|The NEX-6 compact system camera from Sony puts DSLR power in your pocket
Editor’s note: no picture of the camera with the new 16-50mm collapsible lens shows the lens in any useful position, or from an informative angle, only head-on, as issued by Sony this morning. The image above shows the new 10-18mm wide angle zoom, a 15-27mm equivalent, with a constant f/4 aperture and the welcome inclusion of optical image stabilisation.
* For interchangeable-lens digital cameras as of August 2012
Step up to an imaging experience that’s in a class of its own. The new NEX-6 compact system camera from Sony packs the imaging power, shooting responses, handling and operability of a DSLR into a pocket-sized mirrorless camera.
Partnered with the growing range of E-mount interchangeable lenses, the NEX-6 appeals to committed DSLR users who need to travel light without compromising picture quality. Offering big-sensor picture performance in a compact body, the new camera also makes an ideal option for step-up photographers looking to significantly expand their creative options.
The NEX-6 shares many imaging innovations with the newly-announced NEX-5R – from a responsive Fast Hybrid AF system to Wi-Fi connectivity and downloadable Camera Apps.
Crafted with discerning photographers in mind, the new camera also features the same precision electronic viewfinder and DSLR-style ergonomics found on the flagship NEX-7.
The large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor inside the NEX-6 offers 16.1 effective megapixels for true DSLR-quality images and detail-packed Full HD video. It’s teamed with the powerful BIONZ image processor that ensures flawless, low-noise images – even when you’re shooting dimly-lit interiors at extended sensitivity settings up to ISO 25600.
Similar to the recently-announced NEX-5R, the NEX-6 features an innovative new Fast Hybrid AF system that combines phase- and contrast-detection autofocus methods to suit virtually any shooting situation. Phase-detection AF that quickly analyses subject distance is complemented by contrast-detection AF to confirm extremely fine focus. In Speed Priority mode, the NEX-5R switches automatically to pure phase-detection tracking AF. You’ll enjoy DSLR-like focusing responses when you’re capturing fast-moving action with high-speed burst shooting at up to 10 frames per second.
From launch, Fast Hybrid AF is supported with these lenses: E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS; E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS; E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS; E 24mm F1.8 ZA Sonnar T*; E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS. Firmware upgrades will steadily expand the range of lenses offering Fast Hybrid AF support.
As with the NEX-7, the NEX-6 features an XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ for precision framing and focusing. This acclaimed electronic viewfinder gives a bright, detail-packed, high contrast view of still images and video, with 100% frame coverage and a wide field of view to rival pro-grade optical viewfinders. On-screen grid lines and a digital level gauge can be displayed to assist with accurate framing.
The OLED Tru-Finder™ is complemented by a 7.5 cm (3.0″) Xtra Fine LCD that can be angled up to 90° up or 45° down (approx.) for easy viewing in virtually any shooting position. The LCD screen assures superb detail and contrast with significantly reduced on-screen reflections, aiding composition when you’re shooting outdoors or in direct light.
Despite its compact body dimensions, the NEX-6 offers instantly reassuring operation for DSLR enthusiasts. A strategically-positioned mode dial on top of the camera allows quick setting of shooting modes – including P/A/S/M and Sweep Panorama – just as you’d expect on much larger interchangeable lens cameras. It’s joined by a control dial located under the mode dial, plus a separate control wheel on the camera back for fine adjustments of exposure, ISO, white balance and other settings.
Also inherited from high-end A-mount cameras by Sony, the pro-focused Quick Navi interface allows fingertip adjustment of settings without taking the viewfinder away from your eye.
Full HD movie shooting is enhanced with a new Auto Slow Shutter feature that adds extra sparkle to low-light clips. The NEX-6 detects dim interiors and night scenes, automatically switching to a slower shutter speed to brighten up your footage.
Shared with the NEX-5R, integrated Wi-Fi allows simple wireless photo and video transfers to various smartphones or tablets running the free PlayMemories Mobile app. Images can also be transferred wirelessly to a networked PC, or viewed wirelessly on any DLNA-compatible TV.
As also featured on the NEX-5R, PlayMemories Camera Apps expands the capabilities of the NEX-6 as your shooting needs evolve. Just connect the camera to your PC via Wi-Fi or USB. Then log in to your Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) account and explore the world’s first download service1 that lets you install new functions on demand. From launch, available apps include Picture Effect+; Bracket Pro; Multi-Frame NR; Smart Remote Control and Direct Upload. Sony also plans to introduce further apps such as Photo Retouch, followed by Time-Lapse and Cinematic Photo.
Alongside a handy pop-up flash, there’s a versatile new Multi Interface Shoe that’s capable of ‘intelligent’ linkage with various accessories.
New interchangeable lenses for E-mount cameras
The choice of interchangeable lenses for E-mount cameras by Sony grows with three additional models.
The SELP1650 is an extremely light, compact 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 powered zoom lens with Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation built-in for clearer handheld images. The lens body measures just 29.9mm when fully retracted, making the SELP1650 an ideal travel companion. There’s also a dual-function ring that controls both power zoom and manual focus, depending on operating mode. With the camera set to AF the control ring adjusts smooth, high-speed zoom with small hand movements. With the camera in MF mode, the ring controls manual focus. Smooth power zoom makes the lens particularly suitable for video shooting.
The SEL35F18 is a fast 35mm prime / fixed focal length lens with a bright maximum aperture of F1.8 and Optical SteadyShot built in. It offers excellent optical sharpness and clarity as well as bokeh effect– whether you’re shooting portraits, street scenes or Full HD video. Featuring a new exterior design, the lens is easy to handle and light to carry.
Adopting the super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass which reduces colour aberration, the SEL1018 is a super-wide angle zoom with a maximum aperture of F4 right across its 10-18mm range and Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation inside. Ideal for landscapes and interiors, it’s also capable of producing dramatic perspective effects at its widest setting.
New accessories for NEX-6
Crafted in genuine leather, the LCS-ELC6 Soft Carrying Case combines a stylish body case and lens jacket. Styled exclusively for the NEX-6, it’s suitable for use with the camera and attached SELP1650 or SEL16F28 lens. The camera’s LCD screen can be tilted even when body case is attached; tripod attachment is also possible with the case attached.
The LCS-EJA Soft Carrying Case can be used for all α E-mount cameras, and is ideal for use with the new SELP1650 or SEL16F28 lens attached. Internal pockets offer space to store the front lens cap and a spare memory card.
For further details of the full range of lenses and accessories, please visit: www.sony.co.uk/hub/nex-compact-camera-system/accessories
The new NEX-6 compact system camera with interchangeable lenses is available in the UK from mid-November 2012.