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Both the Sony NEX-6 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 cameras feature a 16 megapixel sensor, electronic viewfinder, high speed continuous shooting, 3inch tilting screen, and full HD video recording with stereo sound.
While both cameras feature a tilting screen, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 features a touchscreen and weather sealed body, and this is also why you can expect to pay a premium price for the OM-D E-M5, with the NEX-6 available for £710 body only, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is available for £989 body only.
The Sony NEX-6 features 10fps continuous shooting with AF available, while the OM-D E-M5 features 9fps shooting with fixed focus, with continuous focus enabled, the fps drops noticeably. The NEX-6 relies on lens based image stabilisation, while the Olympus OM-D E-M5 has it built into the body, so it will work with any lens attached to the camera.
The Sony NEX-6 features a built in pop-up flash, and the EVF has an impressive resolution of 2.369million dots, compared to the OM-D E-M5's 1.44million dots resolution. The NEX-6 also features a built in sweep-panoramic mode, while the E-M5 lacks a panoramic mode.
The grip on the NEX-6 is very good as standard, whereas the OM-D E-M5 has an option to add an additional grip, as well as a vertical grip with space for an extra battery. The E-M5's memory card slot is on the side making it easy to change when the camera is on a tripod, while the NEX-6 has a memory card slot underneath the camera. The NEX-6 takes either a Sony Memory Stick or a standard SD/SDHC/SDXC card.
The Sony NEX-6 has built in Wi-Fi, as well as Sony PlayMemories apps, to allow additional features such as Picture Effects+, Bracket Pro, Multi-frame NR, Remote Control / Mobile App, Direct upload to Facebook / PlayMemories, Timelapse, Cinematic Photo (portion of the photo is animated), with additional apps likely to be available on the Sony PlayMemories website. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has some features that no other cameras have such as the LIVEBULB mode that shows you the photo developing on-screen when shooting in low-light.
The Sony NEX-6 features a larger APS-C sized sensor so should provide better low light performance, and Sony's lens range now includes 13 lenses, including a compact 16-50mm power zoom kit lens as shown earlier in the article. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 features a Micro Four Thirds lens, as well as the choice of over 26 lenses, from both Olympus and Panasonic, a number of these are compact, meaning that despite the Olympus OM-D E-M5 looking bigger in these pictures, it could easily provide a smaller system with the right lens choices.
Read our full Olympus OM-D E-M5 Review.
View our Sony NEX-6 Preview and Sample Photos.
|Olympus OM-D E-M5||Sony NEX-6|
|CCD pixels||16.1Mp (Megapixels)||16.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Live MOS Sensor||Exmor CMOS|
|Sensor Size||Micro / Four Thirds||APS-C|
|Sensor Size (width)||17.3mm||23.5mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||13mm||15.6mm|
|Screen resolution||610k dots||921,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||60sec||30sec|
|ISO sensitivity||200 - 25600||100 - 25600|
|Viewfinder Resolution||1.44million dots||2.369 million dots|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes||Yes|
|USB||USB 2||USB 2|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion||NP-FW50|
|Box Contents||Body, Flash FL-LM2, Li-ion battery BLN-1, Li-ion battery charger BCN-1, USB/Video Multi cable, Shoulder strap, OLYMPUS Viewer 2/ib CD-ROM, Instruction manual, Warranty card||Power cord, rechargeable battery pack, micro USB cable, AC adaptor, shoulder strap, eyecup piece, shoe cap, body cap, CD-ROM and instruction manual|
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