Sony NEX-6 review

Another NEX with Wi-Fi and apps

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Sony NEX-6 with the Panasonic G5, Sony NEX-7 and Olympus E-P3.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

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These results show that the Sony NEX-6's JPEG files have a similar signal to noise ratio to those from the Panasonic G5, Sony NEX-7 and Olympus E-P3 at lower to middling sensitivities, but they achieve significantly better results at ISO 1600 and above.

Raw signal to noise ratio

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The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Sony NEX-6 are stronger than those from the other cameras at all sensitivities. The Sony NEX-7 was the next strongest performer, followed by the Olympus E-P3 and Panasonic G5.

JPEG dynamic range

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JPEG results for dynamic range less impressive than those for signal to noise ratio, with the Sony NEX-6 producing weaker images than the Sony NEX-7 at all sensitivity settings. It also falls below the Olympus E-P3 at lower ISOs, before overtaking it at ISO 800 and above. Its JPEGs show a greater dynamic range than the Panasonic G5's, except at ISO 200.

Raw dynamic range

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TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Sony NEX-6 have a greater comparative dynamic range than the JPEG images did. The Sony NEX-6 beats all of the other cameras throughout the sensitivity range, except at ISO 200, where the Sony NEX-7 produces stronger results. The NEX-7 was the second strongest performer here, followed by the Panasonic G5, then the Olympus E-P3.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
Product Familyalpha NEX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesNoise Reduction, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Face Detection, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Smile Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)287 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height66.9 mm
Width119.9 mm
Depth42.6 mm
Product SeriesNEX
Focal Length16 mm to 50 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-6
Product NameAlpha NEX-6 Camera with 16-50mm Lens
Product Linealpha
Exposure Control
  • Programmed AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter-Speed Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEX6LB.CE
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Get it all with the Sony Alpha NEX-6 camera and included 16-50mm retractable zoom lens (SELP-1650). This powerful little shooter will fit in your jacket pocket yet still boasts a wish list of incredible features. Like an XGA OLED TruFinder™ electronic viewfinder and DSLR-like dials for intuitive, hands-on control of camera functions. Focus and track fast-moving subjects with the speed and accuracy of phase and contrast detection thanks to Fast Hybrid AF, then shoot 16.1MP photos at a blistering 10 fps so you never miss a moment of the action. The NEX-6 comes complete with a built-in pop-up flash and a large Exmor APS-C HD CMOS image sensor for superb image quality. Plus, Wi-Fi capability means you can transfer photos directly to your smartphone or tablet with the PlayMemories Mobile™ app for instant sharing of your photos and videos. The included retractable zoom lens collapses to just 3/16" making it the perfect choice for on-the-go shooting when a compact, lightweight lens is ideal.

Package Contents
  • Alpha NEX-6 Camera with 16-50mm Lens
  • 16-50mm SELP-1650 E-Mount Power Zoom Lens
  • NP-FW50 Rechargeable Battery
  • AC-UB10 AC Adaptor
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • CD-ROM
  • Micro USB Cable
Limited Warranty1 Year