Sony Alpha NEX-6 vs Canon EOS M

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-6

74

Canon EOS M

59

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.1 EV
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Size
Really small
Compact 109x66x32 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.3"

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS M. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-6.

differences

Advantages of the Canon EOS M

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Size
Smaller
109x66x32 mm vs 120x67x43 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.7"
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Around 30% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$241.69 vs $659.00
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The best price we've seen is $417 cheaper (2.7x less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-6

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
257 ms vs 742 ms
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2.9x less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Overall image quality
Better image quality
78.0 vs 65.0
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20% better image quality
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Focus points
More focus points
99 vs 31
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2000 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,018 ISO vs 827 ISO
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The NEX-6 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life
Longer battery life
360 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
More lenses available
21 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 4.3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-6's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              EOS M2700 ms
              NEX-62000 ms
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $580 body only

              $498 - $589 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $330 - $398 with 16-50mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M3

              Canon EOS M3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $853 - $920 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Significantly larger
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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