Sony NEX-6 Review @ Dpreview "It performs as well or better than other mirrorless cameras on the market, and offers some unique features that are genuinely useful"

"While it doesn't break a lot of new ground, the Sony Alpha NEX-6 provides two features that E-mount enthusiasts have been asking for: a physical mode dial, and an ISO standard hot shoe. Add the beautiful OLED electronic viewfinder from the NEX-7 and new Hybrid AF and Wi-Fi features from the NEX-5R to Sony's already impressive offerings, and you've got a pretty compelling product.

Like the other NEX models that share versions of its 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor, the NEX-6 produces very good quality images. Exposure is accurate, with the D-Range Optimizer providing just the right amount of contrast. Colors are vibrant and will be pleasing to the NEX-6's target audience. Photos don't display a lot of 'grainy' luminance noise, though that's at the expense of fine detail, such as hair or grass (even at low ISOs). For best results, you'll want to shoot RAW, which not only brings back some of that detail, but it also gives you access to shadows and highlights that were otherwise lost. The NEX-6 automatically reduces various lens issues, such as chromatic aberrations, distortion, and vignetting."

Kenny Good and the Weapons Of Mass Production try to find out the best Dslr-for video, under $1.000: Canon T4i with 18-55mm kit lens VS. Sony NEX-6 with 16-50mm kit lens VS. Panasonic GH2 with 14-15mm kit lens, both stock and with Flowmotion v2.02 hack.

Yes, the the very same nuts from Crisis Labs reviews with the bats, and semi-nude models and all that. They take on a slightly more serious and hi-tech tone in this review, with RC Helicopters, IR suits, and... bats.

"The Sony actually did quite well, and if size (for travel) is a concern, I'd suggest this one.  It's just a hair behind I think in the image metrics, but not in a huge way.  The focus issue did drive me crazy.  Maybe there's a menu option I didn't see that prevents it from going to sleep.  I actually had to reshoot the sharpness (helicopter) comparison because it did that same focus thing to me.  That's why when it did it again for the dancing, I decided to leave it in the video that way.  It has focus peaking (that shows you a highlighted version of in-focus areas on the display) which really helps with video, and I doubt this issue would ever come up when shooting stills.  It's a solid camera, very similar to Canon in image quality, great if you're a space-conscious traveller. . . . read more

Sony NEX-6 review by Nasim Mansurov at Photography Life: Without a doubt, the Sony NEX-6 is currently the best mirrorless camera from Sony, period.

"When I first found out that Sony came up with yet another mirrorless camera segment with the introduction of the NEX-6, I asked myself if it was really necessary to have so many different cameras to offer. Without a doubt, the mirrorless camera market is growing very fast. However, with 4 different camera segments that share a lot of the same technology, isn’t Sony bombarding potential customers with confusing choices? Then I remembered the DSLR market and realized that it is also divided to similar segments, while the Olympus/Panasonic alliance has even more choices. So considering the price of the low-end NEX-F3 and the high-end NEX-7, creating a more affordable segment is actually a . . . read more

Sony NEX-6 review by Ken McMahon & Gordon Laing at Camera Labs: The Sony NEX-6 is a pretty remarkable camera. Though it isn't the flagship NEX model, I can quickly see it overtaking the NEX-7 in popularity at the top end of the NEX range.

"The Sony NEX-6 is a pretty remarkable camera. Though it isn't the flagship NEX model, I can quickly see it overtaking the NEX-7 in popularity at the top end of the NEX range. There are those for whom anything less than 24 Megapixels just won't do and who love the control that three-dial operation provides, but, beyond a tougher body, mic input and a few other refinements there's little else to justify the higher cost of the NEX-7. Give up those headline features and, for less money, you not only get the benefit of improvements including hybrid AF, a standard hotshoe that also accepts Sony . . . read more

Sony NEX6 Review by Peter Walkowiak at the Phoblographer: In the end if I wanted a small camera, which has an EVF, quick AF, affordable lenses and a generous amount of pixels this is the best camera for your money.

"What a time we live in, I have all of the features I could have ever dreamed of but I’m still bitching because it’s not good enough. When it comes to being a camera it is amazing, I loved my time with the NEX-6. When this camera came out and I saw the spec list I thought this is it, this is the camera I have been waiting for. I have never wanted the NEX-7 because I am a lowlight shooter and in my opinion that sensor was never any good passed ISO 1600. . . . read more

Thom Hogan's Serious camera of the year award goes to the Olympus E-M5, Thom explains why it was hard to choose between the OM-D and the Fuji X-E1.

This is a Sans Mirror award, so, fans of mirrors and smoke please look elsewhere. Thom's nominees include the Sony NEX-6, the Panasonic GH3, and the Fujifilm X-E1:

"The E-M5's image quality is good enough that it basically replaced my Nikon D7000 (DX DSLR) as my hike-deep-into-the-backcountry camera. Why? Because I gave up nothing terribly significant in the sensor, but lost weight and size while gaining some exceptional small lenses (Note to Nikon: please get off your butt and make some more, and better, DX . . . read more

Sony releases Time-lapse and Cinemagraph PlayMemory camera apps for the NEX-6 and NEX-5R.

Both apps provide a 'first ever' for a Sony camera, and especially the 'Cinema-Photo' Cinemagraph app should be a first in any camera ever. The time-lapse app costs $9.99 and it has 8 time-lapse themes available: Cloudy Sky, Night Sky, Night Scene, Sunset, Sunrise, Miniature, Standard, Custom. You can choose to save the still images as a series of photos instead of a movie. The app sets everything for you, you only have to choose a theme that closely matches what you're trying to shoot.

Cinema-Photo costs a lot less, $4.99 only, and according to Sony: . . . read more

Nasim Mansurov at PhotographyLife: Battle of the mirrorless (part 1), the Nikon 1 J2, Canon EOS-M, Sony NEX-F3, Sony NEX-5R/NEX-6, Sony NEX-7 and Olympus OM-D EM-5 duke it out above iso 1600.

I really respect Mr. Mansurovs musings and reviews, but this 'battle' comes straight from the land of bloody obvious. There's a mini sensor (the Nikon 1 J2), a bit larger one (Olympus E-M5) and then a whole bunch of Aps-c sized ones. At least throw in a Fujifilm X-E1 in the mix for some real fun. I guess part 2 (Dynamic range) will be more interesting.

"As I have already mentioned before, I will be measuring dynamic range myself going forward without having to rely on other websites for the data. It will be interesting to see how my data compares to other sites like DxOMark. I am not . . . read more

Sony NEX 6 review at Engadget: Just about everything you could wish for in a mirrorless camera for under a grand.

"The NEX-6 may be the best mirrorless camera Sony's ever made, but there's no doubt that its $1,000 kit price tag will be a turnoff to more than a few potential buyers. Still, we're growing ever more faithful in the E-mount ecosystem, and regardless of your budget, there's something for you at Sony. If cash is tight, we still wouldn't hesitate to pick up the NEX-C3. This may be last year's entry-level flavor, but it's a solid performer, and a fantastic value at under $400 with a lens (used). . . . read more

Steve Huff does a mega double review of the Sony NEX-6 and 5R, compares them to the E-M5 and X-E1, and throws in the new 35mm f/1.8 OSS and 10-18mm f/4.0 OSS lenses in the mix.

"Sony is having a huge 2012 and as we approach 2013 I have a feeling they will be very successful with their latest and greatest camera releases. The RX1 made “Camera of the Year” for me and I stand behind that one 100%. As for the NEX cameras, well, they are NEX’s! You know what to expect if you have ever shot with one and these are basically the same as the ones that came before with some refinements, enhancements and new lenses.

They are more mature but at the same time they throw in even more features which make them feel like mini . . . read more

Sony Nex 6 Review at Gizmodo: The best all around NEX to date, sits tightly between the best Olympus and Fujifilm cameras when it comes to still pictures and bests them on the video front.

"The NEX-6 elevates itself from the NEX-5R and the NEX-F3 by offering more refined physical controls. It has a mode dial on top, and two wheels for adjusting shutter speed and aperture. You don't have the "tri-navi" interface of the NEX-7, but after using both, we don't think you will miss the extra dial.

Sony has retained its crappy menus, but you should rarely need to use them, because the function button gives you . . . read more

Having a hard time choosing between the OLYMPUS E-PL5 and the SONY NEX-6? Just read what David Taylor Hughes has to say, he owns both of them:

"Though I love the look of the E-PL5 and it does take better looking pictures for my purposes, I have to say that in terms of use when I'm out shooting, I do prefer the NEX-6. It just works better for me. Recently there have been several days of bright sunshine, but very cold temperatures and the NEX-6 has proved much more comfortable to use. The Pen range as a whole is a stylish retro recreation that looks good and takes great pictures, with a superb lens range to go with it.

But the NEX-6 seems to me to be much more about what photographers find useful and comfortable (Well this . . . read more

DSLR-Check (Japan) runs the Nikon D800E, Fuji X-E1, Nikon D3200, Sony NEX-6, and Olympus E-M5 through ISO noise tests with interesting results.

Clearly the D800E outresolves all others, at any iso sattings, even base iso. However, the interesting thing is how close all the other entries are to each other. This test appear to be in no way scientific, so take it with a grain of noise salt. Click on the chart to see it in full resolution. Here's what Google pransklate has to say:

"The fact that even with only (it almost single-focus) lens angle of view of the standard, personally, but there can be no choice as X mount status quo, because the problem is almost the only lens lineup this happens, fast I just want you to . . . read more

Sony Nex 6 Review at PC Mag: Good, but not much better than the entry-level NEX-F3.

"The biggest flaw of the NEX-6 is its startup time—the camera requires 2.8 seconds to start and take a photo. The first thought when seeing this result was that it was due to the extra time that the power zoom lens takes to extend, but the boot-and-shoot results were similar when other lenses were mounted. The other NEX cameras that we've tested this year—the F3 and 5R—start and shoot in about 1.3 seconds. The camera does do well in shot-to-shot time, grabbing a . . . read more

Sony NEX 6 review at ExpertReviews: Except for a few minor niggles, this is very nearly the perfect compact system camera.

"Along with the sharp screen and viewfinder, up to 9.6x temporary magnification and a peaking mode that highlights high-contrast (and thus, sharply focused) parts of the image, this is as good as it gets for manual focusing with a compact system camera. We only wish that there was a hardware button for toggling between auto and manual focus. As with other CSCs, Sony NEX cameras don't include switches on their lenses, but whereas the NEX-7 has a physical manual focus switch on the back of the camera, the NEX-6 requires a trip to the menu." . . . read more

Ongoing Sony NEX-6 Review and user experience log at SoundImagePlus.

If you like images, a whole lot of images embedded in reviews, well, this is made for you. Clearly this guy loves photography, and his NEX6:

"I will do some ISO tests and comparisons for the NEX-6, but only when the sun stops shining. Yesterday I managed three (very cold) locations with my newly arrived Sigma 19mm f/2.8 and Voigtlander 90mm f/3.5 Apo Lanthar lenses. The Sigma is my second, and as is the way I bought a new one for less than I sold my old one for. The princely sum of £99. . . . read more

Sony NEX 6 review at Trusted Reviews: A pretty solid middle road in the NEX lineup.

"he Sony NEX-6 bridges the gap between the flagship NEX-7 and the more consumer-orientated NEX-5R, borrowing features from both models. From the NEX-7 it takes the bright and highly detailed electronic viewfinder, while from the NEX-5R it takes the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Coming in around £140 cheaper than the NEX-7 and yet sporting a similar feature set, the NEX-6 certainly represents good value for money. If, however, an EVF isn’t a ‘must-have’ feature for you then the NEX-5R probably represents a better investment. Image quality from the NEX-6 can be excellent at times, . . . read more

Sony Nex 6 Review at Camera Hoarders: Excellent shooter, with a quirky menu system and a not so speedy AF system.

"Battery is a classic NP-FW50 unit used in all NEX bodies and in many SLT cameras. It is good for around 300 shots what is an average for mirrorless cameras. Keep in mind, if you intent to use the new motorized E 16-50mm lens, it will last even less. 16-50 is very power-hungry and in my experience will suck the battery dry after around 200 shots.

The one thing I really hated about NEX-6 is USB charging. By itself, it is a good option but many users will probably have . . . read more

Sony NEX 6 goes the DXO Mark way, found to be using the same sensor as the NEX 5R/5N.

"The aim of the NEX-6 is to offer customers the performance of a DSLR in a compact system camera body. Compared to the NEX-5R below it, the NEX-6 provides an OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 2.359k dots and a useful built-in flash with a Guide Number of 6, to help when you need a little extra light. The viewfinder is the same as the one found on the NEX-7 model and it saves you having to rely on the LCD screen when taking pictures or reviewing what you’ve captured.  While the camera is provided with an external flash as well, having a built-in flash means you can leave the external flash at home . . . read more

Sony Nex-6 Video review by DigitalRev TV: We're both kiss ass and too harsh, and this is the way this review will be done in.

Is it just me, or do the Digital Rev TV reviews have a sort of Ken Rockwell aurism all over them, married to some rude attempts to being funny?  Anyway, here's the official title of the review:

"In this video, we take a look at Sony's latest NEX camera - the NEX 6 - and take a look at it from two extremes: in a nice way and a not so nice way." . . . read more

Sony NEX-6 Review at the Tech Radar: In many ways fantastic, but, as this is a Sony, we want more toys included.

"Sony has produced a very likable, capable camera that is complemented well by the new powerzoom lens. Its controls can be customised to suit the photographer, it has helpful technology borrowed from a smartphone and it delivers images of impressively high quality.

For many photographers that is more than enough, but some like us may look at the likes of the Panasonic G5 and ask . . . read more

Sony Nex-6 review at Ephotozine: A camera with downloadable apps.

"Images are free of noise at ISO 100 and there is very little at ISO 200 and 400. You can see a small amount at ISO 800 and more so at ISO 1600. ISO 3200 is where you can see a significant reduction in image quality with images becoming softer. There is a further loss of detail at ISO 6400 but image quality is still decent. At ISO 12800 some areas of the . . . read more

Sony Nex-6 VS Olympus E-M5 comparison at Ephotozine

"The Sony NEX-6 has built in Wi-Fi, as well as Sony PlayMemories apps, to allow additional features such as Picture Effects+, Bracket Pro, Multi-frame NR, Remote Control / Mobile App, Direct upload to Facebook / PlayMemories, Timelapse, Cinematic Photo (portion of the photo is animated), with additional apps likely to be available on the Sony PlayMemories website. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has some features that no other cameras have such as the LIVEBULB mode that shows you the photo developing on-screen when shooting in low-light." . . . read more

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