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The flaws really detract from what could be a very good camera
on 24 June 2014
I really wanted to love this camera. APC sized "SLR" sensor, in a small body, with a lot of lenses available, at good prices, and at relatively small size and light weight. Also, for me, it had one great attraction, paired with the 24mm equivalent pancake lens and converter you have a real (in 25mm terms) 18mm ultra wide angle lens, that is small, light-weight and performs superbly.
I purchased that lens pairing together with the 75mm (in 35mm terms) 1.8 lens.
Went on holiday to Cornwall for a few days and almost exclusively used the 18mm lens for landscape, and the results were great!
BUT, and here's the big but, there are some problems with this camera. The menu system is just diabolical. Everyone says it is, but until you try and use it you don't realise just how bad it is, especially when compared to the Sony RX100 and RX10, which are easy to use.
Next the sensor is a dust magnet. I only changed lenses a few times, very carefully, but kept getting dark dust marks on all my images. Tried rocket blowering the sensor which helped but the dust particles kept coming back. The camera supposedy has some vibration device that comes on when the camera is switched on and off to "shake" any dust particles from the sensor. Well, it doesnt work.
Worst of all is the EVF. It shimmered all the time, had lag, and was just horrible. Nothing like the EVF on the RX10 which is a joy. As I only use a viewfinder it got to the stage where I just couldnt use this camera, and returned it.
Now, of course, I may have had a "bad 'un", that is possible, but I doubt it.
I also struggled to understand why it lacked options that are standard in the RX100 and RX10 such as being able to set a range of ISO for Auto. Despite it supposedly being a more "professional" type camera it lacked a lot of options.
For the price of the body and a couple of basic lenses you can buy an RX10, and trust me, its chalk and cheese. If you can get an RX10 without a wobbly lens, its a better camera is almost every respect.
Sorry, but for me, the NEX6 is a dud. I highly recommend trying an RX10 if you are considering the NEX6.