Sony NEX6L Camera
Small enough to be a digital camera but it’s not. Small enough to fit in a pocket but it has a neck strap. It can have different lenses and mine came with a 16-50mm lens, this can also zoom to 2.8 times. Another reason why this is a DSLR – although Sony just call it an interchangeable lens camera - is that it has something most digital units do no longer have, a viewfinder. It is an auto viewfinder that cuts the screen out when you put your eye to the viewfinder, stop looking in the viewfinder and the TFT returns to display and the viewfinder blanks.
It weights 465 grams (without neck strap) and measures 12x6.5x6.5cm when off, however the lens can emerge up to another 3.5cm.
The left side has a door behind which are HDMI and USB connections, there is also one of the neck strap anchor points. The right side has the other anchor point. The base has the tripod screw and a door behind which the solid battery lives along with any SD card you may use. The right side of the face has a protrusion to allow the fingers of the right hand to get a firm hold as well as the lens which fills the rest of the face of the unit.
This leaves the top and the back. There is a built in flash just to the right of centre which pops up and is always at least 6cm from the lens. To the left of this is a flash shoe for those who want an external offering. The viewfinder is right at the left side of the back/top. Finally on the top is an eight position wheel and on the protrusion has the on/off button around the shutter release and one well marked button just to the right side of this.
The back has the 6.5x3.7cm TFT this can be used flat as with a digital camera but the top can flip back to 90 degrees and forward to 45 degrees to enable you to see images in positions you would otherwise not be able to do so.
Above the TFT are three well marked buttons and at the right edge a rubberised thumb hold. Below this is a button then the ubiquitous five position joystick and finally another button to complete the Sony NEX 6L controls.
Image capture is either in 3:2 or 16:9 the choices are L, M or S. In 16:9 they are 14MP, 7.1MP or 3.4MP. In 3:2 they are 16MP, 8.4MP or 4MP. Each of the possible six resolutions can be recorded in RAW, RAW + JPG, JPG fine or JPG standard.
In movie mode you have the choice of AVCHD or MP4 format. Five different settings are available in AVCHD and two in MP4.
I took still images at all resolutions and even the ‘S’ were good enough for an A4 image. The panorama mode was excellent.
Wi-Fi seems important to some today and with wi-fi you can send images to other devices but of course having Wi-Fi on will reduce the battery time between charges. There is a nice thick manual with sadly only the first 64 pages in English, more details on the CD-ROM.
I rarely get to mention the software supplied with a camera, the Sony software is certainly worth more than a passing look as it does most things that other packages does but often with a lot less fuss and or course it is Free.
Doing my searches found the Sony NEX6L at a best price of £733.99 with free delivery.
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