Sony Alpha A6000 vs Sony NEX-3

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Sony Alpha A6000
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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a megapixel count of 24.3MP, however the Sony NEX-3 is only a 16.1MP digital camera (8.2MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A lot more total megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a total megapixel count of 24.7MP, whereas the Sony NEX-3 is only a 16.5MP digital camera (8.2MP less).
Vastly smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a maximum aperture of 22, however the Sony NEX-3 is only a 5.6 maximum aperture digital camera (16.4 bigger).
Hugely higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a maximum ISO speed of 51,200, but the Sony NEX-3 is only a 16,000 maximum ISO speed digital camera (35,200 lower).
A lot higher display resolution Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, whereas the Sony NEX-3 is only a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (460,800 pixels lower).
PictBridge Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 supports PictBridge, however the Sony NEX-3 does not support PictBridge.
£81 cheaper
The Sony Alpha A6000 costs £419.00, whereas the Sony NEX-3 is £499.99.
Available from 21 shops
The more stores stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
User reviews are better
The Sony Alpha A6000 has an average user review score of 92%, but the Sony NEX-3 has an average rating of 86% (based on 55 reviews).
6 Reasons For
15% smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Sony NEX-3 has a minimum aperture of 3.5, however the Sony Alpha A6000 is a 4 minimum aperture digital camera (0.5 larger).
75g lighter Edit
The Sony NEX-3 has a weight of 210g, but the Sony Alpha A6000 is a 285g digital camera (75g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

8% shorter Edit
Sony NEX-3 is 62mm tall. That's 4.9mm shorter than the Sony Alpha A6000 (62mm).
31% thinner Edit
The Sony NEX-3 is a 34.6mm deep digital camera. That's 10.5mm thinner than the Sony Alpha A6000 (34.6mm).
Narrower Edit
The Sony NEX-3 is a 109.9mm wide digital camera. That's 10.1mm narrower than the Sony Alpha A6000 (109.9mm).
480.00 shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Sony NEX-3 is 480.00, but the Sony Alpha A6000 only takes 360.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Larger minimum aperture Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 is a 4 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.5 larger than the Sony NEX-3 (3.5).
Heavier Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 is a 285g digital camera. That's 75g heavier than the Sony NEX-3 (210g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

4.9mm taller Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 is a 66.9mm tall digital camera, whereas the Sony NEX-3 is a 62mm tall digital camera (4.9mm shorter).
24% thicker Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a depth of 45.1mm, however the Sony NEX-3 is a 34.6mm deep digital camera (10.5mm thinner).
Moderately wider Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 has a width of 120mm, however the Sony NEX-3 is a 109.9mm wide digital camera (10.1mm narrower).
One hundred and twenty less shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony Alpha A6000 is a digital camera that takes 360.00 shots per battery charge, whereas the Sony NEX-3 only takes 480.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

10 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Sony NEX-3 is a 16.1MP digital camera. That's 8.2MP lower than the Sony Alpha A6000 (16.1MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Less total megapixel count Edit
The Sony NEX-3 is a 16.5MP digital camera. That's 8.2MP less than the Sony Alpha A6000 (16.5MP).
Three times bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Sony NEX-3 is a 5.6 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 16.4 bigger than the Sony Alpha A6000 (5.6).
35,200 lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony NEX-3 is a 16,000 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 35,200 lower than the Sony Alpha A6000 (16,000).
Lower display resolution Edit
The Sony NEX-3 is a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 460,800 pixels lower than the Sony Alpha A6000 (460,800 pixels).
Does not support PictBridge Edit
The Sony NEX-3 does not support PictBridge, however the Sony Alpha A6000 supports PictBridge.
More expensive by £81
The Sony NEX-3 is £80.99 more expensive than the Sony Alpha A6000.
Less retailers
The Sony NEX-3 is only stocked by 2 retailers, whereas the Sony Alpha A6000 is stocked by 23 shops. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Older by over one year
The Sony NEX-3 is 23 months older than the Sony Alpha A6000.
User review Rating is Worse
The Sony NEX-3's average user score is 86%, however the Sony Alpha A6000's is 92% (based on 671 reviews).

Awards

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 MILC
 MILC
Megapixel Count
24.3MP
BEST
16.1MP
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 4240 x 2832
 5536 x 2160
 4240 x 2400
 3872 x 2160
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
 4912 x 3264
 3568 x 2368
 2448 x 1624
BEST
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 4240 x 2832
 5536 x 2160
 4240 x 2400
 3872 x 2160
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
 4912 x 3264
 3568 x 2368
 2448 x 1624
Maximum Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
BEST
 6000 x 4000
Image Format
 JPG
 RAW
 EXIF
 JPG
 RAW
 EXIF
BEST
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.5 x 15.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Total Megapixel Count
24.7MP
BEST
16.5MP
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 3:2
BEST
 16:9
 3:2

Design

Colour
 Silver
 Silver

Lens System

Optical Zoom
3x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
4x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
22
BEST
5.6
Minimum Aperture
4 3.5
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
105mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
16 - 70 16 - 50
Fixed Focal Length
30mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Extra / Smart Zoom
2x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
16/12 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Sony E
 Sony E
Diaphragm Blades
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
55mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 contrast detection
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 multi point
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 contrast detection
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 multi point
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.25m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
0.3 - 3.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
179 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
Smile Detection
 Smile detection
Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 25
 16000
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 25
 16000
Maximum ISO Speed
51,200
BEST
16,000
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
Flash Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data 6m
Flash Sync-Speed
1s Unknown - Click to provide data
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Recharging Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 3s
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Pre-Flash
 Pre-flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
921,600 pixels
BEST
460,800 pixels

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
1.07x Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 electrical
BEST
 electrical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
 PictBridge
USB Connector Type
 USB Type-B
 USB Type-B
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
BEST
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fluorescent
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fluorescent
Photo Effect
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
BEST
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
Live View
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Live view
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
Unknown - Click to provide data
Saturation Adjustment
 Saturation adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Adjustment
 Contrast adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
BIONZ X Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Slideshow
 Slideshow
Scene Mode
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sunset
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
285g 210g
BEST
Height
66.9mm 62mm
BEST
Depth
45.1mm 34.6mm
BEST
Width
120mm 109.9mm
BEST
Lens Weight
308g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
75mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
66.6mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight Including Battery
344g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Supported Battery
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Size
NP-FW50 NP-FW50
Maximum Battery Life
1.5h Unknown - Click to provide data
Shot Per Battery Charge
360 shots 480 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
BEST
 USB
Battery Included
 Battery included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
Near Field Communication
 Near field communication
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB 2.0 port
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 3:2

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
1 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Magnifier
 Magnifier
Unknown - Click to provide data
Smartphone Remote Support
 Smartphone remote support
Unknown - Click to provide data
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