Sony NEX-6

Estimated Street Price: $850


While those moving up to a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera from a point-and-shoot are happy to use the LCD monitor as their composing device, some longtime DSLR (and film SLR) users find it awkward. The NEX-6 (like the flagship NEX-7) has a built-in, eye-level, 2.36-million-dot OLED Tru-Finder to complement its 3-inch tilting LCD monitor, providing convenient eye-level shooting when you want it. A new hybrid AF system with 99 phase-detection sensors at the focal plane working with 25-area contrast AF optimizes AF performance in a wide variety of shooting situations.

The NEX-6 is about the size of the NEX-7 and shares many of its fine features. But the NEX-6 has a 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS-C sensor in place of the flagship’s 24.3-megapixel sensor, goes to ISO 25,600 (vs. 16,000 for the 7) and adds built-in Wi-Fi for linking to TVs, PCs and smartphones. It also adds a mode dial for easy navigation between shooting modes. Like the NEX-7, the NEX-6 has a built-in pop-up flash.

The NEX-6 can shoot still images at up to 10 fps with continuous tracking AF. It also can shoot full HD 1080 AVCHD video at 60p and 24p, as well as MP4 1080, 720 and 480 video at 30p—all with continuous AF.

The NEX-6 can use all Sony E-mount lenses and (via adapter) Sony A-mount DSLR and legacy Konica Minolta Maxxum lenses, but it’s especially nice with the new E-mount 16-50mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 lens, which features Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and is just 13?16-inches thick when retracted—a pocketable package.

Like to focus manually? The peaking feature outlines in-focus edges in your choice of white, red or yellow, making it easy to see where focus is in the image. Like the camera to do it all? You can use iAUTO and Superior Auto, as well as program, shutter- and aperture-priority AE.

STANDOUT FEATURE: Hybrid AF and Wi-Fi connectivity come to NEX.

1. The built-in, 2.36-million-dot Tru-Finder EVF provides convenient eye-level viewing when desired.

2. Odd-angle shooting is easy thanks to the tilting, 3-inch LCD monitor.

3. There’s even a built-in pop-up flash unit.

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