Body Elements

The NEX-6 is the first model in the line to include an external mode dial. It sits on top of the larger-circumference control dial on the top-right.
A new multi interface hotshoe allows for ISO standard accessories - a first for the NEX series. Hidden underneath the housing at the front of the shoe though are the non-standard connector pins which allow for use of Sony's own line of proprietary accessories.
The built-in flash offers the same GN (6 at ISO 100) as the unit on the NEX-7, but provides slightly wider coverage to accommodate the 24mm-equivalent wide angle of the new 16-50mm kit lens. Output can be modified with flash exposure compensation of +/– 2 stops EV.
Stereo microphones sit behind small holes located just above the lens mount.
The recessed movie record button is placed, somewhat awkwardly, along the camera's right edge at a 45 degree angle. While requiring a two handed hold of the camera, its location does prevent accidental operation, which is a serious problem on the NEX-7.
Like other models in the lineup, the NEX-6 has a 4-way control dial with a center confirmation button. Along its cardinal points you'll find direct access for display mode, ISO, exposure compensation and drive mode. The camera's two 'soft keys' sit above and below the dial.
The NEX-6's connectors consist of a USB and HDMI port, but unlike the NEX-7 there is no 3.5mm external mic input. Those wanting to use an external mic must use one of Sony's Smart Accessory compatible models that connect via the multi-interface hotshoe.
The battery and SD card go into a compartment on the base of the camera. The NEX-6 uses the same 7.7Wh NP-FW50 Li-ion battery as other NEX models.

Sony claims it provides 360 shots per charge with the rear LCD and 270 when using the EVF, according to CIPA standard testing.
The tripod mount is aligned with center of the lens axis. Because of the NEX-6's ultra-slim body and tilt screen, there's very little space on the base plate for a quick release plate to grip.

The mount is sufficiently far from the battery/memory card compartment to allow them to be changed with the camera on a tripod.