Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of NEX-6 vs A5000

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 points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

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
Sony Alpha NEX-6 

Camera Rocket recommends the Sony Alpha NEX-6  based on its focusing.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha NEX-6 vs A5000

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

Alpha NEX-6
1,018 ISO
Alpha A5000
1,089 ISO

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha NEX-6
23 ms
Alpha A5000
22 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha NEX-6
10 fps
Alpha A5000
3.5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha NEX-6
360 photos
Alpha A5000
420 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Alpha NEX-6
23.7 bits
Alpha A5000
23.8 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Alpha NEX-6
13.1 ev
Alpha A5000
13.0 ev

Features Key features of the Alpha NEX-6  vs A5000 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha NEX-6
16 MP
Alpha A5000
19.8 MP

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
Alpha A5000
18.5 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Alpha NEX-6  vs
A5000 
Type Exmor APS HD CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP 19.8 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264 5456 x 3632
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 22.9 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG

focus system

Type Hybrid detection Contrast detection
Focus points 99 25
Supports continuous Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder Yes No
Type Electronic N/A
Coverage 100% N/A
Magnification 1.09x N/A
Display type OLED N/A
Display resolution 2,369 k dots N/A

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps 3.5 fps
Battery life 360 420
Continuous shooting
10 fps, RAW, 15 shots
3.5 fps
Shutter lag 23 ms 22 ms

video

Alpha NEX-6  vs
A5000 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps (17 Mbps, AVCHD, MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None None

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

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

form factor

Size 120 x 67 x 43 mm 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm
Thickness 43 mm 35.7 mm
Weight 287 g 210 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 802.11 b/g/n
Automatic panorama Yes Yes
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Sony Alpha NEX-6
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