Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of NEX-6 vs V1

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

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha NEX-6 vs Nikon 1 V1

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

Alpha NEX-6
1,018 ISO
Nikon 1 V1
346 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Alpha NEX-6
2,300 LPH
Nikon 1 V1
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-6
257 ms
Nikon 1 V1
97 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha NEX-6
23 ms
Nikon 1 V1
73 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha NEX-6
2,000 ms
Nikon 1 V1
1,300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-6
10 fps
Nikon 1 V1
60 fps

Features Key features of the Alpha NEX-6  vs Nikon 1 V1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha NEX-6
16 MP
Nikon 1 V1
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Alpha NEX-6
25,600 ISO
Nikon 1 V1
6,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

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

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

Alpha NEX-6
22.9 microns
Nikon 1 V1
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Alpha NEX-6  vs Nikon 1 V1 

7.8
6.9
Naturally though, even if the the NEX-6's 16MP sensor delivers equivalent pixel-level image quality to an 18, 20 or 24MP APS-C sensor, the higher-resolution sensors will give better results at a given output size, when compared 'like for like.
Alpha NEX-6

9.0
8.0
As far as the competition goes, the latest crop of Micro Four Thirds cameras – particularly the Olympus OM-D E-M5, Panasonic Lumix G5 and Lumix GH3 – tend to boast faster auto focus systems, quieter shutters and a wider selection of lenses but the ultra high-resolution EVF, highly customisable user interface and larger sensor of the Sony NEX-6 definitely make it worth considering.
Alpha NEX-6

8.0
6.0
Although its colour and contrast doesn't always match the main screen's, it provides a pretty decent view in most situations, and is very useful in bright sunlight.
Alpha NEX-6

Overall

8.1 Out of 10
7.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Alpha NEX-6  vs
Nikon 1 V1 
Type Exmor APS HD CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C Nikon CX
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 2.7x
Pixel size 22.9 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 2,300 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,300 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Hybrid detection Hybrid detection
Focus points 99 135
Supports continuous Yes No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 120 x 67 x 43 mm 113 x 76 x 43.5 mm
Thickness 43 mm 43.5 mm
Weight 287 g 294 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Alpha NEX-6  vs
Nikon 1 V1 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes No
Shoots high speed video No Yes
External mic jack None 3.5mm

display

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

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Electronic
Coverage 100% 100%

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps 60 fps
Battery life 360 350
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
10 fps, RAW, 15 shots
Focus lag 257 ms 97 ms
Shutter lag 23 ms 73 ms
Startup delay 2,000 ms 1,300 ms
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