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

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-6

74

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

61

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
257 ms shutter lag
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

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
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-6

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
257 ms vs 670 ms
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2.6x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
Focus points
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
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
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$398.00 vs $640.99
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The best price we've seen is $243 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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

              $448 body only

              $575 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 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-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $809 with 18-200mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $559 - $630 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $520 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-6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $650 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External flash No external flash support

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $302 body only

              $320 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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