Wi-Fi and Apps
One of the major selling points of the NEX-6 is its Wi-Fi capability and compatibility with Sony's 'App Store', which are also found on the less expensive NEX-5R. Wi-Fi allows you to transmit your photos to smartphones, tablets, computers, and televisions, while the Sony PlayMemories App Store lets you add additional features to the camera.
Before you can use any of those things, you must connect to a Wi-Fi network. That's easy enough - the NEX-6 will display a list of access points for you to choose from. If you have to enter a password, you'll do so using the on-screen keyboard. If you're lucky enough to have a wireless router with a WPS button, you can just press that and select the appropriate option on the camera, and you're online.
Once you're connected to a network, you'll be presented with a screen that should resemble what's shown above. The top three items in this screenshot are applications we've installed, while on the bottom you'll see the app store link, instructions, and an app management tool.
|The PlayMemories App Store can be browsed directly on the camera over Wi-Fi (shown at left) or from your desktop computer.
Many will find a Mac or PC to be easier to use.
At the time of writing, there are eight PlayMemories Camera Apps available for download (we've listed them on the next page of this review), plus the option to add four international keyboards. The apps range in price from free to $10, and must be purchased through the Sony Entertainment Network. Apps can be purchased on-camera or via the web browser on your Mac or PC (with the camera connected via USB). The latter is a lot less frustrating than on the camera itself, since you have a larger view of everything and can type using a real keyboard.
We mention 'real keyboards' because the one on the NEX-6 can be frustrating to use. Typing in your Facebook log-in information, captions, and other information is a real chore, as you have to use the four-way controller to select each letter. Most everyone in the DPReview office agrees that the NEX-6 badly needs a touchscreen LCD, something that's offered by the less expensive NEX-5R.