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

Sony Alpha NEX-6 vs Sony NEX-5R

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-6

75

Sony NEX-5R

72

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Great viewfinder
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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-6.
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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
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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
360 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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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
111×59×39 mm vs 120×67×43 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.5" vs 1.7"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$347.04 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $152 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              13.1 EV
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              23.7 bits
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Weight Light weight Help
              NEX-6287 g
              NEX-5R276 g
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16 MP
              Autofocus Slower hybrid detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              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

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $589 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $398 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 A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 - $548 body only

              $498 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-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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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              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