Alpha NEX-6 Camera with 16-50mm Lens
Great camera as long as it doesn't break.
I have been using this camera for about 9 months. Up to this point the camera has been great. The camera is very small and with the retractable lens this camera is very easy to carry around and travel with. It is very comfortable to hold and after learning the manual functions the camera produces great photos.
The bad. After 9 months of use the lens will not protract from its closed position. I sent the camera in for warranty repair and was told the Sony repair facility will not repair a broken motor in the lens without me first paying for a new zoom ring on the outside of the lens. $80 dollars for a zoom ring that has a normal wear and tear scratch from use. I think Sony tried to find an issue with the camera to help cover the warranty repair cost. So...if you want to make sure Sony covers a warranty repair don't ever take it out of the box after you by it. It will not get scratched that way!
December 27, 2013
The Nex 6 Can Be Used As A Pro Video Camera!!!
I Purchased the Nex 6 over the summer of 2013... I read the reviews on it and couldn't decide between it and the Nex 7, but since the 6 was the newer version I went for it... Man this thing shoots Extremely Professional Video!!!! I am a professional videographer and I've seen a lot of complaints about this camera from the way people say it overheats to sever moire and aliasing... Obviously some of these people don't know the ins and outs of this camera and are obviously very cheap!!!
First of all let's address the over heating issue... With the Nex-6 it will over heat if you use an SD card rather than a Sony Memory Stick!!! Get the HG-HX Version!!! It is Way Better Than An SD Card (Even Class 10) and it's faster!!! Secondly if you shoot thru the OLED eye piece instead of using the electronic LCD screen you will have longer battery life and and the camera will remain cool... When I used a 32gig class 10 sd card for my nex-6, I couldn't figure out why it was overheating... Then, as soon as I switched to Sony's Memory Stick Pro (HG-HX) 8gig version, I could record for the length of the card without over heating (In 1080p 60p 28mbs you'll get 38min with 8gig memory stick pro (HG-HX) but I shoot 1080p 24p 24mbs which extends my time to about 46mins on the same card).
Now also the 18-55mm pancake lens that comes with the camera is an okay lens, but I decided to upgrade to the 35mm 1.8 prime lens for the nex system AND WHAT A REMARKABLE DIFFERENCE IT MADE!!!
My suggestion is if u are looking to buy this camera buy the body, it is a wonderful piece of technology because of the shooting options it gives u and how it performs... Get a fast, high quality prime lens if u shoot video, for optimal image quality.... It will reduce distortion, moire, aliasing and provide wonderful low-light sharpness... Again I am A Professional Videographer and I just used this camera for a video shoot!!! If you would like to see the image quality of this camera go to www.youtube.com/theeboniejeneus & look for the video "Protect I"... All of the CloseUps were done with the NEX-6 and the wide shots came from the sony HDR-td10 (3Dcam)!!!
My Main Camera Setup Consists Of The Nex-6 with The 35mm 1.8 prime lens!!! As far the work I have done with the Nex-6, I've shot commercials, music videos, political forums, etc and I Do Not Have A Problem With The Image Quality At All... And after purchasing a prime lens, the image quality far exceeds that of a zoom... Take Care Guys!!!
November 28, 2013
Really weak features on a Great Camera body.
I upgraded from the NEX5n to the NEX6 with the 16-50mm compact lens. Since I do a lot of video and editing I found that the NEX series produces elegant, crisp 1080 60p video, I upgraded to the 6 because of the following features.
2) increased lens stability in video mode (Optical Steady Shot)
3) Wireless download capability
4) Power Zoom lens
5) Lens compact geometry (Camera will fit in your pocket like the NEX5 with "pancake" lens)
6) Improved focus (when cont shutter selected photos were out of focus)
7) more intuitive direct select dial on top.
But, I am returning it. Mainly to get rid of the SELP-1650 Lens. I am going to purchase the body only and use my lenses from the 5n until Sony get's an improved design together.
What I found:
1) Viewfinder, Excellent worth the switch
2) Lens Stability, This was good. Not as good as a digicam but an improvement.
3) wireless download, Just a mess. Sony for some reason thinks the best value for wireless is for you to send copies of your pictures to your phone??? This is a semi-pro camera. I need it to distribute high megapixel media to a computer, where it will be processed with Photoshop or Sony Vegas. This wireless requires install of "Play Memories" that takes over all your images on your computer. You have to manually access your router (BTW they refer to this as an Access Point... which most folks probably never heard of, which is a dumbed down router) I was unsuccessful in getting the communication going, and found that my battery was drained to 35% after 30 min of trying. I contacted Sony to see if I could forget about the wireless and shut it off. The answer is "no" ... it is on all the time, cannot be shut off. That seems very poor design to have that thing searching and sucking the battery?
4) Power Zoom Lens, If you have done video using a Sony or Panasonic digi-cam you know that slow is elegant. This one is rough, jerky noisy, and way too fast. (if you wanted fast that would be with a manual hand twist, while slow is hard to do manually etc) Also, the lens has mechanical and digital zoom. You cannot shut off the digital zoom. So as you zoom you slide into digital without a detent, and start loosing pixels. This is really amateur in my opinion.
5) Small form factor, This is great. It moves in and out with accuracy.
6) Improved focus, In video this is definitely an improvement. The 5n said OSS in the lens, but it did not work in video. So any little shake in hand motion ended up on the video. Upon using the 10 shot/second stills... as my Grandson walked toward me, the focus was lost. It is improved though but not perfect.
7) Simplified layout and Dial, Yes and No. The dial on top is more traditional and better direct access. (they removed the antishake function and put it in the "SCN" tho) And No for the menu system. The NEX5n had a touch screen that was helpful, this one does not. The added features are stuffed into the end of the set-up. (toolbox icon)
Summary is that Sony has an outstanding product. I will use it and work around the limitations.
The thinking for the software is suspect. I question logic that puts the emphasis on sending pictures to facebook (or Aunt Edna's cell phone) rather than moving the media to where it needs to be.. And, digital zoom? Do they even do that on DSLRs? No shut-off for the wireless? I hope there is a firmware update coming soon to correct this. (Recommend Sony use their programmers in the group responsible for Vegas Pro... a supremely outstanding product)
October 21, 2013
Remote iPhone app is great
I'm sure you read all the other reviews about the image quality and lenses. Here is the addition for the remote mobile phone app, "Smart Remote Control."
It uses WIFI but the camera acts as an access point. So, if you are in the mountains without any WIFI, just turn on the app on the NEX 6, search for the access point using your mobile phone, then they get paired. The NEX 6 acts like a WIFI router. I've used it up to 30 feet away. It can be used anywhere. The phone gives a real time video feed (sometimes half sec delayed) to the phone. It can send the image to the phone each time you take a picture, but this transfer delays time between shots. It uses whatever settings you had for the camera before going into this mode. You can't change anything from the phone, yet. But, I'm sure there will be an update like any app with more functionality.
How does this help you? You can see the picture on your phone in real time and adjust the people in the picture just right to take the perfect shot.
The rest of the reviews here are pretty spot on. 24mm lens is excellent!
September 1, 2013