Sony A6100

Sony Alpha a6100 front
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Expand to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 396g - 120 x 67 x 59mm
  • Announced August 2019
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony A6100 summary

Sony A6100 is Sony's Advanced Mirrorless camera initially released on August of 2019. It features a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 6000 x 4000.

The A6100 is scored #13 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras & overall #72 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should use our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your personal criteria.

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Here is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Sony A6100 family

The Sony A6100 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can check out all older and latest models as well as important specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-Alpha-a6700 front thumbnailSony A6700
A6100 vs A6700
26MPAPS-C11.0 fps2023
Sony-Alpha-a6600 front thumbnailSony A6600
A6100 vs A6600
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2019
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Sony-Alpha-a6100 front thumbnailSony A610024MPAPS-C11.0 fps2019
Sony-Alpha-a6400 front thumbnailSony A6400
A6100 vs A6400
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2019
Sony-Alpha-a6500 front thumbnailSony A6500
A6100 vs A6500
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2016
Sony-Alpha-a6300 front thumbnailSony A6300
A6100 vs A6300
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2016
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Sony-Alpha-a5100 front thumbnailSony a5100
A6100 vs a5100
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-a6000 front thumbnailSony A6000
A6100 vs A6000
24MPAPS-C11.0 fps2014
Sony-Alpha-a5000 front thumbnailSony a5000
A6100 vs a5000
20MPAPS-C4.0 fps2014

Sony A6100 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Sony A6100 based on factors that are normally considered necessary in a camera.

comes with face detection autofocus
comes with focus by touch
comes with phase detect autofocus
comes with tracking autofocus
connects via bluetooth
does have external microphone jack
does have HDMI support
good ISO range (32,000)
good minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
has manual focus
has touchscreen
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
NFC support
nice clear screen (922 k dot)
nice screen size (3 inches)
screen is selfie friendly
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
tilting screen
lack of image stabilization
no headphone jack
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Sony A6100 Sensor specs

The Sony A6100 houses the Bionz X processor chip. The spec of the sensor in the Sony A6100 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor is able to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 100 - 32000. The ISO can be widened digitally to a maximum of 51200. RAW files are supported which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.

The picture below shows the A6100's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The A6100 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony A6100 dimensions

Sony A6100 weighs around 0.87 lb (396 gr or 13.97 oz) & the size of the camera is 120mm x 67mm x 59mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.3"). The weight of typical Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454 gr so the Sony A6100 is less heavy compared to other rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Sony A6100 besides a soft drink so you can get a feel for its size.

Sony Alpha a6100 dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button design on the A6100.

Sony Alpha a6100 topview buttons dials

Sony A6100 Lens details

The A6100 uses the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses to select from. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the A6100.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-19mm-F2.8-EX-DN-Sony-E-NEX lensSigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN19mmf/2.8 140g
Sony-FE-600mm-F4-GM-OSS lensSony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS600mmf/4 3040g
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Samyang-50mm-F1.4-AS-UMC--Rokinon-50mm-F1.4-AS-IF-UMC-E-Mount lensSamyang 50mm F1.4 AS UMC50mmf/1.4535g
Sony-FE-400mm-F2.8-GM-OSS lensSony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS400mmf/2.8 2895g
Zeiss-Batis-85mm-F1.8-Sony-FE lensZeiss Batis 85mm F1.885mmf/1.8 475g
Samyang-AF-24mm-F1.8-FE lensSamyang AF 24mm F1.8 FE24mmf/1.8 230g
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Zeiss-Loxia-25mm-F2.4-Sony-FE lensZeiss Loxia 25mm F2.425mmf/2.4393g
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Sony A6100 Connectivity

The A6100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to copy pictures and in some cases adjust camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Many apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Sony A6100 Video details

The max video resolution in the Sony A6100 is 3840 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4, XAVC S and H.264 format. 2160p can provide a superb resolution for video. You are able to downsample to 1080p in order to get clearer video. Beware of the large file sizes and make sure you own high quality SD cards with good write speed. Even though the body offers a microphone socket, it is sadly missing a headphone socket which means that you will not be able to monitor your sound levels.

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Sony A6100 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing on the Sony A6100 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.

Sony A6100 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony A6100 features a 3" tilting display with a resolution of 922k dots.

The display is selfie friendly for self portraits and group photos when needed. Moreover the display is touch friendly which means that you are able to switch focus point and adjust settings using your fingers.

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The View Finder specifications for Sony A6100 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 1,440k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.71x

For bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders will be quite useful.

Sony A6100 Shutter details

Sony A6100 continuous shooting speed is 11.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Sony A6100 Flash and Hot shoe details

Sony A6100 features both built-in flash as well as external flash support.

Sony A6100 Autofocusing details

Sony A6100 features both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and precise compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which makes it valuable for taking photos of people.

The Sensor features 425 focus points to choose from. Sony A6100 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to adjust where you focus. It also includes Tracking AF for moving objects. Sony A6100 comes with manual focusing if required during low light scenarios or you want more exact control on focusing.

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Sony A6100 Battery life

The battery pack (NP-FW50) on the Sony A6100 is designed to last for 420 shots based on the CIPA standards making it comparable with it's competition. The usual Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 features the maximum (810) battery life within this group of cameras.

Following is a collection of Advanced Mirrorless cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Sony A6100 for varying kinds of photography

The following chart shows a rundown of the Sony A6100 for varying kinds of photography. To find out more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Sony A6100 Portrait photography advice

The Sony A6100 receives a points total of 82 which is wonderful, meaning that it is a great fit to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos along with the potential to work with off-camera flash.

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manual focus
good MP (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports face detect autofocus
saves RAW files

Sony A6100 Street photography highlights

Getting a tremendous points total of 79, the Sony A6100 is a superb option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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has a tilting screen
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
provides touch focus
great high ISO (32,000)
does not have image stabilization

Sony A6100 Sports photography advice

A very good sports photography rating of 75 indicates the Sony A6100 is a very decent option for photographing sports. A camera should have great autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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good MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization

Sony A6100 as a Travel photography camera

Size is really important in choosing a travel camera. Overall, the Sony A6100 gets a wonderful 86 for a travel camera which makes it a superb fit for your travels.

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connects via bluetooth
features focus via touch
good MP (24MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly

Sony A6100 as a Landscape photography camera

For those who are looking to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony A6100 at it's wonderful score of 79 as a landscape camera is a terrific fit within the current market.

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manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
above average ISO range (32,000)
supports RAW formats
no image stabilization

Sony A6100 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a moving display screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Sony A6100 is a excellent pick for vlogging as it comes to a superb rating of 79.

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selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
offers face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes microphone jack
no image stabilization

Sony A6100 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the A6100, here is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall under the class of Advanced Mirrorless.

The line graph followed below gives you a bird's eye view of the A6100 versus it's highest scored competitors listed above.

Here are a few more cameras you may view as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Sony Alpha a6100
Advanced Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Bionz X
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW format
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
Lens support
Sony E
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Display sizing
3 inches
Resolution of display
922k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
30 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
11.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Flash off, auto, fill flash, slow sync, rear sync, wireless, hi-speed
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB 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
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
396 grams (0.87 pounds)
120 x 67 x 59mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.3")
Battery life
420 images
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots
Retail pricing