Sony a6100 is the company’s newest version of the entry-level option in their APS-C range of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. It succeeds the a6000 with numerous evolutionary upgrades and new features.
Announced on August 28th, the a6100 will be available in 3 variants (body only, 16-50 lens kit and a dual-lens kit with 16-50 & 55-210 lenses) and will start shipping in October.
What’s New (Sony a6100 vs a6000)
The a6100 gets numerous upgrades, both evolutionary and all-new, compared to the a6000. Here’s a list of many of these notable changes.
- a6100 has the Latest BIONZ X processor
- It gets Sony’s new 0.02 sec AF speed
- More AF points: 425 phase-detection & 425 contrast-detection AF points (vs 179 phase-detection & 25 contrast-detection AF points)
- Stills: Real-time Eye AF for people/animals
- Stills: Real-time Tracking
- a6100 can record 4K videos up to 30 fps (vs no 4K video on the a6000)
- It can record 1080p videos at up to 120 fps frame rate (vs a max of 60 fps for a6000)
- No limits on continuous video recording time (vs limited to about 30 mins)
- Interval shooting to create time-lapse movies in post
- a6100 has a Microphone jack (vs no mic port on a6000)
- It has a touch-sensitive LCD panel (vs no touch-sensitivity)
- Tilting LCD tilts up 180 degrees and down 74 degrees (vs titlts up 90° & down 45° on the a6000)
Things to Remember about the a6100
These are a few things to note when considering the a6100.
- Sony a6100 has no headphone jack
- Its touchscreen doesn’t work for menus & navigation
- The LCD screen tilts vertically, not sideways
- The memory card slot is UHS-I compatible
Key Specs / Features
- Processor: BIONZ X
- Lens: Sony E-mount
- Pixels: 24.2 Megapixels
- Type: CMOS
- Size: APS-C
- Auto ISO: 100 - 6400
- Native ISO: 100 - 32000
- Extended ISO: 51200
- Fastest: 1/4000 Sec
- Slowest: 30 Sec
- AF Points: 425
- Speed: Up to 11 FPS
- 4K UHD: Up to 30 FPS
- Full HD: Up to 120 FPS
- Images: Up to 420 Shots *
- Video: Up to 125 mins *
- Screen: 2.95" with 0.92 m-dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
- Viewfinder: 0.39" with 1.44 m-dot OLED EVF
- IBIS: No
- Wireless: WiFi / Bluetooth / NFC
- HDMI (micro)
- USB (Micro-B)
- Microphone (Stereo Mini)
Hands on: Sony A6100 first look Review
If you’re looking for a mid-range, travel-friendly camera for shooting street photography, sports and family moments, the A6100 is shaping up to be one of the very best options at this price. While its hardware is a little dated and it’s a shame Sony hasn’t updated some features like the viewfinder, the A6100’s impressive new autofocus powers and 4K video recording make it a superb all-rounder that could see it match the popularity of the A6000.
First Impressions: Sony A6100 (Flagship Level AF, Entry Level Price Point)
With the Sony A6100, you now have access to the same Real-time Human and Animal Eye AF and Real-time Tracking capabilities found in Sony’s more premium offerings in an entry-level, crop sensor mirrorless camera body that costs just US $750.
Sony A6100 Review - First Impressions
Launching a successor to the A6000 makes a lot of sense considering the original has sold over 500,000 units since 2014 – whether consumers will be tempted by the newer higher priced model remains to be seen, but it’s good to see these kinds of users being catered for.
Sony A6100 review so far
So far the A6100 shares a great deal with the higher-end A6400 which costs $150 more with the same lens, but the first major difference is a lower resolution viewfinder on the A6100