Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of NEX-6 vs 50D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, trustedreviews.com and 5 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Canon EOS 50D 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 50D  based on its focusing, responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha NEX-6 vs EOS 50D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha NEX-6
1,018 ISO
EOS 50D
696 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Alpha NEX-6
2,300 LPH
EOS 50D
1,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-6
257 ms
EOS 50D
131 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha NEX-6
23 ms
EOS 50D
63 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha NEX-6
2,000 ms
EOS 50D
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-6
10 fps
EOS 50D
6.3 fps

Features Key features of the Alpha NEX-6  vs EOS 50D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha NEX-6
16 MP
EOS 50D
15.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Alpha NEX-6
25,600 ISO
EOS 50D
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Alpha NEX-6
0.71x
EOS 50D
0.59x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Alpha NEX-6
22.9 microns
EOS 50D
22.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Alpha NEX-6  vs EOS 50D 

7.0
9.0
The new sensor is coupled with Canon's latest DIGIC 4 processor, which features 14-bit image processing, producing greater colour depth and smoother tonal variations.
EOS 50D

8.2
7.8
Sony's image processing is extremely good, and images shot though ISO 400 look very clean; depending upon content they can be usable and printed large (13x19) as high as ISO 6400, and ISO 12800 when scaled down.
Alpha NEX-6

Overall

8.1 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Alpha NEX-6  vs
EOS 50D 
Type Exmor APS HD CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP 15.1 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264 4752 x 3168
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 22.9 microns 22.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 2,300 LPH 1,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,300 LPH 1,800 LPH

focus system

Type Hybrid detection Phase detection
Focus points 99 9
Supports continuous Yes No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 120 x 67 x 43 mm 146 x 108 x 74 mm
Thickness 43 mm 74 mm
Weight 287 g 822 g
Is weather sealed No Yes

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
WiFi 802.11 None
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Alpha NEX-6  vs
EOS 50D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps None
Shoots video in 24p Yes N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack None N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 1.09x 0.95x
Viewfinder size 0.71x 0.59x

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps 6.3 fps
Battery life 360 640
Continuous shooting
6.3 fps, JPEG
10 fps, RAW, 15 shots
Focus lag 257 ms 131 ms
Shutter lag 23 ms 63 ms
Startup delay 2,000 ms 300 ms
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