Sony S2100 summary
Sony S2100 is Sony's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first launched on January of 2010. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The S2100 stands at #215 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #1139 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should try our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your personalized factors.
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Sony S2100 history
The Sony S2100 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.
Sony S2100 Gallery
You can look at the S2100 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony S2100 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of advantages and drawbacks of the Sony S2100 based on factors which are normally considered useful in a digital camera.
Sony S2100 Sensor information
The Sony S2100 is powered by the Bionz processor chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Sony S2100 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CCD sensor has 12MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.
The image underneath shows the S2100's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The S2100 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony S2100 dimensions
Sony S2100 weighs in at 0.37 pounds (167 grams or 5.89 ounces) & the physical size of the camera is 98mm x 61mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Sony S2100 is very much the same compared to its competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Down below is a image of the Sony S2100 alongside a soda to help you get a sense of its size.
The top view under will provide the button arrangement on the S2100.
Sony S2100 Lens information
The S2100 has a fixed lens having a focal range of 33-105mm giving it a 3.2 x zoom which isn't amazing however it will definitely be very helpful in certain conditions.
At it's widest 33mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.1 and that's fairly sluggish and not very good for low light circumstances and you will probably find it hard to get good bokeh. You might also need to raise your ISO resulting in noisy photos. For the long end, 105mm comes to f5.6 which is fairly slow and you would have to choose slower shutter speeds.
Sony S2100 Connectivity
The S2100 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send files and in some cases alter camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.
Several apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Sony S2100 Video information
The max video resolution in the Sony S2100 is 640 x 480 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is awful for today's requirements. You should strive for a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The body does not have a microphone and / or headphone socket which means you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to purchase another model if you want decent audio for your videos.
Sony S2100 Weather Sealing
Sony S2100 does not have environment sealing so damp conditions might ruin the camera.
Sony S2100 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony S2100 is equipped with a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.
Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The View Finder details for Sony S2100 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders will be particularly helpful.
Sony S2100 Shutter information
Sony S2100 has the ability to shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/1200 seconds.
Sony S2100 Flash and Hot shoe information
Sony S2100 has just built-in flash with no external flash support.
Sony S2100 Autofocusing information
Sony S2100 has only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and precise as compared with Contrast Detect focusing.
It supports 9 focus points to select from. Sony S2100 has no manual focus. Manual focus option is good for low light occasions or you need more exact depth of field control.
Sony S2100 Battery life
The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the maximum (470) battery life for this category of cameras.
Following is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
Sony S2100 for various styles of photography
The following graph presents a summary of the Sony S2100 for various styles of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Sony S2100 Portrait photography factors
The Sony S2100 gets a score of 21 which is really bad, meaning that it is simply not good to use for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files and ability to work with off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Sony S2100
Getting a modest score of 47, the Sony S2100 is reasonably acceptable to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Sony S2100 Sports photography info
A really bad sports photography rating of 18 suggests the Sony S2100 is simply not good for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Sony S2100
Portability is super important in choosing a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony S2100 gets a reasonable 51 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat appropriate to buy for your holidays.
Sony S2100 Landscape photography information
For anyone planning to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Sony S2100 at it's really bad rating of 28 for a landscape camera is simply not good among its competitors.
Vlogging with Sony S2100
A vlogging camera should posses a articulating screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Sony S2100 is simply not good for vlogging as it delivers a really bad score of 22.
Sony S2100 Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the S2100, below is a list of the top scored cameras which fall within the family of Small Sensor Compact.
The diagram underneath will give you an overview of the S2100 versus it's top ranked rivals suggested earlier.
Following are several cameras you might check out as alternatives. To read a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.