• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony NEX-6 advantages over Samsung NX30

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Lighter weight
    469g vs 654g
    Lighter weight
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.73x vs 0.64x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster RAW shooting
    9.8 fps vs 8.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Samsung NX30 advantages over Sony NEX-6

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    20.3 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    21 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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.

  • Very good image quality at low to moderately high ISOs; Blazing fast single-shot autofocus; Fast 9fps burst with RAW and JPEG files; Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC; Good build quality; Tilting EVF; Articulating touchscreen monitor; Bundled with Adobe Lightroom 5 software; Excellent value.

  • Dynamic range not as good as the best APS-C models; Slow buffer clearing even with fast UHS-I cards; Buffer depth with RAW files is underwhelming; Native lens selection is still fairly limited.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-5N
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
Samsung NX30
Sony NEX-5N
  • $825
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Samsung NX20

Sony NEX-6
Samsung NX20
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter
Samsung NX30
Samsung NX20
  • $825
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Has anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Sony NEX-F3

Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-F3
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Samsung NX30
Sony NEX-F3
  • $825
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-6
Sony NEX-5R
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Samsung NX30
Sony NEX-5R
  • $825
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Sony NEX-6
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Samsung NX30
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $825
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Fast startup
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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