- 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- EVF 1.44M dots
- 2.95″ 921.6K dots Tilt Touch LCD
- 11fps Continuous Shooting
- 4K/30P Video
- Built-in NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
QUICKFACT SHEETThe Sony a6100 (aka α6100, A6100, Alpha 6100) is an all-around entry-level APS-C compact mirrorless camera. It can be considered a cheaper version of the a6600, having some of the same features that make it a good vlogging camera and having the same great Real-time AF.
The a6100 allows you to compose your shots using the 1.44M-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF).
Or, you can use the 2.95-inch 921.6K-dot Tilt Touchscreen LCD on the back of the camera. The LCD flips up about 180° to face forward and tilts down about 74°. The LCD is also touch-screen so you can tap a point on the screen to lock focus, and use touch gestures to zoom or swipe right and left when reviewing images.
The Hybrid Real-time AF (Auto Focus) system uses a total of 425 phase detection AF points and 425 Contrast-Detection AF points to quickly and precisely lock focus on your subject. Real-time Tracking AF performance has been improved. For sharp portraits, Real-time Eye AF reliably locks focus on your subject’s eye (Left, Right), even when shooting movies. For those who love to shoot pets, Eye AF for Animals automatically detects and tracks the eyes of animals. The AF range is EV -2-20. Other useful focus features include Focus Magnifier, Zebra, and Focus Peaking.
It shoots stills at 24.2MP and Ultra High Definition (UHD) videos at 4K/30p (no crop) with stereo sound. You can also shoot slow motion video in HD at 120fps. Other video features include clean HDMI output, variable frame rates, and proxy recording. It’s also easy to extract still frames directly from your movies in playback mode. An external microphone can be attached directly via the camera’s microphone jack, and you also have an option for line and 48-V phantom powered input using the separately available XLR adaptor kit. This allows the connection of a wide range of high-end microphones for better audio in your movie recordings.
Other features include Continuous Shooting at 11fps, a pop-up flash (GN approx. 6m/19.6ft), a hot shoe to accept an external speedlite, Wireless Flash Control, RAW, PASM Shooting Modes, ±5 stops Exposure Compensation, Shutter Speed from 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. (flash-sync shutter speed of 1/160 sec.), Picture Effect, Creative Style, Scene Modes, Interval Shooting, and Silent Mode.
There are a number of connectivity features that make the a6100 practical for those who post to social media sites. NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth mean that you can store GPS information (using your mobile phone’s location data), do remote Live View shooting and easily transfer images to your smart phone or tablet.
Of course, the Sony a6100 is supported by a system of high quality lenses, vertical grip, external flashes, microphones, shooting grip with wireless remote commander, and software that further expand the shooting system.
|LENS MOUNT:||E||ISO:||100-32000, 51200|
|VIEWFINDER:||EVF 1.44M DOTS 0.70X MAGNIFICATION||LCD:||2.95″ 921.6K DOTS, TILT TOUCH LCD|
|CONTINUOUS SHOOTING:||11 FPS||STORAGE MEDIA:||SD, SDHC (UHS-I), SDXC (UHS-I), microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2)|
|OTHER:||NFC, WI-FI, BLUETOOTH, WIRELESS REMOTE SHOOTING, HI-SPEED SYNC FLASH MODE|
|DIMENSIONS:||120.0 X 66.9 X 59.4 MM (4.75 X 2.75 X 2.34 IN)||WEIGHT:||396 G (14 OZ) WITH BATTERY AND MEMORY CARD|
|PRICE:||US $599.99 BODY ONLY||BUY:||SONY a6100|
The Sony a6100 (2019, US $599.99), with creative movie-making options, a microphone jack, a headphone jack, S-Log shooting, and an LCD that flips to face forward, may be the ideal compact mirrorless vlogging camera.
If you want a higher-speced camera, including in-body image stabilization, a higher resolution EVF, a built-in headphone jack, a battery that lasts about twice as long, anti-flicker shooting mode, some weather-resistance, and a magnesium alloy body, check out the Sony a6600 (2019, $1,199.99).
The a6600 differs from the a6100 in the following ways:
– Magnesium alloy vs plastic body
– In-body image stabilization vs. none (except if an OIS lens attached)
– OLED 2.36M-dot EVF vs. 1.44M-dot EVF
– No built-in flash vs. built-in pop-up flash
– Anti-flicker shooting mode vs.no Anti-flicker shooting mode
– Weather resistance vs. no weather resistance
– Headphone jack vs. no headphone jack
– Battery is about twice more powerful
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