Guide to Sony a6000 Custom Buttons

Just picked up your Sony a6000 series camera and wondering what the little “C1” and “C2” buttons mean? They are custom buttons which can be assigned to essentially any function.

In this very brief and concise article, we’ll go over how to change the custom buttons and what I’ve personally set mine to.

Let’s dive in! (pst. this advice applies to the a6100, a6300, a6400, a6500 and a6600 as well)

Where are the custom buttons?

The two dedicated custom buttons are on both the top of the camera near the shutter button and on the rear of the camera near the spinning dial.

However, Sony allows you to customize not just these two buttons, but many other buttons as well.

The AEL button can also be customized along with every “directional” button on the dial (left, right, top, bottom, and center).

This allows an incredible degree of customization for photographers who want to be able to personalize the usability of their camera exactly to their liking.

A visual showing where the custom buttons are on a Sony a6000.

Where in the menu are they?

To find the custom button settings, simply press the menu button to open the menu system.

Next, page over to the gear icon, and then to page 6. Finally, open up “custom key settings”.

Here, you’ll be able to able to change every button that I previously mentioned to whichever function you’d like.

A graphic showing where to find custom buttons settings on the Sony a6000.

What do I use personally?

Personally, to keep things simple and straightforward, I’ve only customized three of the buttons.

AEL Button

First, I set my AEL button to focus magnifier. This allows me to check my focus when shooting with fully manual lenses.

C1 Button

Next, I set my C1 (custom button 1) to drive mode.

I tend to switch between single shot, self-timer (for long exposure) and bracket (for HDR) quite often during shoots. Having a custom button allows me to focus less on digging through menus and more on shooting and capturing great pictures.

C2 Button

Finally, I have my C2 (custom button 2) set to focus mode. Although I usually stay on single shot, I do like to switch to AF-C (AF-Continuous) on occasion when shooting portraits or fast moving action.

In addition to that, I also dabble in manual focus. Some lenses don’t include a physical AF/MF switch (like my Sigma 30mm F1.4), so it’s nice to have a quick button to switch it.

A Sony a6000 covered in moisture.
My Sony a6000 after a snowy shoot.


Hopefully this incredibly quick and concise article helped you recognize and understand the flexibility and awesome customizability that custom buttons provide.

If you’re interested in more information about the Sony a6000, scroll down to find a complete list of all of our guides.

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