Sony A6100 Review

February 3, 2020 | Mark Goldstein |


The new Sony A6100 is a much more significant upgrade from the incredibly popular A6000 than the A6400 and A6600 were from the A6300 and A6500 respectively, gaining a lot of cutting-edge functionality from the more expensive, sophisticated models.

Chief amongst these features is the autofocus system that the A6100 shares with the range-topping A6600. At this price-point, the A6100 is by far the class-leader in terms of auto-focus performance, making it much easier for photography newbies to take sharper, in-focus pictures of their family and pets.

Simply focus on the subject, hold down the shutter button and voila, the A6100 will lock on and track them wherever they go. That you can get such fantastic auto-focusing technology on what will eventually be Sony's mass-market mirrorless camera is a a great move that currently no other rival company can match.

As it features exactly the same 24.2 megapixel sensor as the A6400 and A6600 cameras, along with the latest Bionz X image processor, you'd be hard-pressed to tell any difference between the image quality from the A6100 and its more expensive siblings.

From a vlogging perspective, too, the A6100 is a great option at this price-point, with its flippable screen, 4K/30p quality, no limit on the actual recording length, built-in MIC port and that fantastic AF system (albeit without eye AF for video).

Sure, there's no IBIS available on the A6100, the flip-up screen is blocked if you fit an external mic in the hotshoe, there's no built-in headphone socket, and the USB port isn't the latest USB-C standard. Those things also apply to the more expensive A6400 camera, though, and are more forgivable on the cheaper A6100.

If you want extra features like S-Log video profile and weather-proofing, you'll need to step up to the A6400, but for most people looking for their first mirrorless camera, the Sony A6100 is our new default recommendation.

5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 5