Sony has been the company to turn to lately for compact DSLR-quality cameras, especially after the release of their NEX-5 camera. Now, Sony is cementing that position with two new cameras – the NEX-6 and the Cyber-shot RX1.
The NEX-6 is the latest interchangeable-lens compact camera from Sony. The full range of settings available on a standard DSLR will be available on the NEX-6, which packs in an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (16.1 MP) and a BIONZ image processor, with light sensitivity settings up to ISO 25600. The Fast Hybrid AF system can be made to focus on still objects, highlighting contrast and details, or on movement when using Speed Priority Continuous mode, with can continuously take snapshots at as fast as 10 frames per second. For viewfinding, there’s an XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF, which reveals everything that will be in the picture with clarity. There will also be a 3.0” Xtra Fine LCD, which can be angled up or down and features anti-glare. A dial on the top can be used to scroll through the most commonly used shooting modes, but those more proficient with DSLRs can still manually adjust everything from sensitivity to white balance. The NEX-6 is Wi-Fi friendly, and actually has its own series of apps that you can use to upload and edit photos.
The Cyber-shot RX1 makes full-frame digital photography handheld. It’s a lightweight, compact camera that can take photos every bit as good as some of the best DSLRs on the market. Inside, there’s a very nice 35mm full-frame 24.3 MP Exmor CMOS sensor. This isn’t an interchangeable-lens camera, though – instead, you’ll get a fixed Carl Zeiss T*t 35mm f/2.0 fixed lens. Like the NEX-6, sensitivity can be adjusted up to 25600 ISO and a BIONZ image processor helps keep photos looking crisp and detailed. Also like the NEX-6, the RX1 remains novice-friendly by including a commonly used settings dial. There are plenty of buttons and dials around the RX1 for adjusting aperture and sensitivity settings, too.
Both cameras are pretty awesome feats of engineering – you really are getting the full DSLR treatment, without having to lug a huge piece of equipment around. That said, they aren’t any cheaper than DSLRs. The NEX-6 and RX1 will both drop sometime this year, with the former selling for $850 (body only, no lens) and the latter selling for $2,800.