Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2013)
Sony Alpha NEX-6
16MP CMOS sensor | 2.3M-dot OLED EVF | Built-in Wi-Fi
What we like:
- Image quality
- More controls than other NEX models
- Hi-resolution electronic viewfinder
What we don't:
- JPEGs could be better
- UI still needs work
- No external charger supplied
The Sony Alpha NEX-6 is the #2 camera in the company's APS-C mirrorless camera line-up, sitting above the NEX-5T and below the enthusiast-targeted NEX-7. The NEX-6 uses Sony's familiar 16MP CMOS sensor with on-chip phase detection which allows for very responsive focusing and burst shooting at 10 fps with continuous AF.
"The real standout feature is the NEX-6's gorgeous XGA-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder"
Photo quality does not disappoint, though you'll get the most out of the camera by using Raw rather than JPEG (especially at high sensitivities, where rather smudgy noise reduction cuts away at fine detail). The kit lens for the NEX-6 is a 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom, which takes up very little space when powered off.
The NEX-6 is probably the easiest NEX to operate, with a good-sized grip, mode dial (a real rarity on NEX cameras), and customizable controls. While Sony has tried to improve the user interface on recent NEX models by adding a customizable shortcut menu, adjusting settings on the NEX-6 is still sluggish and can be frustrating. While the built-in flash, hot shoe, and mode dial separate the NEX-6 from its cheaper siblings, the real standout feature is its gorgeous XGA-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder.
The mode dial doesn't add a lot to the NEX experience (well-assigned control dials and a simplified setup menu would make more of a difference), the high-resolution electronic viewfinder does. The rest of the specifications are solid, making the NEX-6 probably the strongest model in the company's line-up.