Sample Image Gallery: Sony NEX-6

Some real-world shots taken with Sony's new ILC

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When Sony announced the NEX-6 with its built-in viewfinder, it was great news for people who wanted an NEX-7 but didn’t want to drop all that cash on one. We’re in the process of testing the NEX-6 to see how it measures up to the rest of its competition, but here are some real-world sample images to help you get an idea of what to expect. All images are unedited unless otherwise noted. Some were shot in JPEG and some were shot in RAW and exported to sRGB JPEG using Lightroom 4. All images were taken using the 16-50mm F/3.5-5.6 pancake lens. Boxes of apples in bright sunlight diffused by a white tent at the farmer’s market. Tech specs: Aperture: F/5.6 **Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec ** ISO: 400 **Focal Length: 21mm ** Edits: +1/3 exposure added in Lightroom 4 Original file
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This was shot at 1/60th sec in order to give the person walking by motion blur. Again, the light bulbs themselves are blown out, but the untweaked color balance looks good, even with those gnarly fluorescent lights. Tech specs: Aperture: F/4 Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec ISO: 500 **Focal Length: 16mm ** Edits: None **Original file **
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More gross fluorescent light and again the NEX-6 gets it right. Or at least very close. The big grey walls give a nice opportunity to see how the NEX-6 performs at ISO 2000 in JPEG mode. You can see things getting a little muddy in the full-res version, but there’s plenty of room for sharpening and noise-reduction to be applied. Tech specs: Aperture: F/4 **Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec. ** ISO: 2000 Focal Length: 16mm Edits: +2/3 stop exposure added in Lightroom 4 **Original file **
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Shot in RAW, this file came out of the camera with a nicely-shaped histogram, but it had a lot of extra room at both ends, so the whole thing looks a bit flat. Not unexpected for a RAW file, but it was a bit more than usual in this case. Tech specs: Aperture: F/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec ISO: 100 **Focal Length: 50mm ** Edits: +1 stop exposure in Lightroom 4 **Original file **
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A dark street with mixed light color temperatures is a true torture test for any camera, especially at ISO 3200. Tech specs: Aperture: F/3.5 **Shutter Speed: 1/15th sec ** ISO: 3200 **Focal Length: 16mm ** Edits: None **Original file **
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Here’s an example of how the NEX-6 handles skin tone under flat light. It was overcast, but bright so it’s shot at ISO 100. Again, the original file is a little flat, even for a RAW file. Color accuracy, however, seems pretty excellent, though. Tech specs: Aperture: F/8 Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec ISO: 100 **Focal Length: 27mm ** Edits: None Original file
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Taken in the early evening, this street scene is mostly dark, but still retains a lot of shadow detail. The bright light inside the store gets blown out a bit, but can be recovered a little in post, even though this was shot in native JPEG. Tech specs: Aperture: F/5.6 **Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec ** ISO: 3200 **Focal Length: 50mm ** Edits: None Original file
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A shiny plastic statue in a high-contrast area. It needed a little bit of brightening out of the camera (which seems to be a theme, at least with the sample I was using) but it kept a lot of detail in both the highlights and the shadows. Tech specs: Aperture: F/7.1 **Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec. ** ISO: 100 **Focal Length: 27mm ** Edits: +2/3 exposure added in Lightroom 4 Original file
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Some leafy greens shot in the shade. Again, color reproduction looks pretty good. Tech specs: Aperture: F/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec. ISO: 400 **Focal Length: 50mm ** Edits: None Original file
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A friendly skeleton who proved to be a very cooperative model. He was in the shade in late afternoon. Tech specs: Aperture: F/5.6 **Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec. ** ISO: 250 **Focal Length: 50mm ** Edits: None Original file
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These apples were not under any kind of cover so there’s a lot more contrast in the frame. There are only a few very small areas where the highlights clipped and they were recoverable for the most part in post since this is a RAW file. Tech specs: Aperture: F/5.6 **Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec. ** ISO: 400 **Focal Length: 16mm ** Edits: None Original file
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A basket of bell peppers in direct sunlight. The shiny skin and red color make them tricky subjects. But, the meter seemed to nail this tricky shot closer than it did with some of the easier situations. Tech specs: Aperture: F/5.6 **Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec. ** ISO: 100 **Focal Length: 35mm ** Edits: None Original file
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A box of action figures for sale at midday in the shade. Tech specs: Aperture: F/6.3 **Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec ** ISO: 125 **Focal Length: 50mm ** Edits: None Original file
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A decaying red pepper shot in the shade in late afternoon. Tech specs: Aperture: F/5.6 **Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec.**** ** ISO: 125 **Focal Length: 50mm ** Edits: None Original file