Sony α NEX-6

93
Engadget
Score
93

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Sony NEX-6 review: it's the whole package, for just shy of a grand

Summary

It may be priced a bit out of reach for some, but Sony's NEX-6 is the company's best mirrorless model yet.

from $699.99+
Pros
  • Built-in OLED EVFDedicated mode dialExcellent battery lifeArticulating LCDSolid, comfortable build
Cons
  • Sluggish start-up with compact zoom lens
Sony NEX-6 review: it's the whole package, for just shy of a grand

Sony had a lot to show off just before we hopped aboard a flight to Photokina. The A99 was a lightweight bargain of a full-frame DSLR, the Cyber-shot RX1 was the most powerful compact we'd ever seen and the 16.1-megapixel NEX-6 was one of the finest mirrorless models of the year -- in other words, this is a camera manufacturer that's doing it right, with a wide range of high-end products that would make any tech giant proud. We won't dwell on the firm's troubling financial misfortunes, but based on the company's recent success in the digital imaging space, Sony absolutely needs to remain afloat -- the interchangeable-lens camera market simply wouldn't be the same without it.

For now, we'll focus on the NEX-6. You can snag this compact body for $850 without the lens, but you're probably gonna want to splurge for the kit. At just under $1,000, the 16-50mm power zoom lens duo is clearly Sony's premium 2012 entrant. It's the first such model to pack a brand-new collapsible optic -- it's not the speediest lens, by a long shot, but it is convenient, and versatile. Sony's standard 18-55mm lens is famously oversized in contrast to the relatively thin profile of nearly every NEX model. It's fairly hefty, suffers from significant barrel distortion and is prone to netting nicks and scratches.

With the NEX-6, that aging version's been retired -- at least temporarily, considering that it may pop up with lower-end models next year. This is also the first Sony mirrorless to feature a dedicated mode dial, and you'll get the NEX-7's OLED EVF, along with a built-in flash and a full-size hot shoe. All this in a body that's marginally larger than the NEX-F3. The 6 is clearly a miniature powerhouse, but is it destined to become yours? Find our take after the break.

Read Full Review

Scores

Engadget

93
 

Breakdown

Ease of use
7.4
Battery life
7.7
Design and form factor
8.0
Speed (start-up time, lag)
8.0
Image quality
8.7
View All Scores

Specs

α

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E)
Resolution (effective)
16.1 megapixels
Sensor size
APS-C
Memory card
SD, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo
View Full Specs

Specs

α

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E)
Resolution (effective)
16.1 megapixels
Sensor size
APS-C
Memory card
SD, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo
View Full Specs
Video

Related Video

Kaz Hirai Interview CES 2016 Live from the Stage

Kaz Hirai Interview CES 2016 Live from the Stage

Posted   01.09.16
View
Similar Products

How It Stacks Up

86

α NEX-5R

Engadget

86
 

Critic

7.9
 

User

8.6
 
Starting at
$450
Requires Contract
87

Engadget

Not yet scored
 

Critic

8.7
 

User

9
 
Starting at
$5999
Requires Contract

IM1836

Engadget

Not yet scored
 

Critic

Not yet scored
 

User

Not yet scored
 
No price available
85

LUMIX DMC-GF5

Engadget

Not yet scored
 

Critic

8
 

User

Not yet scored
 
Starting at
$379.99
Requires Contract
81

Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

Engadget

Not yet scored
 

Critic

8.4
 

User

9
 
Starting at
$2798
Requires Contract

The Latest

02.07.16
Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact arrive in the US
02.07.16 in

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact arrive in the US

Just don't expect a fingerprint reader.

By J. Fingas,   02.07.16
View
02.04.16
The best gear for your living room home theater
02.04.16 in

The best gear for your living room home theater

Everything from a TV to a surge protector.

View