Sony Announces NEX 6 Mirrorless Camera

The much anticipated Sony NEX 6 has just been announced and is quite the enhancement over the NEX 5 series and has some very unique features.  A new dual dial system on top makes switching between modes and settings a lot easier. the NEX 6 sports a built-in pop-up flash and a built-in viewfinder, so that’s two less accessories to have to deal with. WiFi ability allows for simple image transfers and uploads as well as being able to use a smart phone as a remote viewfinder and shutter release. The 18-50mm lens that came with the NEX 5 series and NEX 7 has been replaced with a new 16-50mm that is only an inch thick. The body is outfitted with a new hybrid autofocus system for faster and more accurate focusing. The most surprising new feature of all is a standard ISO hotshoe.  What all we will be able to do with this hotshoe is unknown but since it only has a single pin, it sure makes this camera an oddball for Sony.

  • DSLR-like operability (two dials) packed into a compact body, advanced AF system and Wi-Fi capability for heightened enjoyment and expression. Large image sensor with 16.1 effective megapixels for outstanding image quality along with ultra-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 25600.
  • New PlayMemories Camera Apps for adding functionality and expanded possibilities.
  • First lens (Power Zoom Lens) is nearly an inch thick and can fit easily into any purse or large pocket.
    • Power Zoom lens (16-50mm) is half the height than the standard NEX 18-50mm lens and will come with the NEX-6 (also available separate and in a separate kit for the NEX-5R).
  • Top line features:
    • Phase-detection AF
    • Intuitive, DSLR-like operation
    • Built-in electronic viewfinder
    • Built-in flash and accessory shoe – multi interface shoe allows mounting of more powerful flash units.
    • Wi-Fi support
    • Expanded functionality
    • BIONZ image processing engine
  • Availability: the NEX-6 will hit retail mid-November
  • Color: Black
  • Price: $999.99 (NEX-6 SELP1650 kit)


Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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  1. Kerry, if you can see a rear shot of the camera and into the hotshoe you'll see what looks to be about 16 micropins… which from what I understand lets you plug in Sony camcorder accessories like microphones. Sony also seems to be moving away from their old non-standard hotshoe that they inherited from Minolta (their video line has been using the ISO shoe). As far as flashes go. The new high performance one they just announced is compatible with the NEX 6:

  2. Great video. I am heavily entrenched in Micro 4/3 rds (as well as Nikon DSLR) gear at this point. That being said Sony really seems to really be doing a lot of stuff right with the NEX system. Their lens lineup needs some work but i think that will come around. These cameras are clearly getting to the point where they will be able to displace DSLRs in all but the most demanding situations. Doing mostly portrait work I have been battling with just getting rid of my Nikon gear.

  1. September 15, 2012

    […] more I see the Sony NEX 6 the more I want it. I really like the Sony NEX 5n but I want the built-in viewfinder, pop-up flash […]

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