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November 9, 2012

My Sony Nex-6 w/ 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens is Arriving at the Lab Today!! NEX6L/B

Sony NEx-6 w/16-50mm Power Zoom -selp1650

I Ordered My Sony Nex-6 Camera with the 16-50mm Power Zoom lens as a kit. (NEX6L/B), and it’s arriving at SonyAlphaLab Today!!

I have the UPS guys Cell Number and he is the man, so I’m going to give him a call around 9am and my time and see where is at. Then I might just drive to meet up at his convenience as I really want to record the Open Box Video and get that battery charging so I can use the NEX-6 ASAP.

I also want to take the product photography photos downstairs in the Mini Studio I have set-up at the moment. The Full Studio (Lab), encase your wondering, is much closer to completion thanks to the efforts of my Dad and myself yesterday. We ran the rest of the 3/4 inch Pex pipe for the base board heat and got the electric heat wired up to the Studio electric panel. We also added another outlet in the Studio area for convenience purposes as I noticed a gap near the stairs where I might need a plug for laptop tethering purposes.  I have outlets everywhere!! I have heavy duty commercial grade 20 amp outlets in the entire studio ceiling spread out so I can easily run high wattage constant studio lights if I ever want. I can also keep the power wires off the floor as they naturally become tripping hazards. I still have to finish up connecting the heat to the boiler which requires soldering the Pex to Copper fittings on. It’s easy to do, but I left that for another day as I have several connections to make throughout the sytem and a Zone Valve to replace on the boiler. Miles well do all the soldering at once 😉 I need to buy the zone valve still!

Back to the Nex-6!!

I can’t wait to get it, and I unfortunately have to go to the Dentist today first, then meet the UPS guy, then get hope and record the Open Box video!! We shall see how the day actually pans out in time 😉 Stay tuned for some Open Box Nex-6 Video Footage later today, and possible a few sample pic!! Be sure to check on the Forum for up to the minute info!! I’m trying to keep itself for the more professional quality articles these days. The Sony Alpha Forum has a lot more short posts, links to Sony reviews and tons of Photography to check out if your interested!! I’ll Catch up with you later, and be sure to check out the Preview of the Nex-6 Below.


Sony Nex-6

The Nex-6 is a slightly refined and less expensive version of the Sony Nex-7. It has a built in viewfinder which is a must for bright daylight shooting, and a killer swivel screen. It doesn’t flip up 180degrees like the Nex-5r, but unlike the Nex-5r it does face all the way down for easy over head shooting.

The Nex-6 features a New 16mp sensor with built in Phase detection AF sensors. This enhances the Native contrast autofocus by speeding things up significantly. This is great for both video and regular photography!! The Sony Nex-6 also features a standard hot show, which will make it a breeze to use with studio lights, regular flash units, or other hot shoe mountable devices!.

Key Features:

  • Pocket camera with professional-grade performance
  • 16 MP APS-C sensor with up to 10 fps shooting and Full HD video
  • Fast Hybrid AF includes phase-detection for DSLR-like focus
  • Bright XGA OLED viewfinder for 100% coverage
  • Wi-Fi sharing and downloadable camera apps
  • DSLR-like operation with new intuitive Quick Navi controls
  • Multi-interface Smart Accessory Shoe for system accessories
  • Built-in Guide Number 6 flash brightens the scene
  • 11 exciting Picture Effects for stills and videos
  • Photo Creativity for easy image adjustments

Sony Nex-6 Feature Breakdown

  • 16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor: The same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized ? DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between “snapshots” and “photographs,” delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
  • Fast Hybrid AF: Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF combines two technologies for outstanding performance: Phase detection AF for quick response that is ideal when tracking fast-moving subjects and contrast-detection AF for added precision. A perfect match that delivers optimal Auto Focus for fast, precise focusing in any scene.
  • XGA Tru-Finder OLED: This eye-level, through-the-lens, viewfinder begins with 2359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.
  • Wi-Fi Sharing: Wi-Fi capability – a first for Alpha-series – lets users transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile app. Wi-Fi capability allows for sharing, viewing and saving photos for expanded photo-shooting enjoyment. Photos can be easily transferred to smartphones and tablets, or viewed on TV/PCs.
  • Advanced Control Dial: Mode control dial and Quick Navi assure quick an intuitive operation comparable to DSLR cameras Control dial, Fn (function) button and touch screen (including touch shutter function) combine to greatly facilitate operation and speed getting the shot.
  • New Multi-Interface Shoe: Unlike conventional cameras, the NEX-6 features a newly developed Multi-Interface Shoe that dramatically expands compatibility with Handycam accessories, thus raising the potential for photo/movie shooting.
  • Built-in GN6 Pop-up Flash: A built-in Guide Number 6 flash is located on top of the camera. It is ideal for dimly lit settings and can be used as a fill flash when shooting in bright sunshine or to produce catch lights in portraits. The flash combines with ultra-high ISO 2500 and a large APS-C HD CMOS sensor for stunning low-light photos.
  • Picture Effect mode: The Photo Creativity interface enables creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without the complicated settings. Changes can be easily made using the control dial with results seen in real time on the LCD. Settings include; Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness and most Picture Effects.
  • Auto Portrait Framing: Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and full resolution portraits.
  • Clear Image Zoom: Utilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you’re using.
  • Convenient USB charging: Easily recharge the camera via USB charging. Simply connect the bundled USB cable and recharge the battery without removing it from the camera, either via AC outlet or PC connection.
  • Full HD Movies at 60p/60i/24p: Capture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920×1080 resolution. AVCHD codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.
  • Auto HDR built into camera: High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second.
  • 6-image layering: The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images up to ISO 25600 to create a single image. This helps control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or to get cleaner nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.
  • Sweep Panorama Technology: Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (16mm focal length).
  • Anti Motion Blur mode: Corrects for subject movement to capture amazingly clean and sharp images in low light. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image that minimizes subject blur.
  • Intelligent Auto Focus: Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum.
  • Peaking AF display: The Peaking AF display makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focal plane can make or break your shot.
  • Manual Focus Assist: Greatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring, making it easy to get razor-sharp images. Works with E-mount lenses only.
  • Enhanced Tracking Focus: Tracking Focus continuously tracks a user-designated subject and is now more effective at tracking people. If the subject turns away from the camera, face-detection tracking automatically switches to subject tracking and continues tracking.
  • Face Detection technology: The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.
  • Smile Shutter technology: Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity.
  • D-Range Optimizer (DRO): Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.
  • Creative Styles (6 modes): Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine- tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.
  • PhotoTV HD compatibility: Optimizes compatible BRAVIA® televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures.
  • MS Duo/ SD slot: For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (Class 4 or higher recommended), (Memory card is required, all are sold separately).
  • Anti-dust sensor: Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor’s low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.

Sony Nex-6 Specifications

Camera Type Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount lenses
Imaging Sensor Imaging Sensor: Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on Optical Filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross: Approx. 16.7 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 16.1 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.5x
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Optics/Lens Lens Mount Type: Sony E-mount lenses
Digital Zoom: Approx. 4x (still images and movie) Smart Zoom (M: approx. 1.4x, S:approx. 2x)
Smart Zoom Technology: M: approx. 1.4x, S:approx. 2x
Lens Compensation Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Viewfinder Eye point: Approx. 23mm from the eyepiece, 21mm from the eyepiece frame at 1m (diopter)
Brightness control: Auto, Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
Display: Display basic info; Levels; Histogram
Number of dots : 2,359,296 dots
Type: 1.3 cm (0.5 type) Electronic viewfinder
Diopter Adjustment: -4m-1 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Field of View: 100% coverage
Print Compatible Standards Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
Flash Sync Speed Flash sync speed: 1/160 s
Metering System “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor
Continuous Shooting No. of frame recordable (approx.): Fine: 15 frames, Standard: 16 frames, RAW:11 frames, RAW&JPG: 10 framesSpeed (approx., max.) : Continuous mode: max. 3 fps; Speed Priority Continuous shooting: max. 10 fps
Auto Portrait Framing Still images: Yes
Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2s delay selectable), Self-timer (10/2s delay 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing, Remote Cdr
Self-Timer 2s or 10s delay (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)
Shutter Speeds Still images: 1/4000 to 30s (Bulb)
Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter)
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Focus System Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF) with “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor
Focus Points 99 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
AF Modes AF-S: Single-shot AF, AF-C: Continuous AF
Focus Area Multi Point (99 points(phase-detection AF), 25 points(contrast-AF)), Center-weighted, Flexible Spot
Focus Sensitivity 0 EV to +20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens attached)
Manual Focus Assist Yes MF assist (4.8x, 9.6x)
Focus Features Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-Start AF (with LA-EA2(Sold separately)
AF Illuminator Built-in, LED type (with a range of approx. 0.3-3.0m (with E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached)
Interface Multi Interface Shoe: Yes Accessory Shoe: Yes (with the adaptor ADP-MAA (Sold separately). Multi Interface Shoe
HD Output : HDMI (TypeC mini), BRAVIA Sync, Photo TV HD
PhotoTV HD : Yes
Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Still Image Mode JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9 L: 4912 x 2760 (14M)
M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M)
S: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)
Still Image Size 3:2 L: 4912 x 3264 (16M)
M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M)
S: 2448 x 1624 (4M)
Panorama Still Image Size Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
Vertical: 5,536 x 2,160 (12M)
Horizontal Std: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
Vertical Std: 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
Video Format AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive), AVCHD, MP4
Video Mode : AVCHD PS – 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX – 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH – 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX – 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH – 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
MP4: HD – 1440 x 1080/ 30fps@12Mbps
VGA – 640 x 480/30fps@3Mbps
Audio Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
Microphone/Speaker Built-in stereo microphones / Built-in, monaural speaker (volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7)
Still Image File Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Picture EffectS 11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature
Auto Exposure Lock AE is locked when the shutter button is half pressed (ON/OFF is available in MENU)
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation (-3 to +3steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3steps)
Exposure Bracketing With 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, 3EV increments, 3 frames
Exposure Compensation Still images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps), Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Exposure Settings iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection
ISO Still images: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-25600)Movies: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-6400)
Metering 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens)
Noise Reduction Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
White Balance Mode Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem (2500 to 9900K), C.Filter (G7 to M7,A7 to B7), Custom
AF Micro Adjustment Yes, with LA-EA2 (sold separately)
LCD Display LCD Type: 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT (921,600 dots)
Angle Adjustment: Up: Approx. 90 degrees, Down: Approx. 45 degrees
Brightness Control : Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Real-time image adjustment display : On/Off
Peaking : Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Customization : Graphic display/Display all info/Big font size display/No display info/Levels/Histogram/Viewfinder
Advanced Features Face Detection: On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off, Face Selection (maximum 8 detectables)
Smile Shutter: selectable from 3 steps
Tracking Focus: object tracking
Advanced User Interface: Yes
Anti Motion Blur: 6-image layering
Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV at 1.0 EV step, off)
Shooting Tips: Yes
Sweep Panorama: Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard)
Convenience Features Still Image Playback Options: Single, 6/12-frame index view, Enlarged display mode, Panorama (Standard), Panorama (Wide): 34x), Auto Review, Image orientation, Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection, Delete, Protect
Video Playback Options : Forward/Rewind
Flash Flash Compensation: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Flash Coverage: FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Rear Sync., Flash Off, Wireless (with external flash sold seperately)
Flash Type: Built-in flash. Sony System Flash (Compatible with Multi Interface Shoe and Auto-lock accessory shoe with the adaptor (ADP-MAA (Sold separately)
Guide Number: 6 (in meters at ISO 100 equivalent)
Recycling Time: Approx. 4 sec
Other Features Help guide: Yes
Area Setting: Yes
Clock Function, Setting: Yes
Eye-Fi ready: Yes
Shop Front Mode: Yes
Wi-Fi PlayMemories Camera Apps: Yes
Send to Computer: Yes
View on Smartphone: Yes
View on TV: Yes
Operating System Compatibility Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (v10.3-10.8)
Battery Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Number of Still Images Approx. 270 images (Viewfinder), Approx. 360 images (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)
Power Consumption (in Operation) Still images:approx. 2.5W (w/ E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
Movies: approx.3.9W(w/ E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
Power Consumption (ViewFinder Operation) Still images: approx. 3.3W (with E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
Movies: approx.4.1W(with E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
Dimensions WxHxD 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.7″ (119.9 x 66.9 x 42.6mm)
Weight Approx. 10.1 oz (287g) excl battery & media
12.2 oz (345g) w/battery & media

Nex-6 Price: ~$898 (body Only)

Nex-6 (body only) ~$898 US @ BHPhotoVideo >> | Amazon >> | Adorama >>
Nex-6 w/16-50mm lens ~$998 US @ BHPhotoVideo >> | Amazon >> | Adorama >>


Sony 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS (Pancake) Zoom Lens – SELP1650 just 1.17″ (29.9mm) when fully retracted, this SEL-P1650 retractable zoom lens is super compact and easy to carry so you can quickly whip out your camera and spontaneously grab shots as they occur. It’s perfect for traveling and other scenarios that require a lightweight, compact camera and lens combo. It covers a 16mm to 50mm range (35mm equivalent = 24-75mm) for flexible shooting, and is equipped with one ED (extra-low dispersion) and four aspherical elements, resulting in a high-performance lens that is surprisingly compact.

Key Features:

  • Compact and lightweight design for excellent portability thanks to retract-ability down to a mere 29.9 mm
  • POWER ZOOM for smooth zooming with superb operability and quietness
  • ED glass and Aspherical lens elements for excellent performance with reduced aberrations
  • Built-in image stabilization

SELP1650 – Full Specs

Lens Type E-mount 16-50mm F3.5-5.6
Lens Mount Sony E-mount
Lens Construction 8 groups, 9 elements (4 aspheric surfaces)
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 24mm-75mm
Angle of view 83° – 32°
Aperture blade 7 blades (Circular aperture)
Aperture (Max.) F3.5-F5.6
Aperture (Min.) F22-F36
Maximum Magnification 0.215x
Minimum Focusing Distance 9.8″ (0.25m)
Filter Diameter 40.5mm
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot
Mount Material Metal
Exterior Finish Black
Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) 2.54″ x 1.17″ (64.7 x 29.9mm)
Weight 4.1 oz (116g)

Full Feature Breakdown

Compact and lightweight design
Despite a 3x magnification ratio covering 16 mm to 50 mm (24-75mm 35mm eq.), the SEL-P1650 is thin and lightweight thanks to a retracting mechanism that reduces the lens to just 1.17″ (29.9 mm). It truly enhances the portability of E-mount cameras, giving users the means to capture spontaneous moments when on trips with a light and compact camera/lens combination.

ED glass and Aspherical lens elements
The SELP-1650 is equipped with one ED and four Aspherical elements, resulting in a high-performance lens that is surprisingly compact. The elements correct for curvature of field on the wide-angle side and spherical and chromatic aberration on the telephoto side for beautiful, accurate, high-contrast reproduction across the entire image.

POWER ZOOM for smooth zooming
The SEL-P1650 is the first lens with an electrically driven zoom me chanism. As soon as the camera is powered on, the lens extends and is instantly ready for shooting. A dual-function control ring is used for both zooming and manual focus.

Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system provides a 4-stop (approx.) shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video.

Price: ~$348

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    Please Please Please! Do an Overheating in Video Mode test (3 clips in succession).

    • Jay

      No problem at all ProBound! I will definitely do that test, but the battery will probably die before any overheating occurs like the Nex-F3 did. I’m going to order another battery asap, so I can do an Extended Video Test. I need an extra battery anyway 😉


      • Any chance you’ve had an opportunity to do the extended video test? I had to return my NEX 7 because the overheating made it practically unusable and I’d jump right back into the NEX series if Sony can fix this issue.

      • Jay

        Hi Ryan,

        I Just started recording exactly 10 minutes ago as I type this. I will keep it going until the battery dies or it overheats. Stay tuned for the update 😉 I’m using the most Heat producing 1080 60p as well just so you know. Did your Nex-7 overheat at 60 fps, 30 fps, or both??



      • My NEX 7 overheated quicker at higher ISOs – I only tested at 60p (I have no use for 24p). ONCE I was able to do a full 29 minutes – it was the very first time I hit record one morning, but every other time it shut down after 2, 5, 8 or some other random minute of recording… even in cold ambient temperatures. Very frustrating. Glad to hear the NEX 6 may have solved the issue!

      • Jay

        Hey Ryan,

        It makes sense that the Higher ISO would heat up faster, as the voltage is increased to make the sensor more sensitive. The Nex-7sensor has a much higher pixel density than the Nex-6, 24mp vs 16mp. It is a real shame about the overheating issues on the Nex-7 and Nex-5n. I honestly never had a problem with them, but never had a reason to do longer recordings than I did at the time.

        I will do a overheating test on all future Sony Nex cameras, although I think Sony fixed the issue. The Nex-F3 did not overheat nor did the Nex-6 with a full batter at the 60 fps.


      • Since I travel a lot I like to experiment with lighter kit. The NEX 7 backfired on me. After several successful videos at home (which, granted, were all short takes), my first attempt in a production setting (interviews with the drivers in this video – which was a very dark museum) and the camera cut off from recording every couple minutes. (even though it was cold in there – so obviously not really a temperature issue.) Frustrating to say the least.

        Naturally, I was recording sound separately, so the interviews were still usable. But after that the NEX went to my PA for just some BTS and filler for the rest of the event at Pike’s Peak. I used my NX5U to film at altitude. When I returned home the NEX went back to B&H. But I liked the image, so I sold my NX5U and replaced it with an A77 kit. Looking forward to picking up a 6 as a B-Camera. (or “C” when renting a more serious A.) Thanks for doing the thorough overheat tests.

      • Jay


        Wow, fantastic work!! I really enjoyed the video and that crash looked harsh from in the cab. That driver seemed like a really nice dude with a great out look on things as well 😉

        Thanks for sharing and again, outstanding work!!


      • To complete that little story, this is what I shot recently for a client with the A77:

        The decent low-light saved me on the night stages.

      • Jay

        Another awesome video Ryan!! Thanks for sharing and I’ll add your videos to the forum area if you want in the video projects area?? Hopefully it will get you more views, not that you really need them 😉


      • Jay

        I added your videos to the Sony Alpha Forum Here >>

        Please let me know if that is an issue in any way!!


      • Jay

        Well, the battery just died and I recorded in 1080 60/p the entire time with 2 formats of the card which gave it about 1 minute to cool in between 30 minute clips. I recorded a total of Approx 95 minutes or so. I had the screen closed the entire time except for checking the back of the camera for temp. It progressively got hotter as time went on. I can’t say whether it would keep recording for another complete battery cycle without over heating or not. If it kept getting hotter it might be fine, not sure I need another battery to find out.

        The Nex-7 has so many more pixels pumping off heat on the same size sensor as the Nex-6, so it will over heat waay faster than a 16mp density chip. I also believe Sony made some previsions to get longer record times, and they don’t want the Nex cameras to replace their very dominant video camera product line!! They make a lot of video cameras at several price points and quality levels. Really not sure how the engineers compromise with size, heat, etc…


  2. derek

    I am more excited than you are, just kidding….. I hope you have fun with the new NEX-6
    About an hour ago I received my 16mm 2.8 lens from HK at really good price $133USD + free shipping :). I just tested to see if it works and yes it works. The f2.8 makes the contrast AF much faster too:) I also ordered the ultra wide converter for $109USD:) +shipping cost of $10USD, good deal too. I didn’t get it yet, weird it’s coming from USA and still not here and I ordered them both the same day from Ebay. What I like about the ultra wide converter is that it will be constant at f2.8. So for about $250USD I get 16mm f2.8 and 12mm f2.8 that cheaper and faster than the new lens 10-18mm f4 ($899CAN)

    I check your web site almost everyday now

    PS. I decided to keep the NEX-7 and not to buy into NEX-6, something about 7 that I can’t let go. I went to Henry’s here in Canada and played with it for about 45-60mins and I found that I still like my NEX-7 more… that is just me. I will have to wait for the new NEX-7X and then decide to upgrade…. maybe

    Derek Chmielarski

    • Jay

      Hey Derek,

      Thanks for the comments and I totally understand why you would not upgrade to the Nex-6 from the Nex-7. It’s really not an upgrade except for the PDAF built on the senor.

      That wide angle lens is a lot of money, no question!! I have the Sigma 10-20mm, so I probably won’t buy that lens anytime soon. The 55-210mm OSS is top on my list for the next E-Mount Lens, but I may just go the adapter and old school lens route 🙂

      Be sure to sign up on the Sony Alpha Forum Derek and we can catch up over there, share pics etc..


  3. Jonathan Glass

    You do realize that this NEX-6 article uses an incorrect illustration for the NEX-6, right? The product appearing in the illustration resembles the NEX-5R or the NEX-5N.

    • Jay

      Hey Jonathan,

      Honestly I forgot, but yes. I needed an image for the “Feature Photo” and I didn’t have another Nex-6 photo of mine edited, so I grabbed that quick and ran out of the house for work and totally forgot to change it. Thanks man 😉


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