Sitting just below the NEX-7 in Sony's NEX lineup, the NEX-6 boasts a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a hybrid contrast/phase detect AF system. The excellent 2.3 million dot OLED viewfinder is carried over from the NEX-7, accompanied by a tilting 3.0 LCD. The NEX-6 also offers Wi-Fi connectivity and the ability to connect to a compatible smartphone for wireless photo sharing. The NEX-6 also inherits the hybrid phase and contrast-detection AF system from its direct predecessor the NEX-5N. Sony introduced the NEX-6 alongside the highly compact E PZ 16-50mm OSS power zoom lens.
Sony NEX-6 Mirrorless Camera
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“ The NEX-6 offers a highly attractive combination of excellent image quality, courtesy of Sony's proven 16MP sensor, enthusiast-friendly ergonomics, a 'real' hot shoe, an OLED electronic viewfinder, and useful features like Sweep Panorama and Auto HDR.”
- 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- 10 frames per second continuous shooting
- Hybrid contrast and on-sensor phase detect AF
- ISO 100-25600
- 1080/60p HD video (AVCHD format)
- 3.0 inch articulated LCD with 921,000 dots
- Built-in 2,359,000 dot OLED viewfinder
- Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
- Built-in flash with hot shoe
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo card slot
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4912 x 3264|
|Other resolutions||4912 x 2760, 3568 x 2368, 3568 x 2000, 2448 x 1624, 2448 x 1376|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Lens mount||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||Xtra Fine LCD with Tilt Up 90° and Down 45°|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||6.00 m|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in|
|Continuous drive||10.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini Type C)|
|Remote control||Yes (InfraRed (optional))|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||360|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||345 g (0.76 lb / 12.17 oz)|
|Dimensions||120 x 67 x 43 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.69″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The NEX-6 offers a highly attractive combination of excellent image quality, enthusiast-friendly ergonomics (including a mode dial--a first for the NEX-series), a 'real' hot shoe, an OLED electronic viewfinder, and useful features like Sweep Panorama and Auto HDR. That said, the NEX's user interface isn't for everyone. Having to download (and sometimes pay for) apps can be frustrating, and for best results you'll need to shoot raw.
Enthusiasts who want great photo and video quality, fun-to-use features, and more traditional controls than other NEX models.
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Sony Alpha NEX-6 by DPReview
Featured in this video
- Sony Alpha NEX-6 camera body
- Lens kit includes PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens
- NP-FW50 rechargeable battery
- AC-UB10 AC adaptor
- Shoulder strap
- Body cap
- Eyepiece cup
- Micro USB cable