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Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-6

Portability
89
Imaging
59
Features
76
Overall
65
Sony Alpha NEX-5R front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-6 front
Portability
85
Imaging
59
Features
76
Overall
65

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-6 Key Specs

Sony NEX-5R
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 276g - 111 x 59 x 39mm
  • Introduced August 2012
  • Old Model is Sony NEX-5N
  • Replacement is Sony NEX-5T
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
  • Refreshed by Sony A6000
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Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-6 Overview

The following is a extended review of the Sony NEX-5R versus Sony NEX-6, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Advanced Mirrorless and they are both designed by Sony. The sensor resolution of the NEX-5R (16MP) and the NEX-6 (16MP) is fairly comparable and they feature the same exact sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The NEX-5R was revealed 6 months before the NEX-6 which means that they are of a similar generation. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the NEX-5R grades against the NEX-6 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5R over the Sony NEX-6

 NEX-5R NEX-6 
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-6 over the Sony NEX-5R

 NEX-6 NEX-5R 
Display resolution921k920kCrisper display (+1k dot)

Common features in the Sony NEX-5R and Sony NEX-6

 NEX-5R NEX-6 
AnnouncedAugust 2012March 2013Same generation
Focus manually Very precise focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurement
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-6 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to travel with your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and measurements. The Sony NEX-5R offers physical dimensions of 111mm x 59mm x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") along with a weight of 276 grams (0.61 lbs) while the Sony NEX-6 has proportions of 120mm x 67mm x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 345 grams (0.76 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are employing at that time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the NEX-5R vs the NEX-6.

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-6 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the NEX-5R and NEX-6 is 89 and 85 respectively.

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Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-6 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to envision the gap in sensor dimensions merely by checking out technical specs. The image here might provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the NEX-5R and NEX-6.

As you can tell, both of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact resolution therefore you should expect comparable quality of photos although you really should factor the production date of the cameras into account.

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-6 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-6 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony NEX-5R
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-6
75
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
75
you can focus manually
good resolution (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-5R as a Street photography camera
Sony NEX-6 as a Street photography camera
80
screen tilts up and down
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
offers touch to focus
good ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
79
has a tilting screen
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lighter than others (345 grams)
very good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Sports photography factors
Sony NEX-6 Sports photography factors
69
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
sensor has phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization
67
good resolution (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Travel photography features
Sony NEX-6 Travel photography features
74
offers touch to focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
75
lighter than others (345g)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-5R as a Landscape photography camera
Sony NEX-6 as a Landscape photography camera
76
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
75
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
good resolution (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony NEX-5R
Vlogging with Sony NEX-6
31
built-in touchscreen
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
no mic jack
32
comes with face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others (345 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
doesn't have external mic port
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Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5R and Sony NEX-6
 Sony Alpha NEX-5RSony Alpha NEX-6
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha NEX-5R Sony Alpha NEX-6
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2012-08-29 2013-03-25
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 365.0mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4912 x 3264 4912 x 3264
Highest native ISO 25600 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 99 99
Lens
Lens mounting type Sony E Sony E
Amount of lenses 121 121
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Tilting Tilting
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Display resolution 920k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology Tilt Up 180� Down 50� TFT LCD Xtra Fine LCD with Tilt Up 90� and Down 45�
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 6.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/160 secs 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 276g (0.61 lb) 345g (0.76 lb)
Dimensions 111 x 59 x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 120 x 67 x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 78 78
DXO Color Depth score 23.7 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score 13.1 13.1
DXO Low light score 910 1018
Other
Battery life 330 photos 360 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NPFW50 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature With downloadable app With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $750 $365