|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.|
16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensorThe 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 makes the difference between “snapshots” and “photographs,” delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
Fast Hybrid AFSony’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™ OLEDThere’s never been anything quite like the Tru-Finder™ OLED electronic viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness even after sunset, this is a gem. This eye-level, through-the-lens, viewfinder begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.
Wi-Fi® SharingWi-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.12
Advanced Control DialMode control dial and Quick Navi assure quick and 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.
PlayMemories Camera AppsSupports PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world’s first application download service that lets users install new camera functions as needed.11
New Multi-Interface ShoeUnlike 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.
Built-in GN6 Pop-up Flash2A built-in Guide Number 6 flash is located on top of the camera.2 It is ideal for shooting in dimly lit settings and can be used as a fill flash when shooting in bright sunshine or to produce catch lights in portraits. The flash combines with ultra-high ISO 2500 and a large APS-C HD CMOS sensor for stunningly beautiful low-light photos.
Picture Effect modeThere are 11 picture effects modes to choose from: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), Soft High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal, Cool, Warm, Green, Magenta), Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, and Miniature. Each is unique and each gives you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos pop.
Photo Creativity interfaceThe Photo Creativity 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 FramingSimply 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 ZoomUtilizing 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 chargingEasily 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.
Full HD Movies1 at 60p/60i/24pCapture 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.
Auto HDR built into cameraHigh 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. Until recently, you needed a computer and editing software. Sony builds HDR in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)
6-image layeringThe 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.
Sweep Panorama™ TechnologyCapture 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 (16mm focal length).
Anti Motion Blur modeCorrects for subject movement to capture amazingly clean and sharp images in low light. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image that minimizes subject blur.
Intelligent Auto FocusPre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum.
Peaking AF displayThe 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.
|Lens Compatibility||Sony E-mount lenses|
|Camera Type||Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash|
|Lens Mount Type||Sony E-mount|
|Imaging Sensor||Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)|
|Anti Dust||Charge protection coating on Optical Filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism|
|Pixel Gross||Approx. 16.7 megapixels|
|Effective Picture Resolution||Approx. 16.1 megapixels|
|Focal Length Conversion Factor||1.5x|
|Color Filter System||RGB primary color filters|
|Media Type||Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card|
|Color Space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Still Image Mode||JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG|
|Still Image Size 16:9||L: 4912 x 2760 (14M), M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M), S: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)|
|Still Image Size 3:2||L: 4912 x 3264 (16M),M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M),S: 2448 x 1624 (4M)|
|Panorama Still Image Size||
Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M),
Vertical : 5,536 x 2,160 (12M),
Horizontal Std: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M),
Vertical Std: 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
|Video Format||AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive), AVCHD, MP4|
PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30fps@12Mbps
VGA - 640 x 480/ 30fps@3Mbps
|Audio Format||Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch|
|Microphone/Speaker||Built-in stereo microphones / Built-in, monaural speaker (volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7)|
|Still Image File Format||JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)|
|Lens Mount Type||Sony E-mount lenses|
|Digital Zoom||Approx. 4x (still images and movie) Smart Zoom (M: approx. 1.4x, S:approx. 2x)|
|Smart Zoom® Technology||M: approx. 1.4x, S:approx. 2x|
|Type||1.3 cm (0.5 type) Electronic viewfinder. 2,359,296 dots. Approx. 23mm from the eyepiece, 21mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1(diopter). Display: Basic info, levels, histogram. Brightness control: Auto, Manual (3 steps between -1 and 1)|
|Diopter Adjustment||-4m-1to +1.0m-1(diopter)|
|Field of View||100% coverage|
|LCD Type||3.0" (7.5cm) wide type TFT (921,600 dots)|
|Angle Adjustment||Up: Approx. 90 degrees, Down: Approx. 45 degrees|
|Brightness Control||Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode|
|Real-time image adjustment display||On/Off|
|Peaking||Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)|
|Customization||Graphic display/Display all info/Big font size display/No display info/Levels/Histogram/Viewfinder|
|Focus System||Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF) with "Exmor" APS HD CMOS sensor|
|Focus Points||99 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)|
|AF Modes||AF-S: Single-shot AF, AF-C: Continuous AF|
|Focus Area||Multi Point (99 points(phase-detection AF), 25 points(contrast-AF)), Center-weighted, Flexible Spot|
|Focus Sensitivity||0 EV to +20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens attached)|
|Manual Focus Assist||Yes MF assist (4.8x, 9.6x)|
|Focus Features||Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-Start AF (with LA-EA2(Sold separately)|
|AF Illuminator||Built-in, LED type (with a range of approx. 0.3-3.0m (with E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached))|
|Picture Effect(s)||11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature|
|Auto Exposure Lock||AE is locked when the shutter button is half pressed (ON/OFF is available in MENU)|
|Creative Style||Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))|
|Exposure Bracketing||With 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, 3EV increments, 3 frames|
|Exposure Compensation||Still images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps), Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)|
|Exposure Settings||iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection|
Still images: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-25600)
Movies: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-6400)
|Metering||1200-zone evaluative metering|
|Metering Modes||Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Metering Sensitivity||0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens)|
|Noise Reduction||Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)|
|Scene Mode(s)||Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur|
|White Balance Mode||Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem (2500 to 9900K), C.Filter (G7 to M7,A7 to B7), Custom|
When used with SD (UHS-I compliant) memory card
Continuous shooting Hi: Extra FINE 15, FINE 24, STD 29, RAW 15, RAW+JPEG 12
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (8 fps): Extra FINE 20, FINE 28, STD 31, RAW 19, RAW+JPEG 18
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (10 fps): Extra FINE 20, FINE 26, STD 28
When used with Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Continuous shooting Hi: Extra FINE 14, FINE 18, STD 20, RAW 13, RAW+JPEG 11
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (8 fps): Extra FINE 17, FINE 20, STD 24, RAW 17, RAW+JPEG 16
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE (10 fps): Extra FINE 18, FINE 22, STD 24
|Continuous Shooting Speed||
Continuous mode: max. 3 fps
Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: max. 10 fps
|Drive Mode||Single-shot, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2s delay selectable), Self-timer (10/2s delay 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing, Remote Cdr|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/160 s|
|Self-timer||2s or 10s delay (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)|
Still images: 1/4000 to 30s (Bulb).
Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter)
|Shutter Type||Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type|
|Flash Compensation||+/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)|
|Flash Coverage||FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)|
|Flash Modes||Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Rear Sync., Flash Off, Wireless (with external flash sold seperately)|
|Flash Type||Built-in flash. Sony α System Flash (Compatible with Multi Interface Shoe and Auto-lock accessory shoe with the adaptor(ADP-MAA(Sold separately)))|
|Guide Number||6 (in meters at ISO 100 equivalent)|
|Recycling Time||Approx. 4 sec.|
|Still Image Playback Options||Single, 6/12-frame index view, Enlarged display mode, Panorama (Standard), Panorama (Wide): 34x), Auto Review, Image orientation, Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection, Delete, Protect|
|Video Playback Options||Forward/Rewind|
|Face Detection||On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off, Face Selection (maximum 8 detectables)|
|Smile Shutter™ technology||Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)|
|Tracking Focus||Yes (object tracking)|
|Advanced User Interface||Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu|
|Anti Motion Blur||6-image layering|
|Auto High Dynamic Range||Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)|
|Sweep Panorama||Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard)|
|Accessory Shoe||Yes (with the adaptor ADP-MAA(Sold separately)). Multi Interface Shoe.|
|BRAVIA® Sync™||Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV|
|HD Output||HDMI® (TypeC mini), BRAVIA Sync, Photo TV HD|
|Memory Card Slot||Dual slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card|
|USB Port(s)||USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)|
|Dimensions (Approx.)||Approx. 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 1 1/16" (119.9 x 66.9 x 42.6mm) (WxHxD)|
|Weight (Approx.)||Approx. 10.1 oz (287g) (excl battery & media) Approx. 12.2 oz (345g) (w/battery & media)|
|Battery Type||InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)|
|Number of Still Images||Approx. 270 images (Viewfinder), Approx. 360 images(LCD screen) (CIPA standard)|
|Power Consumption (in Operation)||Still images:approx. 2.5W(w/ E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies:approx.3.9W(w/ E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached))|
|Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation)||Still images: approx. 3.3W(with E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies: approx.4.1W(with E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached))|
|Operating System Compatibility||Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (v10.3-10.8)|
|AF micro adjustment||Yes, with LA-EA2 (sold separately)|
|Multi Interface Shoe||Yes|
|Lens compensation||Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion|
|Shop Front Mode||Yes|
|Electronic Front Curtain Shutter||Yes (On/Off)|
|PlayMemories Camera Apps||Yes|
|Send to Computer||Yes|
|View on Smartphone||Yes|
|View on TV||Yes|
The good A fine shooting design, great photo and good video quality, and excellent performance number among the Sony Alpha NEX-6's strengths.
The bad The camera lacks the option to save groups of custom settings, a real irritation, and we wish it had a neutral color preset. Plus Sony's wireless implementation is awkward, and the app system is annoying.
The bottom line The Sony Alpha NEX-6 delivers a great package of image quality, performance, and design.