Sony Alpha NEX-6

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Sony Alpha NEX-6

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Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-30

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Size
Really small
Mid size 120x67x43 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Startup delay Less startup delay 1100 ms vs 2000 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 109 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 5x more lenses available
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 162 ms vs 257 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 410 shots vs 360 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,129 ISO vs 1,018 ISO
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The K-30 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $432.99 vs $492.69
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-6

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Size Significantly smaller 120x67x43 mm vs 130x97x71 mm
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2.6x smaller
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 Many more focus points 99 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Weight Significantly lighter 287 g vs 650 g
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2.3x lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 1.7" vs 2.8"
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Around 40% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              K-30:79.0
              NEX-6:78.0
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              K-30:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
              NEX-6:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              K-30:13 EV
              NEX-6:13.1 EV
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              23.7 bits
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              K-30:16.1 MP
              NEX-6:16 MP
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              K-30:12,800 ISO
              NEX-6:25,600 ISO
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              K-30:Pentaprism
              NEX-6:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $500 body only

              $639 - $743 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $584 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $576 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $928 body only

              $1,107 with 18-55mm, 50-200mm lenses

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $797 body only

              $847 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $800 body only

              $979 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $599 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $670 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points

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