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Sony NEX-6 review

Another NEX with Wi-Fi and apps

On the whole, images direct from the Sony NEX-6 impress. They are well exposed, vibrant and full of detail.

Noise is well controlled up to around ISO 3200, but we wouldn't recommended going above this value if you want to make A3 prints, unless you are prepared to process the raw files post capture.

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At ISO 6400, JPEGs look slightly soft at A3 size, and inspection at 100% on the screen confirms that the noise reduction system has smudged out some details. If the raw file is processed post-capture, it's possible to produce a sharper image, with a gritty texture that we think is preferable.

We found that the Sony NEX-6's hybrid autofocusing does a good job of locking onto the subject quickly, only struggling occasionally with particularly low contrast subjects.

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During this test we primarily used the 1200-zone evaluative metering in its multi-purpose evaluative mode, and found it very reliable. It's not overly fooled into under- or over-exposing, and manages to produce correctly exposed images even when there are quite large bright areas within the scene.

That's not to say that we didn't occasionally resort to using the exposure compensation control, but no more frequently than we would expect to.

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When the scene has very high contrast, the Dynamic Range Optimization (DRO) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) modes come in very handy. The DRO can be left to its own devices or you can specify the level, but even pushing it to the max (Level 5) results in natural-looking images.

It has the strongest impact on the shadows, brightening them quite dramatically. In some instances we saw no impact on the brighter parts of the image, or they got a little brighter still.

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Setting the HDR exposure difference to its maximum setting of 6EV produces a more classic HDR effect, but it's well done and is a hand-holdable option, despite the multiple image capture.

Colours are vibrant straight from the camera, and although they may be a little too saturated for some traditionalists, they suit the current vogue for punchy images.

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The automatic white balance system copes well with most conditions, but we found it best to use a custom white balance setting in indoor shaded conditions and in mixed light.

Fortunately this is very easy to achieve, you just need to select the correct setting and photograph a white target.

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Video from the Sony NEX-6 has high visual quality, but the sound is limited by the internal mic, which is prone to picking up camera and operator noises.

Sony NEX 6 review

Sony NEX 6 review

Sony NEX 6 review

Sony NEX 6 review

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
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