Sony a6100

24MP APS-C sensor | Hybrid AF with Real-time Tracking | 4K video capture

What we like:

  • Excellent autofocus system
  • 4K/30p video recording
  • Tilting touchscreen LCD

What we don't:

  • Less robust build quality
  • Rolling shutter 'jello effect' present in 4K video
  • Crop when recording 4K/30p video
The Sony a6100 is an entry-level APS-C mirrorless camera. It's equipped with a 24MP sensor, a touchscreen for easy focus placement and Sony's excellent autofocus tracking which makes it especially easy to focus on people and pets.
The a6100 is the most basic model in the a6000-series and doesn't feel quite as robust as its step-up siblings. It offers a lower-resolution 1.4M-dot electronic viewfinder, and twin control dials that are both thumb-operated. Its touchscreen flips upward 180-degrees for easy selfie framing and vlogging.
Sony's excellent "Real-time Tracking" autofocus seamlessly tracks people and pets
Sony's autofocus system has been trained to recognize people and pets as subjects, and will follow them flawlessly throughout the frame. Coupled with the ability to touch the screen to place a focus point, it's a system that will serve beginning users very well once they've gotten a feel for it.
The a6100 features Sony's latest JPEG color response, which is much more attractive than on its older models. The underlying Raw performance is very good, too. Sadly, there's no in-camera Raw conversion tool for re-processing Raw images with different settings.
The a6100 makes it easy to record clips of 4K footage or slow-motion 1080 video. There's a socket to connect an external mic but no way to connect headphones for monitoring. It can be set up for tap-to-track autofocus in video, too. There's significant 'jello-effect' distortion in the 4K footage though, especially in 24p mode.
The a6100 is a good entry-level camera with a very powerful, easy-to-use autofocus system. We're not huge fans of the kit zoom and the interface isn't especially welcoming, but with a few settings changes, it can help you get excellent shots, relatively easily.

Allison Johnson

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