Sony Alpha NEX-6

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Sony Alpha NEX-6

91

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Canon EOS M

68

Canon EOS M

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.1 EV
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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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 Slightly cheaper $359.95 vs $492.69
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The best price we've seen is $133 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-6

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.1 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 257 ms vs 742 ms
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2.9x less delay when taking photos
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
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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 360 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Focus points Significantly more focus points 99 vs 31
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Low light performance 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
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 21 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 4.3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              EOS M:2700 ms
              NEX-6:2000 ms
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $815 body only

              $1,199 - $1,346 with 16mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $1,299 with 18-200mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $670 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $789 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $500 body only

              $599 - $743 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $409 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $740 - $999 body only

              $900 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Fujifilm X-E1

              Fujifilm X-E1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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