Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Sony Alpha NEX-6 vs Sony NEX-5T

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-6

75

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Sony NEX-5R

72

Sony NEX-5R

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5R

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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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
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,018 ISO vs 910 ISO
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The NEX-6 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Longer battery life 360 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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-5R

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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
Size Smaller 110x58x38 mm vs 120x67x43 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 1.7"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
              78.0
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              13.1 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              23.7 bits
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              NEX-6:$399.00
              NEX-5R:$347.86
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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

              $548 body only

              $698 - $700 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $525 body only

              $630 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $689 body only

              $635 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $999 - $1,134 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
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $1,092 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 A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

              Advantages

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Alpha NEX-6.

              Sony NEX-5R Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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              discussion

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              YoGo (9:17 AM, November 01, 2014)
              I have both camera. In my opinion, despite specs sheet, Nex5R is performin better in low light condition and the kit lens 18-55mm is much better than 16-50mm, On the other hand, NEX6 is looking an and acting like a semi-pro camera. No cons for this two cameras. If you want one or both, don't hesitate.
               
              Avatar for gnews gnews (6:47 PM, February 05, 2013)
              Nex 5r also has touchscreen, is slightly smaller, has a mic jack, and 3D capabilit for those who want such a thing