A few weeks in the past, we examined the Sony A6600, which is the corporate’s newest flagship APS-C mirrorless digital camera. Now, it is time to take a better take a look at the A6100, which is its entry-level sibling. The A6100 was launched alongside the A6600 and shares loads of the premium options present in Sony’s flagship mannequin, but prices loads much less.
It’s designed to be an entry-point to Sony’s mirrorless digital camera lineup, and whereas it is largely focused at informal shooters, it packs in sufficient superior tech to maintain even fans completely happy. Priced at a slight premium over the A6000, is the A6100 price shopping for as a starter mirrorless digital camera? Let’s put it to the check and discover out.
Sony A6100 design
The Sony A6100 has a smaller footprint than the A6600 and is lighter too, at 396g. That’s due to the usage of plastic for the physique relatively than metallic. It nonetheless feels sturdy and effectively put-together however the barely shiny end does choose up fingerprints and smudges relatively simply. The handgrip space has ample rubber cladding however the grip itself would not protrude an excessive amount of, so holding this digital camera comfortably with giant fingers is usually a little difficult.
On the highest, the A6100 gives a hot-shoe for exterior flashes in addition to a built-in pop-up Xenon flash, a mode dial, and a management dial. The shutter button and energy toggle change sit up-front on the fitting, together with a customisable (C1) button.
At the again, you get an digital viewfinder (EVF) however the A6100 is fitted with a decrease, 1.44 million dot decision one, in comparison with the two.35 million dot decision EVF within the A6600. You nonetheless get a proximity sensor to routinely flip the EVF on or off if you deliver the digital camera near your face. We have some familiar-looking buttons on the again, together with a jog dial. The operate of the buttons, together with the labeled ones, will be remapped to fit your capturing type. The buttons have a barely mushy really feel, particularly the directional ones. We would have preferred higher tactile suggestions.
There’s a flap on the left which covers a Micro-HDMI port, Micro-USB port, and three.5mm microphone enter. There’s no headphone jack right here, such as you get with the A6600. The rear 3-inch TFT LCD show has a 921Ok dot decision and will be tilted downwards by 74 levels or flipped a full 180 levels from the highest for taking selfies. The show itself has good contact response and will get adequately shiny outdoor.
The battery compartment on the underside homes the NP-FW50 battery which we have seen in most different A-series cameras. Currently, the A6600 is the one mannequin within the sequence to make use of the higher-capacity Z-series battery. The A6100 has a single reminiscence card slot and solely helps SD playing cards at as much as UHS-I speeds.
Sony is promoting the A6100 physique by itself or as a equipment with a 16-50mm zoom lens, which is the one we’ll be testing the digital camera with. It’s a compact lens which retracts when the digital camera is off and likewise contains a power-zoom toggle change for easily zooming out and in. There’s no change to toggle between auto and guide focus, and also you solely get one controllable ring. This can be utilized for zooming in too, nevertheless in guide focus mode, the ring is used to regulate focus. The lens would not have a really massive zoom vary, and the aperture vary is not very large both, going from f/3.5 to f/5.6 on the telephoto finish.
Overall, the A6100 has respectable ergonomics and is constructed effectively for an entry-level mirrorless digital camera. Compared to the A6600, it does really feel much less rugged, however that is okay and should not be an enormous challenge for most individuals.
Sony A6100 specs and options
The cool factor in regards to the A6100 is that regardless of it being an entry-level mannequin, it shares loads of the traits of its dearer siblings, the A6400 and the A6600. It makes use of a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with 425 section detection autofocus (PDAF) factors and the identical variety of distinction detection autofocus factors. This offers it a claimed focus-acquisition time of simply 0.02 seconds. The A6100 can shoot 11fps bursts with AE/AF monitoring. You additionally get real-time eye autofocus for people and animals, 4K video recording with none pixel binning, and built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC.
One of the ways in which the A6100 differs from the A6600 is the dearth of 5-axis, in-body stabilisation, which suggests you may must depend on the stabilisation of the lens when capturing. The native ISO vary is similar, which is 100-32,000, nevertheless that may be prolonged solely until ISO 51,200, in comparison with 102,400 with the A6600. The A6100 additionally lacks superior image profiles corresponding to S-Log2, S-Log3 and HLG for HDR workflows. The buffer for burst capturing is a bit smaller too, because it’s able to holding simply 77 JPEGs or 33 RAW recordsdata.
The software program of the A6100 is kind of similar to what we simply noticed in our A6600 evaluation. Settings for pictures, movies, and community are grouped in tabs. You can add your most continuously used capabilities to a separate menu in order that they’re straightforward to get to. The touchscreen nonetheless cannot be used within the menus, however you need to use it when previewing pictures. It will also be used as a touchpad for shifting the main target level if you’re utilizing the EVF. The A6100 can be utilized with the Imaging Edge app on Android or iOS, for transferring pictures or controlling the digital camera remotely.
Sony A6100 efficiency and battery life
We had been anticipating the Sony A6100’s ISO efficiency to be just like what we acquired from the A6600, contemplating that they’ve the identical sensor and ISO vary. Details are sharp, colors are vibrant, and there is barely any seen noise even at a 100 p.c crop, until about ISO 800. We start to see slight degradation intimately as we strategy ISO 6,400, with some noise beginning to seem on the colored parts of the pencils.
At ISO 25,600, particulars get just a little fuzzy, edges aren’t very distinct anymore, and there is seen grain within the picture. At the utmost native ISO of 32,000, particulars are even fuzzier, and it is the identical look that we acquired from the A6600. If you completely should go larger, you need to use the prolonged ISO vary, however picture high quality takes a large hit.
The Sony A6100 is straightforward to deal with due to its low weight, and it would not require a lot effort to get good pictures. Focus is correct due to the always-on face and eye autofocus techniques, that are fast to recognise and lock on to human faces. If you need the system use eye AF for animals, then this must be modified manually within the system settings. Just just like the A6600, the AI monitoring AF works brilliantly and we managed to get some good pictures of small shifting topics, like birds, even at a excessive zoom stage. We primarily used the equipment lens with the A6100, but additionally shot a few of our samples with an 18-135mm zoom lens that we had.
Landscapes and close-up pictures, underneath pure mild, appeared excellent. We managed to get excellent particulars even in JPEGs, with vibrant and correct colors in addition to excellent pure depth. The A6100 is able to taking some actually good burst pictures too, though because the buffer is not very massive and the digital camera solely helps UHS-I velocity SD playing cards, there is a good bit of ready time earlier than you’ll be able to evaluation your pictures. The show will get adequately shiny when capturing indoors, however outdoor, underneath daylight, we discovered it greatest to make use of the EVF.
In low mild, the A6100 does hunt a bit for focus however that is partially the fault of the lenses we used, which haven’t got very large apertures. With a shiny sufficient mild supply round, the digital camera nonetheless manages to lock focus shortly. Dark areas of a body can look just a little noisy, particularly when capturing with a excessive ISO worth, and this cannot be prevented for those who want a quick shutter in low mild.
The A6100 could be very competent for movies too. 4K movies look nice, with glorious element and colors. Focusing is fast and the touchscreen allows you to easily transition focus between your topics with ease. The S&Q (gradual and fast) mode is nice for slow-motion and hyperlapse movies. The decision is proscribed to 1080p, however you’ll be able to go as excessive as 120fps (in NTSC mode). Autofocus is slower in low mild, and we seen a little bit of looking when making an attempt to modify topics, however we guess this might be improved through the use of a wider aperture lens.
Shooting numerous video or burst pictures does take a toll on the battery. Just like most earlier A6xxx sequence cameras (except for the A6600), battery life is pretty common. The rated output is about 360 frames per cost, and with precise utilization, we managed to common a barely larger variety of round 400 pictures per cost, which continues to be not nice. Thankfully, the battery will be charged utilizing an influence financial institution and you may proceed to make use of the digital camera whereas it is being powered by an exterior supply. It additionally nonetheless takes some time for the battery to cost, and as soon as once more, it is disappointing to not have a USB Type-C port.
Sony has priced the A6100 relatively effectively, in comparison with the dearer A6400 and A6600 fashions. The equipment that Sony despatched us with the 16-50mm lens formally prices Rs. 75,990, though it is obtainable for nearer to Rs. 68,000 for those who look on-line. With this, you get a number of the better of Sony’s mirrorless expertise with out having to spend upwards of 1 lakh Rupees, which is an excellent worth proposition. The solely belongings you actually lose out on, when in comparison with the higher-end fashions, are the in-body stabilisation, longer battery life, superior image profiles, and high-resolution EVF. For most informal shooters, whom this digital camera is focused at, none of this stuff ought to actually be a deal-breaker.
We would have preferred an even bigger buffer for burst pictures, assist for sooner reminiscence playing cards, a Type-C port, quick charging, and higher battery life. However, contemplating the core options on supply, the A6100 continues to be excellent worth because it brings a few of Sony’s flagship-level expertise to a extra approachable worth level.