Sony A6000 Flash

Sony A6000 popup flash


Built-in Flash Test Results

Coverage and Range
A fairly weak flash with very narrow and uneven coverage at wide angle. Our standard indoor portrait shot required more than average exposure compensation and still came out dim.

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16mm 50mm
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Normal Flash
+1.0 EV
Slow-Sync Flash
0 EV

Coverage. Flash coverage is very narrow and uneven at wide angle (16mm), leaving very dark corners in our flash coverage test image. Coverage is more uniform at full telephoto (50mm), with less fall-off in the corners (though quite dim here at ISO 200).

Exposure. Our Indoor Portrait test scene came out dim even with +1.0 EV flash exposure compensation at ISO 200, and flash exposure compensation didn't make much difference. The average amount of flash exposure compensation required for this scene is +0.7 EV, so the A6000's flash system performed below average here. The camera's Slow-Sync flash mode produced very bright results with no flash exposure compensation, though with a strong orange cast from the ambient room lighting.


Flash Range: Wide Angle
6 ft 7 ft 8 ft 9 ft 10 ft 11 ft
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
12 ft 13 ft 14 ft 15 ft 16 ft
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f3.5
ISO 200

Flash Range: Telephoto
6 ft 7 ft 8 ft 9 ft 10 ft 11 ft
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1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see A6000FL09T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see A6000FL10T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see A6000FL11T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
12 ft 13 ft 14 ft 15 ft 16 ft
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1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see A6000FL14T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
Click to see A6000FL15T.JPG
1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200
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1/60 sec
f5.6
ISO 200

ISO 200 Range. With the 16-50mm kit lens flash exposures at wide angle started out bright at 6 feet, and exposure was good out to about 9 feet, falling off from there. At full telephoto, flash exposures started out dim at 6 feet and became dark quite quickly.


Manufacturer-Specified Flash Range
Wide Angle Telephoto
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8.0 feet
ISO 200
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5.0 feet
ISO 200

Manufacturer Specified Flash Test. The Sony A6000's built-in flash is rated with a Guide Number of 6 meters or 19.7 feet at ISO 100. At ISO 200, that works out to about 8 feet at f/3.5 and 5.0 feet at f/5.6, the maximum apertures of the kit zoom lens. In the test shots above taken at those distances, the A6000's flash produced bright flash exposures (even slightly overexposed at wide angle), which confirms Sony's flash power rating is credible.

Our standard test method for flash range uses a fixed setting of ISO 200, to provide a fair basis of comparison between cameras. We also shoot two shots using the manufacturer-specified camera settings, at the range the company claims for the camera, to assess the validity of the specific claims.

 



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