Alpha NEX-6 Camera Body

Alpha NEX-6 Camera Body

Alpha NEX-6 Camera Body
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. Alpha NEX-6 Camera Body

Features

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 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 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

There’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® 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.12

Advanced Control Dial

Mode 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.
Alpha NEX-6 Camera Body

PlayMemories Camera Apps

Supports PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world’s first application download service that lets users install new camera functions as needed.11

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.

Built-in GN6 Pop-up Flash2

A 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 mode

There 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 interface

The 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 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.

Full HD Movies1 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.

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. 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 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.

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 (16mm focal length).

Anti Motion Blur mode

Corrects 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 Focus

Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum.

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.

Specifications

Camera
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
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
Recording
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
Video Mode AVCHD:
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
MP4:
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)
Optics/Lens
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
Viewfinder
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 Display
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 Control
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))
Exposure System
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
ISO 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
Drive System
Burst Buffer 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)
Shutter Speeds 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
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.
Convenience Features
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
Advanced Features
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)
Shooting Tips Yes
Sweep Panorama Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard)
Interface
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
PhotoTV HD Yes
USB Port(s) USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Weights and Measurements
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)
Power
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))
Software
Operating System Compatibility Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (v10.3-10.8)
Auto Portrait Framing
Still images Yes
Focus system
AF micro adjustment Yes, with LA-EA2 (sold separately)
Interface
Multi Interface Shoe Yes
Lens compensation
Lens compensation Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Other Features
Help guide Yes
Other Features
Area Setting Yes
Clock Function,Setting Yes
Eye-Fi ready Yes
Shop Front Mode Yes
Shutter
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Yes (On/Off)
Wi-Fi
PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Send to Computer Yes
View on Smartphone Yes
View on TV Yes

What's in the Box

  • NP-FW50 rechargeable battery
  • AC-UB10 AC adaptor
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • Eyepiece cup
  • Micro USB cable
  • CD-ROM

CNET Editors' Rating
4 out of 5 stars.

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.

The overall rating is 8.2 out of 10.
  • Design rating is 9.0 out of 10.
  • Features rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Performance rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Image quality rating is 8.0 out of 10.