Sony a6100 review: Should this be your next family camera?
The Sony a6100 is a 24MP APS-C mirrorless camera, aimed squarely at beginners and people who want attractive photos but don't necessarily think of themselves as photographers. A new, powerful autofocus system makes it one of the easiest cameras to use, if you just trust it to do its thing and concentrate instead on what you're shooting.
The a6100's specifications aren't cutting edge, and it's priced accordingly. But that simple, effective autofocus system means it makes it easy to get the photos you want, and hence, arguably, it's better value than those less expensive rivals. On paper it looks a lot like the bargain-basement a6000 but in use this is a vastly better camera.
Our main doubts about the camera come if you want to get more involved in the photographic process.
- 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- Advanced AF system with highlight dependable subject tracking
- 1.44M dot OLED electronic viewfinder
- 0.9M dot LCD tilting rear touchscreen
- Wi-Fi for image transfer to smart devices (with NFC for quick connection)
- 4K video capture
- USB charging
The Sony a6100 has a list price of $750, a $50 premium over the launch price of the original a6000, which suggests it may take a similar low-cost position in the lineup, long term. It has a list price of $850 with the small but uninspiring 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom. A two-lens kit adds a 55-210mm zoom for an additional $250.
What's new and how it compares
The a6100 contains many familiar components, combines them in a way that can be excellent as a family camera. After some initial setup.
Improved JPEG color, a good sensor and sophisticated processing mean the a6100 delivers attractive images.
Autofocus and Video
Autofocus is the camera's great claim-to-fame, and its video is easy to capture.
The a6100 has probably the most powerful, easy-to-use autofocus systems on the market. But there are a few too many inconveniences, we feel.
We think the a6100 can turn its hand to a bit of everything, see what you think of its performance.
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