Sony NEX-6 Benchmark Test?

Started Sep 1, 2013 | Questions thread
Marky boy
Marky boy Senior Member • Posts: 1,216
Re: Sony NEX-6 Benchmark Test?

justincarlson wrote:

I've got a Sony NEX-6 with the 16-50mm kit lens, and I've really been having difficulty getting good quality shots from it. I know the 1650 isn't the sharpest of lenses in the least, but my photos seem to be coming out with way more blur (I'm not sure if blur is the right word) than you should expect with an $800 camera. If I'm working with a lot of light I seem to be able to get o.k. shots.

I'm wondering if there is some sort of benchmark at standardized focal length/aperture/ISO that DPreview has to test if I have a bad lens copy or if there is even possibly something wrong with my camera's sensor. It seems more likely that it would be the lens. I've had the camera for about a month and a half, purchased from Amazon.

I've attached an image I shot today, perhaps it's not the best sample image because of the low light and high ISO, but it seems like the lower-lit areas are just not as clear as they should be. I can provide other samples as well if it's helpful.

From experience with the NEX 6, I would suggest a couple of things.

Firstly if you intend in shooting jpeg only, you may find that the in camera noise reduction is set quite high, hence the sample posted looking soft in the details. Put it at its lowest setting as 3200iso is going to end up looking mushy otherwise. Equally you don't need a 1/4000 shutter speed to freeze the water if that was the intention. So reduce the ISO or bracket the ISO setting to give a range of slower shutter speeds at lower ISO to get the perfect balance between low ISO (less noise reduction on jpeg) and a shutter speed that gives the desired effect to the water.

How do your images look in normal light with ISO of say 200? Have you tried shooting RAW and jpeg together and comparing?

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