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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Ergonomics & handling
Features
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Image quality (raw)
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Low light / high ISO performance
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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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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Why is it such an exuberance about GX7?

I mean people already placing pre-orders, declaring it the best m43 ever,  predicting death to NEX-7, etc. I'mnot saying ithat will be a failure but at this point nobody really knows about IQ, IBIS, performance,  etc.  Even putting those unknown aspects aside what's so exciting about GX7 compared to OMD,  E-P5 with VF4 or Nex-6/7 except for tilting EVF?

klopus asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

Its new. Continue Reading

thk0 answered
1 year ago

built in EVF, articulated LCD, silent shooting mode (who else other than leaf shutter cameras are having that around?), excellent video, built in flash *and* flash socket (you can use the EVF + an external flash at the same time- what a concept no? :-) ) - and the price being significantly cheaper than the Pen5 + EVF attachment (and it's not an attachment). OH yeah, the design, design, design. Continue Reading

Raist3d answered
1 year ago

Every time Olympus or Panasonic released a rangefinder shaped camera there were a lot of people asking for a rangefinder styled camera with a top corner EVF, tilting screen and IBIS in a compact body. I guess now that Panasonic has delivered all those people are getting pretty excited about it (apart from the ones who now thing it's too big or too expensive ;-) ) Continue Reading

Andy Crowe answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

Why NEX's developer didn't put the "Focus Assist" on/off switch into Fn key?

Why NEX's developer didn't put the "Focus Assist" on/off switch into Fn key? For example, If you want to take a landscape picture, you can turn "Focus Assist" off easily using Fn key. And in next second, you also can turn "Focus Assist" on using Fn key to take a (micro) flower picture. I think this is a very very useful function.

angusythuang asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

Because Sony make good hardware, but lousy at firmware.  It is pretty obvious that Sony does not have any photographers testing thier NEX cameras and offering constructive feedback. There are sooooo many things that Sony could do in firmware to vastly improve the NEX cameras, yet don't. Continue Reading

AllMankind answered
1 year ago

...what I'd very much like to have would be that central button of the AF/AE switch (with a very easy reach to my thumb indeed) to work as a three-way tumble: 5.9x, 11.7x, and OFF ( right now it only flips btw. 5.9x/11.7x) in conjunction with turning the 1/2-press shutter MF-assist cancellation OFF completely = the reason being that pretty often I'm taking series of MF images, and I'd want the MF zoom level be preserved between shots !!! jpr2 Continue Reading

jpr2 answered
1 year ago

You mean the MF assist? Manual focus assist  Cause it appears automatically when you are in manual focus, so no need to add it there. Continue Reading

TiagoReil answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

Would I really notice the difference in IQ between a NEX5/6 and a Canon 100/700D?

Hi all, I'd really appreciate some practical advice on a problem I've been having recently - I'll try and get to the point quickly and clearly: The problem: Bottom line is I love the photos my NEX-5N gives me - I'm really happy with the sharpness I get with my lenses and the dynamic range, quality, resolution and high-ISO performance of the sensor. The problem I'm having is that I don't really 'enjoy' using the camera, in that it's not a very satisfying experience for me. I think the problem I'm having is the interface, the controls/buttons available, and the lack of viewfinder. I recently went to the shops and played with both an NEX-6 and a Canon 100D/SL1. (1) To be honest, I wasn't really a fan of the EVF on the NEX-6 (I'm not 'trolling', I can see the clear benefits to people that shoot in creative styles and/or with MF lenses!) and I really didn't like the lack of a touch screen (I love touch focusing on the 5N, rather than focus and recompose).

willym asked
10 months ago

ANSWERS

I agree the 5n is awkward to hold but I bought the viewfinder. I also have a nex 6 which I prefer because of the flash being able to tilt and bounce off the ceiling. I also have a canon 600D which is similar to the 700D. I like my canon lenses better but the combo is too heavy for me at 74. In another thread I have asked why people are buying an adapter to fit the nexes for canon ef lenses instead of just buying the canon 100D but am no wiser after somebody tried to answer. I personally think that there is no bad camera on the market but no perfect camera either. My printer an Epson 2880 doesn't print bigger than 13x19 so all print very nicely as I take raw and use photoshop printing from my raw edited files. I know that doesn't answer your question  but it isn't only the camera it is the lenses too which are important. try www.snapsort.com and compare the cameras there and you may be a little wiser. I really like the LCD of the sony and don't like a fixed LCD of any camera but that ... Continue Reading

Fredy Ross answered
10 months ago

Hi Will. I owned both NEX C3 and Canon EOS-M (similar jpeg engine to 650d/700d/sl1). Yes, I noticed the slight drop in IQ immediately. Its particularly noticeable @iso3200 and beyond. NEX have about 1 stop advantage over canon at high iso ( nex iso3200 look like iso1600 on canon ). NEX also have much better dynamic range in both HW sensor and Software Optimizer (Sony DRO vs Canon HTP). So yes, NEX have better IQ, but (like you) I hate NEX control/button/menu. They really annoy me with constant digging through menu, and losing shots in doing so. After switching to canon, I learned to appreciate canon's simple arrangement. Every important buttons ISO/WB/Drive/Flash Compensation can all be easily access with a simply button push. I don't need to dig through the menu, and I no longer losing my shots digging through stupid menu. Canon SL1 is an amazing camera. I too, much prefer its OVF over EVF of NEX-6. It's faster, more natural, and never missed a shot due to EVF blackout. If you can ... Continue Reading

007peter answered
10 months ago

Exaggerate a bit much STEVE!  Please show me then.  Here are the iso3200 image downloaded from ImageResource: From left to right: Canon 700D vs EOS-M vs NEX-5T @iso3200 I know you HATE eos-m and never had a good thing to said about in you past post.  But you never owned one either.  I owned one, and I tell you, the difference between 700d vs EOS-M isn't significant. Continue Reading

007peter answered
10 months ago

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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