Price as Reviewed:£699.00
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Sony NEX-6 review – Noise, resolution and sensitivity
These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured using the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 power-zoom lens set to f/8. We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution at the specified sensitivity setting.
We know that the variants of Sony’s widely used 16-million-pixel APS-C-sized sensor provide impressive image quality, and the NEX-6’s sensor is no different. Combined with the new Bionz processor and extensive ISO 100-25,600 range, sharp images can be achieved in both good-contrast and low-contrast light.
As we would expect, the camera reaches the 26 marker on our resolution charts at ISO 100, like so many other cameras with a similar resolution. However, the low-light performance has been slightly improved from the last-generation 16-million-pixel NEX cameras, with the NEX-6 reaching the 22 marker at ISO 12,800.
Unsurprisingly, this performance does not match that of the NEX-7. In low light, it is well worth shooting in raw format with the NEX-6, because the aggressive noise reduction applied to JPEG files at high ISO settings notably reduces tonal information and crispness of detail.
Image: Aggressive compression on JPEG images taken at high ISO ratings in low light reduces the crispness of detail and tonal information
- Video: 1080 (50i, 50p or 24p AVCHD output), MP4 (1440 x 1080 at 25fps)
- White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, Kelvin, plus custom setting
- Dioptre Adjustment: -4 to +1
- Built-in Flash: Yes
- Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
- Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
- Viewfinder Type: XGA OLED Tru-Finder with 100% field of view
- White Balance Bracket: No
- AF Points: 99-point (phase-detection), 25-point (contrast AF), centre, flexible spot, multi-point
- LCD: Tilt 3in LCD with 921,600 dots
- Output Size: 4912 x 3264 pixels
- Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
- Sensor: 16.1-million-effective-pixel, APS-C-sized (23.5 x 15.6mm) CMOS sensor
- Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
- Exposure Modes: iAuto, iAuto+, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, scene selection, sweep panorama
- Weight: 287g body only
- Power: Rechargeable NP-FW50 Li-Ion (360 shots)
- File Format: JPEG, ARW (raw), AVCHD/MP4
- Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
- Drive Mode: Single, continuous, timer, speed priority 10fps, bracketing
- Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
- Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual
- Dimensions: 119.9 x 66.9 x 42.6mm
- Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
- Metering System: 1,200-zone evaluative metering, centreweighted and fixed centre spot
- Compression: 2-stage JPEG
- Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1⁄3EV steps
- RRP: £709 body only or £830 with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
- Lens Mount: Sony E mount
- ISO: 100-25,600
- Tested as: Enthusiast CSC