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Sony NEX-6L/B Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens and 3-Inch LED (Black)

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  • 16 MP APS-C sensor with up to 10 fps shooting and Full HD video
  • Fast Hybrid AF includes phase-detection for DSLR-like focus
  •  Bright XGA OLED viewfinder for 100% coverage
  • Wi-Fi® sharing and downloadable camera apps
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Style: With 16-50mm Lens
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 1.7 x 2.6 inches ; 12.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0096W1OKS
  • Item model number: NEX6L/B
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 11, 2012

Product Description

Style: With 16-50mm Lens

From the Manufacturer

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DSLR quality. Wi-Fi convenience.

Raise your photography to the next level with NEX-6, a remarkably compact
interchangeable-lens camera loaded with big camera features. From the
distinctive dials on top to the large APS-C image sensor inside, you’ll feel
that special sense of quality and performance that is a signature of DSLRs,
minus the bulk. Add ultra-fast phase-detection AF and Sony’s superb XGA OLED
electronic viewfinder in addition to Full HD video recording at 60p and you have
a camera well equipped to take you on a unique photographic journey.
NEX-6  
Small Camera + Big Sensor = Amazing Pictures. Share and Save Instantly. Full HD Movies.
With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C sensor size makes the difference between “snapshots” and “photographs.” This is the same HD sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized α DSLRs.
Wi-Fi® capability – a first for Alpha digital cameras – lets users transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile™ app. Wi-Fi allows for sharing, viewing and saving photos for expanded photo-shooting enjoyment.4
Capture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.

Technology
16.1 MP APS-C size HD sensor
The same sensor format Sony builds into full-sized α DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between “snapshots” & “photographs,” for a combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
Fast Hybrid AF
Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF combines two technologies for outstanding performance: Phase detection AF for quick response that is ideal when tracking fast-moving subjects and contrast-detection AF for added precision. A perfect match that delivers optimal Auto Focus for fast, precise focusing in any scene.
XGA Tru-Finder OLED
For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, the Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder is a gem. This eye-level, through-the-lens, viewfinder begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.
PlayMemories Camera Apps™
Supports PlayMemories Camera Apps™ service, the world’s first application download service that lets users install new camera functions as needed.4
Advanced Control Dial
Mode control dial and Quick Navi assure quick an intuitive operation comparable to DSLR cameras. Control dial, Fn (function) button combine to greatly facilitate operation and speed getting the shot.
New Multi-Interface Shoe
Unlike conventional cameras, the NEX-6 features a newly developed Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Handycam® system accessories, thus raising the potential for photo/movie shooting.

Product description and full feature list
The NEX-6 Digital Camera is equipped with the latest technology to bring you
incredible entertainment quality. Explore the full range of features and options below.
 

16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor
The same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized α DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C sensor size makes the difference between “snapshots” and “photographs,” delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.

Fast Hybrid AF
Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF combines two technologies for outstanding performance: Phase detection auto focus for quick response that is ideal when tracking fast-moving subjects and contrast-detection auto focus for added precision. A perfect match that delivers optimal Auto Focus for fast, precise focusing in any scene.

Full HD Movies at 60p/60i/24p
Capture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution.1 AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.

XGA Tru-Finder OLED
For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, the Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder is a gem. This eye-level, through-the-lens, viewfinder begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.

Wi-Fi® Sharing
Wi-Fi® capability – a first for Alpha-series – lets users transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile™ app. Wi-Fi capability allows for sharing, viewing and saving photos for expanded photo-shooting enjoyment. Photos can be easily transferred to smartphones and tablets, viewed on large screen TVs or saved to PC’s.4

PlayMemories Camera Apps™
Supports PlayMemories Camera Apps™ service, the world’s first application download service that lets users install new camera functions as needed.4

Advanced Control Dial
Mode control dial and Quick Navi assure quick an intuitive operation comparable to DSLR cameras Control dial, Fn (function) button and touch screen (including touch shutter function) combine to greatly facilitate operation and speed getting the shot.

Picture Effect mode
There are 7 types (11 variations) of picture effects to choose from: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color(R), Partial Color(G), Partial Color(B), Partial Color(Y), High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera. Each is unique and each give you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos pop.

6-image layering
The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images up to ISO 25600 to create a single image. This method is used to control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or to get cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.


Accepts Sony® E-mount lenses
Compatible with Sony’s wide selection of E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for α compact interchangeable lens cameras. Open up a world of endless creative options.

Photo Creativity Touch interface
The Photo Creativity touch interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without the complicated settings. Changes can be easily made using the control dial with results seen in real time on the LCD. Settings include; Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness and most Picture Effects.

Auto Portrait Framing
Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.

Clear Image Zoom
Utilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you’re using providing greater shooting flexibility.

Convenient USB charging
Easily recharge the camera via USB charging. Simply connect the bundled USB cable and recharge the battery without removing it from the camera, either via AC outlet or PC connection.

New Multi-Interface Shoe
Unlike conventional cameras, the NEX-6 features a newly developed Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Handycam® accessories, thus raising the potential for photo/movie shooting.


Auto HDR built into camera
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)

Sweep Panorama Technology
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (18mm focal length).

Fast Auto Focus
Some cameras in this class are slow to focus. That can make you miss the shot on fast-moving subjects like sports and unpredictable subjects like pets and babies. Sony’s fast Contrast Auto Focus system typically takes as little as 0.3 seconds and also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies.


Peaking AF display
The Peaking AF display makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focal plane can make or break your shot.

Manual Focus Assist
Greatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring, making it easy to get razor-sharp images. Works with E-mount lenses only.

Enhanced Tracking Focus
Tracking Focus continuously tracks a user-designated subject and is now more effective at tracking people. If the subject turns away from the camera, face-detection tracking automatically switches to subject tracking and continues tracking.

Face Detection technology
The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.

Smile Shutter technology
Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter™ mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity.

Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)
Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.

Six Creative Style settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.

PhotoTV HD compatibility
Optimizes compatible BRAVIA® televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures.3

Dual Format Media Card Slot
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ and SD/SDHC media (Class 4 or higher recommended), (Memory card is required, all are sold separately).

Anti-Dust Technology
Dust on the image sensor leads to blemishes in the picture. To protect the sensor, Sony incorporates an advanced ultrasonic system, which effectively shakes dust off the sensor surface.



1. Records in up to 29 minutes segments.

2. Attaching Sony A-mount lens requires LA-EA1 (note: Autofocus available with SSM and SAM series lenses when using LA-EA1) or LA-EA2 adaptors (sold separately).

3. Requires compatible BRAVIA® HDTV and HDMI® cable sold separately.

4. Requires an active 802.11 Wi-Fi network (802.11n recommended) or PlayMemories Mobile™ app installed on compatible Android™ or iOS device.
    PlayMemories camera apps require download with existing Sony Entertainment Network account. Download available in all countries/areas
    where Sony Entertainment Network is available.



© 2012 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony is not responsible for typographical and photographic errors. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Sony, BIONZ, BRAVIA, Exmor, InfoLITHIUM, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, PlayMemories Home, Smile Shutter, Stamina, Theatre Sync, Sweep Panorama, and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. AVCHD is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac OS and iMovie are trademarks of Apple Computers, Inc. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

 

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BC-VW1

NP-FM500H

InfoLITHIUM® M Series Rechargeable Battery
8.4V typ. 11.8Wh (1650mAh)

BC-VW10

NP-FW50

Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
7.2V typ. 8.5Wh (1180 mAh)

NP-FM500H NP-FW50
SLT-A99 included
SLT-A77 included
SLT-A65 included
SLT-A57 included
SLT-A37 included
NP-FM500H NP-FW50
NEX-7 included
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NEX-F3   included

Product Description

Who says you can't have it all? The NEX-6 features a wish list of features and still fits in your pocket. And it's fast, too. Make quick changes with a handy DSLR-like dial. Focus and track fast-moving subjects with the speed and accuracy of phase and contrast detection. It even shoots 16.1MP photos at a blistering up to 10fps. It's the end of compromise as we know it. Use this comparison chart to compare all Sony Alpha Mirrorless cameras.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

A big step up from a smartphone or a…There's a lot to learn for creative photography here, but the automatic out-of-the-box pictures are terrific, even in low light. Read more ›
You can take it everywhere. The detail in the pictures is great. The feel of the body is solid. Read more ›
Its main compelling feature is its portability. Image quality is decent, but no match for my EOS 6D. I shoot a lot of action sports (surfing, skateboarding) and the NEX is… Read more ›
Its a good package in your budget with smart features. The auto mode results are excellent for them who do not familiar with manual settings. Than slowly switch to manual… Read more ›
Many "default" settings for a non-pro photographer. Quality is stunning. Lightweight enough to carry wherever. Read more ›
A professional $10K SLR may perform better but remember this is a consumer level mirrorless and needs to be compared…The pictures are amazing - especially the night shots. Read more ›
But all in all I would say this camera is a great starting point for those who want a very powerful camera,…Even the standard lens is great for most normal types of usage. Read more ›
Nice size and heft. Lens is very compact for its range. Button layout is good. Read more ›
I love the Sony nex-6. I think the kit lens is good; the pictures are pretty sharp for a kit lens. The camera has many features which I haven't tried yet but the few I did… Read more ›
Finally, though some professional photographers are critical of Sony's lens options, I think the E-mount lens selection is outstanding for my needs. Read more ›
I had not realized until the store how small the camera is even compared to the Fuji. The lense collapsing is a huge plus. It has also been very easy to use and from the… Read more ›
Like I said, everything is…I'm still experimenting with exposure combinations but there is a way to use the lens that works well for me under many lighting conditions. I… Read more ›
Pictures are crisp, easy to handle and use. Flash, zoom, auto-detect mode etc. work well. Not that it is a groundbreaking camera; but it certainly meets my expectations. Read more ›
The automatic settings are good enough for me most of the time. I typical set the camera mode to either A for aperture priority or to green for fully automatic and the lens… Read more ›
Sony has a very great feature as HDR painting mode it just great it…This mode especially works well for landscape, stationary objects in interesting lightning conditions. Read more ›
The first thing I noticed after turning it on and navigating through some menus was how easy to understand the menu system and options are. The screen shows you information… Read more ›
I was between NEX 7 and NEX 6. And definitely I go with the NEX 6 it is much more newer, the wifi function is fantastic. Also the camera makes a great work in night… Read more ›
This is a great camera for people like me. The auto modes are great, and now I'm learning how to properly use the other modes to get even better results. Read more ›
The camera is not very simple to use , and have a very slow response time before taking shots and after it while processing. Read more ›
Takes DSLR quality pics, great for everyone. Lots of features and easy to use. The wi-fi is an awesome feature, you can transfer photos from the camera to your phone… Read more ›
I'm a novice,bit I'm really enjoying my camera,it's a great point and shoot,it's compact and easy to use! I also bought the 55-200mm lens and I'm taking some great pics! Read more ›
I will never regret buying this for my Seaworld trip at the last minute. It was easy to use and loved how all my photos came out. Read more ›
*button layout: first let me say that it is nearly perfect, almost all buttons and dials are smooth, tactile, and…The layout is fairly logical and easy to get used to. T… Read more ›
It's a great camera, easy to use, excellent image. Read more ›
I used to own a Canon Rebel DSLR but never got much use out of it since it was too bulky. The size is great, the shape is industrial and very cool. The black and white… Read more ›
I was ready to step up from point-and-shoot digital cameras, but not able to handle the heavy DSLRs. I'm a small woman and the NEX-6's size is perfect for me. Love the grip. Read more ›
Pros; - Size (it is amazingly compact for the performance. With the pancake lens, it's a coat-pocket camera.) Read more ›
Anyway, the Sony NEX 6 is a very nice camera compared to…The size is great - a nice, solid grip on it to keep a hold of (as compared to the X100 which was tough to handle). Read more ›
Instead of a harsh flash hitting the subject and getting the dreaded P&S type image, you can pull back the flash with your index finger,…- Smaller file size works out well. Read more ›
Needed an upgraded camera for a last minute trip to Europe and…AMAZING picture quality, excellent features, great size and weight, good battery life, and reliable [so far]. Read more ›
Even the low light shot in Auto (took one of the clouds and trees at 9pm) captures light very well! Autofocus is quick and tracks very fast. Don't understand all the fuss… Read more ›
It is compact with the power zoom among all APS-C sized sensor cameras. Focus is very fast. Many manual controls. Read more ›
I end up carrying this along with my a77 and a99 sometimes just to shoot with old…Focus peeking is a beautiful feature that other bodies just have not been able to match. Read more ›
I had the NEX-5, and the hybrid auto focus is much faster even in lower light conditions. The kit lens is very compact, but my favorite lens is the 24 mm. Read more ›
7) Focus peaking is great. If you're like me, and have poor eyesight, you've probably tried to stay away from manual focusing. Read more ›
I have the promising 35mm f/1.8 on order and I'm currently…Manual focusing is easy with focus peaking and magnification, although it requires several seconds to achieve. Read more ›
Zero complaints, whether at night, indoors, or elsewhere. Many nice features for picture taking... The hd video capability is nice as well. The panorama sweep worked great… Read more ›
I'm able to access all my favorite settings with just one press. Video capabilities are outstanding. I like to playback on my PS3 which works very nicely with the NEX cameras. Read more ›
Video quality is superb, another critical parent-cam feature ("Come over to my house and let me show you 600 hours of unedited footage of my cute daughter!"). Read more ›
But then I started playing with the Nex and adjusting the settings and the iPhone became a toy in comparison. The images and videos are just beautiful. And that's with the… Read more ›
So far, I love this camera. Perfect size, great picture and video quality. Power zoom is a little noisy, especially using the secondary ring. Read more ›
Great camera - but be warned, not good for video. Just used it on a trip to Europe, excellent pictures using the "superior auto" mode but my wife's iPhone takes better… Read more ›
The Viewfinder was the selling point for me, because I am taking it on vacation, and LCD screens are useless…The viewfinder is the best quality viewfinder I've ever used. Read more ›
It is excellent for street photography and still…The electronic viewfinder is unbelievably clear and a savior for times when it is too bright to see the rear display. I… Read more ›
The build quality is top notch, made up of metal, and only plastic in the battery area. The viewfinder is an excellent viewfinder, and although electric is clear and sharp. T… Read more ›
Likewise, focus…But again, the viewfinder is so good that I don't feel the need to have either histogram or focus peaking turned on, but they are there and they work. Read more ›
These were all picked up in the NEX-6, which I now own and love. The built-in viewfinder is a huge improvement over the OLED attachment required for the 5N. Also, the… Read more ›
It is small and low profile,…2. EVF with Focus Peaking - The electronic view finder is amazing in my opinion, and also has a feature I didn't know about called "peaking". Read more ›
The Sony NEX-6 is really a great little camera for those who care about larger…The NEX-6 has excellent image quality and the kit zoom lens is pretty nice for its size. D… Read more ›
- A reasonable-sized grip that makes it easy to hold on to despite its small size. - The included zoom lens is very compact for the amount of coverage it provides. - Fast,… Read more ›
* Optional mobile device remote control with remote image preview…* 16mm (24mm equivalent) wide angle end of zoom is really useful for getting everything you want in frame Read more ›
The included 16-50mm power zoom lens is decent enough for general walkaround photography, far better than your average point and shoot, but using the zoom feature takes… Read more ›
Some people criticize digital zoom since it is only in-camera…After many test shots, I found the new 16-50 power zoom lens is sharper than the old Sony 18-55 zoom. Sony… Read more ›
It's also a bit slower to zoom. On the plus side, zooming is smoother during movie shooting. Also the new lens seems to provide a bit more shake control than the old kit… Read more ›
The tilting screen is very useful, as is the wheel to control either aperture or shutter speed. The Nex 7 has an additional dial that might be more convenient to some,… Read more ›
The NEX 6 being wireless makes it easy to upload…The camera otherwise is excellent, save that they have done away with a touch screen which was useful to touch n focus. Read more ›
Nicely laid out. Screen is great and tilts (but does not tip down without a little "tug" unless you tilt up first). Lens is very compact for its range. Read more ›
The eyepiece does come off easily and I lost it very quickly. The swivel screen has been very useful, but will only help with landscape oriented photos. The dial on top… Read more ›
The frame rate is very good. The tilt screen is very good. The silent shutter is not so fast.-- biggest thing against it. Read more ›
VIEWFINDER- VIEWFINDER- VIEWFINDER!!! LCD is good but you can't read it in bright sun, tilting helps but not that much. Bright, decent resolution, less "oily" look than… Read more ›
Obviously, the aps-c sensor is the selling point. The price was terrific as the newer model, the alpha 6000 was recently released. I found the camera to be difficult to use. Read more ›
My gf likes it very much and it is in a great price Read more ›
That said, the image quality with the included Sony lens and the 50-210 Sony e-mount zoom I purchased are exceptional for their price class. I spent one evening playing… Read more ›
The 18-55mm zoom lens that comes in the kit is okay for starting out, but I quickly found myself wanting a…Luckily I was able to snag the 55-210mm lens for a good price. Read more ›
No big deal though - just buy the Wasabi Power Pack that is also sold at Amazon and you'll have two spare batteries and a charger, which…All for a very reasonable price. Read more ›
It is a nice camera, I enjoyed it. It automatically adjusts everything, and the light exposure is incredible. But note that the charger is not included, you have to charge… Read more ›
The only shots I've gotten that were "bad" so far from this camera have been badly composed shots or shots where the camera had…Exposures themselves have been "spot on." Read more ›
Accepts standard SD/SDHC/SDXC memory or Sony Memory Sticks. Exposures are spot on. On camera flash is mounted high for red eye control and can be used as a bounce flash. Read more ›
This is a compact, fast operating, versatile camera with a great EVF and LCD, good exposure and autofocus systems, and a built-in flash you can bounce, and it takes clear… Read more ›
Lots of useful features, such as Auto HDR, focus…Full HD video recording at 1080/60p with full exposure control and continuous AF , fast continuous shooting performance. Read more ›
No, those old lenses won't autofocus, and no, they're not image stabilized. But set to P (program), the NEX-6 picks a perfect exposure for whatever the aperture of your lens. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

303 of 319 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sandman on November 10, 2012
Style Name: With 16-50mm Lens
In 1973 I bought a Rollei 35 - a 35mm camera with a collapsible 40 mm f/3.5 lens. It cost $200, equal to about $1,000 today. It was fully manual - no auto- anything. There was an optical viewfinder but no rangefinder. It took great pictures and fit in a coat pocket. Now we have the Sony NEX-6, only marginally larger than the Rollei, effectively for the same price when you adjust for inflation.

Even though I have a Canon 5D Mark II, a wonderful DSLR, its size and weight are a big deterrent to taking it with me routinely. So I wanted a camera designed in the spirit of the Rollei 35 - to fit in a coat pocket, have a sensor big enough to make 11 x 14 enlargements, have a zoom lens with a 24mm field of view, and a have a built-in viewfinder, not an add-on, and not just an LCD. Until now (11/2012) the options were the Sony NEX-7, upcoming Fuji X-E1 and the larger Olympus OM-D, all at $1300 or more.

I have now taken about 500 shots and the NEX-6 is close to perfect for my purposes - a digital reincarnation of the Rollei 35. But it won't be right for everyone.

The heart of the NEX-6 is an APS-C size sensor, the size in the vast majority of DSLRs. It's 1.5 times the size of a the "4/3rds" sensor found in similar Olympus and Panasonic cameras and 3 times the size of the sensor in Nikon 1 cameras. As a result, the image quality is excellent up to ISO 1600 and not bad up to ISO 6400. A new Sony kit lens gives a field of view equal to 24-75mm on a 35mm camera. The lens focuses quickly and collapses to a small size, so the camera fits in a coat pocket or the corner of a backpack. There are some complaints on Internet forums about the lens vignetting and about distortion at the wide end.
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490 of 520 people found the following review helpful By Uncle J on June 7, 2013
Style Name: With 16-50mm Lens Verified Purchase
Before I begin, let it be known that I come from the DSLR world, I'm what most people would consider a "pro-consumer" or serious enthusiast, I've owned many pro-grade cameras, my last one was the Canon 5Dmk3, which cleaned out my bank account along with some L lenses, I love the 5Dmk3, and I know that no cropped-frame camera can (yet) come close to it, so I'm not here to compare the NEX-6 to a pro-grade body. Why the NEX-6? or any mirror-less compact {powerful} camera?: After having a baby last year I could not carry my 5D/lenses around with a diaper bag, formula, bottle warmer, stroller, and all the crap my wife makes me carry. So I went to the mirror-less line a little over a ago when the NEX-7 came out, I've had the NEX7 for about a year now, but I've never been fully satisfied with it, it is great, but not all that great. I sold it a week ago after listing it on Amazon (I didn't think it would sell so fast!) And so with the earnings/lost money from the NEX7, I wanted to try this NEX-6, the new features of it and see if the NEX line is still for me, or if I should jump ship, sell the rest of my NEX lenses and go micro 4/3 (MFT) with the Olympus OM-D EM5 (which is the camera that most people consider NEX-6's top competitor). So here we go...

I've had the NEX-6 for about 10 days now and I've been testing the OM-D for about 4 days now, so I feel pretty confident and ready to give my review:

What I really like about the NEX-6:

+ Great ISO (low light) performance. Better than the NEX7, and slightly better than the OM-D (this is due to a larger APS-C sensor than OM-D's Micro 4/3, and compared to the NEX-7, the NEX-6 has a lower MP count on this sensor, the NEX7 has more resolution, but images have considerably more noise at 1600 ISO and above).
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277 of 302 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2012
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Bottom line, the NEX 6 is a well designed camera that's easy to use and takes good quality photos. The finish and balance of the camera are excellent and - for the most part - it's a joy to use.

This is Sony's 8th NEX camera in just over two years. You can't say that they aren't serious about the camera line. The NEX 6 is an enthusiast's camera. It's for photographers who are looking for more manual controls than are available in the NEX 3 or 5 models. It has a similar 16 MP sensor to the others and the same very good image quality. You aren't gaining better picture quality in getting the 6 vs one of the NEX 3 or 5 models. So if you are moving up from a phone camera or a point and shoot, you might find one of the other models closer to what you are used to than the NEX 6.

On the other hand, if you are looking at the NEX 6 as second camera, or even as a replacement for a bigger one, the 6 is much more portable than a DSLR the extra dials and buttons on the NEX 6 will speed up camera mode and exposure changes. So, on to the specifics

The first yes is the inclusion of an electronic viewfinder (EVF), similar to the one in the NEX 7. That's a great inclusion and makes the 6 more versatile. It's seems similar to the NEX 7 EVF and the same pixel dimension. The EVF is sharp and clear. It works well on this size camera.

The second yes is the addition of a flash shoe, a real one that accepts all sorts of manual flashes. It's a change from the old reversed Minolta/Sony flash shoe, so if you have old Sony flashes you will need an adaptor. The newest Sony flashes are built the new flash shoe. The camera also has a built in flash, instead of the screw on model on my old NEX 5n.
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