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Olympus 8000 vs Sony NEX-6

Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29
Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-6 front
Portability
85
Imaging
58
Features
76
Overall
65

Olympus 8000 vs Sony NEX-6 Key Specs

Olympus 8000
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.5-5.1) lens
  • 182g - 95 x 62 x 22mm
  • Revealed July 2009
  • Also Known as mju Tough 8000
Sony NEX-6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 345g - 120 x 67 x 43mm
  • Announced March 2013
  • Replacement is Sony A6000
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Olympus 8000 vs Sony NEX-6 Overview

The following is a in-depth review of the Olympus 8000 and Sony NEX-6, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by competitors Olympus and Sony. There is a sizable difference between the sensor resolutions of the 8000 (12MP) and NEX-6 (16MP) and the 8000 (1/2.3") and NEX-6 (APS-C) have totally different sensor measurements.

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The 8000 was introduced 4 years before the NEX-6 which is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras have different body design with the Olympus 8000 being a Compact camera and the Sony NEX-6 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief summary of how the 8000 matches up vs the NEX-6 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 8000 over the Sony NEX-6

 8000 NEX-6 

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-6 over the Olympus 8000

 NEX-6 8000 
AnnouncedMarch 2013July 2009Newer by 45 months
Manual focus Very accurate focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)

Common features in the Olympus 8000 and Sony NEX-6

 8000 NEX-6 
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Olympus 8000 vs Sony NEX-6 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to travel with your camera often, you should factor its weight and size. The Olympus 8000 has external measurements of 95mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") with a weight of 182 grams (0.40 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-6 has specifications of 120mm x 67mm x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7") along with a weight of 345 grams (0.76 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the 8000 versus the NEX-6.

Olympus 8000 vs Sony NEX-6 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the 8000 and NEX-6 is 94 and 85 respectively.

Olympus 8000 vs Sony NEX-6 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 8000 vs Sony NEX-6 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's difficult to see the difference between sensor dimensions just by reading specifications. The picture below may give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the 8000 and NEX-6.

To sum up, both of these cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The 8000 with its tinier sensor will make getting shallow DOF more challenging and the Sony NEX-6 will offer you extra detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop images more aggressively. The more aged 8000 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Olympus 8000 vs Sony NEX-6 sensor size comparison

Olympus 8000 vs Sony NEX-6 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 8000 vs Sony NEX-6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus 8000
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-6
21
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
74
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus 8000
Street photography with Sony NEX-6
62
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
78
has a tilting screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (345 grams)
good ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 8000 Sports photography factors
Sony NEX-6 Sports photography factors
34
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
66
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 8000 Travel photography highlights
Sony NEX-6 Travel photography highlights
61
weather proofing
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
75
lighter than competition in class (345 grams)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
flash built-in
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 8000 Landscape photography factors
Sony NEX-6 Landscape photography factors
35
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
focusing manually not possible
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual control
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse function
75
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 8000 as a Vlogging camera
Sony NEX-6 as a Vlogging camera
28
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have mic port
32
provides face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (345 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing external mic jack
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Olympus 8000 vs Sony NEX-6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 8000 and Sony NEX-6
 Olympus Stylus Tough 8000Sony Alpha NEX-6
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 Sony Alpha NEX-6
Also called as mju Tough 8000 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Advanced Mirrorless
Revealed 2009-07-01 2013-03-25
Body design Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3968 x 2976 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 1600 25600
Minimum native ISO 64 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points - 99
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Sony E
Lens zoom range 28-102mm (3.6x) -
Max aperture f/3.5-5.1 -
Macro focusing range 2cm -
Number of lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology - Xtra Fine LCD with Tilt Up 90� and Down 45�
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1/4 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.00 m 6.00 m
Flash settings Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 182 gr (0.40 lbs) 345 gr (0.76 lbs)
Physical dimensions 95 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 120 x 67 x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 78
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 13.1
DXO Low light rating not tested 1018
Other
Battery life - 360 photographs
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery ID - NPFW50
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Storage media xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $380 $365