Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Sony Alpha NEX-6 vs Sony NEX-7

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-6

89

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

67

Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
257 ms shutter lag
Focus points
Many focus points
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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 257 ms vs 670 ms
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2.6x less delay when taking photos
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality Better image quality 78.0 vs 69.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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
Focus points Significantly more focus points 99 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,018 ISO vs 796 ISO
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The NEX-6 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.1 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Battery life Longer battery life 360 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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 Slightly cheaper $493.59 vs $581.66
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The best price we've seen is $88 cheaper (around 20% less)
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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1000 ms vs 2000 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 120x67x43 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 1.7"
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More than 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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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              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

              $1,014 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $598 - $599 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Cross type focus points Has much more cross-type focus points
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 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-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              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 NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $490 body only

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Movie format Records lower quality movies

              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 Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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