Updated (October 2012): Compare the Nikon 1 V2 vs Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6 vs Nikon 1 V2

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-6

74

Nikon 1 V2

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V2

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
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Phase detection video autofocus
fast and accurate
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate

Items often bought with the Sony NEX-6 or Nikon 1 V2

galleries

Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Nikon 1 V2.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-6.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon 1 V2

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-6

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
78.0 vs 50.0
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Around 60% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 20.2 bits
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Distinguishes 3.5 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.8 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,018 ISO vs 403 ISO
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The NEX-6 has excellent image quality: 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the 1 V2
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
Lens availability
More lenses available
62 lenses vs 20 lenses
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More than 3x more lenses available
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-6's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Focus points
More focus points
99 vs 73
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
360 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
120×67×43 mm vs 109×82×46 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.7" vs 1.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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recommendations

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
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Weight Light weight Help
              1 V2278 g
              NEX-6287 g
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1 V214.2 MP
              NEX-616 MP
              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

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $380 - $599 body only

              $460 - $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $539 - $549 body only

              $593 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung NX500

              Samsung NX500

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 - $650 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 body only

              $381 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Nikon 1 V2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,097 with 10-30mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Nikon 1 J5

              Nikon 1 J5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $450 with 10-30mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $270 with 10-30mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $762 body only

              $660 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Focus points Fewer focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External flash No external flash support
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Smaller
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $346 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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              discussion

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              SR (2:16 PM, June 11, 2013)
              Sorry but since Nikon V1 and V2, the AF on N1 have been the first in compact camera using phase detection ?? This overlook makes the whole comparison very questionable...
              That's basically where I stop reading...
               
              Avatar for Eduardo Guariglia Eduardo Guariglia (8:09 PM, January 31, 2013)
              Me too!
               
              Alil (1:51 AM, January 22, 2013)
              Thanks.. I confuse to choose between this camera.and now i know,I choose Sony Nex-6.