Sony NEX-6 review: can a pocket-sized camera finally kill your DSLR?
7 January 2014
Summary: I still use a DSLR. Unlike my colleague Dan Seifert (and a handful of other staffers at The Verge), I've never been willing to sacrifice the speed and control of my Nikon D7000 to get a smaller, lighter camera. It's really not an image quality issue — Sony's NEX lineup typically takes excellent pictures, as do a number of Micro Four Thirds cameras.
Pros: Excellent, powerful controls, Great images and video, Small body is still easy to use
Cons: Wi-Fi is effectively useless, Lens ecosystem still lags competition
Excerpt: Stepping up to the high-end for entry-level/enthusiast cameras adds significantly to the price, but the extra money is worth it for people chasing great image quality and versatility. The NEX-6 offers excellent performance and speed bolstered by a 16.1MP APS-C sensor (same size as DSLRs). The kit lens has a good built-in optical stabilization system that reduces shaking and blur in images (including panoramas) and movies.
Summary: The NEX-6 is one power-packed mirrorless camera. It's got Wi-Fi, an OLED EVF with a crazy resolution, a tilt-swivel screen and great ergonomics. At the moment, the NEX-6 is one impressive camera for under Rs. 50,000 and we would strongly recommend people consider this as an alternate to entry level DSLRs.
Pros: Compact body with excellent ergonomics, Sharp and detail rich images, Onboard Wi-Fi and apps support, Built-in tiltable flash
Cons: Movie button is placed awkwardly, camera options are scattered through several menus
Excerpt: It's been more than three years since Sony entered the mirrorless camera race with its NEX-3 and NEX-5. Since then, Sony has expanded its NEX-series with the NEX-7 occupying the top position, with the 16 megapixel NEX-6 next in line.
Summary: , with the large and bright viewfinder giving it a significant advantage over its viewfinder-less rivals. At a slightly lower price NEX-7, but with a similar feature set, it's also good value for money if you envisage using the viewfinder and/or the flip-out LCD - otherwise, there are slightly cheaper comparable options.
Excerpt: Sony's popular Next Generation, or NEX, series already includes the flagship NEX-7 and the WiFi-capable NEX-5 . Instead of replacing either model, Sony engineers decided to split the difference and create a new camera, the NEX-6 , which features the best technology from both cameras. The Sony NEX-6 features an APS-C-sized 16.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor coupled with the BIONZ image processor.
Conclusion: When adding up the pros and cons to the Sony NEX-6, it's pretty clear that there's not much to dislike about this compact system camera. The NEX-6 truly carves out its own space in Sony's CSC lineup, and even though its resolution has been scaled down to 16 megapixels (compared to the NEX-7's 24 megapixels), it still delivers image quality that rivals other APS-C cameras at a very affordable price.
Summary: The ILC market continues to evolve rapidly, and the NEX-6 fills a spot that Sony hadn’t yet addressed. Considering how many photographers we’ve encountered who have described the NEX-7 as being just a little too expensive for them, we’d expect that a fair number of avid shooters will be won over by this model. Sony’s line of lenses still doesn’t match the selection you can get in the Micro Four Thirds format, but recent additions have been promising.
Conclusion: The Sony NEX-6 is a superior Compact System Camera we highly recommend. It delivers high-quality stills and videos. Like every digicam on the planet, it’s not perfect, but if you’re cognizant of its few limitations and can deal with them, you’ll be a happy photographer/videographer.
Pros: Exceptional stills and quality videos, Excellent OLED EVF/tilting LCD, Easy to carry, Just plain fun to use
Cons: Occasional AF misfires, Should have a touchscreen LCD, Wi-Fi could definitely be improved