Sony NEX 6 Detailed Review

Sony NEX 6

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In additional NEX 6 was introduced by Sony in September 2012. It belongs to the Mirrorless Cameras category.

Sony is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Sony.

Sensor Properties

Also NEX 6 has a APS-C CMOS sensor with size of 24 x 16 mm² (0.93" x 0.61").

Picture of NEX 6's sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: NEX 6 comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

Note: APS-C sensors made by Sony are slightly larger than those from other manufacturers.

The NEX 6's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 16 megapixel. That's roughly average and will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 or A2 size.

The Sony supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Sony's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The NEX 6 does not have a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning. Dust that collects on the sensor has to be removed with a blower or brush.

Sensor area23.50 x 15.60mm²
(0.93" x 0.61")
Resolution (physical)16.50 megapixel
Resolution (effective)16.10 megapixel
Pixel size21.60 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 10 frames/second
Interchangeable lens
MountSony E Mount
Viewfinder Properties

The NEX 6 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.73x, an excellent value for an electronic viewfinder.

Resolution2.36 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The NEX 6's shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed1/4000s
Min. shutter speed30s
Sensitivity Properties

The NEX 6's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 25600 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity25600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The NEX 6 supports all general exposure modes.

The Sony allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The NEX 6's auto focus processor uses 99 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when panning the camera).

Manual focus is also possible with the Sony, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

AF points99
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The NEX 6 has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 6m (20 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

(20 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
NEX 6 display

The NEX 6 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That's about average.

The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The NEX 6 does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution0.92 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

NEX 6 video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Sony NEX 6 Video parameters:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
60 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The NEX 6 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Eventually, if the wifi connection is disabled the wired connection may be used.

Typical for Sony, the camera supports device specific apps that can enhance the functionality of the camera and that can be downloaded from the internet..

Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Sony supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards. Sony MemorySticks can be used, too.

Memory cards characteristics:

Memory cardsSD
Micro SD
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro

The Sony NEX 6 has a NP-FW50 LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 360 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The NEX 6's battery battery parameters:

TypeNP-FW50 LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life360 photos

The Sony NEX 6's size is 120 x 66.9 x 43.1mm³. (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7"). That dimensions are without lens. The weight of camera is 4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7" grams (344 oz.) without lens weight.

Here is front and top view of the NEX 6:

Sony NEX 6 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Sony NEX 6 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The NEX 6 is not much bigger:

Sony NEX 6 size comparison

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