Sony NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6 front

Sony NEX-6 summary

Sony NEX-6 is Sony's Advanced Mirrorless digital camera first revealed on March of 2013. It includes a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 4912 x 3264.

Sony brought out the more recent Sony A6000 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this model.

The NEX-6 places at #42 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and over-all #238 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try out our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Sony NEX-6 history

The Sony NEX-6 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can take a look at all previous and brand new models along with key features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-Alpha-a6500 front thumbnailSony A6500
NEX-6 vs A6500
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2016
Sony-Alpha-a6300 front thumbnailSony A6300
NEX-6 vs A6300
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2016
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Sony-Alpha-a6000 front thumbnailSony A6000
NEX-6 vs A6000
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-NEX-5T front thumbnailSony NEX-5T
NEX-6 vs NEX-5T
16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2013
Sony-Alpha-NEX-6 front thumbnailSony NEX-616MPAPS-C10.0 fps2013
Sony-Alpha-NEX-3N front thumbnailSony NEX-3N
NEX-6 vs NEX-3N
16MPAPS-C4.0 fps2013
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Sony-Alpha-NEX-5R front thumbnailSony NEX-5R
NEX-6 vs NEX-5R
16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2012

Sony NEX-6 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Sony NEX-6 based on features that are usually considered crucial in a digital camera.

flash built-in
high resolution screen (921 k dot)
includes HDMI port
lighter than competitors (345 grams)
manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
screen size is good (3 inch)
screen tilts up and down
sensor has phase detect auto focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports face detection focus
supports RAW formats
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
very good high ISO (25,600)
very good minimum ISO (100)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone port
doesn't have headphone port
does not have image stabilization
screen is not selfie friendly
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Sony NEX-6 Sensor information

The Sony NEX-6 is powered by the Bionz processor chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Sony NEX-6 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4912 x 3264 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and features a standard ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW photos are supported so the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The image below illustrates the NEX-6's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The NEX-6 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony NEX-6 dimensions

Sony NEX-6 weighs in at 0.76 lbs (345g or 12.17 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 120mm x 67mm x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7"). The weight of typical Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454g so the Sony NEX-6 is less heavy as compared to various competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Sony NEX-6 next to a soft drink to help you have a sense of its size.

Sony Alpha NEX-6 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the NEX-6.

Sony Alpha NEX-6 topview buttons dials

Sony NEX-6 Lens information

The NEX-6 uses the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses on the market today. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the NEX-6.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-T-S-24mm-f3.5-ED-AS-UMC-Sony-E-NEX lensSamyang T-S 24mm f3.5 ED AS UMC24mmf/3.5 680g
Sony-FE-35mm-F1.4-GM lensSony FE 35mm F1.4 GM35mmf/1.4 524g
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Sony-FE-70-200mm-F4-G-OSS lensSony FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS70-200mmf/4.0 840g
Sony-E-10-18mm-F4-OSS lensSony E 10-18mm F4 OSS10-18mmf/4.0 225g
Samyang-AF-50mm-F1.4-FE lensSamyang 50mm F1.4 FE50mmf/1.4 585g
Samyang-20mm-F1.8-ED-AS-UMC-Sony-E lensSamyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC20mmf/1.8497g
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Venus-Laowa-24mm-F14-2x-Macro-Probe-Sony-E lensVenus Laowa 24mm F14 2x Macro Probe24mmf/14474g
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Sony NEX-6 Connectivity

The NEX-6 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy files and oftentimes adjust settings without connecting straight with the camera.

A few apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Sony NEX-6 Video information

The max video resolution in the Sony NEX-6 is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance between video quality and file size but 1080p isn't going to give you much room to downsample. The body does not have a mic and headphone port so you have got absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to get a different camera in case you require better sound in your videos.

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Sony NEX-6 Weather Sealing

Sony NEX-6 does not have environment sealing so damp conditions may ruin the camera.

Sony NEX-6 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony NEX-6 includes a 3" tilting display having a resolution of 921k dots.

Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder details regarding Sony NEX-6 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,359k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.73x

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders can be particularly helpful.

Sony NEX-6 Shutter information

Sony NEX-6 has the ability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Sony NEX-6 Flash and Hot shoe information

Sony NEX-6 boasts both built in flash and external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.

Sony NEX-6 Autofocusing information

Sony NEX-6 boasts both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and accurate as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detection which is handy for portrait photography.

The Sensor includes 99 focus points to pick from. Sony NEX-6 features manual focusing when needed during low light scenarios or you require more exact control on focusing.

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Sony NEX-6 Battery life

The battery pack (NPFW50) on the Sony NEX-6 is made to last for 360 pictures as per the CIPA measurements making it comparable with its competitors. The usual Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 comes with the maximum (810) battery life within this type of cameras.

Here is a list of Advanced Mirrorless cameras having the highest battery life:

Sony NEX-6 for various styles of photography

The following bar chart indicates a rundown of the Sony NEX-6 for various styles of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Sony NEX-6 Portrait photography features

The Sony NEX-6 has a score of 74 which is above average, meaning that it is a good choice to use for portraits. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support together with the flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports face detect focusing
exports RAW files

Sony NEX-6 Street photography features

With a superb points total of 78, the Sony NEX-6 is a awesome option to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lighter than competition in class (345 grams)
very good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization

Sony NEX-6 as a Sports photography camera

A nice sports photography score of 66 means the Sony NEX-6 is a good pick for shooting sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with phase detect AF
no image stabilization

Sony NEX-6 as a Travel photography camera

Size is pretty critical when getting a travel camera. All things considered, the Sony NEX-6 gets a very good 75 as a travelling camera which is a very decent option to take with you on your journeys.

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lighter than competition in class (345g)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
display isn't selfie friendly

Sony NEX-6 Landscape photography advice

For anyone who is planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Sony NEX-6 and it's very good rating of 75 for a landscape camera is a fine choice within the current marketplace.

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manual focus
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
MP count decent (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
lack of image stabilization

Vlogging with Sony NEX-6

A vlogging camera preferably should posses a moving display, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Sony NEX-6 is not very good as a vlog camera as it delivers a horrible rating of 32.

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comes with face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (345g)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have mic support

Sony NEX-6 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the NEX-6, below is a number of the top scored cameras which fall within the class of Advanced Mirrorless.

The line graph below offers you a summary of the NEX-6 versus it's highest ranked competitors listed above.

Following are several cameras you might view as alternative options. To read a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Sony Alpha NEX-6
Advanced Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4912 x 3264
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Sony E
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of screen
921k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen tech
Xtra Fine LCD with Tilt Up 90� and Down 45�
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
6.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video format
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
345g (0.76 lbs)
120 x 67 x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7")
Battery life
360 pictures
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
With downloadable app
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Launch cost