Sony NEX-6 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Sony Alpha NEX-6
Resolution: 16.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.5mm x 15.6mm)
Kit Lens: 3.13x zoom
16-50mm
(24-75mm eq.)
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 25,600
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 30 - 1/4000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.7 in.
(120 x 67 x 43 mm)
Weight: 16.5 oz (469 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $1,000
Availability: 11/2012
Manufacturer: Sony
Full specs: Sony NEX-6 specifications
16.10
Megapixels
Sony E APS-C
size sensor
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NEX-6 Summary

Squeezing into Sony's compact system camera lineup between the acclaimed NEX-7 and the NEX-5R, the NEX-6 stands on its own as a high-performing hybrid -- marrying exceptional speed and image quality with more consumer-friendly features and controls. While it gets a bump down in resolution compared to the NEX-7, the 16.1-megapixel APS-C sensor still delivers photos with sharp detail and good color, contrast and exposure. And though the NEX-6's "Fast Hybrid AF" system lags somewhat behind higher-end DSLRs, it's nonetheless pretty fast and decisive, especially on stationary and normal moving (not sports) subjects. Lightweight and compact, sharp and fast, advanced and easy-to-use: What more could you want from a camera at such an affordable price?

Pros

Very good image quality; More consumer-friendly control setup than NEX-7 but more advanced (actual Mode dial) than step-down models; OLED EVF and 3-inch tilting LCD monitor provide viewfinder flexibility; Fast and decisive AF on stationary subjects, and good continuous AF on normal moving subjects; Full HD 1080p video recording at up to 60p.

Cons

Hybrid AF system speed and accuracy still lags somewhat behind higher-end DSLRs; Wi-Fi features still rudimentary (join the club); LCD is not a touchscreen; User interface foibles.

Price and availability

The Sony NEX-6 began shipping in the U.S. market in November 2012, priced at US$850 body only and US$1,000 with the 16-50mm kit lens.

Imaging Resource rating

5.0 out of 5.0

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