Sony NEX-6 Mirrorless Camera

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78% Silver Award
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.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz
Image
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Screen type Xtra Fine LCD with Tilt Up 90° and Down 45°
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 1.09×
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
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))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (InfraRed (optional))
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Connectivity
Value
Silver Award
Silver Award
78 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

Enthusiasts who want great photo and video quality, fun-to-use features, and more traditional controls than other NEX models.

Not So Good For

User Reviews

3.75057 out of 5 stars
  • mfromsoaks, Feb 23, 2013 GMT:
    Disappointing

    Like many I am looking for a replacement for my 5D mIII that I find I'm leaving home too often due to its weight. Having tried and returned 2 Fuji's - X100 and X1 Pro, great colour but unacceptably slow focusing - I thought the Sony NEX would fit the bill. Over the Xmas holiday I had borrowed a NEX 7 and was generally impressed with it. When the NEX 6 was announced with WIFI and Apps I thought it would be similar but for the lower pixel count so I ordered it with the new 16-50OSS, 16mm ...

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  • Mel Snyder, Feb 23, 2013 GMT:
    This is the 'back to the future' DeLorean of digital cameras

    How you evaluate a camera depends on what you come to it, and what you expect of it. To evaluate a review, you need to know something of the reviewer, and why he bought the camera. Indulge me that digression. Like many of us who've been into professional photography for more than 40 years, I collected a lot of superb manual-focus film lenses that have languished for decades. In my case, 3 wonderful Leica lenses from my M4P years have stuck in my mind like remembered nights with sensational ...

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  • remylebeau, Feb 6, 2013 GMT:
    Exceeded my expectations in surprising ways.

    When I upgraded to the a99 for work I found I rarely used the a77, so I sold that and bought the NEX-6. There was a big debate between the 6 and the 7 since I was familiar with the 7s sensor because it's the same as the one in the a77. I'm extremely happy to say I made the right choice with the NEX-6 I think it's superior to the NEX-7 in every way except megapixel count. Firstly, I like the whole NEX concept of performance, manual control and form-factor. It bridged a gap between me wanting ...

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  • mursel134, Jan 23, 2013 GMT:
    evf, wifi and usefully control

    nex6 is the best camera for nex series. quick, portable, usefully control, best efv and quick menu system with f button.

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WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • 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
  • CD-ROM

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