Sony NEX-6 review
23.5x15.6mm 16.0-megapixel sensor, 3.1x zoom (24-75mm equivalent), 465g
The NEX-6 is very nearly perfect, but there are still a few things on our wish list. It's disappointing that the 3in articulated screen isn't touch-sensitive. Perhaps it was deemed to be unsuitable on a serious camera, but we find touchscreens extremely useful for moving the autofocus point – something that's worth doing often on a large-sensor camera because of the shallow depth of field it gives. Adjusting the autofocus point using the NEX-6's navigation pad is slower than simply prodding the screen.
We wish it were possible to hear a beep to confirm autofocus but not also have to put up with a clicking sound every time we press a button or turn a dial. We'd also like to be able to disable the text descriptions that appear each time the mode dial is adjusted, requiring a button push to dismiss.
These are minor quibbles, though, and in all other respect the NEX-6 is an outstanding camera. It's a pleasure to use, it's packed with useful features and image and video quality are top notch. Sony's E Mount still trails behind Micro Four Thirds for the sheer number of compatible lenses, but based on these two new additions, it's no longer trailing for quality.
It's currently available for £819, but that's only £10 less than Sony's official price – we expect it will shed £100 or so in the next couple of months. Either way, though, it's an expensive camera. Our next challenge is to find something that's this good but costs less.
We might not have to wait long: the NEX-5R uses the same sensor and includes 10fps shooting, Wi-Fi and similar controls, but costs just £480 inc VAT from Amazon. It doesn't include the NEX-6's electronic viewfinder, integrated flash, hotshoe, mode dial or superior kit lens, though. If you've got the funds, the NEX-6 is hard to resist.
|CCD effective megapixels||16.0 megapixels|
|Viewfinder||electronic, 2.4 megapixels|
|Viewfinder magnification, coverage||1.09x, 100%|
|LCD screen size||3.0in|
|LCD screen resolution||921,600 pixels|
|Zoom 35mm equivalent||24-75mm|
|Image stabilisation||optical, in kit lens|
|Maximum image resolution||4,912x3,264|
|File formats||JPEG, RAW; AVCHD, MPEG-4|
|Memory slot||SDXC and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo|
|Battery Life (tested)||360 shots|
|Connectivity||USB, mini HDMI, Wi-Fi|
|Body material||magnesium alloy|
|Lens mount||Sony E mount|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5x|
|Kit lens model name||Sony SEL-P1650|
|Accessories||USB cable, neck strap|
|Warranty||one year RTB|
|Exposure modes||program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual|
|Shutter speed||30 to 1/4,000 seconds|
|Aperture range||f/3.5-22 (wide), f/5.6-36 (tele)|
|ISO range (at full resolution)||100 to 25600|
|Exposure compensation||+/-3 EV|
|White balance||auto, 9 presets with fine tuning, manual, Kelvin|
|Additional image controls||contrast, saturation, sharpness, noise reduction, dynamic range, lens compensation (peripheral shading, chromatic aberration, distortion), AF micro adjust|
|Closest macro focus||25cm|
|Auto-focus modes||multi, centre, flexible spot, face detect, tracking|
|Metering modes||multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect|
|Flash||auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, rear curtain, red-eye reduction|
|Drive modes||single, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, HDR, panorama|