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conclusion:We like it

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Think of Sony's α NEX-6 as a NEX-5R with some of the bells and whistles that Sony left off of that model. Engadget calls it Sony's "best mirrorless model yet," citing its "efficient design, speedy autofocus, dedicated mode dial, built-in OLED EVF, articulating display, pop-up flash, full-size hot shoe, new collapsable zoom lens -- even WiFi functionality and apps." TechRadar concurs, and calls it "the very best NEX yet," and "one of the best compact system camera we've used." If you can afford it, the NEX-6 is an excellent choice. However, the NEX-5R will give you the same great image quality for $300 less, leaving you some extra cash to spend on lenses and other accessories.

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Critic reviews

8.3
14 reviews
  • Image quality
    8.5
  • Video quality
    8.3
  • Battery life
    7.7
  • Design and form factor
    8.2
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    7.8
  • Ease of use
    7.4

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User reviews

8.3
11 reviews
8.0
Engadget Dec 12, 2012

There's a lot here, and we expect almost any buyer to walk away happy. It's a pricey tool, no doubt about it, but if you're serious about photography, the NEX-6 really should be your next camera.

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9.0
PC Mag Dec 5, 2012

The pricey-but-well-rounded Sony Alpha NEX-6 is an excellent camera for mirrorless enthusiasts, but it doesn't quite edge out the entry-level NEX-F3 as our Editors' Choice.

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8.0
Gizmodo Dec 10, 2012

It's an all-around great camera. There are brands out there that do specific things better, like the Olympus OM-D E-M5 for autofocus, and the Fuji X-E1 for image quality. But none can do great video and great stills with such ease.

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8.0
CNET Dec 20, 2012

The Sony Alpha NEX-6 delivers an as-yet-unbeatable package of image quality, performance, and design, even for its rather high price.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Mar 24, 2013

The NEX-6 is an very competent and fun-to-use mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It performs as well or better than other mirrorless cameras on the market, and offers some unique features that are genuinely useful. With the addition of Wi-Fi, the NEX's feature set is arguably the best in its...

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8.0
New York Times Jun 13, 2013

In general, this is an extremely rewarding camera that occupies an impressive spot on the size/quality spectrum. Over time, you develop a trust of a camera like this, an emotional bond: “I’m having an experience I want to remember, and I know you’re not going to let me down.”

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9.0
Reviewed.com Cameras Mar 26, 2013

Still, at its current price and based on what we’ve seen in our time with the camera in and out of the labs, the Sony Alpha NEX-6 provides one of the best values you can find.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint May 2, 2013

... it's still our favourite NEX model so far. Tweak this bad boy with a beefier battery, pep up the autofocus system and squeeze in some even more advanced tech and this would be one of the kings of the compact system camera world - for now it's a prince in waiting.

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8.0
TechRadar Nov 20, 2012

Sony has produced a very likable, capable camera that is complemented well by the new powerzoom lens. Its controls can be customised to suit the photographer, it has helpful technology borrowed from a smartphone and it delivers images of impressively high quality.

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8.0
PC Pro Dec 7, 2012

Sony already dominated the CSC market for sensor quality, but with the NEX-6’s smaller and sharper kit lens, faster autofocus performance, better controls and integrated flash, it feels like the camera we’ve all been waiting for.

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8.0
T3 Dec 21, 2012

If you can stomach the price, and overlook the purely functional design, then the NEX-6 is a winner.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Dec 1, 2012

With prompt write and shot-to-shot times, as well as a competent AF system, the NEX-6 remains a solid – if not quite outstanding – performer.

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9.0
ePHOTOzine Nov 6, 2012

There wasn't much we could find to be critical about, it's a little more expensive than some of the competition and the going through the menu system can become long and drawn out. With the positives far outweighing the negatives, we are happy to recommend the Sony NEX-6.

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First Looks

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Digital Photography Review Sep 15, 2012

If the NEX-6 can continue Sony's impressive run of high dynamic range, low-noise 16MP sensor output, in a package that combines the handling of a NEX-7 with wireless connectivity options then the NEX-6 may be quite attractive to both new and current NEX camera owners.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 14, 2012

...we struggle to find many issues with the NEX-6. It's better designed and more affordable than the NEX-7 and from our hands-on experience we reckon this is the very best NEX yet. In fact, short of the autofocus system not bettering its rivals, it's one of the best compact system camera we've used.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 14, 2012

It's better designed and more affordable than the NEX-7 and from our hands-on experience we reckon this is the very best NEX yet. In fact, short of the autofocus system not bettering its rivals, it's one of the best compact system camera we've used.

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9.0
Xinn3r Xinn3r

Image quality that is comparable, or even better than APS-C DSLR counterparts, all in a body that is much smaller and lighter. If you want DLSR-like image quality in a small body, you can't find much fault with the NEX-6. The only thing holding it back for more advanced users and beginners...

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9.0
HomerBryan HomerBryan

I purchased a store display NEX-3 exactly one year ago. I had previously been shooting photos with my Canon 60d, and was curious about all these new ILC camera systems. So I got a good deal on the 3, and immediately fell in love with the system. The image quality, the size of the camera, the...

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7.0
Adamjasonmoore Adamjasonmoore

I have had a number of Sony NEX cameras C-3, 5 and 7. The NEX-6 was an OK camera, I prefer the NEX-7 as it is quicker to use manually and has noticeable higher resolution. The C-3 which is tiny, gave just as good image quality in a smaller package. I also didn't like having to buy a new flash...

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