The New Sony Nex-6 is the first Nex style camera since the Nex-7 that I personally consider buying, simple for the inclusion of the EVF viewfinder! I already have the Nex-7 but as you may know I broke it, so I won’t be buying a new one of those. The Nex-6 is very tempting though, and the number of Pre-Orders at Amazon is off the hook!! Check it out over Here >> if your curious.
We also have three New E-Mount Lenses to go over!! The first being the New Sony 16-50mm pancake power zoom lens that is an optional kit lens for the Nex-6. The Second is the New 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens, and the last but most interesting in my opinion, is the ultra wide angle Sony 10-18mm OSS Zoom lens!! With these new lenses the Sony Nex Camera system is really becoming a force to be reckoned with in my opinion. Huge sensor and a strong lens line-up that continues to grow with quality product. I’m very confident that these lenses will perform really well based on the other E-Mount lenses I’ve already tested. I’ll review them all though, so stay tuned for that!!
The New Sony Nex-6
Starting with the Sony Nex-6 we have an all New 16mp sensor with some new PDAF sensors embedded inside of it which should make the auto focus performance faster and more accurate than the previous gen Nex cameras.
The innovative Fast Hybrid AF system* combines phase- and contrast-detect AF methods. It uses 99 phase-detection AF points arrayed on the image sensor to detect a subject’s distance and direction to quickly lock focus on it, and then utilizes contrast-detection AF to confirm extremely fine focus detail. In Speed Priority Continuous shooting mode, the camera automatically switches to phase detection tracking AF to track fast-moving action accurately in each frame at up to 10 frames per second. We also have a very high quality viewfinder built into the camera which really is imperative for outdoor daylight shooting. This is what made the Nex-7 so incredible attractive in addition to the superior build quality of course.
The NEX-6 model features an XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ EVF for precision framing and focusing. This 2.36 million dot 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.
Next we have the built in WiFi which was only a matter of time if you think about it.
Shared with the NEX-5R model, integrated Wi-Fi on the NEX-6 camera allows photos to be transferred wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet running Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile™ app (free of charge), available on both Android™ and Apple iOS platforms. Additionally, content can be directly uploaded from the camera to Facebook® using a Wi-Fi connection and the new “Direct Upload” application, part of Sony’s new PlayMemories Camera Apps™ platform.
The PlayMemories Camera Apps platform is the world’s first application download service in an interchangeable lens camera that allows consumers to install new functions on demand, tailoring their cameras to fit personal shooting needs. The service can be accessed over Wi-Fi or when the camera is connected directly to a PC via USB.**
Eye point: Approx. 23mm from the eyepiece, 21mm from the eyepiece frame at 1m (diopter)
Brightness control: Auto, Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
Display: Display basic info; Levels; Histogram
Number of dots : 2,359,296 dots
Type: 1.3 cm (0.5 type) Electronic viewfinder
Diopter Adjustment: -4m-1 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Field of View: 100% coverage
Print Compatible Standards
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
L: 4912 x 2760 (14M)
M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M)
S: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)
Still Image Size 3:2
L: 4912 x 3264 (16M)
M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M)
S: 2448 x 1624 (4M)
Panorama Still Image Size
Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
Vertical: 5,536 x 2,160 (12M)
Horizontal Std: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
Vertical Std: 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive), AVCHD, MP4
Video Mode : AVCHD
PS – 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX – 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH – 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX – 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH – 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
MP4: HD – 1440 x 1080/ 30fps@12Mbps
VGA – 640 x 480/30fps@3Mbps
Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
Built-in stereo microphones / Built-in, monaural speaker (volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7)
iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection
Still images: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-25600)Movies: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-6400)
1200-zone evaluative metering
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens)
Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
White Balance Mode
Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem (2500 to 9900K), C.Filter (G7 to M7,A7 to B7), Custom
AF Micro Adjustment
Yes, with LA-EA2 (sold separately)
LCD Type: 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT (921,600 dots)
Angle Adjustment: Up: Approx. 90 degrees, Down: Approx. 45 degrees
Brightness Control : Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Real-time image adjustment display : On/Off
Peaking : Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Customization : Graphic display/Display all info/Big font size display/No display info/Levels/Histogram/Viewfinder
Face Detection: On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off, Face Selection (maximum 8 detectables)
Smile Shutter: selectable from 3 steps
Tracking Focus: object tracking
Advanced User Interface: Yes
Anti Motion Blur: 6-image layering
Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV at 1.0 EV step, off)
Shooting Tips: Yes
Sweep Panorama: Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard)
Still Image Playback Options: Single, 6/12-frame index view, Enlarged display mode, Panorama (Standard), Panorama (Wide): 34x), Auto Review, Image orientation, Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection, Delete, Protect
Video Playback Options : Forward/Rewind
Flash Compensation: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Flash Coverage: FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Rear Sync., Flash Off, Wireless (with external flash sold seperately)
Flash Type: Built-in flash. Sony System Flash (Compatible with Multi Interface Shoe and Auto-lock accessory shoe with the adaptor (ADP-MAA (Sold separately)
Guide Number: 6 (in meters at ISO 100 equivalent)
Recycling Time: Approx. 4 sec
Help guide: Yes
Area Setting: Yes
Clock Function, Setting: Yes
Eye-Fi ready: Yes
Shop Front Mode: Yes
PlayMemories Camera Apps: Yes
Send to Computer: Yes
View on Smartphone: Yes
View on TV: Yes
Operating System Compatibility
Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (v10.3-10.8)
Still images:approx. 2.5W (w/ E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
Movies: approx.3.9W(w/ E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
Power Consumption (ViewFinder Operation)
Still images: approx. 3.3W (with E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
Movies: approx.4.1W(with E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
4.7 x 2.6 x 1.7″ (119.9 x 66.9 x 42.6mm)
Approx. 10.1 oz (287g) excl battery & media
12.2 oz (345g) w/battery & media
The Sony NEX-6 is a fast-focusing, more compact competitor to starter DSLRs with familiar DSLR-type operation and a range of features designed to appeal to experienced photographers looking for a responsive compact digital camera system, as well as to beginners who want the image quality and flexibility of an interchangeable-lens camera with a 16MP APS sensor that is known to deliver outstanding image quality. The NEX-6 is the second Sony NEX series camera to feature WiFi – the first, the Sony NEX-5R will use the just-announced PlayMemories Camera Apps. Sony NEX-6 Key Features
16MP APS-C Sensor
10fps burst rate
Full HD video
Hybrid contrast/phase detect
AF system with claimed DSLR speed XGA
OLED optical viewfinder
Wi-Fi and downloadable camera apps
Quick Navi controls said to offer DSLR-like operation
Multi-interface Smart Accessory Shoe for flash, GPS, more
11 Picture Effects for stills and videos Photo Creativity mode
With the introduction of the Sony NEX-6, Sony has created a new high-end-enthusiast camera that is just a step below the prosumer-level Sony NEX-7 and should appeal to serious photographers who seek a compact camera capable of taking high-quality images while providing a DSLR-like experience. The Sony NEX-6 features a 16.1MP sensor-the same highly-rated sensor found on many of today’s highest-rated APS sensor DSLRs, but somewhat lower resolution than the Sony NEX-7-as well as an eye-level, 2 .4 million dot resolution OLED viewfinder. A Closer Look at the Sony NEX-6’s features
Let’s take a closer look at the Sony NEX-6, based on information provided by Sony.
Responsiveness: Sony claims the Sony NEX-6’s Fast Hybrid AF, which combines Phase Detection and Contrast Detection Autofocus, will deliver faster autofocusing (although Sony does not claim a specific lag time), while the camera’s imaging engine is said to provide 10fps burst rate at full resolution.
Autofocus: In addition to natively fast autofocus, the Sony NEX-6 offers Intelligent Autofocus, where the camera pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing lag time by eliminating the wait for focus acquisition. In addition, Tracking Focus continuously tracks a user-designated subject; Sony says it has improved this feature so it is now more effective at tracking people. If the subject turns away from the camera, face-detection tracking automatically switches to subject tracking and continues tracking.
Manual focus: Sony has a couple of helpful features for those who prefer to focus manually. Peaking AF highlights the edges that are in focus in the user’s choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where the focal plane can make or break your shot. Manual Focus Assist greatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring. This feature only works with E-mount lenses.
Ergonomics: A Mode control dial and Quick Navi are said to assure quick and intuitive operation that Sony says is comparable to DSLR cameras. Control dial, Fn (function) button and touch screen (including touch shutter function) are available. The Sony NEX-6 features a newly developed Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility via Handycam accessories for both still and video, all of which will be available from Adorama.
Flash: A modest built-in Guide Number 6 flash is located on the camera’s top plate. It can be used in a pinch for dimly lit settings, or as a fill flash when shooting in bright sunshine or to produce catch lights in portraits. While the flash’s power is low, that might be OK when shooting ISO 2500.
Video: The Sony NEX-6 captures full HD movies at 60p, 60i or 24p cinematic frame rates, all at full 1920×1080 resolution. Images are recorded in AVCHD or MP4 codecs. Cool tech features
Sony is always on the bleeding edge of technology, and the Sony NEX-6 deploys several features designed to improve images or add special effects:
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi connectivity lets users transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile appPhotos can be easily transferred to smartphones and tablets, viewed on large screen TVs or saved to PC’s.
Auto HDR: The Sony NEX-6’s High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures mode more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another. The NEX-6’s Auto HDR handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes by capturing three images in a split second and combining them in-camera.
6-Image Layering: The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second, then combines the data from the 6 different images (up to ISO 25,600) to create a single image. This method is used to control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or to get cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.
Sweep Panorama: This mode lets you capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep the vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together for up to 23MP images at up to 202 degrees, the equivalent of a 16mm focal length.
Exposure modes: In addition to Program, Aperture, Shutter and Manual modes,and a Photo Creativity Interface, which translates the above into more beginner-friendly terms (Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness and most Picture Effects.) the NEX-6 offers six creative modes: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W as well as the ability to fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste. 11 Picture Effect modes are: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), Soft High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal, Cool, Warm, Green, Magenta), Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, and Miniature.
Summary and recommendation
The Sony NEX-6 seeks the sweet spot between serious (and, for many, unaffordable) compact camera and a camera that will deliver high-end responsiveness and quality at an enthusiast price. While we can’t wait to get our hands on this new model, the first impressions are that it will meet the goals set by Sony and that it merits serious consideration.
Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS (Pancake) Zoom Lens – SELP1650
Measuring just 1.17″ (29.9mm) when fully retracted, this SEL-P1650 retractable zoom lens is super compact and easy to carry so you can quickly whip out your camera and spontaneously grab shots as they occur. It’s perfect for traveling and other scenarios that require a lightweight, compact camera and lens combo. It covers a 16mm to 50mm range (35mm equivalent = 24-75mm) for flexible shooting, and is equipped with one ED (extra-low dispersion) and four aspherical elements, resulting in a high-performance lens that is surprisingly compact. Key Features:
Compact and lightweight design for excellent portability thanks to retract-ability down to a mere 29.9 mm
POWER ZOOM for smooth zooming with superb operability and quietness
ED glass and Aspherical lens elements for excellent performance with reduced aberrations
Built-in image stabilization
E-mount 16-50mm F3.5-5.6
8 groups, 9 elements (4 aspheric surfaces)
Focal length (35mm equivalent)
Angle of view
83° – 32°
7 blades (Circular aperture)
Minimum Focusing Distance
Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length)
2.54″ x 1.17″ (64.7 x 29.9mm)
4.1 oz (116g)
Compact and lightweight design
Despite a 3x magnification ratio covering 16 mm to 50 mm (24-75mm 35mm eq.), the SEL-P1650 is thin and lightweight thanks to a retracting mechanism that reduces the lens to just 1.17″ (29.9 mm). It truly enhances the portability of E-mount cameras, giving users the means to capture spontaneous moments when on trips with a light and compact camera/lens combination. ED glass and Aspherical lens elements
The SELP-1650 is equipped with one ED and four Aspherical elements, resulting in a high-performance lens that is surprisingly compact. The elements correct for curvature of field on the wide-angle side and spherical and chromatic aberration on the telephoto side for beautiful, accurate, high-contrast reproduction across the entire image. POWER ZOOM for smooth zooming
The SEL-P1650 is the first lens with an electrically driven zoom me chanism. As soon as the camera is powered on, the lens extends and is instantly ready for shooting. A dual-function control ring is used for both zooming and manual focus. Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system provides a 4-stop (approx.) shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video.
Sony announced this ultra fast 35mm prime a few weeks ago, but it’s not available to sometime in November. Pre-order links below for now and basic specs. More to come once the info is available, but OSS and f/1.8 will make this lens akiller low light shooter!! High performance and a compact design make the SEL-35F18 an ideal “second lens” that is easy to carry around when capturing the action. It’s ideal for a wide variety of photos, including snapshots while strolling, night shots (thanks to the bright maximum aperture) and portraits with superb background/foreground blur. Product Highlights:
Aperture Range: f/1.8-22
Sony E-mount Lens for NEX Cameras
Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization
High Speed, Quiet Linear Focusing Motor
Direct Manual Focus
49mm Filter Thread
Lens Mount Type
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
6 Groups / 8 Elements
Minimum Focus Distance
11.88″ (0.3 m)
Angle of View
7 blades (Circular aperture)
Diameter x Length
2.4 x 1.8″ (62.2 x 45mm)
5.5 oz (155g)
A versatile, multi-purpose lens: with a focal length of 52.5mm (35mm equivalency) and F1.8 aperture, it’s good for snapshots, portraits, night shots and more
Compact and easy to carry: lightweight and only around 45mm long, it’s an idealsecond lens for when you’re out and about
Crisper, cleaner results: new optical design reduces spherical aberration and improves contrast even out on the periphery for crisp, sharp image detail
Built-in image stabilization: Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation and a large F1.8 aperture enhance handheld shooting in fading light or dimly lit interiors
Smooth, silent operation: both the motor controlling focus and the one that controls aperture are quiet, smooth and unobtrusive, ideal for shooting video
Fine tune your focus: if AF (Auto Focus) can’t lock on or focuses on the wrong subject, step in and take total control with DMF (Direct Manual Focus)
Smooth things out with ED glass: Extra-Low Dispersion glass and two aspherical lens elements minimise distortion and improve image quality
Discover beauty in the blur: the circular aperture, a hallmark of E-mount lenses, lets you capture beautiful foreground and background blur effects
Built to last and a joy to use: with a tactile aluminium alloy finish, the lens combines outstanding quality with easy operability
The SEL-1018 super wide-angle zoom lens is perfect for taking photos of sweeping landscapes and producing striking images with emphasized perspective. If you’re seeking a wider minimum focal length than offered by standard wide-angle zoom lenses, the SEL-1018 is the ideal choice for you. Featuring a minimum focal length of only 10mm (15mm in 35mm camera equivalency), the SEL-1018 wide-angle zoom lens delivers highly-detailed, super wide-angle photos. With a constant maximum aperture of f/4 through the entire focal length range, you’ll be able to use the widest aperture at every focal length. Even in low light, you can take advantage of the bright aperture to utilize fast shutter speeds without needing to increase ISO sensitivity. Product Highlights
10-18 mm super wide-angle zoom lens
The SEL-1018 offers a constant maximum aperture of F4 through the entire focal length range, enabling use of the widest aperture at every focal length. Even in low-light environments, such as outdoors at sunset, users will be able to take advantage of the bright aperture and use fast shutter speeds without unnecessarily raising ISO sensitivity. Superb image capturing capability
Three Aspherical lens elements correct for spherical aberration and distortion, making it possible to shoot high-contrast, high-quality images with markedly less bleeding even at the maximum aperture. In addition, the optical system employs Super Extra-low Dispersion glass, realizing highly detailed images with reduced color aberration even at the 10 mm focal length. Minimum focal length of 10 mm (15 mm in 35 mm eq.)
Thanks to a minimum focal length of only 10 mm (15 mm in 35 mm-camera equivalency), the SEL-1018 delivers finely detailed, super wide-angle photos, ideal for shooting majestic landscapes that can only be captured with super wide-angle lenses, as well as for producing striking photos with emphasized perspective.
Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system provides a 4-stop (approx.) shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video. Internal Focusing System
Lens elements at the rear of the optical system move, allowing rapid auto-focus response. Circular Aperture
In low-light shots or nightscapes, out-of-focus light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
Well, the Nex-6 looks bad a$$ and I want one!! I also want the SLT-A99, so I guess the Nex-6 will have to wait unless I get some surprise cash from somewhere 😉 I’m honestly not sure why anybody would buy the Nex-5r though to be honest, unless you specifically need that 180 degree flip screen. The Nex-6 can only go about 90 degrees due to the eyepiece. That is fine by me, as the Nex-6 viewfinder totally out weighs the Nex-5r flip screen in my opinion. And the Nex-6 is only ~$200 more!! Totally worth it, and the build quality also looks much better than the Nex-F3’s smooth plastic skin. I put together a bunch of pre-order links below for all the new Sony gear for your convenience 😉 Update: Since hearing about the limited lens support on the A99, I’m now leaning heavily towards the Nex-6 to replace my broken Nex-7. It’s a better overall ivestment for me at this point in time. Stay tuned for more info and updates by checking out the Forum Over Here >> Jay