Sony a6000 compared to Sony A7

I was interested to see just how the a6000 with it's APS-C sensor compared to the 35mm / 'Full-Frame' sized sensor on the Sony A7. To eliminate the kit lens I used my Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 and Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 FE lenses on the cameras. 

I've uploaded all jpgs. and raw files to Google Drive HERE so you can look for yourselves.

I've written before about how much I like the jpgs. from the A7 and A7r cameras. And that is true for the a6000 also. For me Sony have really gone to the top of the tree with their current jpg. rendering. I think it's excellent.

As you can see there is not much difference, if any at all, in real terms between the two cameras for ISO 100 jpgs.

At ISO 800 with the raw files I started to see some colour noise appearing, it being worse on the a6000. Both files identically processed in Photoshop ACR with the colour noise reduction turned off.

a6000 top  -  A7 bottom

To bypass all the background 'correcting' that goes on in Photoshop and Lightroom, I ran comparison files at ISO 3200 through Rawker, a dcraw programme. Even though the A7 isn't particularly good at high ISO's, you can see that the a6000 performance is worse. Not surprising really.

As I indicated, if you click the link above you can play around with raw files from each camera at ISO 100, 800 and 3200 to see what you can make of them.

All in all however the a6000 results are pretty good. What is also noticeable is the consistency between the a6000 and the A7 in terms of colour, jpg. rendering and the overall look of the files. This could be vital if getting consistent colour is important to you. It would certainly be very difficult to spot the difference between the two cameras at low ISO's, which is good to see. Whatever criticisms I might have of Sony, their sensors are pretty much state of the art these days for all round quality. It will be interesting to see just what the A7s sensor is capable of in low light at high ISO's. Added to what I have already it could make a compelling case for me working with Sony exclusively. I doubt I'll go that route, but then you never know.

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