Sony Alpha NEX-6

Released November, 2012
  • 16 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm Exmor APS HD CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Movie enthusiasts will be impressed with the camera's 1080/60p quality setting and the ability to adjust exposure, ISO, and focus while recording.
by DPReview (Mar, 2013)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Alpha NEX-6
9.2
NX300
9.0
EOS 6D
9.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Alpha NEX-6
7.4
NX300
9.4
EOS 6D
7.0
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Alpha NEX-6
8.5
NX300
9.7
EOS 6D
8.9
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Alpha NEX-6
9.1
NX300
9.2
EOS 6D
9.3
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, trustedreviews.com and 5 more

8.9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Alpha NEX-6
8.9
NX300
9.2
EOS 6D
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha NEX-6
1,018 ISO
EOS 6D
2,340 ISO
Alpha A6000
1,347 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Alpha NEX-6
2,300 LPH
EOS 6D
2,800 LPH
OM-D E-M5
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-6
257 ms
NX300
116 ms
NEX 7
223 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha NEX-6
23 ms
NX300
71 ms
EOS 6D
59 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha NEX-6
2,000 ms
EOS 6D
500 ms
OM-D E-M5
1,100 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-6
10 fps
Alpha A5000
3.5 fps
EOS 6D
4.5 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Alpha NEX-6


7.8
Naturally though, even if the the NEX-6's 16MP sensor delivers equivalent pixel-level image quality to an 18, 20 or 24MP APS-C sensor, the higher-resolution sensors will give better results at a given output size, when compared 'like for like.

9.0
As far as the competition goes, the latest crop of Micro Four Thirds cameras – particularly the Olympus OM-D E-M5, Panasonic Lumix G5 and Lumix GH3 – tend to boast faster auto focus systems, quieter shutters and a wider selection of lenses but the ultra high-resolution EVF, highly customisable user interface and larger sensor of the Sony NEX-6 definitely make it worth considering.

7.0
It’s large, it’s bright, it provides plenty of contrast and it displays 100% of the scene before it with unprecedented clarity.

8.0
Although its colour and contrast doesn't always match the main screen's, it provides a pretty decent view in most situations, and is very useful in bright sunlight.

8.2
Sony's image processing is extremely good, and images shot though ISO 400 look very clean; depending upon content they can be usable and printed large (13x19) as high as ISO 6400, and ISO 12800 when scaled down.

Overall

8.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

While the new powered zoom kit lens proves flexible in use, we did find that it was a little soft when used at its maximum aperture.
by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2012)
During the same period Sony has also ceased to manufacture traditional DSLRs in favour of its Single-Lens Translucent (SLT) range of fixed mirror interchangeable-lens cameras.
by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2012)
The power zoom kit lens is similarly well-designed, with a big zoom switch that's easy to feel and operate in both portrait and landscape orientations.
by c|net (Dec, 2012)

Sensor

High-ISO performance is pretty impressive, flash exposures are spot on, colours and tonality are generally excellent, and the customisation options for JPEGs are dazzling.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2012)
This noise becomes much more noticeable at ISO 1600, though detail remains intact until ISO 6400.
by DPReview (Mar, 2013)
What's more, everything can be changed while you're recording - shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation, depending on the mode you're in.
by DPReview (Mar, 2013)

Screen

One of the most useful ways to set up the EVF and LCD is to compose your shots with the former and use the latter as an interactive status screen.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2012)
By using the rear screen as an interactive status display you can mostly save yourself from having to delve into the menu.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2012)
That said, we found that the 3-inch screen provides a clear view, and when set to its brightest or to its Sunny Weather option, it is even possible to see images on it in direct sunlight (at least in UK October sunlight).
by TechRadar (Nov, 2012)

Focus

Still on the topic of the EVF/LCD, the Sony NEX-6 has an excellent focus peaking feature available when you are using the camera in manual focus mode.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2012)
We'd expect a better hit-rate from true phase-detection AF systems, but from a camera of this type, we're impressed.
by DPReview (Mar, 2013)
The AF system got its target every time here and there's plenty of detail in the near swan's head.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2012)

Viewfinder

Despite this, it doesn't switch to the EVF too easily, which is good when you want to shoot from the hip and the camera is close to the body.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2012)
The manual cautions that you have to remove the large viewfinder eyecup when you use the shoe, though it's perfectly comfortable to shoot without it.
by c|net (Dec, 2012)
Naturally, it can’t reproduce colour and fine details as precisely as an optical viewfinder, however judged against other EVFs the NEX-6 is undoubtedly one of the very best we’ve used.
by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type Exmor APS HD CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 22.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 2,300 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,300 LPH

focus system

Type Hybrid detection
Focus points 99
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 120 x 67 x 43 mm
Thickness 43 mm
Weight 287 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi 802.11
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Electronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 1.09x
Viewfinder size 0.71x
Display type OLED
Display resolution 2,369 k dots

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps
Battery life 360 photos
Continuous shooting 10 fps, RAW, 15 shots
Focus lag 257 ms
Shutter lag 23 ms
Startup delay 2,000 ms
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