Take better pictures and make life easier with these accessories for the Sony a6000 or a6300. You’ll also find great gift ideas for their owners.
Sony’s a6000 and a6300 are the kings of mirrorless cameras, but to get the most out of them, you’ll need a few upgrades like better lenses, a flash or microphone. Less-glamorous extras like a spare battery and carrying bag can also provide a better experience. Here are the best accessories for getting the most out of your Nikon.
ony E-Mount 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens
It’s not super cheap, but this is perhaps the first lens to buy after the kit zoom. On a camera this size, 35mm is a “normal” lens that captures the world roughly the way we see it, producing natural-looking shots. It’s an improvement over the kit lens for its sharper quality and especially the giant f1/8 aperture, with its great light gathering and ability to render lovely soft backgrounds.
Sony E-Mount 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS Lens
If you want to capture distant subjects, this is the perfect upgrade from the 16-50mm kit lens. This lens has a very sturdy, reassuring construction and smooth movement. The f4.5 (wide) to 6.3 (tele) max aperture is a bit limiting for low light, but you’d have to pay far more to get a comparable lens with larger apertures.
Sony E-Mount 20mm F2.8 Prime Lens
This “pancake”-style lens adds virtually nothing to the thickness of the a6000 or a6300, allowing it to slip into a coat pocket. The wide 20mm focal length is good for tight quarters, whether you’re inside or taking “street photography” candid photos. This is definitely not the sharpest Sony lens, but the slim profile might allow you to get shots that you couldn’t get with its other lenses, simply because it’s so much easier to take the camera along.
Sony HVL-F32M MI Flash
Like all built-in flashes, the ones on the a6000 and a6300 are great for brightening up shadows, but otherwise they lend a cold look to nighttime photos, and you have a good chance of getting shots of people with red eye. The HVL-F32M is far more powerful, and the flash head can be angled to bounce light for a softer effect.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 32GB UHS-I/U3 SDHC Memory Card
SanDisk’s card provides plenty of storage and speed for capturing photos and movies. Its 95MB/s write speed can easily handle the 4K/UHD video the a6300 shoots (and provides future proofing for a6000 owners for their next camera).
Sony LCSU21 Soft Carrying Case for Cyber-Shot and Alpha NEX
Now that you have all these extras for your a6000 or a6300, you need somewhere to put them. Sony’s soft carrying case is compact for taking along your camera and a few key components, like an extra lens and external flash.
Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod Kit
No matter how steady you stand, you can’t hold a camera perfectly still for long exposure in low light or at night. Nor can you remain immobile while shooting a video. For that, you need a tripod. The Alta Pro 263AB 100 is constructed of sturdy but lightweight aluminum and includes a ball head that rotates 360 degrees and holds cameras of up to 15 pounds worth of camera kit up to about 5.7 feet high. To get the best stability at different heights, the three legs lock at angles of 25, 50 and 80 degrees.
Sony ECM-GZ1M Gun Zoom mic
The a6000, and especially the a6300, are such good video cameras that it would be a shame to spoil the footage with faint voices or the overpowering whoosh from even light breezes. This microphone attaches to either camera via a multiinterface shoe. It can record either a broad soundstage in “gun” mode or focus on sounds from the area where the lens is zoomed.
Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion 1020mAh Rechargeable Battery
The one real weakness of mirrorless cameras is battery life. The a6000 and a6300 are rated to take at best 400 shots before the battery drains. And that can be far less if you leave the screen on a lot between shots or make more use of the built-in flash. For a long day of shooting, and especially for travel, this spare battery can double your battery capacity. It will save you lots of headache and heartache.
Sony BC-TRW W Series Battery Charger
The a6000 and a6300 charge their batteries in the camera over USB, which means you can only charge one at a time. Juice up your second power pack in under 4 hours with this compact charger, which also has status lights to show how full the battery is.
Sony RMTDSLR2 Wireless Remote
The a6000 and a6300 can be controlled remotely from Sony’s Android and iOS apps, but if you want something simpler, try this infrared remote. It allows you to trigger the shutter (immediately or after a 2-second delay) as well as start and stop video recording.
Tiffen 405CP 40.5mm Circular Polarizing Filter
A polarizing filter cuts the glare from bright sunlight, enhances contrast and produces richer colors. Not bad for twenty-some bucks. This model fits the kit lens with the a6000 and a6300. For other lenses, see the filter sizes specified in our recommendations.