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Sony A6000 vs NEX-6 vs NEX-7 Comparison


A6000 is Sony’s most recent E-mount mirrorless camera. The model number suggests that spec wise  Sony aims to place it somewhere between NEX-6 and NEX-7, and replace both of these cameras at once, but the fact that those still being on the market with heavily discounted prices creates a buyer’s dilemma.

Sony A6000

It was already difficult for us to decide between NEX-6 and NEX-7 and now things got even more complicated. On one hand, we have the A6000 with a lighting fast AF and  latest version of BIONZ processor and sensor technology that provides better image quality especially at high ISO. On the other hand, both NEX-6 and NEX-7 betters the A6000 in the viewfinder department and in some other specific areas. And more importantly, they are available in the market while A6000 will only be available at the second half of April 2014.

(UPDATE: Sony A6000 is now available to order here)

So these questions arise:

– Is it worth waiting for the new A6000?

– Is A6000 a real upgrade?

Let’s look at some facts and compare these cameras one-on-one before making a decision.

A6000 vs NEX-6

  • Higher Resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Faster Autofocus and shorter shutter lag
  • Faster Continuous Shooting: 11 fps vs 10 fps
  • Lower  Resolution Viewfinder: Resolution 1.440 Kdots  vs 2.359 Kdots
  • Smaller Viewfinder: Magnification Ratio 0.70x vs 1.09x (Coverage: 100% for both)
  • Longer Battery Life: 420 vs 360 shots

A6000 vs NEX-7

  • Better High ISO Image quality
  • Faster Autofocus and shorter shutter lag
  • Faster Continuous Shooting: 11 fps vs 10 fps
  • Lower  Resolution Viewfinder: Resolution 1.440Kdots  vs 2.359Kdots
  • Smaller Viewfinder: Magnification Ratio 0.70 vs 1.09 (Coverage 100% for both)
  • Less number of physical controls on the body

DxOmark Sensor Scores Comparison:

Model DxO_Overall DxO_Color_Depth DxO_Dynamic_Range DxO_Low_Light_ISO
Sony A6000 82 24,1 13,1 1.347
Sony NEX-6 78 23,7 13,1 1.018
Sony NEX-7 81 24,1 13,4 1.016

 

Price Comparison:

Sony A6000 will be available on April 20 and will sell for $798(now available to order here), with 16-50mm.

On the other hand you can find NEX-6 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lens for  $864 and NEX-7  with 18-55mm and 20mm Lenses  for $999.

Mel’s Verdict:

 A6000 is Sony’s best offering in its E-mount product range. It has a very fast and accurate Autofocus system and class leading image quality (among APS-C  sized sensor). Although NEX-6 and NEX-7 with heavily discounted prices may look very attractive, A6000 betters them in almost every aspect. Go for the A6000!

Sony A6000 vs NEX-6 vs NEX-7 Comparison

ModelSony Alpha A6000Sony Alpha NEX-6Sony Alpha NEX-7
Sensor Resolution24 megapixels16 megapixels24 megapixels
Sensor TypeAPS-C APS-C APS-C
Image ProcessorBionz XBionzBionz
ISO Max25600 (51200 with Multi-Frame NR)2560016000
AutofocusContrast Detect (Sensor), Phase DetectContrast Detect (Sensor), Phase DetectContrast Detect (Sensor)
Number of Focus Points17999NULL
Continuous Drive (fps)111010
Max Shutter Speed1/40001/40001/4000
Lens MountSony ESony ESony E
LCD Screen Size333
LCD TypeTiltingTiltingTilting
LCD Resolution (Kdot)921921921
Touch ScreenNoNoNo
VievfinderElectronicElectronicElectronic
Viewfinder Resolution144023592359
Viewfinder Magnification0.71.091.09
Viewfinder Coverage(%)100100100
Built-in FlashYesYesYes
External FlashYesYesYes
Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p)1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps)1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps)
Video FormatMPEG-4, AVCHDMPEG-4, AVCHDMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneYesYesYes
SpeakerYesYesYes
Storage TypesSD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG DuoSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG DuoSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Microphone PortNoNoNo
Headphone PortNoNoNo
Wireless ConnectivityBuilt-InBuilt-InEye-Fi Connected
Sealed BodyNoNoNo
Battery Life (CIPA)420360430
Weight (g)344345400
Dimensions (mm)120 x 67 x 45120 x 67 x 43120 x 67 x 43
GPSNoneNoneNone
Flash Range6.00 m (at ISO 100)6.00 m (at ISO 100)6.00 m (at ISO 100)
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