The NEX concept in general is a very cool one. Small, lightweight cameras with large APS-C sensor that can produce great looking pictures and at times nice looking videos.
The NEX-6 is a rather disappointing camera when it comes to video. I would have certainly expect Sony’s latest NEX camera to produce better video quality. Moire and aliasing can be spotted everywhere.
Leica’s first full frame camera to offer full HD video is a rather disappointing.
Deep into the HDSLR video revolution I would have expect the a manufacturer like Leica to come up with a better video solution.
Saying that, if you are a Leica fan and would like to explore the camera here are its advantages:
– Great battery life
– Nice LCD screen
– Useful good quality electronic viewfinder
– Ability to control audio levels during video recording
– Minimize moire and aliasing
– Peaking (although not always very visible when you need it)
The NEX-5R is very similar to the NEX-5N when it comes to video quality.
Overall video picture is fine and nothing beats its APS-C large sensor/portability combination (besides the much more expensive NEX-7).
The buttons in this camera are very customizable allowing total manual control over picture.
Personally I was let down by the camera getting warm un-expectedly while shooting video and the lack of microphone/headphone input and control.
Like Johnnie, I also own a NEX-5N. Picture quality is good for video and sharper than video from Canon DSLRs of this generation (namely 7D, T2i/550D, T3i/600D etc.). However, there is a considerable amount of aliasing. Biggest problem for me is the fact that you can’t see the full quality video on the LCD before you hit “record”, it only shows you a very low resolution image which can’t be judged professionally. I recommend getting the FDA-EV1S viewfinder for the 5N as it makes the camera so much better (yes it’s pricey but worth it!).