making use of NFC, the connecting process has been simplified. To connect, all you need to do is simply connect the camera to the matching NFC enabled device.
Has a touchscreen
Unlike the a6000, the LCD screen of the xa5 is touch sensitive. With this you can easily scroll through menus and select different functions.
Battery life of 450 shots
This is much better than the a6000’s 420 shots, because you get more shooting time.
Rotatable LCD for selfies
Many of you must be wondering, “How is this different from the tilting screen feature which both cameras share?” Well, the xa5’s LCD can be rotated to more angles than the a6000’s. You can use this to take selfies.
Has a microphone port
In our time, many cameras are not only for shooting photos, but for video recording as well. To produce videos with good audio quality, your camera needs to have a microphone, and to connect the microphone to the camera, you need a microphone port. Of both cameras, the xa5 is the only one with a microphone port making it the ideal video recording camera.
More frames per second
The Sony a6000 shoots more frames per second than the Fujifilm xa5. It captures 11fps in continuous shooting mode with Autofocus tracking by taking advantage of the wide-area 179-point phase-detection AF sensor.
Even if the situation involves fast action, the α6000’s outstanding tracking of moving subjects makes sure you get an excellent shot during video or still capture.
More focus points
The a6000 has 170 autofocus points as opposed to the xa5’s 91 points. It achieves faster autofocusing than many other cameras. It can lock focus on a subject at a speed of 0.06 seconds.
Selfie friendly LCD
If you love taking selfies, you’ll definitely like this camera. Its screen can be rotated far enough for you to photograph yourself while holding it.
Battery life of 450 shots
This gives you more shooting time.
No microphone port
This probably why the a6000 isn’t popular among videographers. The lack of a microphone port makes the audio of anything you record come out bad.
Lower battery life
This isn’t a new one. There’s nothing much to say about this one except that it’s disappointing.
No NFC connection
There isn’t much to say about this. Unlike the a6000, you can’t connect to other devices via NFC, making it hard to transfer files from your camera to another device.
Many find this very disturbing, and it’s no wonder because this is a serious issue. You can use the camera’s LCD as a viewfinder instead. However, this has a downside to it. When you are shooting in a very brightly lit area, seeing what is on the LCD screen might be an issue.
Pros common to both products
Smartphone remote control
The a6000 supports the use of a smartphone as a remote control.
External flash shoe
You can use this to attach an external flash, or other flash accessories to the camera.
Fast continuous shooting speed
The a6000 has a high continuous shooting speed of 11 frames per second. This comes in handy when you are taking photos of subjects which move around a lot.
Same as the a6000
Same as the a6000
Fast continuous shooting speed
This camera also has a fast continuous shooting rate. However, it’s not as fast as the a6000. At a speed of 6fps, the xa5 is about half as fast as the a6000.
No environmental sealing
This is the major con which both cameras share. The photo capabilities and sizes of both cameras make it easier to take them about.
The only hindrance is the lack of protection from the weather. If you are only interested in landscape photography, or photography in extreme conditions, we wouldn’t recommend either one of these cameras.
No built-in image stabilization
This is another important issue. When you are shooting, having an in-built image stabilization is very helpful. Without this, you run a great risk of getting blurry images. When you hold your camera, you try to hold it as steady as possible.
However, your hand wobbles suddenly on occasion, giving you blurry images. But with the image stabilization feature, you don’t need to be bothered by this.
General feeling among users
Users love the a6000’s lightness and compactness. Because of its size many people take it to places they wouldn’t take a standard DSLR to.
Another loved feature of this camera is its tilting LCD screen. It helped many people shoot at different angles from diverse perspectives with ease.
Also praised by many was the a6000’s ability to transfer images to mobile devices wirelessly.
However, there were things about this camera which didn’t please users at all. First of all was the battery life.
Compared to many other cameras, a battery life of 420 shots is not impressive. Keep in mind however, that the fact that it is a mirrorless camera has nothing to do with this.
The second thing which annoyed many about this camera is the fact that the camera shuts down after recording for 30 minutes. This is due to the fact that the camera is overheating, so it shuts down to prevent any damage to itself.
The main thing which users love about this camera is its light weight. It makes it easier to take out for on-the-go or landscape photography.
There was just one snag. This camera isn’t weather proof and so can be damaged by extreme weather conditions. One user even reported that the camera froze and that the battery had to be removed.
The biggest thing which annoyed users was the fact that this camera doesn’t have a viewfinder. This was seen as the main flaw by many customers.
Its size makes it okay for on-the-go photography, but users complain that using the LCD as a viewfinder instead isn’t good at all in situations where the area is brightly lit.
Other than this few issues, users feel that this camera is an amazing one which brings value worth the price.
And there you have it. That is everything you need to know about the Sony a6000 and the Fujifilm xa5. I hope you found this article helpful. We’ll just take a quick recap. The xa5’s microphone port makes it a better camera for recording videos.
It has an LCD touchscreen which is selfie friendly. On the other hand, the a6000 has a viewfinder, a higher number of autofocus points, and a higher continuous shooting rate. Which camera you choose depends on what you are looking for.