Their conclusion: Sony’s NEX lineup is kind of a microcosm of the camera industry in 2012. Once you graduate from a point-and-shoot up to a mirrorless camera or a DSLR, odds are good that you’re going to get a camera that takes great pictures. What you’re paying for within the market is resolution, low-light performance, and controls. The NEX-6 doesn’t take meaningfully better images or video than the NEX-5R, but it does offer a much more powerful and usable controls system that will be much more comfortable for an experienced photographer.
I still think the NEX line is the best in its class, thanks to a combination of small bodies, big sensors, and solid performance. (Micro Four Thirds cameras do have a much bigger lens ecosystem, though.) If you want a camera to use in Auto and take great pictures, save $250 and buy the NEX-5R — it shoots just as well. But for my needs, at $849.99 body-only and $999.99 with the new 16-50mm kit lens, the NEX-6 might be my favorite mirrorless camera yet. It’s certainly the first one I’ve tried that feels like it could replace my DSLR — even more so than the NEX-7, which is wonderfully fast in Manual mode but a little clunky at other times. The only big thing still holding me back is the lack of an optical viewfinder, but the more I use the NEX-6 the more I’m comfortable using the LCD instead, so though I’m not sold I’m willing to be converted.
The NEX-6 takes great pictures and good video, it doesn’t break my back to carry around, and I don’t worry about missing shots while I scroll through menus. That’s a pretty killer combination, if you ask me.