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
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.
Summary: The Sony Alpha NEX-6 is the latest evolution in the NEX line of mirrorless compact system cameras. Though it sits below the flagship 24.3 Megapixel NEX-7, this 16.1 Megapixel model incorporates many of the more expensive model's features, including the industry-leading 2.3 million pixel OLED electronic viewfinder and 3 inch articulated 921k pixel LCD screen.
Pros: Hybrid AF with phase and contrast detect., 2.3 million dot EVF., 10fps burst mode with continuous AF., Wi-Fi enabled with picture sharing, remote control and downloadable apps., Compact lightweight powered kit zoom.
Cons: Lack of touch screen., Poor AF performance in low light., Movie button difficult to press and not programmable.
Summary: The Sony NEX-6 mixes high-end build quality and control with a consumer-friendly feature set. The inclusion of Wi-Fi connectivity opens up the NEX-6 for a number of in-camera editing controls and direct image sharing.
All in all, the Sony NEX-6 handles well and produces excellent images, but not quite to the same standard as the NEX-7.
Excerpt: When we first saw the Sony NEX-6 ahead of its launch towards the end of 2012 we were impressed with how it seemed to encapsulate the very spirit of what, in our view, a compact system camera should be.
Pros: Built-in EVF, decent image quality, mode dial and thumbwheel, hotshoe, small yet sensible size, sturdy build quality
Cons: Battery life needs to be better, low-light autofocus lacks feedback and accuracy, no touchscreen, Wi-Fi not as smooth as we'd like
Excerpt: The all-important sensor is very large, an APS-C type which is DSLR-sized at 23.5 x 15.6 mm. This 16.7Mp CMOS sensor helped ensure excellent picture quality, while noise levels tended to be very low even at high ISO settings. Even up to ISO 25600 our low-light shots remained clean. Captured images showed impressive levels of crispness. Vibrancy and colour reproduction were excellent. Take a look at our Panasonic DMC-G3 review.