The New Sony NEX-6 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
The new 16-megapixel Sony NEX-6 compact interchangeable lens digital camera features an APS-C HD CMOS sensor and an advanced DSLR-style auto focusing system. You can take full-resolution stills at 10 fps, or shoot Full HD 1920 x 1080 video and compose your shots with its XGA OLED TruFinder electronic viewfinder or 3.0" LCD. The onboard Fast Hybrid AF system includes phase-detection autofocus and contrast detection, which enables you to quickly focus on and track fast-moving subjects. The NEX-6 available as a body only or with a 16-55mm retractable zoom lens.
Another feature that’s borrowed from DSLRs is the intuitive operational dials that make it easier to control the NEX-6. The top of the camera has a pop-up flash that can be used as a fill flash in direct sunlight, a catch light in portraits or for any dimly lit setting. There's also a new multi-interface smart shoe that expands the camera's video and still capabilities with separately available Handycam accessories. The NEX-6 is also Wi-Fi capable, making it easy to transfer photos to smart phones, tablets and computers.
Although the NEX-6 is roughly the same size as a point-and-shoot camera, its APS-C HD CMOS sensor has 13 times the area of the sensors found on typical point-and-shoot cameras. This makes it possible to shoot high-resolution images with high sensitivity, and achieve blurred backgrounds with selective-focusing techniques. The interchangeable-lens aspect of the NEX-6 makes it possible to attach a variety of E-mount lenses, and you can use Sony’s A-mount lenses with the separately available LA-EA2 and LA-EA1 Alpha NEX Camera Mount adapters. The Fast Hybrid AF capabilities of the NEX-6 are critical when shooting moving subjects at 10 fps, and its through-the-lens electronic viewfinder features a resolution of 2359K dots. The OLED viewfinder enables you to see the adjustments made to the camera’s settings in real time, and offers rich color and detail with minimal motion blur.
The Difference Between the NEX-6 and its Siblings
If you’re interested in the NEX line from Sony, you’re probably curious how the NEX-6 compares to the higher end NEX-7 and the recently announced NEX-5R. The new NEX-6 shares the same Fast Hybrid AF, large Exmor APS-C HD sensor and Wi-Fi capability as the NEX-5R; however, the NEX-5R doesn’t have an electronic viewfinder, and it also lacks the DSLR-style control dials found on the NEX-6. The NEX-7 features multiple dials for manual control, but they’re not as immediately familiar looking as the decidedly DSLR-style controls on the new NEX-6. The hot shoe on the NEX-7 is compatible with Sony system flashes and accessories, but it’s different from the new multi-interface shoe on the NEX-6. The NEX-7 also features a 24.3 megapixel sensor, which is a substantially higher resolution than the 16.1 megapixel sensor on the NEX-6.
HD Video and Wi-Fi
In regard to capturing moving images, the NEX-6 is capable of recording at 60p, which yields better results when filming scenes with a lot of motion and fast-moving subjects. It also records video at a standard 60i, and at a cinematic 24p. All of these modes are 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, in the AVCHD codec for compatibility with popular non-linear video editing programs. If you want to shoot video that’s less demanding on memory and resources, the NEX-6 also captures video with the MP4 codec, which produces much smaller web-friendly files.
The built-in Wi-Fi capability on the NEX-6 makes it much easier to share your images on the Web. You can connect the NEX-6 wirelessly to a smart phone or tablet and transfer files to them through the air. With the Sony PlayMemories app loaded on a compatible Apple iOS or Android device, you can connect to the NEX-6 via Wi-Fi and send selected images and videos to the mobile device. You can then upload those files to the Web from your mobile gadget. If you have access to an active 802.11 Wi-Fi network, you can transfer files from the NEX-6 to computers and devices that share the network. With a separately available HDMI cable, you can also connect the NEX-6 directly to an HDTV with its built-in HDMI output.
Focus and Magnify
The NEX-6 features a Clear Image Zoom mode that will be handy if you don’t happen to have a tighter telephoto or zoom lens with you. Clear Image Zoom magnifies the center of an image by two times, doubling the effective focal length of your attached lens, while creating very little image degradation.
The NEX-6 also features a useful Peaking AF display mode which highlights the edges of your subjects that are in focus. It’s simply an additional visual tool that helps you determine if something is in focus. The highlight is graphically superimposed and will not be seen in the images that you capture. It is only visible when you’re composing shots. You can choose one of three highlight colors: white, red or yellow. Having multiple color options is useful because some colors may be easier to identify quickly, depending on what colors are in your shot. The NEX-6 also has a Manual Focus Assist feature which magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring on an attached E-mount lens. This allows you to immediately see fine details and determine the sharpness of their focus.
Intelligent and Creative Features
When shooting photos in challenging conditions, such as still subjects with severe backlighting, you can utilize the HDR mode on the new NEX-6. This technology combines the best highlight details from two separate exposures into a single shot. Additionally, when you’re shooting handheld in really low light, you can utilize the 6-Image Layering mode on the NEX-6. This combines the data from six separate exposures into a single shot for sharper nighttime images at high ISOs, and it helps control blur when utilizing the camera’s Anti-Motion Blur mode. Both of these modes capture multiple images in a split second. The NEX-6 also has Sony’s Sweep Panorama Technology, which simplifies the act of taking vertical or horizontal panoramic shots.
When you want to experiment with effects like Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft Focus and Monochrome, the NEX-6 features a Picture Effect Mode that enables you to apply these effects to stills and video. There are 11 effects in all, which also include: Pop Color, Partial Color, Soft High Key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome and Miniature. If you want to tap into advanced DSLR effects without digging into the manual settings, you can enable the Photo Creativity interface on the NEX-6. This lets you quickly try out different effects like Background Defocus and Color Vividness without much effort. There are also six modes of Creative Styles that images can be processed with. These include: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can also adjust contrast, saturation and sharpness to your liking.
There are a host of other capabilities in the NEX-6 that make it behave like an automated point-and-shoot camera as well. It has Intelligent Auto Focus that pre-focuses the camera as the shot is being composed, and Face Detection that detects up to eight faces and automatically adjusts focus, white balance, exposure and flash settings. The D-Range Optimizer helps to automatically correct the settings for backlit subjects, and its Smile Shutter technology can be set to automatically take a picture when your subject smiles. There is even an Auto Portrait Framing feature that will save an additional version of an image with the composition automatically optimized.
When you connect the NEX-6 to a computer or an AC outlet with the included USB cable, the battery will automatically charge. The CMOS sensor will automatically clean itself by vibrating, and a static-free coating on its low-pass filter also helps to keep the dust off and the images clear. All your images and video are stored to separately available Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC cards.
|Sony NEX-6 Digital Camera|
|Camera Type||Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera|
|Lens Compatibility||Sony E-mount lenses|
|Image Sensor||Exmor APS HD CMOS (23.5 x 15.6mm)|
|Anti-Dust Technology||Static-free coating on sensor's low-pass filter and automatic vibration|
|Focal Length Conversion
|Still Image Size||16:9
L: 4912 x 2760 (14MP)
M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1MP)
S: 2448 x 1376 (3.4MP)
L: 4912 x 3264 (16MP)
M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4MP)
S: 2448 x 1624 (4MP)
Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1856 (23MP)
Vertical: 5536 x 2160 (12MP)
Horizontal Std: 8192 x 1856 (15MP)
Vertical Std: 3872 x 2160 (8.4MP)
|Still Image File Format||JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)|
|Video Format||AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive), AVCHD, MP4|
PS: 1920 x 1080/60p at 28Mbps
FX: 1920 x 1080/60i at 24Mbps
FH: 1920 x 1080/60i at 17Mbps
FX: 1920 x 1080/24p at 24Mbps
FH: 1920 x 1080/24p at 17Mbps
HD: 1440 x 1080/30fps at 12Mbps
VGA: 640 x 480/30fps at 3Mbps
|Audio Format||Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch|
|Microphone/Speaker||Built-in stereo microphone / Built-in monaural speaker|
|Continuous Shooting||Up to 10 fps|
|Digital Zoom||Approx. 4x|
|Clear Image Zoom||Yes, increases focal length by 2x|
|Smart Zoom Technology||M: Approx. 1.4x
S: Approx. 2x
|Viewfinder||Bright XGA OLED viewfinder, 2359K dots, 100% coverage|
|LCD Type||3.0" / 7.6cm TFT, 921,600-dot|
|LCD Angle Adjustment||Up 90°, Down 45°|
|LCD Brightness Control||Manual (5 steps, +/- 2), Sunny Weather mode|
|Peaking Settings||Yes, level: High, Mid, Low, Off / color: White, Red, Yellow|
|Focus System||Fast Hybrid AF (phase and contrast-detection AF) with Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor|
|Focus Points||99 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)|
|AF Modes||AF-S (single-shot AF), AF-C (continuous AF)|
|Focus Area||Multi-Point, Center-weighted, Flexible Spot|
|Focus Sensitivity||0-20 EV (at ISO 100 with f/2.8 lens)|
|Manual Focus Assist||Yes; 4.8x, 9.6x|
|AF Illuminator||Built-in LED type with 1-9.8' / 0.3-3m range|
|Picture Effects||11: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), Soft High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal, Cool, Warm, Green, Magenta), Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, and Miniature|
|Creative Style Modes||Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W, fine-tune contrast, saturation and sharpness|
|Exposure Bracketing||3 frames with 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, and 3 EV increments|
|Exposure Compensation||Still: +/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps
Movie: +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps
|Exposure Settings||iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection|
|ISO Sensitivity||Still: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-25600)
Movie: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-6400)
|Exposure Metering System||1200-zone evaluative metering|
|Exposure Metering Modes||Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Exposure Metering Sensitivity||0-20 EV (at ISO 100 with f/2.8 lens)|
|Noise Reduction||Long Exposure NR, High ISO NR|
|Scene Modes||Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight, Anti-Motion Blur|
|White Balance Modes||Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem (2500 to 9900K), C.Filter (G7 to M7,A7 to B7), Custom|
|Drive Modes||Single-shot, Continuous Shooting, Speed Priority Continuous Shooting, Self-timer, Bracketing, Remote Commander|
|Panorama Technology||Sweep (up to 23MP / up to 202° sweep angle / 16mm focal length)|
|Self-Timer||2 or 10 sec. (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)|
|Shutter Speeds||Still: 30-1/4000 sec.
Movie: 1/4-1/4000 (in 1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO (1/30 in
Auto slow shutter)
|Shutter Type||Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal plane type|
|Optional Lens||E-mount power zoom 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS|
|Flash Compensation||+/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps|
|Flash Coverage||Up to 16mm focal lengths|
|Flash Modes||Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Flash Off, Wireless (with external flash sold separately)|
|Guide Number||19.7' / 6m (ISO 100)|
|Recycling Time||Approx. 4 sec.|
|HD Output||HDMI mini (Type C), BRAVIA Sync, Photo TV HD|
|Accessory Shoe||Multi-Shoe Interface|
|Wi-Fi||Yes (built in)
PlayMemories Camera Apps: Yes
Send to computer: Yes
View on Smart phone: Yes
View on TV: Yes
|Connectivity||USB, HDMI, BRAVIA Sync|
|Media Type||SD, SDHC, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo|
|Power Supply||InfoLITHIUM NP-FW50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery (7.2V)
USB (via AC outlet or PC connection)
|Battery Life||Viewfinder: approx. 270 images
LCD Screen: approx. 360 images
|Power Consumption||Still Images: approx. 2.5W (with 16-50mm lens)
Movies: approx 3.9W (with 16-50mm lens)
|Operating System Compatibility||Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X v10.3-10.8|
|Dimensions||4.72 x 2.63 x 1.68" (119.9 x 66.9 x 42.6 mm)|
|Weight||With battery & media: 0.76 lb (345 g)|