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5

Sony NEX-6


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£699.00

Sony’s new NEX-6 shares many of its features with the company’s flagship NEX-7, but is more affordable and offers Wi-Fi control. Read the Sony NEX-6 review...

Sony NEX-6 review – Autofocus

Sony describes the NEX-6’s AF system as hybrid, which means it uses a combination of phase and contrast-detection AF. The 99-point phase-detection array is built onto the imaging sensor and can be constantly at work to keep subjects close to focus. A press of the shutter activates the 25-point contrast-detection AF to perform the final autofocus. All the AF points are grouped in the centre of the frame, and for quick focusing over a wide number of shooting situations it is best to keep the subject within the central 99-point array.

For tracking objects, the camera uses a fixed centre point. I found the AF to be snappy in good light, and although less responsive in poor light it is still respectable. Flexible spot AF covers a wider area of the frame, making it handy for off-centre subjects, with 187 areas individually selectable. The camera includes an AF illuminator, which helps no end in low-contrast light, but will obviously not work for distant subjects. Manual focus offers a very handy focus assist, which magnifies the display for clear viewing.

  • 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

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