Sony NEX-3N vs Nikon D6

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony NEX-3N and Nikon D6. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Sony NEX-3N is manufacturered by Sony but Nikon D6 is from Nikon. Both Sony and Nikon are well known brands though.

Sony NEX-3N were released 2013 and Nikon D6 was released 2020. That is a 7 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony NEX-3N 2013
Nikon D6 2020

Type of camera

Sony NEX-3N is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D6 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony NEX-3N has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D6 has a "Nikon FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony NEX-3N 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D6 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Sony NEX-3N has a 16 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D6 has 21 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony NEX-3N 16 MP
16032768 pixels
4912 x 3264
Nikon D6 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712

Nikon D6 has a 29 % larger resolution than Sony NEX-3N. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D6 has a larger ISO-range than Sony NEX-3N. Nikon D6 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Sony NEX-3N has 200 to 16000.

Camera ISO Range
Sony NEX-3N 200-16000
Nikon D6 100-102400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony NEX-3N
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D6

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony NEX-3N can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds and Nikon D6 can shoot up to 14 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony NEX-3N 4
Nikon D6 14

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Sony NEX-3N and Nikon D6 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D6 weighs 1270 gr (equal to 2.8 lb) which is 372% heavier than Sony NEX-3N and its 269 gr (or 0.59 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony NEX-3N 269 gr
0.59 lb
Nikon D6 1270 gr
2.8 lb

Sony NEX-3N vs Nikon D6 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony NEX-3N and Nikon D6, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D6
Name Sony NEX-3N Nikon D6
Manufacturer Sony Nikon
Release Date and Price
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D6
Release Year 2013 2020
Release Date 2013-02-20 2019-09-04
MSRP 499 USD 6499 USD
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Camera Type
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D6
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D6
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4912 x 3264 pixels 5568 x 3712 pixels
Megapixels 16 MP 21 MP
Image Processor Bionz EXPEED 6
Image
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D6
ISO Range 200 - 16000 100 - 102400
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D6
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 25 105
Lens Mount Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D6
Articulated LCD Tilting Fixed
Screen size 3 3.2
Screen dots 460000 2359000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type N/A TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type No Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.72x
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D6
Frames per second 4 fps 14 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 900 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range N/A N/A
External Flash No Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation N/A +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D6
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
AVCHD
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D6
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Compact Flash Express
XQD
Connectivity
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D6
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless No Yes
Built-in (802.11ac + Bluetooth)
Remote Control No Yes (Wired or smartphone)
GPS No Yes
Built-in
Body & Dimensions
Sony NEX-3N
Nikon D6
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & USB charger
EN-EL18c lithium-ion battery & charager
Battery Life (CIPA) 480 shots 3580 shots
Width 110 mm 160 mm
Height 62 mm 163 mm
Depth 35 mm 92 mm
Weight 269 gram 1270 gram