Sony NEX-6 vs Sony QX30

Sony Alpha NEX-6 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 front

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony QX30 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
  • Released March 2013
  • Refreshed by Sony A6000
Sony QX30
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • " Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 193g - 68 x 65 x 58mm
  • Introduced September 2014
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Sony NEX-6 vs Sony QX30 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Sony NEX-6 and Sony QX30, one being a Advanced Mirrorless and the latter is a Lens-style and both are manufactured by Sony. The sensor resolution of the NEX-6 (16MP) and the QX30 (20MP) is pretty comparable but the NEX-6 (APS-C) and QX30 (1/2.3") offer totally different sensor dimensions.

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The NEX-6 was introduced 17 months earlier than the QX30 which makes them a generation apart from each other. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Sony NEX-6 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony QX30 being a Lens-style camera.

Before we go right into a full comparison, here is a concise overview of how the NEX-6 scores against the QX30 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-6 over the Sony QX30

 NEX-6 QX30 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimensions3""Bigger screen (+3")
Screen resolution921k0kSharper screen (+921k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony QX30 over the Sony NEX-6

 QX30 NEX-6 
IntroducedSeptember 2014March 2013More recent by 17 months
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Sony NEX-6 and Sony QX30

 NEX-6 QX30 
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony QX30 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera often, you will need to consider its weight and proportions. The Sony NEX-6 comes with outside dimensions 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 QX30 has measurements of 68mm x 65mm x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") accompanied by a weight of 193 grams (0.43 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have at that time. Underneath is a front view overall size comparison of the NEX-6 vs the QX30.

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony QX30 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the NEX-6 and QX30 is 85 and 91 respectively.

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony QX30 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony QX30 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very hard to envision the gap in sensor measurements merely by checking out a spec sheet. The photograph underneath may offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the NEX-6 and QX30.

Clearly, both cameras have different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The NEX-6 with its bigger sensor will make getting bokeh less difficult and the Sony QX30 will show greater detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older NEX-6 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony QX30 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony QX30 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-6 vs Sony QX30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-6 Portrait photography highlights
Sony QX30 Portrait photography highlights
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
has face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual control
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-6 Street photography advice
Sony QX30 Street photography advice
has a tilting screen
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lighter than competitors in class (345 grams)
above average high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
image stabilization (Optical)
supports touch to focus
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony NEX-6
Sports photography with Sony QX30
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery life (200 CIPA)
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-6 Travel photography features
Sony QX30 Travel photography features
lighter than competitors in class (345 grams)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not posses selfie friendly screen
supports touch to focus
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
pretty wide (24mm)
long reach (720mm)
no Timelapse function
bad battery life (200 per charge)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-6 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony QX30 as a Landscape photography camera
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
no image stabilization
pretty wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (")
no manual control
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
bad battery life (200 CIPA)
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-6 as a Vlogging camera
Sony QX30 as a Vlogging camera
comes with face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors in class (345 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
no microphone socket
pretty wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
no external microphone port
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Sony NEX-6 vs Sony QX30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-6 and Sony QX30
 Sony Alpha NEX-6Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha NEX-6 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30
Class Advanced Mirrorless Lens-style
Released 2013-03-25 2014-09-03
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Lens-style
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4912 x 3264 5184 x 3888
Maximum native ISO 25600 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 99 -
Lens mount type Sony E fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-720mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.5-6.3
Amount of lenses 121 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 5.8
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches -
Resolution of screen 921k dot 0k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech Xtra Fine LCD with Tilt Up 90� and Down 45� -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.73x -
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.00 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in None
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/160 secs -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 345g (0.76 pounds) 193g (0.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions 120 x 67 x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7") 68 x 65 x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 78 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.1 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1018 not tested
Battery life 360 images 200 images
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NPFW50 NP-BN,
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (2, 10 secs)
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $365 $348