Sony A6100 review

The Sony A6100 is a replacement for the long-running A6000, but while it's more advanced, it's also more expensive

Sony A6100 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Sony’s entry-level mirrorless system camera, the A6000, has been a top-seller ever since it was launched in early 2014. Nearly six years later, the A6100 brings a host of improvements, sharing many of the same upgrades featured in latest mid-range A6400 and top-end A6600 bodies. However, these improvements don't come cheap, as the A6100 is nearly twice the price of the original A6000, somewhat limiting its appeal as an entry-level camera.


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    Lightweight and compact

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    Real-Time Tracking Autofocus

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    4K video recording

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    3.5mm microphone jack

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    1:1 aspect ratio option


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    No in-body sensor-shift stabilization

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    Relatively low-resolution electronic viewfinder

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    Much pricier than the older a6000

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    Plasticky feel

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Sony A6100 APS-C mirrorless camera has a hard act to follow. It’s an upgrade on the half-a-million-selling A6000, which can now be had for an astonishingly low price (around $408/£349 body only – see Sony A6000 deals for current best prices). 

However, the A6000 has recently started to look a little dated. Image quality is good rather than great, at least by the latest standards, especially at high ISO settings. Video capture tops out at 1080p and the camera doesn’t even have a touchscreen. 

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