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Sony NEX-6 displays a thoughtful design (pictures)

The NEX-6 has a broader feature set than the NEX-7, but with a similarly well-thought-out design.

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I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
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Compact but jam-packed

The NEX-6 is relatively small, but equipped with tons of features, including a big, bright EVF like the NEX-7's, Wi-Fi connectivity, a tilting display, and a hot shoe.
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New control locations

As on the RX1, the movie record button is off to the right side of the thumb rest. It's a strange location, but I think it's probably better than on top. Sony also saves space by having the second adjustment dial circumscribe the mode dial.
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Function button

The function button can act as a Shift key to add a second set of capabilities adjustable via the top dial.
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New hot shoe

Years after acquiring Konica Minolta, Sony finally does away with the old Minolta hot shoe and adopts the industry-standard hardware. Sony's version has an additional set of contacts inside to enable it to support other accessories, such as microphones. Sony refers to this as the "Multi Interface Shoe."
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Wi-Fi

Like the 5R, the NEX-6 has built-in Wi-Fi for wireless uploading and connection to mobile devices, and supports Sony's proprietary PlayMemories Camera Apps.
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Tilting screen

The NEX-6 has a tilting screen like the 5N, but it doesn't flip up for self-portraits the way the 5R's does.
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35mm f1.8 OSS lens

It's a bit on the large side, but the new lens has optical stabilization, which is welcome. Manufacturers who use optical stabilization technologies don't always include them in the wider-angle lenses, unfortunately.
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New power zoom lens

Sony joins Panasonic in offering power zooming lenses for its ILCs. Its initial offering is a 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 with optical stabilization.
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Zoom switch

Whereas Panasonic's PZ lenses have small, awkwardly placed zoom switches, Sony's has a large control that's easy to feel and operate.
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Power Zoom lens

You don't lose the manual adjustment ring on Sony's PZ lens the way you do with Panasonic's.

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