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Sony NEX-6 review

Another NEX with Wi-Fi and apps

Our Verdict

For

  • Wi-Fi and apps
  • High image quality
  • Range of effects

Against

  • Screen doesn't twist around
  • No touchscreen

Sitting between the high-end Sony NEX-7 and beginner-to-enthusiast level Sony NEX-5R, the 16.1 million pixel Sony NEX-6 is compact system camera aimed at DSLR and DSLT customers who are looking for high image quality in a much smaller body.

A couple of key features distinguish the Sony NEX-6 from the Sony NEX-5R below it. First up there's a 2.359k dot OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) built in, offering an alternative to the 3-inch 921,600-dot LCD screen for composing and reviewing images.

The Sony NEX-6 also has a pop-up flash (GN 6 @ ISO 100) that can be used to provide a little extra illumination when needed, as well as a hotshoe that uses a more standard design so that it can accept third party flashguns. Extra contacts at the back of this shoe also make it useful for accepting other accessories.

Sony NEX-6 review

Like the Sony NEX-5R, the Sony NEX-6 has Wi-Fi technology built in to enable images to be shared direct from the camera via a computer, smartphone or tablet.

The camera is also compatible with apps that can be downloaded from Sony's PlayMemories camera apps service. This include apps such as Picture Effects, Remote Control and Direct Upload (to Facebook or PlayMemories Online). More apps will become available over time.

Being aimed at enthusiast photographers, the Sony NEX-6 has program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual exposure modes, but there are also options to suit less experienced photographers, including a collection of scene modes.

Sony NEX-6 review

Images may be saved in raw and/or JPEG format, and sensitivity can be set in the range of ISO 100-25,600.

As usual now there's a collection of digital filter effects (Picture Effects) that can be applied to images as they are captured (with a preview in the EVF or LCD), but disappointingly they can only be used when shooting JPEG photos, not raw files.

Videos can be shot in any exposure mode, and it's possible to change aperture during filming, but you can expect to pick up the sound of settings changes being made, since there is no external mic port.

Sony NEX-6 review

A new 16-50mm power zoom lens has also been announced in conjunction with the Sony NEX-6. This is roughly half the size of the standard 18-55mm kit lens that has previously accompanied NEX cameras.

With a full price of around £769/AU$1,099/US$849.99 body-only or £899/AU$1,299/US$999.99 with the kit lens, the NEX-6 competes with cameras such as the Panasonic G5 and perhaps the Olympus OM-D.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Product Familyalpha NEX
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesNoise Reduction, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Face Detection, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Smile Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)287 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Minimum Focus Distance250 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Total Camera Resolution16.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-FW50
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height66.9 mm
Width119.9 mm
Depth42.6 mm
Autofocus Points99
Product SeriesNEX
Focal Length16 mm to 50 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAC3, AAC-LC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Fill Flash, Rear Flash Sync, Slow Sync, Flash OFF
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-6
Product NameAlpha NEX-6 Camera with 16-50mm Lens
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEX6LB.CE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Get it all with the Sony Alpha NEX-6 camera and included 16-50mm retractable zoom lens (SELP-1650). This powerful little shooter will fit in your jacket pocket yet still boasts a wish list of incredible features. Like an XGA OLED TruFinder™ electronic viewfinder and DSLR-like dials for intuitive, hands-on control of camera functions. Focus and track fast-moving subjects with the speed and accuracy of phase and contrast detection thanks to Fast Hybrid AF, then shoot 16.1MP photos at a blistering 10 fps so you never miss a moment of the action. The NEX-6 comes complete with a built-in pop-up flash and a large Exmor APS-C HD CMOS image sensor for superb image quality. Plus, Wi-Fi capability means you can transfer photos directly to your smartphone or tablet with the PlayMemories Mobile™ app for instant sharing of your photos and videos. The included retractable zoom lens collapses to just 3/16" making it the perfect choice for on-the-go shooting when a compact, lightweight lens is ideal.

Battery Life360 Shot
Package Contents
  • Alpha NEX-6 Camera with 16-50mm Lens
  • 16-50mm SELP-1650 E-Mount Power Zoom Lens
  • NP-FW50 Rechargeable Battery
  • AC-UB10 AC Adaptor
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • CD-ROM
  • Micro USB Cable
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone