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

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-6

85

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Sony NEX-5N

79

Sony NEX-5N

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
257 ms shutter lag
Focus points
Many focus points
99
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
460 shots
 
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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
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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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
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
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 235 ms vs 257 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 1900 ms vs 2000 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
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
        Supports 24p 24p support Help
        For that film look
        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
        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

        $620 - $798 with 16-50mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Sony NEX-7

        Sony NEX-7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,100 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $508 body only

        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-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $975 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $304 body only

        $298 with 18-55mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

        Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm X-M1

        Fujifilm X-M1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $530 - $599 with 16-50mm lens

        Size Slightly smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

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

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