Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Sony Alpha NEX-6

Winner
Olympus OM-D E-M5

81

Sony Alpha NEX-6

76

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Olympus OM-D E-M5

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1100 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Weight
Light-weight
287 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus OM-D E-M5.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-6.

competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Competitors

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$421 - $549 body only

$595 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,668 with 14-150mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$600 - $2,000 body only

$1,150 - $1,299 with 12-40mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$528 - $548 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$445 body only

$348 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony NEX-7

Sony NEX 7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$725 body only

$649 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Focus points Fewer focus points

discussion

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Miggs (0:04 PM, September 06, 2013)
the olympus sensor is made by sony (the irony of it all).
while micro43 is a solid photo offering, it will never beat the dynamic range, color rendition, or low light performance of an APS-C, especially one made by the same company....
 
wil (0:40 PM, June 05, 2013)
do both cameras have sweep panorama function
 
Dave (10:38 AM, March 10, 2013)
James is correct on this, I own an NEX 6, and the autofocus is slightly faster than the NEX 5, and even the NEX 7, but the OM-D is faster and more accurate in every lighting condition that I have tried. In bright light it is only a little faster, but in low light, it can be much, much faster. There are relative advantages of the NEX 6, of course, but fast AF is not one of them.
 
David (3:28 PM, February 05, 2013)
That is absolutely correct. Plus the rendition of phase AF that SOny is using, turns off phase AF in low liight so its advantage is only there for continuous AF shooting in good light. That's it.
 
James (10:06 PM, January 26, 2013)
Ok phase detect AF is NOT faster than contrast detect AF. They're different systems, but in this case, the OM-D is WAY WAY WAY faster than the NEX 6. Not even close. Please change that or get rid of it, because saying the NEX 6 has faster AF because of its gimmicky "phase AF" is stupid and misleading.