• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 13.5 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon P6000 advantages over Sony DSLR-A580

  • Less expensive
    $500 vs $900 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 84 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    270g vs 694g
    Lighter weight

Sony DSLR-A580 advantages over Nikon P6000

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.82 vs 1.80 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 3.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    23.8 vs 19.0 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,123 vs 129 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.3 vs 10.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1050 vs 260 shots
    Capture more photos
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.29 vs 0.58 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    16.2 vs 13.5 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.1 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    32 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Ricoh GX200

Nikon P6000
Ricoh GX200
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $690
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Thinner
  • More dots on screen
Sony DSLR-A580
Ricoh GX200
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $690
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon G10

Nikon P6000
Canon G10
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Lighter weight
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony DSLR-A580
Canon G10
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Integrated ND filter

Compared to Sony A33

Nikon P6000
Sony A33
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony DSLR-A580
Sony A33
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More viewfinder magnification

Compared to Nikon P7000

Nikon P6000
Nikon P7000
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony DSLR-A580
Nikon P7000
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Integrated ND filter

Compared to Sony A35

Nikon P6000
Sony A35
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony DSLR-A580
Sony A35
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More viewfinder magnification
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