Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of NEX-6 vs A7

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Sony A7
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Reviews from,, and 5 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha NEX-6 vs A7

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

Alpha NEX-6
1,018 ISO
Sony A7
2,449 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-6
257 ms
Sony A7
221 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha NEX-6
23 ms
Sony A7
53 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha NEX-6
2,000 ms
Sony A7
1,700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-6
10 fps
Sony A7
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha NEX-6
360 photos
Sony A7
340 photos

Features Key features of the Alpha NEX-6  vs A7 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha NEX-6
16 MP
Sony A7
24 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Alpha NEX-6
25,600 ISO
Sony A7
25,600 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
Sony A7

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

Alpha NEX-6
22.9 microns
Sony A7
35.7 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Alpha NEX-6  vs A7 


It does have the same manual focus peaking and a sharp EVF as its big brother, so manual focus is just as fast and easy.
Sony A7



8.1 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Alpha NEX-6  vs
Megapixels 16 MP 24 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264 6000 x 4000
Size APS-C Full frame
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 35.8 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.0x
Pixel size 22.9 microns 35.7 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO

focus system

Type Hybrid detection Hybrid detection
Focus points 99 117
Supports continuous Yes Yes


Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Electronic
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 1.09x 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.71x 0.71x


Max continuous shooting 10 fps 5 fps
Battery life 360 340
Continuous shooting
10 fps, RAW, 15 shots
5 fps
Focus lag 257 ms 221 ms
Shutter lag 23 ms 53 ms
Startup delay 2,000 ms 1,700 ms


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


Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 1,229 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes


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

form factor

Size 120 x 67 x 43 mm 127 x 94 x 48 mm
Thickness 43 mm 48 mm
Weight 287 g 417 g
Is weather sealed No Yes


Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 802.11
Automatic panorama Yes Yes
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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When you want answer about NEX6 or A7 A : say I thought I had it all figured out between the nex 6 and 7, but with the new Alpha 7 and 7R coming out early next year I have no idea anymore. I realize that since they are available yet, this is not an easy question, but was hoping that just going by the info out there someone might have an opinion? What I'm looking for is something decent to catch shots of siberian huskies, which run like the wind :) I would also be taking kids pics and vacation pics too. I had it all narrowed down to the nex 6 over the 7. Now I'm wondering if maybe the new A7 will be a good choice? B : say What are your reasons for considering the Nex 6 or 7? What more do you think the 7 or 7R will give you? Generally, the dSLR cameras, like a Canon Rebel, will focus faster, if that is a major consideration. And picture quality will be similar to a NEX 7.. There's no doubt the new 7 and 7R are going to have great image quality. Important if you are making very large prints, but most system cameras today produce high quality images. And the selection of Sony lenses for the 7 is going to be limited for a while, and expensive. And telephoto lenses are not going to be small. More :
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