Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Sony Alpha NEX-6 vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-6

90

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Sony NEX-5N

81

Sony NEX-5N

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Focus points
Many focus points
99
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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differences

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
Focus points Significantly more focus points 99 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Lowest price Cheaper $492.89 vs $783.51
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The best price we've seen is $291 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Battery life Longer battery life 460 shots vs 360 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 1,018 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 120x67x43 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 1900 ms vs 2000 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 235 ms vs 257 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 269 g vs 287 g
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Around 10% lighter
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recommendations

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

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              NEX-6:78.0
              NEX-5N:77.0
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              25,600 ISO
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              NEX-6:23.7 bits
              NEX-5N:23.6 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              NEX-6:13.1 EV
              NEX-5N:12.7 EV
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              NEX-6:2000 ms
              NEX-5N:1900 ms
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $749 body only

              $1,013 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $599 with 16-50mm lens

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $508 body only

              $1,218 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $690 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

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              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $680 - $799 body only

              $880 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony NEX-5N.

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