• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Sony NEX-6 advantages over Canon 7D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $688 vs $1799
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.78 vs 4.11 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More dynamic range
    13.1 vs 11.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    469g vs 1388g
    Lighter weight
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.73x vs 0.63x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 29 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens

Canon 7D Mark II advantages over Sony NEX-6

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 670 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 75 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    103 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    26 vs 10 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality; More consumer-friendly control setup than NEX-7 but more advanced (actual Mode dial) than step-down models; OLED EVF and 3-inch tilting LCD monitor provide viewfinder flexibility; Fast and decisive AF on stationary subjects, and good continuous AF on normal moving subjects; Full HD 1080p video recording at up to 60p.

  • Hybrid AF system speed and accuracy still lags somewhat behind higher-end DSLRs; Wi-Fi features still rudimentary (join the club); LCD is not a touchscreen; User interface foibles.

  • Excellent image quality; High ISO performance improved over predecessor; Excellent burst speeds (up to 10fps); Significantly improved buffer depths; 65-pt AF system; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Can focus down to f/8 (great for teleconverters); 1080/60p video; Headphone and mic jacks; Rugged build quality.

  • Autofocus speed (AF shutter lag) slower than 7D and 70D; Mediocre battery life for a pro DSLR; Dynamic range at low to moderate ISOs not as good as competitors; Phase-detect AF did not perform as well as expected in our low-light AF tests; No built-in Wi-Fi; No autofocus for 1080/60p video.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Sony NEX-6
Canon 7D
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 7D
  • $1208
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon 6D

Sony NEX-6
Canon 6D
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $1232
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Canon 7D Mark II
Canon 6D
  • $1208
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $1232
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-5N
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $700
  • APS-C
Canon 7D Mark II
Sony NEX-5N
  • $1208
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony NEX-F3

Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-F3
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon 7D Mark II
Sony NEX-F3
  • $1208
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-5R
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Canon 7D Mark II
Sony NEX-5R
  • $1208
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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