Sony NEX-6 Review
The NEX-6 has the same movie mode as its big brother the NEX-7, which means that it's capable of recording full 1080/60p video with stereo sound. Sony's PlayMemories Home software allows for lossless editing of your movies, and can write your 60p movies directly to a Blu-ray disc. Do note that not all Blu-ray players support 1080/60p playback.
|The default view when recording movies is cropped, leaving large margins around the area being filmed. Exposure data as well as a timer are displayed.||To get rid of the margins and take advantage of the NEX's 16:9 LCD, switch the 'Wide Image' option to 'Full Screen'.|
While the NEX-6's video button is hard to press accidentally in its position on the camera's right shoulder (accidental operation being a major criticism of the NEX-7), it is also much harder to press when you actually want to initiate movie recording. Placing the rec button at a 45 degree angle recessed into the camera's right edge requires a two handed hold of the camera, as it's an unwieldy stretch with your hand in the (stills) shooting position. While the movie record button on the NEX-7 is too easy to press by accident, the version on the NEX-6 is dangerously close to being too difficult to press on purpose.
The NEX-6 will honor all of your exposure settings in movie mode (many cameras default to full auto the moment you press the record button). What's more, everything can be changed while you're recording - shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation, depending on the mode you're in. If you're using Flexible Spot AF then you'll be able to move the focus point around while you're recording, too. If using Multi AF, an object tracking option will be available. Do note that Hybrid AF is, sadly, not available for movie recording. There's also a wind filter for reducing background noise when recording video outdoors, which works well - there's an example further down this page.
In addition to manual controls, you can also throw the camera into either of the Auto modes and take advantage of the same Creative Styles or Picture Effects that are available for still shooting. Speaking of stills, you cannot take a photo while simultaneously recording a video, as you can with some of the NEX-6's competitors.
Below are the various video size and quality settings available on the NEX-6. Do note that the default setting is 1080/60i, and not the higher quality 1080/60p option.
1920 x 1080 60i/50i Avg. 24 Mbps (high quality)
1920 x 1080 60i/50i Avg. 17 Mbps (standard quality)
1920 x 1080 60p Avg. 28 Mbps (highest quality)
1920 x 1080 24p/25p Avg. 24Mbps (high quality)
1920 x 1080 24p/25p Avg. 17Mbps (standard quality)
1440 x 1080, 1080p (30/25fps), Av. 12Mbps
640 x 480 (30/25fps), Av. 3Mbps
|Audio||• Dolby Digital Audio
• Stereo audio capture via built-in or optional external mic.
|Format||AVCHD / MPEG4|
|Recordable time||Approx 29 minutes for AVCHD, 20 minutes for MPEG4 (1440 x 1080)|
One thing we noticed about movie recording on the NEX-6 is that there's about 0.5 - 1.0 seconds of lag between the time you press the red button and when recording begins and ends. This can be hugely frustrating when it comes to 'grab shots' of fast-moving subjects.As for quality, it's excellent in most respects. At 60p, videos are smooth and detailed. Motion is captured well, and there's very little moiré or artifacting (although footage is not completely free of these issues, as you can see in one of the videos below). In poor light, noise is kept under control, though the camera struggles to focus at times, leading to 'hunting' in low-light footage. Not unexpectedly, the autofocus illuminator does not operate during movie recording, only beforehand, for initial AF acquisition when you're composing the scene.
The NEX-6's front-mounted microphone picks up plenty of wind noise, so be sure to turn on the wind filter when shooting video outdoors. See sample video 4 for an idea of its effectiveness.
The NEX-6 produces a slightly soft video here, with a bit of aliasing, but motion is smooth. This video was shot handheld.
|1920x1080 60p 28Mbps, MTS, 10 sec, 34.7 MB Click here to download original file|
This video (also handheld) shows how well the camera handles motion at the 60p frame rate. While the camera's microphone picks up some of ambient noise, the subject can still be clearly heard.
|1920x1080 60p 28Mbps, MTS, 13 sec, 42.5 MB Click here to download original file|
This handheld video shows how the NEX-6 performs in relatively low light. While you'll spot some moiré here, you won't see any noise.
|1920x1080 60p 28Mbps, MTS, 16 sec, 65.9 MB Click here to download original file|
This tripod-mounted video shows outdoor sound quality (with wind filter on) and some artifacting on the water. You'll also see the focus system 'hunting' momentarily, for no apparent reason.
|1920x1080 60p 28Mbps, MTS, 16 sec, 54.0 MB Click here to download original file|
This final, handheld video shows quite a lot of artifacting in the water. Although it might not seem obvious in the abstract, ripples on water can form high-frequency patterns in the same way as roof tiles and fabric textures. As such, it's not uncommon to see moiré patterning in these areas in video footage (and occasionally in stills, too).
|1920x1080 60p 28Mbps, MTS, 15 sec, 49.3 MB Click here to download original file|
Mar 19, 2014
Jun 29, 2013
Mar 26, 2013
Mar 23, 2016
|Waffles with fruits by Coolinarka|
from Food photography (desserts)
|Vestrahorn Frozen Reflection by Will B Milner|
from Ice cold
Google has updated its Photos mobile apps to support the recently announced service for creating and printing physical photo books.
Europeana Photography is a new online image archive that includes more than 2 million historical photographs from European collections in 34 countries, covering the first 100 years of photography. Read more
Manufacturers love to state CRI (color rendering index) numbers to prove that their LED lights will provide great color, but a single CRI score doesn't tell the whole story.
NASA's Juno spacecraft is sending back its first images from Jovean orbit, and they're beautiful. Read more
We got our hands on the first zoom lens available for Fujifim's new digital medium format system. Check out the samples
As summer really gets going over here in the Northern hemisphere, the team at Imaging Resource has put together a list of the best cameras for backpacking.
The Ukrainian Parliament banned statues of Lenin in 2015. Two years later, the monuments no longer adorn public buildings or stand watch over town squares, but they're still there.
If you had to choose one camera to bring along for the ultimate West coast road trip, what would it be? DPR's Sam Spencer choose the X100F. Read more
The a9 boasts impressive capability. As more examples of it in practice pour in, Sony's claims hold up. Watch the a9 track and maintain focus on a rapidly approaching basketball.
Last week, more than a million tonnes of Californian coastline slid into the ocean, taking part of Highway 1 with it. Check out the remodeling in photos taken before and after the landslide.
Even after eighteen months of reviewing the latest, greatest, shiniest and must-buy-me-est new gear, DPReview staffer Carey Rose has continued to use older DSLR cameras for his freelance work. But now, that might be changing. Read more
Sony is the world's leading mirrorless camera brand but remains third for ILCs overall, it's said in a presentation to investors. A focus on high value cameras and lenses should boost operating income, it says. Read more
It's nicknamed the 'Cycloptic Mustard Monster,' and is a 3D printed medium format camera. Read more
The new NanGuang LED lights are battery powered and come with accessories including filters and diffusers.
Have you been telling yourself, "Hey, I really need one of those 8K displays?" A video about Dell's new 8K monitor shows you what to expect. Is it really that much better?
Tamara Lackey, a Nikon ambassador USA and pro shooter, discusses embracing self-consciousness as a means of connecting with subjects.
There's a new Spiderman movie coming out and the poster been generating a lot of online chatter. Mostly about how it looks like the creation of a fevered teenager that just discovered Photoshop.
An honest defense of the system's merits, with photos as proof.
Copyright disputes are no fun at all. 'Binded' is a new startup that aims to simplify the process of registering - and enforcing - copyright for photographers. Read more
Not everyone wants to pay a premium for a long zoom camera. Thankfully, there are many reasonably priced cameras available, though they won't offer the same image quality as enthusiast models. In this updated roundup we look at big zoom cameras with more consumer-friendly price tags. Read more
Think Tank Photo has updated two of its popular bag lines with improvements to functionality. Read more
We’ve all seen Bob Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo, but there's another.
The sample footage looks good.
It will automatically pick the best camera settings depending on shooting conditions. It even promises enhanced functionality for your camera, like exposure and focus stacking. It already supports many cameras from Canon, Fuji, Nikon and Sony. Read more
As if $13,950 wasn’t enough to pay for a special edition lens, the Leica Store in San Francisco is offering a prototype of said lens for $24,995. Read more
Make those old photos disappear without deleting them forever.
Firmware updates enable 10 fps shooting with adapted A-mount lenses, and faster startup times and better compatibility for 20 fps shooting when using native lenses on the a9.
Fujifilm has released firmware updates for its camera models X-T2, X-Pro2, GFX 50s, X-T20, X100F and X-T1 and updates to three of its software products.
A 22 year-old Romanian photographer uses his DJI Phantom 4 drone to capture unique perspectives of the city where he now lives.
What's it like to ride the waves with champion surfer Kelly Slater? This VR video from Teton Gravity Research gives you a taste.