Sony NEX 6 The perfect travel camera for enthusiasts photographer

by Enche Tjin on September 27, 2012

For a long time, enthusiast photographers are looking for the best camera for travel or everyday use. The Sony NEX 6 might be the one. It is compact, but has APS-C sized sensor equal to most DSLR camera. It also has many advanced features that might make taking photos a lot more easier and fun.

Sony NEX system has been around for a while, but it faces plenty criticisms mainly because the camera body is too small to incorporate button+dials, and the lenses are too big and heavy.

By releasing Sony NEX 7, some of the criticism has been made quiet. Sony NEX 7 is relatively bigger than NEX 5. Has plenty features serious photographers love such as dedicated buttons, dials, and viewfinder. The problem is NEX 7 is quite expensive, kit lens is bulky, and autofocus system is relatively slow compared to Olympus or Panasonic micro four thirds system cameras.

Sony finally listens to user feedbacks by making Sony NEX 6 and several new lenses. They are the perfect answer. NEX 6 has two dials and a mode dial resemble DSLR cameras. It also has hi-res electronic viewfinder. It has new autofocus system combining contrast detect and phase detection system. Finally, it has international standard hot shoe, so you can use non-Sony flash, triggers or other accessories.

In video recording department, Sony has an edge compare to DSLR cameras or other competitors. It records full HD at 60p which ensure smooth video that nice to watch. When recording movies, autofocus is a lot faster and smoother than DSLR cameras.

Nikon D7000+18-55mm VR compared with Sony NEX 6 with 16-50mm kit lens. Sony NEX 6 is amazingnya smaller than DSLR camera set up

Nikon D7000+18-55mm VR compared with Sony NEX 6 with 16-50mm kit lens. Sony NEX 6 is amazingly smaller than DSLR camera set up

Sony NEX 6 features / spec

  • 16MP sensor
  • Electronic viewfinder hi res 2 million pixel
  • WiFi – PlayMemories app
  • Full HD 60p video recording
  • DSLR like control, two dials and a function button
  • Mode dial :)
  • Hotshoe standard (so you can use non-Sony flash/trigger
  • Compact power zoom lens 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
  • Hybrid contrast detect and phase detection autofocus
  • 3 inch tilting LCD screen
  • Price: $1000 with 16-50mm kit lens


Fuji X-E1 – has better image quality especially in low light situation and has better high quality lenses. Fuji X-E1 is weak on video and autofocus speed

Olympus OMD EM5 – has a lot more lenses and accesories available to choose from, retro design, very fast autofocus system. Sony has better viewfinder, LCD and record better video.

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