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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Size
Really small
Mid size 120x67x43 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
Significantly 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
Cheaper
$369.99 vs $587.01
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The best price we've seen is $217 cheaper (around 40% 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
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
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
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
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              K-30:79.0
              NEX-6:78.0
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              K-30:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
              NEX-6:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              K-30:13 EV
              NEX-6:13.1 EV
              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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              K-30:Pentaprism
              NEX-6:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 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
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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

              $449 - $649 body only

              $549 - $550 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

              $350 - $516 body only

              $427 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $765 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,235 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 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

              $1,199 body only

              $809 with 18-200mm 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 Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $350 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 NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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