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Sony a6100 Review

Sony a6100 Review

Best Camera You can Buy today.


  • Light and compact.
  • Built-in EVF.
  • Tilting touch LCD.
  • Superlative autofocus.
  • Loads of lens choices.
  • Up to 11fps Raw capture.
  • 4K video.


  • Not as well-built as the a6400.
  • Low-resolution EVF.
  • 4K video can show some wobble.
  • Underwhelming battery life.
  • The charging port isn’t USB-C.

The Sony a6100 ($749.99, body alone) has been a long time coming. The firm launched the a6000 in 2014 and put so much innovation into it that it’s still current and on sale for a reduced price years later. The a6100 modernizes the design by adding a touch screen, 4K video, and best-in-class focusing technology. It’s not nearly the showstopper now as its predecessor was when it debuted. However, fans may be put off by its plastic body and lack of weather protection. But excellent picture quality and superb focusing make it a fantastic camera for tourists and family photographers.

Plastic, but Not Flimsy

The a6100 will, without a doubt, get under the skin of photographic artists who wouldn’t fantasy about shooting with a pack focal point; however, the Camera’s plastic body isn’t made of frail materials. When the focal point isn’t associated, the body’s measurements are 2.6 by 4.7 by 2.3 inches (HWD), and its weight is 14 ounces. In a rangefinder-style plan, the electronic viewfinder is situated in the back left corner of the Camera as opposed to in the Camera’s backplate. 

There’s a basic handgrip made of leatherette that is folded over the handle. I believe it’s extraordinary for use with more modest focal points; however, if you want to use greater and heavier focal points, I’d prescribe moving up to an a6400 or a6600, or maybe a full-outline a7 III, all things being equal. 

The Camera is accessible as a body-just buy, permitting you to pick whatever focal point you wish or as a bundled component. You can buy it with the E 16-50mm focal point for $849.99, or you can get it with the 16-50mm focal point and the E 55-210mm focal point for $1,099.99. Neither one of the focal points is extremely great. Sony doesn’t offer the Camera related to their best purchaser zoom, the E 18-135mm. 

Rather than numerous other mirrorless cameras, the a6100 is outfitted with an optical viewfinder. A spring-up streak and a hot shoe for connecting an assistant blaze or outside receiver are additionally remembered for the bundle. Due to the bigger focal points, it is workable for the little glimmer to make a shadow, yet you might shift the blaze back and up to give more diffused and milder light.

Controls Cover the Basics

With regards to control fastens, the a6100 keeps things straightforward. The top plate is the screen discharge button, power switch, Mode dial, control dial, and customizable C1 button. While the centering model is utilized as a matter of course, you might change this setting if you so decide. 

The Record button is situated in a surprising area, wrapped up at the right half of the back thumb rest, to such an extent that it is almost on the right half of the Camera when squeezed. You might wind down one-contact video recording on the off chance that you would prefer not to utilize it since it’s feasible to press the button coincidentally; if this occurs, you’ll need to move the Mode dial to the film position to begin recording once more. 

Different controls are situated in a more customary way rearward of the vehicle. With a level order dial in the center and four directional pushes on each side, you might get to the Display work just as the ISO, EV, and Drive/Self-Timer. Getting to the menu, locking openness, playing and erasing pictures, just as getting to the on-screen Fn menu, are completely made conceivable through the buttons. The mechanical button for the spring-up streak is similarly situated on the Camera’s rear, just like the diopter for the electronic viewfinder. 

The Fn key is exceptionally useful. As well as giving speedy on-screen admittance to your decision of twelve settings, it likewise incorporates a sensibly extensive default set that permits you to calibrate your center settings with no sweat, change the metering, and switch among high contrast another shading profile, in addition to other things. While the LCD is contact-empowered, the Fn menu must be explored by utilizing buttons.


The 3-inch LCD is mounted on a hinge and can flip up and forward to frame selfies easily—the Camera automatically enters a selfie mode, complete with a three-second countdown timer. The screen is adequately sharp, with 921k dots, and its default brightness is fine for most shooting. There’s a sunny weather mode available that brightens it significantly, accessible via the menu.

The electronic viewfinder is located at the corner. It’s an OLED panel with punchy contrast and colors. It has one big advantage over optical finders—the ability to preview the scene just as the image sensor and lens see it. It’s big too, with a 0.7x magnification rating, but not overly sharp at 1,440k dots—you can see the grid pattern in the screen when making or reviewing images in the EVF. The a6400 has a sharper finder, the same size but with 2,359k dots.

Power and Connectivity

The a6100 is controlled by Sony’s W battery, which has been quite scrutinized. Underway for seemingly an unending length of time, it has been used in the organization’s mirrorless cameras since they were first presented under the NEX name. 

In case you’re anticipating going through the day at an amusement park or seeing historical centers and other vacation destinations, you ought to pack an additional battery or two. The a6100 is planned to have a battery life of around 400 shots or roughly two hours of video recording time per charge, albeit those figures are a bit hopeful. It is feasible to reach there if you shoot in burst mode; however, it is far-fetched if you utilize the Camera in its default setting. 

The utilization of remote association affects battery life too. Association with your Android or iOS telephone is refined using the typical blend of Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi capacities. Moving pictures and video from the Camera to the telephone is made conceivable using a free application, Sony Imaging Edge Mobile. Utilizing the application, you can likewise work the Camera distantly, permitting you to mount it on a stand and trigger a gathering photograph with your telephone. 

A solitary memory card opening, arranged in the battery compartment, acknowledges SDXC cards with up to UHS-I speeds; however, it doesn’t uphold quicker UHS-II media. The opening doesn’t uphold USB 3.0. Another choice is to utilize a Memory Stick Duo card. Yet, nobody will do as such since the organization is obscure. 

An entryway ensures the little bank of ports on the left side. A smaller than usual HDMI yield, a 3.5mm amplifier jack, and a miniature USB association for information transmission and charging on the A6100. You can accuse the Camera’s battery of a USB power bank, an incredible component for explorers. In any case, we were frustrated to see Sony stay with the obsolete miniature USB port instead of the more present-day USB-C port, particularly when you consider that camera models aren’t regularly refreshed on a yearly premise.

Tightly Focused

The a6100 is outfitted with similar centering innovation as the more costly models in the series. It’s great since Sony is presently standing out as far as fixation. People, felines, and canines would all be distinguished by their countenances and eyes since the a6100 can do so naturally; you should teach the Camera to look for individuals or pets. The center is locked almost right away. 

On the off chance that you buy the Camera, it will be advantageous to you to change a portion of its default settings before utilizing it. It comes pre-designed with AF-An enacted, a center mode that naturally picks whether to secure a matter when it is gained or to continue to discover it as it moves. Different decisions incorporate AF-S, which locks center after it has been gotten, and AF-C, which keeps on looking for concentrate even after it has been procured until you snap a picture, and which keeps on looking for a center for each resulting photo in case you are working in burst mode. There is additionally the choice of manual concentration. 

I recommend that most photographic artists change their cameras to AF-C mode since it permits them to utilize the best center capacity accessible—Real Sony’s Time Tracking framework. Following is one of those menu decisions in the Camera that is turned grey out in different modes, yet it is worth looking for. It is alluded to as Tracking in the Camera. In this mode, the a6100 quickly locks onto an objective. It keeps on following it however long the emphasis component is on the Camera. 

It performs well, monitoring moving items effortlessly. Suppose you decide to shoot in burst mode (the ordinary fast choice is eight casings each second, but at the same time, there are 11 edges each second Hi+ mode accessible). In that case, the following component will keep up with your subject in the center from picture to shot, regardless of whether it moves to correspond to the Camera. You should simply keep it in the casing. Luckily, the centering instrument is fit for covering almost the entire picture sensor region.

Imaging and Video

The 24MP picture sensor in the a6100 isn’t new; Sony and different producers have been utilizing variants in various cameras for quite a long time. It’s a similar CPU and picture preparing combo found in the two current-age sister cameras, the Sony a6400 and Sony a6600, separately. 

With far to the image quality it produces, there isn’t a lot to whine about. Sony has tended to client concerns regarding its JPG motor, which has brought about further developed shading generation. Pictures delivered at ISO 100 or more display amazing points of interest from the most minimal affectability to ISO 3200. At ISO 6400, the most elevated level the Camera will use out of the container; there is a tiny decrease in clearness. 

While it is feasible to utilize the most elevated programmed ISO level accessible on the Camera, ISO 51200, for shooting in exceptionally low light, the image quality might endure thus. Fine detail is spread when starting at ISO 12800, and yield is fluffy when expanding to ISO 25600 and 51200. 

It is additionally conceivable to take pictures in a crude arrangement. Since no commotion decrease is acted in-camera, pictures taken at higher ISOs are grainier; in any case, when the Camera is pushed to ISO 12800 and 25600, pictures become recognizably more nitty-gritty. Indeed, even at ISO 51200, the picture quality is exceptionally poor, yet this is expected. 

There are no level and HDR video profiles accessible on the a6100, yet there are no trade-offs made in some other Camera spaces. It records excellent 4K video at your decision of 24 or 30 edges each second at a recording pace of 100Mbps, and it can likewise record in 1080p goal. Recordings look incredible, yet the more seasoned picture sensor’s more slow readout implies that 60 edges each second 4K isn’t accessible. Furthermore, in light of the moving shade impact, the movement might show some unusual distortions. 

Furthermore, the Camera offers both sluggish movement and fast movement film, with outline rates going from 120 casings each second to as low as one casing each second. Suppose your workstation isn’t exactly capable of managing excellent 4K documents. In that case, you might utilize the intermediary recording, which delivers a small inferior quality record for more straightforward altering notwithstanding a full-quality video, to save time. 

When you add an amplifier input, you have a camera that is extremely skilled for video. To get a smoother walk-and-talk film, vloggers might need to think about a model with in-body adjustment. In contrast, cinematographers might need to think about a model with a speedier sensor readout and a level shading profile, which will permit them to be more adaptable when changing shading and openness. The HLG video profile on the a6400 is a further convincing motivation to pick the Camera for clients. This profile is intended to seem brilliant on 4K HDR shows without the requirement for after-creation altering.

A Worthy a6000 Successor

For almost the whole time it has been available, the Sony a6000 has been our top decision for a modest mirrorless camera with superb picture quality. It was unparalleled when it was first delivered, and accordingly, it has had a somewhat extended period of usability. Notwithstanding, the time has elapsed. The a6000, accessible for about $550 as a body alone, does not have a few of the abilities we would anticipate from a camera advertised in 2020. Specifically, it doesn’t uphold 4K video recording or a touch LCD show. Although it can fire its shade quickly, its centering system isn’t similar to that found in later cameras. 

Here comes the a6100. Given the significance of ensuring the better quality models in the series, Sony didn’t get carried away with the components. Yet, it additionally didn’t take an excessive number of corners as far as usefulness. It doesn’t have the high-goal electronic viewfinder (EVF) or the residue and sprinkle insurance gave by the following model in the series, the a6400 ($900). At $1,400, Sony’s top-end APS-C mirrorless camera, the a6600, includes a more grounded battery and in-body adjustment. Yet, it’s a significant photographic artist’s Camera at its cost. 

Notwithstanding this, the a6100 offers a ton of benefit for the cash spent. As far as picture quality and centering execution, the Camera is comparable to its more costly kin, which means top-tier subject following, just as exceptional eye and facial acknowledgment. Even though it doesn’t have certain video abilities, like level recording (for experts) and HLG HDR, this is an issue for families who wish to take full advantage of a 4K HDR TV. 

There’s something else to like about the a6100 besides there is to hate about it, and it’s an extraordinary camera for families, yearning for photographic artists, and surprisingly some photography enthusiasts. The a6400, which imparts our Editors’ Choice rating to the Fujifilm X-T30, might be a superior fit for the last arrangement of picture takers. These cameras are somewhat more refined and have preferred fit and finish over the a6100, yet they cost somewhat more cash. Rest sure that if they are out of your value range, you won’t experience a critical monetary misfortune by picking the a6100.


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