Sony A6100 vs Sony TX66

Sony Alpha a6100 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 front

Sony A6100 vs Sony TX66 Key Specs

Sony A6100
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Increase to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 396g - 120 x 67 x 59mm
  • Announced August 2019
Sony TX66
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 109g - 93 x 54 x 13mm
  • Released February 2012
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Sony A6100 vs Sony TX66 Overview

Its time to take a closer look at the Sony A6100 and Sony TX66, one is a Advanced Mirrorless and the other is a Ultracompact and they are both sold by Sony. There is a big difference between the sensor resolutions of the A6100 (24MP) and TX66 (18MP) and the A6100 (APS-C) and TX66 (1/2.3") feature different sensor dimensions.

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The A6100 was brought out 7 years after the TX66 which is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Sony A6100 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony TX66 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before going in to a detailed comparison, below is a short highlight of how the A6100 scores vs the TX66 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony A6100 over the Sony TX66

 A6100 TX66 
ReleasedAugust 2019February 2012Newer by 92 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony TX66 over the Sony A6100

 TX66 A6100 
Display sizing3.3"3"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1230k922kSharper display (+308k dot)

Common features in the Sony A6100 and Sony TX66

 A6100 TX66 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Sony A6100 vs Sony TX66 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and proportions. The Sony A6100 features external dimensions of 120mm x 67mm x 59mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") along with a weight of 396 grams (0.87 lbs) while the Sony TX66 has measurements of 93mm x 54mm x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5") accompanied by a weight of 109 grams (0.24 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have at that time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the A6100 vs the TX66.

Sony A6100 vs Sony TX66 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the A6100 and TX66 is 81 and 97 respectively.

Sony A6100 vs Sony TX66 top view buttons comparison

Sony A6100 vs Sony TX66 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor dimensions purely by checking specs. The pic below might give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the A6100 and TX66.

All in all, both of those cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The A6100 due to its larger sensor is going to make achieving bokeh less difficult and the Sony A6100 will give you extra detail having its extra 6MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images a little more aggressively. The fresher A6100 provides an advantage in sensor tech.

Sony A6100 vs Sony TX66 sensor size comparison

Sony A6100 vs Sony TX66 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A6100 vs Sony TX66 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A6100 Portrait photography information
Sony TX66 Portrait photography information
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
manual focus
MP count decent (18MP)
provides face detection autofocus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony A6100
Street photography with Sony TX66
screen tilts
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
offers focus via touch
very good high ISO (32,000)
lack of image stabilization
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with focus via touch
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony A6100 Sports photography information
Sony TX66 Sports photography information
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
sensor has phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
great battery pack (250 shots)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony A6100
Travel photography with Sony TX66
supports bluetooth
offers focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
great battery pack (250 shots)
comes with focus via touch
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
no Timelapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A6100 Landscape photography advice
Sony TX66 Landscape photography advice
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3")
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
very good high ISO (32,000)
saves RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
manual focus
reasonably wide (26mm)
nice screen size (3.3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
great battery pack (250 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A6100 Vlogging details
Sony TX66 Vlogging details
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
provides face detect autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes mic port
lack of image stabilization
reasonably wide (26mm)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
no external microphone support
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Sony A6100 vs Sony TX66 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A6100 and Sony TX66
 Sony Alpha a6100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha a6100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66
Class Advanced Mirrorless Ultracompact
Announced 2019-08-28 2012-02-28
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz X BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 6000 x 4000 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 32000 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO 51200 -
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 425 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens mount type Sony E fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.5-4.8
Macro focusing range - 1cm
Number of lenses 121 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3.3 inch
Screen resolution 922 thousand dots 1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen tech - XtraFine TruBlack OLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.71x -
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 11.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.00 m (at ISO 100) 3.10 m
Flash options Flash off, auto, fill flash, slow sync, rear sync, wireless, hi-speed Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Slow Sync
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In None
USB Yes USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 396 grams (0.87 lb) 109 grams (0.24 lb)
Dimensions 120 x 67 x 59mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") 93 x 54 x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Battery life 420 pictures 250 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FW50 NP-BN
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $748 $350