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SonyAlpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 177 reviews)

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    (114)

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    (54)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (116)
  • Large clear LCD (111)
  • Compact (104)
  • Fast shutter speed (90)
  • Great resolution (88)

Cons

  • Short battery life (54)
  • Complicated controls (24)
  • Limited zoom (14)
  • Poor in low light (11)
  • Lag / shutter delay (8)

Best Uses

  • Travel (128)
  • Family photos (108)
  • Low light (90)
  • Video (52)
  • Sports/action (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (80), Casual photographer (37), Semi-pro photographer (31), Pro photographer (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (157), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great but still not perfect!

I was debating for over a month on an ILC, reading reviews and blogs everyday. I was so close to going for the OMD-EM5 but once I held the NEX 6 in my...Read complete review

I was debating for over a month on an ILC, reading reviews and blogs everyday. I was so close to going for the OMD-EM5 but once I held the NEX 6 in my hands.... there was no going back. The camera felt sturdy in my hands and the buttons/ dials were all in the right size and place for an easy operation. The other two main reasons that favored the NEX 6 were..
- Hybrid autofocus system
- The great reviews I had read about its big brother NEX - 7 and that fact that it had most of its capabilities except the resolution and the extra dial.

Having used the camera for over 2 weeks now, I am starting to really enjoy it. I wanted a camera for practicing street photography and the compact size with the retractable lens make it really easy to carry around. The design is nice and the camera feels really solid in the hand. The controls are also easy to reach and in the right places, with the main dial just under the mode dial and the second dial next to the screen. Some of the things that I really like about the camera:

- Nice image quality. The color representation was great and generally the pictures feel good out of the camera.

- Fast autofocus. This is one of my major concerns and I found that in good light, the autofocus is very fast with the hybrid autofocus helping in tracking moving subjects but in low light, the autofocus was still struggling.

- Fantastic EVF. I think there is enough ground covered on this area as the NEX 6 sports that same groundbreaking technology in EVF as the NEX 7.

- Love the sweep panaroma mode. Love it love it love it.

- Good performance at high ISOs. I got decent result till ISO 3200... over that noise really started showing up.

- The kit lens is nice and I love the fact that its retractable and make the camera easy to carry around. But this also makes the camera a little slow to start up. The dual purpose of the focus ring is really interesting with the focus ring used to zoom in autofocus mode and in manual focus mode for focusing. The peaking feature really helps in manual focusing! Also the power zoom lens should help during video shooting, however I am yet to try it.

- The built in WiFi and apps are interesting. However there are limited apps available and the good ones are not free! The ability to capture images using smartphone over WiFi is nice but there are limited options... with the ability to adjust exposure compensation only.

The main drawbacks that I could come up in my short experience with this camera are:

- The battery needs to be charged in body and the camera cannot be used while the battery is being charged. Also the indicator showing that the battery is charging is really small and hardly visible. So you definitely need a separate charger and an additional battery.

- There is no touch screen... this is really something that Sony should be thinking about. The reason I was so pulled towards the OM-D E-M5 was the fact that I could focus and snap the image using the touch screen. Also the user interface is much quicker and easier using the touch screen.

- Only one dial is usable in the P/A/S mode. This is a huge drawback that I feel can be corrected in the next firmware upgrade. The second control dial next to the screen can be used in M mode but not in all other modes. It can only be used when exposure compensation or ISO is selected.

- The camera is slow to respond when woken up from the power saving mode.

- Lastly limited lens selection in the e-mount category.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Difficult handling, Soft Photos

I bought this camera after reading glowing reviews. The price from B&H was terrific as the newer model alpha 6000 was released.
I found the camera to be difficult to use....Read complete review

I bought this camera after reading glowing reviews. The price from B&H was terrific as the newer model alpha 6000 was released.
I found the camera to be difficult to use. The menus were complicated and the controls are small. So while I'm turning a small wheel to get to a menu, my finger invariable touched the button in the center when I didn't want it to be touched, very annoying. I found the camera to be very complex and not user friendly.
I took shots around my house and the photos were not sharp. In addition doorways and straight lines were bowed out, pincushion distortion was extreme.
If you like this camera, I would purchase the body and get a better Sony lens, not the kit lens that comes with the body.
My feeling is that this camera is not a camera "for the moment" but perhaps one where shots need to be set up and fiddling with menus doesn't bother you.

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4.0

would have been great But !

By SteveWb

from Manchester, Wa.

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • On Board Flash
  • Swivel LCD
  • Viewfinder

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

    The Nex takes great pics...the Zoom Kit lens is ok for all around shooting.I also purchased the E-mount OSS 35mm 1.8 from B&H...night time and low light were awesome with this combo.But unfortunately I was not able to use my Alpha 42 flash with this camera---they changed the mount on the NEX...also all my Alpha lens for my Sony A55 are not OSS (stabilized) as the A55 body is the stabilizing control...so none of my Alpha lens would be stabilized, nor any of my older Minolta glass either..I always shoot hand held, and at my age I must have stabilized len's or camera.This is why I bought the NEX in the first place, and had to return to B&H for this reason...both the lens and NEX 6 with kit lens...Had I not owned the Alpha DSLR with many lens already I would have been delighted to keep the NEX 6 as my primary DSLR mirrorless camera...It really is an amazing camera...Oh one negative...the menu system is just plain awful compared to the other cameras I own...B&H rocks...great customer service...# 1

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    2.0

    Review screen is terrible

    By glorgold

    from Philadelphia PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Image Quality
      • Poor In Low Light
      • Small LCD Screen

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

        I guess that maybe someone who really knows photography and can set their own settings might like this camera for the size and feel of it. But if you're using Auto, the photos are not good! Most of them were overexposed, mostly outdoors, but also indoors. If it is compensating for low light, then it's way off. I did get a few decent indoor shots, but had to add shadow to them to compensate for the overexposure.

        The worst feature of all is the review screen. It tells you that this is a 3" screen, but there is a frame around it so there is only about 2 1/2" of viewing area. The size of the review is very small and you have to push the plus + button to see a larger version and then spin the wheel to make it small enough to see the whole thing. Ridiculous! Sorry, but I had to return it.

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        5.0

        Amazing compact camera

        By p6design

        from Los Gatos, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

          It is a great camera for everyday use, it is an alternative to my full frame Nikon SLR system. Alpha is compact, loaded with features, high-ISO image quality are the main reasons I purchased this camera. The kit lens is ok, and I won't complain too much for its size.

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          4.0

          A remarkable camera

          By Mia

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

          • Not great in low light
          • Small LCD Screen

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

          I realize this is a model that's been discontinued but it's still a great camera. Easy to use, feels good in hand, photos are great. I look forward to exploring what I can do with it.

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          5.0

          Great camera

          By Old f64 man

          from Los Angeles, California

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

            The NEX-6 is a great little camera. I no longer want to lug +/-25 pounds of camera gear with me when I shoot and the Mirrorless Digital Camera is the solution. Every bit as good as my SLR and larger format cameras.

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            4.0

            Niche breaker

            By JCee

            from NE OH

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

              Used basically as a walk around camera, and main unit when I don't want to lug the big rig.

              Small, light and very portable, includes expansion potential or leave as kit. Adaptors are available to use the above mentioned "big rig" lenses if need be.

              Would like touch screen on this model.

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              4.0

              Great camera

              By adam k

              from brooklyn, ny

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

              • No touch screen

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

              Lightweight, tons of features that are easy to access, pivoting screen, viewfinder, great quality. Built in flash. Camera take beautiful photos. I've been mostly using this for outdoor photography and its a real upgrade from my older camera. Highly recommended.

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              5.0

              Sony wins my heart yet again.

              By Aaron

              from Jacksonville, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Oled Viewfinde
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Confusing Menu System
              • Slow To Start-up

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

              I made this camera my first "serious" photography purchase. After doing some research, I decided I wanted a mirrorless system over the traditional DSLRs. Considering my job requires me to move around a lot throughout the day while shooting, something smaller and lighter was a must. I couldn't be more pleased with the NEX-6. I constantly come away impressed at the camera's ability take impressive shots. While the menus can take a while to get used to, it wasn't long before I was able to navigate with ease; the ability to transfer photos to my iPhone via Wi-Fi is a life-saver. The EVF is an added bonus that makes the camera a joy to use. While it may now be outclassed by the A6000, this camera is no slouch when it comes to raw image quality.

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              5.0

              I really like this camera

              By Rich

              from Barton, VT

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                As an amateur and semi-pro photographer, I spent time with a Rolleiflex 3.5, and Nikormat with f2.5 105mm Nikkor. In the digital age, I drifted to point and shoot both pocket size and superzoom. The NEX 6 is an amazing step up in technology! Sharpness, dynamic range, features...it has it all. Start by using its smart modes, then customize, then really dig in to the layered features. I cannot say enough about this package! The SD card insert is a bit fiddly, but no big deal. Buy this camera and take weight off of your hands, and be creative.

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                2.0

                Difficult handling, Soft Photos

                By City Island Jack

                from City Island, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult menus
                  • Pincushioning
                  • Poor Image Quality
                  • Soft

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                    I bought this camera after reading glowing reviews. The price from B&H was terrific as the newer model alpha 6000 was released.
                    I found the camera to be difficult to use. The menus were complicated and the controls are small. So while I'm turning a small wheel to get to a menu, my finger invariable touched the button in the center when I didn't want it to be touched, very annoying. I found the camera to be very complex and not user friendly.
                    I took shots around my house and the photos were not sharp. In addition doorways and straight lines were bowed out, pincushion distortion was extreme.
                    If you like this camera, I would purchase the body and get a better Sony lens, not the kit lens that comes with the body.
                    My feeling is that this camera is not a camera "for the moment" but perhaps one where shots need to be set up and fiddling with menus doesn't bother you.

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                    3.0

                    Verdict still out on this camera

                    By Firedog09

                    from San Antonio, TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Poor Image Quality
                    • Poor In Low Light
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                    This is a follow up to my original review of 5/18/2014 after having opportunity to use this camera on a trip. I got this camera specifically to have something that was not as heavy as my Canon 5D MK II but also would perform better and provide more control than my Canon point and shoot and iPhone. Though the size and weight are fine, the verdict is still out on whether this camera performs significantly better.

                    I used this camera during a trip to NYC in several venues: attendance at two receptions in restaurants under mixed lighting, sight seeing in natural light and sunlight. and general photography of some still lives, architectural details and the like. While the camera is more portable than a 5D, it is not so compact as to fit in a coat pocket as another reviewer mentioned. Nor was I pleased with the metering and color/light balance at a reception in a restaurant. Exposure was at least 1 stop off if not more, and color/lightbalance was far too red hued. Nothing that can't be easily corrected in software, but my point and shoot far outperforms this in a smaller package. In landscape situations the camera definitely wins, with its greater control and right on exposure.

                    The battery life seems very short and the time it takes to charge the battery excessively long. If you are going to use this all day, better take several extra batteries along. Hopefully, there is an external battery charger available as one does not come with the kit. Were I doing a long trip, say to Europe, I'd want to have several extra batteries plus sufficient charging capacity to recharge them all overnight, but taking all that adds weight and bulk, which sort of defeats the purpose.

                    Based on my experience, I'm downgrading my opinion to 2.5 to 3 stars. I plan to continue to use the camera, but can't fully recommend it as of yet.

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                    2.0

                    close but no cigar

                    By dost

                    from sf, ca

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Build

                    Cons

                    • Poor Image Quality
                    • Poor Image Stabilization
                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                      I had really high hopes for this camera as I wanted something to be a lighter, more portable substitute for my 70D. I liked these smaller mirrorless cameras and went for the NEX-6 since the A6000 came out so the NEX6 prices dropped.
                      Build is nice, size if perfect - I was hopeful. But it performed terribly in low light, generated quite grainy photos and the menu and buttons were not user friendly or intuitive. Overall, using it wasn't as pleasant as I find Canons to be. And I just couldn't stomach the very very noisy images I was getting in low-ish light where my Canon would perform fine. I ended up going with a Canon G16 instead. More of a point and shoot, not interchangeable lenses but I am happier with the image quality that I was with the NEX6.

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                      5.0

                      Great portable camera

                      By Glenn

                      from Kansas City

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                        Great all around camera that serves as a portable substitute for a DSLR. Image quality is great and the focus time is equally good. We were prepared to also buy a prime lens for low light, but this camera seems to to do good enough with the kit lens that we will hold off on it.

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                        4.0

                        Good compact camera

                        By Roy

                        from Montana

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos

                        Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                        I buy it for my daughter for a trip abroad. it is much light & compact.

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                        5.0

                        Perfect!

                        By Raju

                        from Abha, KSA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                              Every thing good about the item

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                              5.0

                              As good as I expected

                              By JY

                              from Plano, TX

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                                My point-and-shoot and smartphone cameras are not good enough to take indoor low light pictures. I also don't like to carry a big DSLR. Mirrorless camera is designed for the reason. I choose Sony NEX-6 because it has view finder and the price has come down a lot. I am very happy with the product.

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                                4.0

                                Great bang for your buck

                                By Travel Doc

                                from Denver, CO

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • High ISO Performance
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Quiet
                                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife photos

                                  Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                                  Great lightweight camera for travel and outdoor enthusiasts.

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                                  5.0

                                  Good product with good price

                                  By Limin

                                  from West Bloomfield, MI

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • Large Clear LCD
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                                    B&H services is very good. This camera is excellent at this price range. My wife and I love it. B&H rocks!

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                                    5.0

                                    A worthy successor to the NEX 7

                                    By Jazzyalg

                                    from Macon, GA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Excellent image quality
                                    • Fast And Accurate
                                    • Great LCD display
                                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                                    Cons

                                    • Slight Shutter Delay

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                                      The NEX-6 has the great electronic viewfinder of the NEX-7 at half the price. The NEX-6 has the same great sensor, and adds wifi cability. The 16-50mm power zoom lens is quite competent. All in all this is a great camera

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                                      5.0

                                      A Worthy Successor to the NEX-7

                                      By Jazzyalg

                                      from Macon, GA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                                      • Good Image Quality
                                      • Good Image Stabilization
                                      • High ISO Performance
                                      • Large Clear LCD
                                      • Quiet
                                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Family Photos
                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Travel
                                        • Weddings/Events
                                        • Wildlife photos

                                        Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                                        The NEX-6 maintains the outstanding electronic viewfinder of the NEX-7, the same outstanding sensor, adds wifi, and all for about half the price of the NEX-7. The 16-50mm lens is also quite competent.

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