The newest addition to Sony’s E-mount camera line-up features Fast Hybrid AF, Wi-Fi capabilities and the Play Memories Camera Apps platform introduced on the NEX-5R, as well as the same high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder found on the NEX-7 model. The NEX-6 also adds a standard DSLR-style mode dial for fast, simple navigation between settings.
The camera’s Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor offers 16.1-megapixels. It’s teamed with a BIONZ image processor that Sony says ensures flawless, low-noise images at extended sensitivity settings up to ISO 25600.
The 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 fps.
The NEX-6’s 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. On-screen grid lines and a digital level gauge can be displayed to assist with accurate framing.
The finder is complemented by a 3.0-inch LCD display that can be angled up to 90° up or 45° down (approx.). The LCD screen is said to offer significantly reduced on-screen reflections.
New for the NEX-6 is a mode dial on its top, similar to those found on traditional DSLRs, giving photographers easy access to commonly used shooting modes including P/A/S/M and Sweep Panorama mode. The camera also has mode-dependent control dial (located underneath 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, a “Function” key and pro-focused Quick Navi interface allows fingertip adjustment of settings without taking the viewfinder away from the shooter’s eye. Alongside a pop-up flash, there’s a versatile new Multi Interface Shoe that’s capable of ‘intelligent’ linkage with various accessories.
Full HD movie shooting is enhanced on the NEX-6 with a new Auto Slow Shutter feature that adds extra detail to low-light clips. The camera detects dim interiors and night scenes and automatically selects a slower shutter speed to brighten footage.
Integrated Wi-Fi on the camera allows photos to be transferred wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet running Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile app, 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 claimed to be 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.
Available apps at launch, outside of Direct Upload, will include Picture Effect+, Multi Frame NR and Smart Remote Control. A variety of other apps including Bracket Pro, Photo Retouch, Time-Lapse and Cinematic Photo are planned for future release.
The NEX-6 will be available in November.