As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha NEX-6 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Sony Alpha NEX-6's top rivals come from Sony (such as the NEX 7 and the NEX 5R) and Canon (such as the EOS 7D and the Rebel T3i)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-6 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), slightly larger viewfinder (0.71x vs 0.49x) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, lacks and external mic jack and is older (august 2012 vs august 2013).

Sony NEX 7

Sony NEX-7
1 year older
$737 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX 7 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the NEX 7 (vs the NEX-6)

  • None found

common strengths of the NEX 7 and NEX-6

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)
  • Light weight: 350 g vs 287 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.7"

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
similar age
$660 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5R (vs the NEX-6)

  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5R (vs the NEX-6)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5R and NEX-6

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)
  • Light weight: 276 g vs 287 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.7"

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the NEX-6)

  • None found

common strengths of the A6000 and NEX-6

  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 287 g
  • Thin: 1.8" vs 1.7"

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.49x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and NEX-6

  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×38 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)
  • Light weight: 281 g vs 287 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.7"

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
1 year newer
$363 - $448 (body only)
$450 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the NEX-6)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5100 and NEX-6

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)
  • Light weight: 224 g vs 287 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.7"

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the NEX-6)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5000 and NEX-6

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)
  • Light weight: 210 g vs 287 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.7"

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-6 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), significantly larger viewfinder (0.71x vs 0.59x), shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5.3 fps), has a screen which flips out and has much more focus points (99 vs 9).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 17.9 MP), it's body is not weather sealed, has much more startup delay (2000 ms vs 400 ms), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
3 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the NEX-6)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the NEX-6)

  • Many fewer focus points: 19 vs 99
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.7"
  • Much larger: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)

common strengths of the 7D and NEX-6

  • Fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 10 fps
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.7"

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
2 years older
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the NEX-6)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Much longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 360 shots

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the NEX-6)

  • Shoots much slower: 5.3 fps vs 10 fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 99
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the 60D and NEX-6

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $554.94 vs $606.49

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-6 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps), much larger viewfinder (0.71x vs 0.54x), shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4 fps), has a screen which flips out and has much less shutter lag (257 ms vs 264 ms).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 17.9 MP), it's body is not weather sealed, has much more startup delay (2000 ms vs 600 ms) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror).

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year older
$602 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 39 vs 99
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×105×77 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)

common strengths of the D7000 and NEX-6

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.71x
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 99
  • Above average viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 100%

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the NEX-6)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the NEX-6)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.71x
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 99

common strengths of the T3i and NEX-6

  • Flip-out screens

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
5 months older
$1,994 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A57 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Shoots significantly faster: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Hybrid detection

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A57 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Many fewer focus points: 15 vs 99
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×98×81 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the SLT A57 and NEX-6

  • Large viewfinder size: 0.72x vs 0.71x
  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000
3 years older
$306 (body only)
$731 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5000 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Hybrid detection

Significant disadvantages of the D5000 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the D5000 and NEX-6

  • Flip-out screens

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
6 months newer
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 99
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the SL1 and NEX-6

  • Very small: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)
  • Thin: 2.7" vs 1.7"
  • Light weight: 407 g vs 287 g

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
5 months newer
$709 (body only)
$1,097 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Mid size (120×67×43 mm)
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the D7100 and NEX-6

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.71x
  • Lots of focus points: 51 vs 99
  • Above average viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 100%

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-6 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), has a screen which flips out and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), lacks and external mic jack, has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2) and significantly shorter exposures (30 seconds vs 180 seconds).

Ricoh GR Digital II

Ricoh GR Digital II
4 years older

Significant advantages of the GR Digital II (vs the NEX-6)

  • Much longer exposures: 180 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the GR Digital II (vs the NEX-6)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the GR Digital II and NEX-6

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
similar age
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and NEX-6

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 360 shots

Canon PowerShot G5 X

Canon PowerShot G5 X
3 years newer
$588 - $699

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G5 X (vs the NEX-6)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G5 X (vs the NEX-6)

  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 360 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the PowerShot G5 X and NEX-6

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Flip-out screens
  • Support external flash

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828

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9 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-F828 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-F828 (vs the NEX-6)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 134k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the DSC-F828 and NEX-6

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital