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Sony NEX-6 vs Sony H20

Portability
85
Imaging
58
Features
76
Overall
65
Sony Alpha NEX-6 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 front
Portability
87
Imaging
33
Features
29
Overall
31

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony H20 Key Specs

Sony NEX-6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 345g - 120 x 67 x 43mm
  • Announced March 2013
  • Renewed by Sony A6000
Sony H20
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 38-380mm (F3.5-4.4) lens
  • 250g - 107 x 69 x 47mm
  • Launched May 2009
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Sony NEX-6 vs Sony H20 Overview

Following is a in depth review of the Sony NEX-6 vs Sony H20, former is a Advanced Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are offered by Sony. There is a substantial difference between the image resolutions of the NEX-6 (16MP) and H20 (10MP) and the NEX-6 (APS-C) and H20 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor dimensions.

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The NEX-6 was launched 3 years after the H20 which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Sony NEX-6 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony H20 being a Compact camera.

Before getting into a thorough comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the NEX-6 grades versus the H20 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-6 over the Sony H20

 NEX-6 H20 
LaunchedMarch 2013May 2009More modern by 48 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k230kSharper screen (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony H20 over the Sony NEX-6

 H20 NEX-6 

Common features in the Sony NEX-6 and Sony H20

 NEX-6 H20 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony H20 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry around your camera often, you'll have to consider its weight and measurements. The Sony NEX-6 has exterior measurements of 120mm x 67mm x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 345 grams (0.76 lbs) and the Sony H20 has proportions of 107mm x 69mm x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9") along with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the NEX-6 compared to the H20.

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony H20 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the NEX-6 and H20 is 85 and 87 respectively.

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony H20 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony H20 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to envision the contrast between sensor sizes only by looking at a spec sheet. The image below may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the NEX-6 and H20.

As you can see, both the cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The NEX-6 due to its bigger sensor will make achieving bokeh less difficult and the Sony NEX-6 will give more detail utilizing its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs way more aggressively. The more modern NEX-6 will have an advantage in sensor tech.

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony H20 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony H20 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony H20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-6 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony H20 as a Portrait photography camera
74
manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
27
you can focus manually
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-6 Street photography features
Sony H20 Street photography features
78
tilting screen
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than competition (345g)
above average high ISO (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
51
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
heavier than competition in class (250 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-6 Sports photography features
Sony H20 Sports photography features
66
good MP (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
26
image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 fps)
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-6 as a Travel photography camera
Sony H20 as a Travel photography camera
75
lighter than competition (345g)
good MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
51
flash built-in
great zoom (380mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (250 grams)
megapixel count low (10MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-6 Landscape photography details
Sony H20 Landscape photography details
75
manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3")
good MP (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
lack of image stabilization
36
you can focus manually
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-6 as a Vlogging camera
Sony H20 as a Vlogging camera
32
features face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (345g)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
no external mic socket
23
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have mic support
heavier than competition in class (250g)
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Sony NEX-6 vs Sony H20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-6 and Sony H20
 Sony Alpha NEX-6Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha NEX-6 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20
Type Advanced Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-03-25 2009-05-14
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4912 x 3264 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 25600 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 99 9
Lens
Lens mount Sony E fixed lens
Lens focal range - 38-380mm (10.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.5-4.4
Macro focus distance - 2cm
Available lenses 121 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 921k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology Xtra Fine LCD with Tilt Up 90� and Down 45� -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.73x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 10.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 6.00 m 7.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/160s -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 345 grams (0.76 lb) 250 grams (0.55 lb)
Physical dimensions 120 x 67 x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7") 107 x 69 x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 78 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 13.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 1018 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 images -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model NPFW50 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $365 $249