Sony a5100 vs Sony A6400

Sony Alpha a5100 front
Sony Alpha a6400 front

Sony a5100 vs Sony A6400 Key Specs

Sony a5100
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 283g - 110 x 63 x 36mm
  • Revealed August 2014
  • Replaced the Sony a5000
Sony A6400
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Expand to 102400)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 403g - 120 x 67 x 50mm
  • Launched January 2019
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Sony a5100 vs Sony A6400 Overview

On this page, we are evaluating the Sony a5100 vs Sony A6400, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Advanced Mirrorless and they are both created by Sony. The image resolution of the a5100 (24MP) and the A6400 (24MP) is very well matched and both cameras offer the same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The a5100 was introduced 5 years earlier than the A6400 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before delving into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short introduction of how the a5100 grades against the A6400 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony a5100 over the Sony A6400

 a5100 A6400 

Reasons to pick Sony A6400 over the Sony a5100

 A6400 a5100 
LaunchedJanuary 2019August 2014Fresher by 53 months
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Sony a5100 and Sony A6400

 a5100 A6400 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Display resolution922k922kIdentical display resolution
Touch display Easily navigate

Sony a5100 vs Sony A6400 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry your camera regularly, you're going to have to factor in its weight and volume. The Sony a5100 offers exterior measurements of 110mm x 63mm x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") and a weight of 283 grams (0.62 lbs) whilst the Sony A6400 has sizing of 120mm x 67mm x 50mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0") and a weight of 403 grams (0.89 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the a5100 vs the A6400.

Sony a5100 vs Sony A6400 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the a5100 and A6400 is 89 and 83 respectively.

Sony a5100 vs Sony A6400 top view buttons comparison

Sony a5100 vs Sony A6400 Sensor Comparison

Often, its hard to visualise the contrast between sensor sizing simply by looking at technical specs. The photograph underneath will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the a5100 and A6400.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras have the same sensor dimensions and the exact same resolution so you should expect similar quality of files but you will want to factor the release date of the products into consideration. The older a5100 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony a5100 vs Sony A6400 sensor size comparison

Sony a5100 vs Sony A6400 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony a5100 vs Sony A6400 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony a5100 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A6400 as a Portrait photography camera
focusing manually
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features face detect focus
delivers RAW files
can't use external flash
you can focus manually
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has face detection focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony a5100 Street photography information
Sony A6400 Street photography information
screen tilts
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
features focus via touch
very good high ISO (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
screen tilts
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
includes focus via touch
weather proof
above average ISO range (32,000)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony a5100 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A6400 as a Sports photography camera
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking focus
great battery life (400 CIPA)
supports phase detect auto focus
low frames per second (6.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
weather proof
has phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony a5100
Travel photography with Sony A6400
great battery life (400 CIPA)
features focus via touch
good resolution (24MP)
has built in flash
does not feature selfie friendly display
weather proof
has bluetooth
includes focus via touch
good resolution (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony a5100 Landscape photography details
Sony A6400 Landscape photography details
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a good size (3")
good resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (400 per charge)
lack of image stabilization
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
above average ISO range (32,000)
supports RAW files
weather proof
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony a5100
Vlogging with Sony A6400
built-in touchscreen
features face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not feature selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
does not have mic port
selfie friendly display
has touchscreen
has face detection focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has external microphone socket
no image stabilization
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Sony a5100 vs Sony A6400 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony a5100 and Sony A6400
 Sony Alpha a5100Sony Alpha a6400
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha a5100 Sony Alpha a6400
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Revealed 2014-08-17 2019-01-15
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz X Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 25600 32000
Maximum enhanced ISO - 102400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 179 425
Lens mount Sony E Sony E
Amount of lenses 121 121
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 922k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames/s 11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 100) 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction Off, auto, on, slow sync, rear sync, redeye reduction, wireless, hi-speed sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (120p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S MPEG-4, H.264, XAVC-S
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 283 grams (0.62 pounds) 403 grams (0.89 pounds)
Physical dimensions 110 x 63 x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") 120 x 67 x 50mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 80 83
DXO Color Depth score 23.8 24.0
DXO Dynamic range score 12.7 13.6
DXO Low light score 1347 1431
Battery life 400 pictures 410 pictures
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FW50 NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous (3-5 shot)) Yes
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick DUO (UHS-I compliant)
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $448 $898