• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 819,200

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Differences

Sony NEX-6 advantages over Pentax K-1 II

  • Less expensive
    $688 vs $2297
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 85 mm
    Thinner
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.7 fps vs 4.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.8 fps vs 4.6 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Pentax K-1 II advantages over Sony NEX-6

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~1.40 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
    105 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
  • Newer
    7 months vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.10 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    36.4 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
  • Optional anti-aliasing filter
    Optional vs Fixed
    Lets you choose sharper photos or reduced moiré
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    77 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    17 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
    819200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • 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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Buy the Sony NEX-6

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.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-5N
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $700
  • APS-C
Pentax K-1 II
Sony NEX-5N
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony NEX-F3

Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-F3
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Pentax K-1 II
Sony NEX-F3
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Internal flash

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-5R
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Pentax K-1 II
Sony NEX-5R
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax K-1

Sony NEX-6
Pentax K-1
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-1 II
Pentax K-1
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Sony NEX-6
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-1 II
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $2799
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
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