Sony NEX-6 vs Nikon Z30

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony NEX-6 and Nikon Z30. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Sony NEX-6 is manufacturered by Sony but Nikon Z30 is from Nikon. Both Sony and Nikon are well known brands though.

Sony NEX-6 were released 2012 and Nikon Z30 was released 2022. That is a 10 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony NEX-6 2012
Nikon Z30 2022

Type of camera

Both these cameras are Mirrorless cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony NEX-6 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor while Nikon Z30 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 Z30 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 Z30 has 21 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 Z30 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712

Nikon Z30 has a 29 % 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

Nikon Z30 has a larger ISO-range than Sony NEX-6. Nikon Z30 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Sony NEX-6 has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Sony NEX-6 100-25600
Nikon Z30 100-51200

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-6
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z30

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 Z30 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony NEX-6 10
Nikon Z30 11

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 Z30 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 Z30 weighs 405 gr (equal to 0.89 lb) which is 17% heavier than Sony NEX-6 and its 345 gr (or 0.76 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony NEX-6 345 gr
0.76 lb
Nikon Z30 405 gr
0.89 lb

Sony NEX-6 vs Nikon Z30 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony NEX-6 and Nikon Z30, 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 Z30
Name Sony NEX-6 Nikon Z30
Manufacturer Sony Nikon
Release Date and Price
Sony NEX-6
Nikon Z30
Release Year 2012 2022
Release Date 2012-09-12 2022-06-29
MSRP 749 USD 710 USD
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Camera Type
Sony NEX-6
Nikon Z30
Camera Type Mirrorless Mirrorless
Sensor
Sony NEX-6
Nikon Z30
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 5568 x 3712 pixels
Megapixels 16 MP 21 MP
Image Processor Bionz EXPEED 6
Image
Sony NEX-6
Nikon Z30
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 51200
White Balance Presets 6 0
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 Z30
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 99 209
Lens Mount Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon Z

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 Z30
Articulated LCD Tilting Fully articulated
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 921000 1040000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type Xtra Fine LCD with Tilt Up 90 and Down 45 TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic No Viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.09 (0.73 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Sony NEX-6
Nikon Z30
Frames per second 10 fps 11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 6 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony NEX-6
Nikon Z30
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
AVCHD
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1440 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Sony NEX-6
Nikon Z30
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony NEX-6
Nikon Z30
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-in
Yes
Built-in (802.11ac + Bluetooth)
Remote Control Yes (InfraRed (optional)) Yes (via smartphone)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Sony NEX-6
Nikon Z30
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & charger
EN-EL25 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 360 shots 330 shots
Width 120 mm 128 mm
Height 67 mm 74 mm
Depth 43 mm 60 mm
Weight 345 gram 405 gram