Sony a6000 - Sunshine at last - How good are the jpgs?






All above - Sony a6000 Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Doing what I do it's obviously very important for me to see how a camera performs in bright sunlight. After several days of dull grey weather the sun finally emerged this morning and I went out to test the a6000. I've been enthusing about the jpgs. so all above are from the OOC renditions from the camera. No raw processing and just a little Photoshop tweaking here and there. 

I don't know about you but they look pretty good to me. The ones with the histograms are exactly how they came out of the camera. As you can see, with the D Range Optimizer option set to maximum, the Dynamic range is excellent. And while these are not the sharpest files I've ever produced they are pretty much the sharpest jpgs. I've ever got out of a camera. In this respect they are almost identical to what I get from my A7 and A7r. 

Until using the Sony's I always procesed from raw, unless I was so desperate to get some files edited and uploaded that I did use the jpgs. I was never particularly happy about that though. Even Fuji X jpgs. which everybody rates, including myself, just didn't satisfy me, particularly in terms of sharpness. However what comes out of these Sony cameras is excellent and really close to how I would process from raw anyway. For most of them I do very little, but for those that need it there is the flexibility and 'elasticity' to alter levels and colour and add some sharpening with ruining the files. And with my huge workflow, that's very useful for me. 

I should mention that the Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS performed very well too. It's weakness on the A7 and A7r is softness in the corners, but with that cropped out on the APS-C sensor, it becomes a much better lens. So if you're on the lookout for a wide standard to medium telephoto zoom, this might be worth considering. Particularly since they can be picked up second hand for significantly less than the new price. Not good news for me and that partly explains why I've kept it, but good news for you if you want a decent lens for your e-mount APS-C sensor Sony camera at a reasonable price.



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