Pentax K-30 vs Sony Alpha NEX-6

Winner
Pentax K-30

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Sony Alpha NEX-6

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Focus points
Many focus points
99
Weight
Light-weight
287 g

Items often bought with the Pentax K-30 or Sony NEX-6

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differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1100 ms vs 2000 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
162 ms vs 257 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Lens availability
More lenses available
113 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$365.00 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $184 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-6

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Size
Significantly smaller
120×67×43 mm vs 130×97×71 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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
99 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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 2 f-stops better
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              K-3013 EV
              NEX-613.1 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              23.7 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              K-30Pentaprism
              NEX-6Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-301/6000s
              NEX-61/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $295 body only

              $375 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $685 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $597

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $545 body only

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              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 Significantly 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
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              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
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

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

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