Highly Recommended awardThe Sony NEX-6 is a pretty remarkable camera. Though it isn"t the flagship NEX mã sản phẩm, I can quickly see it overtaking the NEX-7 in popularity at the top end of the NEX range. There are those for whom anything less than 24 Megapixels just won"t vị và who love the control that three-dial operation provides, but, beyond a tougher toàn thân, mic input đầu vào và a few other refinements there"s little else khổng lồ justify the higher cost of the NEX-7. Give up those headline features &, for less money, you not only get the benefit of improvements including hybrid AF, a standard hotshoe that also accepts Sony accessories, a wider ISO range and improved handling, but the promise of future feature additions & enhancements via downloadable apps, not forgetting the other benefits of a networked camera like remote operation and picture sharing.Buy it now!Check prices at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay or Wex. Alternatively get yourself a copy of my In Camera book or treat me to lớn a coffee! Thanks!
Sony Altrộn NEX 6 review10th January 2013



The Sony Alpha NEX-6 is the lakiểm tra addition to lớn the NEX range of mirrorless compact system cameras. Announced in September 2012 alongside the more consumer-orientated NEX-5R, the NEX-6 sits just below the Flagship NEX-7 in the product line-up và shares the same body toàn thân shape và styling as well as many of the flagship model’s features, though not its 24 Megapixel sensor. The NEX-6, like the NEX-5R has a 16.1 Megapixel sensor with on-board phase-detection pixels providing a hybrid AF system similar khổng lồ that used by Fujifilm, Nikon and Canon.

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The NEX-6 has a conventional mode dial – a first for an NEX mã sản phẩm, two control wheels, & a dedicated programmable function button. The NEX-7’s proprietary hotshoe is replaced with an ISO standard one which can also accommodate Sony accessories & the pop-up flash is also retained.

The NEX-6 features the same 2.3 million px OLED electronic viewfinder as found on the NEX-7 as well as its 921k px flip-up LCD screen. The screen lacks the NEX-5R’s ability lớn face forward though & it’s not touch-sensitive sầu either. This is something of a drawbaông xã given the NEX-6’s connectivity features. Like the NEX-5R it has built-in Wi-Fi, opening up a range of network features including smartphone remote control, image sharing and direct uploading lớn social networks. With the NEX-5R and NEX-6 Sony also introduces downloadable apps, a new và more flexible way to manage optional features & updates than the more conventional firmware update.

E-mount lenses have tended lớn be on the large side compared with Micro Four Thirds equivalents, but Sony has redressed the balance with the launch of a new collapsing 16-50milimet f3.6-5.6 powered zoom which is substantially smaller và lighter than the 18-55mm kit zoom of the earlier NEX models and similar in form size và weight khổng lồ Panasonic’s 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 power zoom. With the new lens attached the NEX-6 has a much more compact profile and the power zoom is better suited lớn Clip shooting.

Carrying a sub-$1000 price tag with the power zoom, the NEX-6 looks lượt thích a very attractive alternative to the more pricey NEX-7 and is bound lớn impact sales of the latter. If 24 Megapixel resolution isn’t important lớn you và you can live sầu without refinements like a third control dial, AF/MF switch, an external mic socket và more robust construction, the NEX-6 has more sophisticated AF & much more khổng lồ offer in terms of connectivity.

Even so, the NEX-6 is positioned at the pricier kết thúc of the compact system camera market. In this nhận xét I’ve compared it with Panasonic’s new Luphối G5. The successor khổng lồ the popular G3 is one one of the best value mirroless cameras around và features a 16.1 Megapx sensor, a 3 inch touch screen, fast continuous shooting and a range of art effects. With the 14-42milimet f3.5-5.6 power zoom it’s around 25 percent cheaper than the NEX-6, but does it compare with the more expensive sầu NEX-6 on features and performance, or is it case of you get what pay for? Read my full đánh giá to find out.

Sony NEX-6 design và controls

Superficially at least, the NEX-6 body closely resembles the NEX-7 in terms of its physical appearance. Both cameras tóm tắt the same dimensions: 120 x 67 x 43milimet & are within a few grams in terms of weight; the NEX-6 weighs 346g including thẻ & battery. The body shape is identical, but the construction of the NEX-6 is metal and polycarbonate, compared with the all metal construction of the NEX-7; despite that the NEX-6 feels solid và the rubberised grip which extends round the baông chồng khổng lồ the moulded thumb rest provides a secure và comfortable grip.

Compared with the Lumix G5 it’s not so much the differing dimensions as the body styling that sets the two models apart. For the record, though, the G5 measures 120 x 83 x 71milimet – the same width, slightly taller and quite a bit thicker – and weighs 396g with card và battery. The measurements suggest the G5 is significantly bigger và heavier, and because of its SLR styling it does look ‘fuller’, but to hold in your h& & stuff in a raincoat pocket, there’s not that much difference. In fact, with it’s rubber eyecup fitted, the NEX-6 is a lot more snag-prone.

And then there’s the respective lenses. Adding the older 18-55milimet f3.5-5.6 manual kit zoom khổng lồ an NEX body had the effect of transforming it from a sylph-lượt thích thing into lớn, well, something not wholly deserving of the term ‘compact’. Only the 16milimet f2.8 pancake lens truly complemented the sleek NEX khung. But alongside the NEX-6 & NEX-5R Sony has introduced a compact 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 powered zoom. This is undoubtedly a direct response to lớn Panasonic’s 14-42milimet f3.5-5.6 power zoom which provided most Micro Four Thirds bodies with a size và weight advantage the NEX range just couldn’t match. The new Sony power zoom is only three millimetres longer than the Panasonic 14-42 lens và 21 grams heavier.

Even though the NEX-6 lens mount extends out from the body toàn thân by nearly 10mm, with both cameras side by side aligned along their bachồng edges, the front edge of both lenses are almost exactly aligned. That’s because the Lumix G5’s grip extends further at the front & its viewfinder extends by around 20mm at the bachồng. The NEX-6 has fewer protrusions (the eyecup sticks out, but that isn’t included in the measurements) but the overall thickness is surprisingly similar.

Another departure from NEX norms is the inclusion of a conventional mode dial mounted on the top right corner. This has positions for the PASM shooting modes plus Intelligent Aukhổng lồ, Superior Aukhổng lồ, Scene and Sweep panorama modes. Beneath it, recessed into the top plate and operated at the rear with your thumb is the control dial which is used for exposure control và thực đơn navigation.

In most other respects, viewed from the top, the NEX-6 is pretty near identical lớn the NEX-7. The top of the grip is home to the, now silver, rather than blachồng shutter release button surrounded by the on/off switch & next lớn it a button, now labelled Fn which has a similar role, but improved design, to the NEX-7’s Navigation button. Moving left across the top is the built-in flash then the hotshoe. Sony has finally given up on its proprietary hotshoe connector và opted for what it calls a ‘Multi Interface shoe’ Effectively this is an ISO standard hotshoe with a proprietary connector strip under the lip at the front for Sony accessories.

Moving onkhổng lồ the rear panel, the NEX-6 sports the same 2.3 million px viewfinder as the flagship NEX-7, located on the left side of the body toàn thân. Moving back across to the right are buttons above the LCD screen for activating the pop-up flash & selecting playback mode và the NEX-7’s combined AF/MF/AEL selector is replaced with a programmable AEL button.

Next, is the dedicated movie record button. In response to criticism about the ease with which the NEX-7’s button could be accidentally pressed, Sony has moved it ’round the corner’ on the NEX-6 and recessed it. It’s now quite difficult lớn start movie recording, even when you want lớn, I’m not sure whether that counts as an improvement, but there you are.

The rear four-way control wheel is flanked top & bottom by two buttons. As on the NEX-7, Sony refers lớn these as ‘soft buttons’, (but only the lower soft button B is programmable). The four cardinal points on the controller are now hard wired lớn Display overlays, ISO, exposure compensation and drive modes.

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The NEX-6’s connectors are located behind a properly hinged door on the left side of the camera body. As you’d expect, there’s a mini HDMI socket as well as a combined A/V / USB port, but the NEX-7’s 3.5milimet audio input đầu vào for an external mic is absent.

The tripod bush is centrally located under the lens mount axis, well away from the door lớn the combined battery và card compartment under the grip, so you can swap card và batteries with the camera on a smaller tripod or with a quick-release plate attached. The NEX-6 is compatible with SD (HC và XC), Memory Stick Pro Duo and Memory Stiông xã Pro-HG Duo cards.

Like earlier NEX models the NEX-6 takes the Sony NP-FW50 Info-Lithium battery which provides enough power on a full charge for 360 shots if using the LCD screen, dropping khổng lồ 270 if you exclusively use the EVF. That’s down considerably from the 430/350 shots quoted for the NEX-7, doubtless mainly due to the power zoom. As it’s an Info Lithium battery as well as the four-segment graphic power remaining indicator you also get a percentage readout. The battery is charged in the camera, an approach which has its pros & cons. The pros are that you can charge the battery in the camera either by connecting it the supplied USB mains charger, or simply by connecting it khổng lồ the USB port of your computer, so if you’re travelling with a laptop you don’t need a separate charger. The downside is you can’t use the camera và charge a spare battery a the same time. You can however buy an optional mains recharger for the battery if preferred.

Like the NEX-7, the NEX-6 has a small built-in flash unit and shares the same guide number of 6 in Metres at 100 ISO. That gives it an effective sầu range of under 2 metres at 100 ISO – around five sầu và a half feet, which sounds a bit weedy, but is comparable with other CSC flash units. The PEN flash accessory is a little more powerful with a GN of 7 and the Luset G5’s built-in flash is slightly more powerful again with a GN of 8 metres at 100 ISO. In practice, it’s fine for cthất bại subjects và fill in, but stuggles in even a moderatley sized room.

That’s not so much of an issue now that the NEX-6 has an ISO standard hotshoe. Except it’s a bit more than that. Sony calls it a ‘Multi Interface shoe; from the top it looks like a standard hotshoe, but peer inlớn from the back và underneath the lip at the front you’ll see Sony’s connector strip which means that the the NEX-6 will work with Sony’s proprietary accessories including the HVL-F58AM, F43AM and F20AM Sony external flash units. There’s currently no external microphone accessory for this new hotshoe, but I’d be surprised if Sony doesn’t produce one or we don’t see an adaptor from a third buổi tiệc ngọt that allows you lớn connect an external mic via a 3.5milimet jachồng with an adaptor.

Sony NEX-6 viewfinder và screen

The NEX-6 shares the same 2.4 million px OLED electronic viewfinder as the NEX-7. When it was introduced on the NEX-7 this was the best EVF around both in terms of specification & performance và it remains so. This EVF not only provides a much more detailed view than we’re used khổng lồ seeing on cameras this size, it’s bigger and brighter. If you’re used to lớn shooting with an APS-C DSLR, you’ll be pleasantly surprised lớn discover that the NEX-6 provides a bigger (though not brighter) view, closer in kích thước khổng lồ that of a full-frame DSLR.

In use, the EVF is a real delight and offers several advantages over the LCD screen or an optical viewfinder. It has a proximity sensor which automatically toggles between the EVF and panel when you raise the camera lớn your eye, although there’s a fraction of a second delay. Unlượt thích the 16:9 LCD screen, the EVF matches the 3:2 shape of the sensor’s images, with exposure information displayed along the bottom và other info on top. There are two overlays – an electronic cấp độ gauge & a live sầu histogram. Obviously, the EVF is much easier to see, particularly in bright sunny conditions, than the screen, & a detachable rubber eyecup is also supplied. If you’re left-eyed you’ll find the screen gets a fair smearing but, on the plus side, with the camera pressed to your face stability is greatly improved.

In low light the EVF performs at least as well, and in some cases better than an optical viewfinder. Yes, it can get quite noisy, but there’s no discernible lag and with focus peaking enabled it’s possible to lớn manually focus in situations where you’d struggle with an optical system. The only real issue I had with the NEX-6’s EVF was that it’s quite difficult to make out the shadows in high contrast subjects, for example when shooting against the light; in such a situation your eyes via an optical viewfinder are always going khổng lồ be able lớn outpersize an electronic sensor.

One other advantage of an Electronic viewfinder over an optical one is that it gives an indication of how your shot will look with the currently selected settings, so you can see if your exposure or trắng balance is off and pĐánh Giá effects. If you prefer a ‘straight’ view’ you can turn this off.

With 2.4 million pixels the NEX-6 EVF provides a higher resolution view than any other compact system camera on the market. The Lumix G5, along with other viewfinder-equipped Luset G models, the Olympus E-M5 và the VF-2 accessory EVF, và Nikon’s V1 all have a 1.4 million dot resolution và the difference is noticeable. Less so in good light with a static subject, but when panning and with moving subjects the view through the NEX-6 EVF is more detailed và stable. But while the Luset G5’s EVF may laông xã the resolution of the NEX-6 it is a little brighter and, although there probably isn’t a big difference in overall kích thước, because of its 4:3 proportions it also appears bigger.

Of course you’re not restricted to the EVF as the NEX-6 also has a 3 inch 921k px LCD panel. As on the NEX-7 the panel flips up, the only difference being it has a cantilevered hinge at the bottom to keep it out of the way of the viewfinder. Despite this, with the panel in the 90 degree ‘waist shooting’ position the viewfinder does obscure the top left corner of the screen, more so with the eyecup attached, but this can be avoided by tilting the panel back a few degrees so it isn’t a major problem.

Unlượt thích the NEX-5R & the older 5N, the NEX-6’s display isn’t touch-sensitive sầu. That rules out touch-focussing which is a real shame as touch focussing & the hybrid AF system would have sầu made a potent combination, allowing you to quickly, smoothly & accurately switch focus from one subject to another with just a tap on the screen. A bigger issue is that it’s often necessarry to enter textual info lớn connect lớn Wi-Fi hotspots, enter passwords, & add captions to lớn phokhổng lồ uploads. A touch screen would have made this much, much easier.

Sony NEX-6 lens & stabilisation

The NEX-6 is available as a kit with the new E PZ 16-50milimet F3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom lens. This is one of the most exciting additions lớn the E-mount range since its launch with the NEX-3 và NEX-5 bachồng in the Summer of 2010. And the cause of all the excitement is, mainly, its diminutive sầu size. The lens weighs 116 grams & measures 65mm in diameter & 30mm in length when retracted. That makes it marginally bigger and heavier than Panasonic’s equivalent Luset G X Vario PZ 14-42milimet f3.5-5.6 Power O.I.S lens which is 61 x 27milimet và weighs 95 grams.

Though Sony’s lens both looks and feels a little larger than Panasonic’s it’s not a big difference &, in any case, that’s not really the point. Until now, the NEX system, despite the miraculously small kích cỡ of the camera bodies, has been unable lớn really compete with Micro Four Thirds and other mirrorless compact system cameras on kích thước and weight because of its comparatively large heavy lenses. The new power zoom changes all that và means that you can comfortable slip the NEX-6 with a zoom lens attached inkhổng lồ your coat pocket.