The Sony A6100 is an higher entry-level mirrorless digital camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, 4k video, 11fps taking pictures, viewfinder and tilting touchscreen. Introduced in August 2019, it’s the official successor to the 5 and a half 12 months outdated A6000, drastically bettering the AF and video options. However what else has modified?
The non weather-sealed physique stays a lot the identical, with the identical battery, single card slot and controls, however the A6100 now features Sony’s newest flip display which angles down additional to 74 levels and all the best way up by 180 levels to face you for vlogging or selfies; the outdated A6000 display solely angled up by 90 levels. This can make the A6100 a extra common alternative for vloggers, though be aware mounting any sort of accent to the hotshoe will block the display. Whereas the sooner A6000 may use an optionally available Sony mic linked by way of the multi-interface pins within the hotshoe, it lacked an analogue mic enter, however now the A6100 provides this characteristic, alongside Micro HDMI and Micro USB ports, the latter now in a position to each cost and energy the digital camera.
By way of picture high quality, the A6100 makes use of the corporate’s newest 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, launched on the A6300 which implies the decision stands out as the similar because the A6000, however the A6100 features a broader and denser autofocus array throughout many of the body that helps the most recent real-time eye AF and animal eye-detection, together with burst taking pictures as much as 11fps with autofocus or eight with stay suggestions. You’re additionally getting Sony’s newest color processing which appears higher to my eyes. The newer sensor additionally means the A6100 will get 4k video at 24, 25 or 30p, when the outdated A6000 solely supplied 1080 video. It additionally means the A6100 enjoys 1080 at 120p for sluggish movement with sound and autofocus, when the outdated A6000 was restricted to 1080 as much as 60p. Plus you additionally get limitless recording instances, letting you document clips longer than half an hour.
Thus far the A6100 shares an excellent take care of the higher-end A6400 which prices $150 extra with the identical lens, however the first main distinction is a decrease decision viewfinder on the A6100 – in reality the identical SVGA 800×600 panel as the unique A6000, versus XGA 1024×768 on the A6300 upwards. The A6400 additionally sports activities a harder weather-sealed physique, in addition to S-Log film profiles for grading which might be absent on the A6100, however these are the three major variations.
Returning to the display, the A6100 presents a touch-sensitive panel which lets you faucet to reposition the AF space, a characteristic missing on the unique A6000, though sadly it gained’t do a lot else. Like different Sony cameras to this point you may’t faucet your manner by way of the Fn menu or major menu techniques, nor even swipe by way of photographs in playback.
So to recap, spending $300 additional over the A6000 will get you the A6100 with a display that’s now contact delicate and flips all the best way as much as face you, a broader and extra assured autofocus system, 4k video, 1080 sluggish movement, limitless recording instances and a microphone enter. Spending one other $150 on prime of that will get you the Sony A6400 which upgrades the construct high quality with weather-sealing, will increase the viewfinder decision and provides S-Log profiles for grading in motion pictures. I’d say whereas the A6000 stays a cut price for anybody searching for a price range mirrorless cameras that also punches above its weight for sports activities and motion, the A6100 is properly price spending the additional for many who shoot video and worth having 4k, a selfie display, limitless recording, mic enter and sluggish movement. It might additionally make potential A6400 patrons query in the event that they really want weather-sealing, an XGA viewfinder and S-Log profiles, or if they need to save $150.
Oh and for those who’re questioning the place the Sony A6600 matches into the lineup, it prices $500 greater than the A6400 and provides built-in stabilisation, a headphone jack, eye-detection in motion pictures and the Z-series battery for for much longer life. In the event you demand more practical stabilisation although, it might be price investing that $500 distinction on a gimbal for an A6400 and even A6100, and utilizing a USB battery to increase the ability.