Sony Alpha NEX-6

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Sony Alpha NEX-6

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Olympus Pen E-P5

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Olympus Pen E-P5

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Focus points
Many focus points
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Reasons to buy the Olympus Pen E-P5

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,036k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
900 ms startup delay
 
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differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-P5

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 900 ms vs 2000 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,036k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 196 ms vs 257 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Size Slightly smaller 122x69x37 mm vs 120x67x43 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-6

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Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 78.0 vs 72.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Focus points Significantly more focus points 99 vs 35
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,018 ISO vs 895 ISO
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The NEX-6 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.1 EV vs 12.4 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Battery life Longer battery life 360 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 287 g vs 420 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $399.00 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $400 cheaper (2x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $500 with 16-50mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 body only

              $749 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 body only

              $999 with 12-50mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Olympus Pen E-P5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 body only

              $985 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $985 - $1,399 body only

              $1,770 - $2,200 with 12-40mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Much larger

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,074 body only

              $1,200 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $567 - $1,064 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $570 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points

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