The Sony A6000 epitomizes all the qualities that make mirrorless cameras so popular while matching DSLRs in terms of performance. Its superfast 11 fps shutter speed combined with a high-end auto-focus has made it an incredibly versatile addition to any photographer’s arsenal.

Whether you are a pro looking for a camera loaded with accessibility features or a hobbyist wanting a solid point-and-click option, the A6000 will not disappoint. The key is to know to use it. Below we discuss how you can get the best out of your Sony A6000 camera in any environment.

Automatic Settings

While the A6000 allows you a great deal of control, its automatic settings work very well in most circumstances. You have the choice of selecting the Intelligent Auto or Superior Auto modes. In both modes, the camera uses its own intelligence to judge the light conditions, automatically adjusts its shutter speed, exposure and focus to capture the best picture. The Superior Auto mode differs from Intelligent Auto in that it provides clearer results in poor light conditions.

The camera’s default light sensitivity or ISO is also set at Auto. The A6000 has the capability of reaching up to 25600 ISO. The ISO Auto setting uses 3200. This isn’t exactly optimum as your pictures might become grainy at higher sizes, but it is adequate. For best results, keep the ISO at 1600.

If you want a little bit of control where have a few more options to work with but the camera still does most of the work for you, select the Program mode. The camera balances the shutter speed and aperture itself depending on your selected option. For example, if it’s twilight, the camera automatically uses a larger aperture and slower shutter to create the best conditions possible. 

Manual Settings

You can make the A6000 as manual as you want. What this means is that it offers a number of different modes and settings that allow you to customize different aspects, while the camera takes care of the rest. You can take control of the aperture in the Aperture Priority mode. The aperture controls the camera’s focus on depth. So you can basically manage how much of your picture is in focus.

Your other option is to manage your shutter speed with the Shutter Priority mode. The shutter speed influences exposure. At higher speeds, you get less exposure. You want a fast shutter speed when capturing motion and vice versa.

You may even go all-out manual if you want. Many photographers like a fully-manual camera since it allows them to experiment with different photography techniques. Plus they have total power over their results.

There are a couple of other options worth looking into that provide certain degrees of customization. There is the Creative Style menu you can use to change the color, contrast and exposure of your pictures depending on a few defined styles. Select between Vivid, Neutral and Standard depending on your preference. You can also change the exposure compensation manually to prevent under or overexposure where the camera’s auto features aren’t giving you what you want.

At the end of the day, you can use your A6000 with any range of settings, manual or otherwise. As long as you get the basics right, you can’t go wrong.