- Editor's Rating
- New mode dial
- Built-in viewfinder and flash
- Full feature set, good performance
- Above average image quality
- Full manual exposure control in video
- Confusing menu system, even with mode dial
- Still too dependent on menus
- Poorly positioned "red" movie button
Quick TakeThe 16MP Sony NEX-6 packs a powerful punch for a compact ILC. Great image quality,EVF, built in flash and Wi-Fi make it a good buy.
The Sony NEX-6 is the newest camera in the NEX series of mirrorless compact interchangeable lens cameras. It’s a small device with an electronic viewfinder and built-in flash, and a wide range of modes and features, making it a good camera for all types of photographers. The device is priced at $899.99 at the time of the review and can be purchased as either the body only or with a 16-50mm zoom lens.
The NEX-6 is a tad bigger than previous models of this device, like the NEX-5R, but is still compact and lightweight at 4.75 x 2.75 x 1.06-inches and 12.2 ounces with media and battery installed. The experts at DigitalCameraReview found the NEX-6 to be well-constructed with a textured grip. The camera has an APS-C size sensor, which created a 1.5x crop factor. DCR was impressed with the 16-50mm lens, which is designed to zoom via a slider on the side on the lens, which DCR found to be a quiet and smooth approach. The camera has a standard hotshoe, which is compatible with multiple brands of accessories. It also has a media slot and HDMI port.
DCR found the camera’s control layout to be logical and easy to navigate. The top of the camera has a hotshoe port, pop-up flash, mode dial, shutter/power button and function button. The back features a 3-inch LCD, 4-way ISO controller and array of buttons and adjustments. DCR also found the control panel makes it easy to change settings. The device is the first camera in the NEX line to have a mode dial, which features two auto modes, program, aperture, shutter speed and manual exposure modes. There is also a Sweep Panorama option and scene mode. DCR did note the menu system doesn’t always make sense, and while it’s not a deal breaker, it can be frustrating at times. The camera has manual, semi-manual and automatic features, and DCR noted the device is versatile with options from exposure modes to special effects to suit a range of photographers.
The NEX-6 also features built-in Wi-Fi, which DCR found to be “quite good” and easy to set-up. Users are also able to turn the feature on and off in order to save battery life. The Wi-Fi feature requires the use of apps from PlayMemories Online, with nine apps available ranging in price from free to $10 at the time of the review. The camera has a built-in high resolution LED electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a tiltable 3-inch high resolution display. The display has multiple brightness options, which make it usable in almost all lighting conditions.
DCR noted the NEX-6 performed “way above average for a mirrorless camera.” The NEX-6 is capable of continuous shooting up to 10 frames per second and the hybrid autofocus worked well, even at that speed. The start-up and shot-to-shot times are minimal. With the Wi-Fi turned off when not in use, DCR got 360 shots out of a single battery charge when using the EVF and 270 shots when using the LCD and noted “it easily lasted through a full day with some Wi-Fi.” The device also shoots full HD 1920 x 1080 video, which DCR found is “excellent for a camera in its class,” producing clear and sharp images with accurate and well-saturated colors. DCR also noted the audio quality is good.
The camera’s image quality is above average and DCR enjoyed shooting with the 16-50mm power zoom lens. DCR found the images to be well exposed and detailed with accurate, vibrant colors that are well-saturated. The camera has an ISO range of 100-25,800, but DCR suggested users should only move above 12,800 when absolutely necessary.
Overall, DCR found the Sony NEX-6 to be a “great little camera” and noted its good performance when it comes to image and video quality as well as its diverse feature set and built-in Wi-Fi, viewfinder and flash as its big selling points.