Sony NEX-6 vs Nikon D3300

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony NEX-6 and Nikon D3300. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Sony NEX-6 is manufacturered by Sony but Nikon D3300 is from Nikon. Both Sony and Nikon are well known brands though.

Sony NEX-6 were released 2012 and Nikon D3300 was released 2014. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony NEX-6 2012
Nikon D3300 2014

Type of camera

Sony NEX-6 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D3300 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony NEX-6 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D3300 has a "Nikon DX"-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-6 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Nikon D3300 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** 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-6 has a 16 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D3300 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony NEX-6 16 MP
16032768 pixels
4912 x 3264
Nikon D3300 24 MP
24064000 pixels
6016 x 4000

Nikon D3300 has a 50 % larger resolution than Sony NEX-6. 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

Sony NEX-6 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3300. Sony NEX-6 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D3300 has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Sony NEX-6 100-25600
Nikon D3300 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Sony NEX-6 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D3300 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D3300 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony NEX-6
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3300

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony NEX-6 can shoot up to 10 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3300 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony NEX-6 10
Nikon D3300 5

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Sony NEX-6 and Nikon D3300 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 D3300 weighs 430 gr (equal to 0.95 lb) which is 25% heavier than Sony NEX-6 and its 345 gr (or 0.76 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony NEX-6 345 gr
0.76 lb
Nikon D3300 430 gr
0.95 lb

Sony NEX-6 vs Nikon D3300 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony NEX-6 and Nikon D3300, 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-6
Nikon D3300
Name Sony NEX-6 Nikon D3300
Manufacturer Sony Nikon
Release Date and Price
Sony NEX-6
Nikon D3300
Release Year 2012 2014
Release Date 2012-09-12 2014-01-07
MSRP 749 USD 649 USD
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Camera Type
Sony NEX-6
Nikon D3300
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Sony NEX-6
Nikon D3300
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4912 x 3264 pixels 6016 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 16 MP 24 MP
Image Processor Bionz EXPEED 4
Image
Sony NEX-6
Nikon D3300
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 12800
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-6
Nikon D3300
Autofocus Motor Yes No
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 99 11
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
DX / APS-C (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
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony NEX-6
Nikon D3300
Articulated LCD Tilting Fixed
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 921000 921000
Touch screen No No
Screen type Xtra Fine LCD with Tilt Up 90 and Down 45 TFT LCD (160 degree viewing angle)
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.09 (0.73 35mm equiv.) 0.85 (0.57 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Sony NEX-6
Nikon D3300
Frames per second 10 fps 5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 6 meters 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony NEX-6
Nikon D3300
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
AVCHD
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1440 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Sony NEX-6
Nikon D3300
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony NEX-6
Nikon D3300
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-in
Yes
Optional through WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
Remote Control Yes (InfraRed (optional)) Yes (Optional)
GPS No Yes
Optional with GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Sony NEX-6
Nikon D3300
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & charger
EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 360 shots 700 shots
Width 120 mm 124 mm
Height 67 mm 98 mm
Depth 43 mm 76 mm
Weight 345 gram 430 gram