Sony A6100 Review

February 3, 2020 | Mark Goldstein |

Sony A6100 Specifications

Body Only
ILCE-6100
Body Only
ILCE-6100
α6100 APS-C camera with fast AF

What's In The Box

  • AC Adaptor:AC-UUE12
  • Body cap
  • Eyepiece cup
  • Micro USB cable
  • Power cord
  • Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50
  • Shoulder strap

Colour Options

black

Lens Compatibility

  • Sony E-mount lenses

Lens Mount

  • E-mount

Aspect Ratio

  • 3:2

Number Of Pixels (Effective)

  • Approx. 24.2 megapixels

Number of Pixels (total)

  • Approx. 25.0 megapixels

Sensor Type

  • APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm), Exmor CMOS sensor

Anti-Dust System

  • -

Recording Format

  • JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.31, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)

Image Size (pixels) [3:2]

  • L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 4240 x 2832 (12M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)

Image Size (pixels) [16:9]

  • L: 6000 x 3376 (20M), M: 4240 x 2400 (10M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)

IMAGE SIZE (PIXELS) [1:1]

  • L: 4000 x 4000 (16M), M: 2832 x 2832 (8.0M), S: 2000 x 2000 (4.0M)

Image Size (pixels) [Sweep Panorama]

  • Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M), Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)

Image Quality Modes

  • RAW,RAW & JPEG (Extra fine, Fine, Standard), JPEG (Extra fine, Fine, Standard)

Picture Effect

  • 13 types: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta), Soft High-key, Soft Focus (High/Mid/Low), HDR Painting (High/Mid/Low), Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature (Auto/Top/Middle (H)/Bottom/Right/Middle (V)/Left), Watercolor, Illustration (High/Mid/ Low)

Creative Style

  • Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, Sepia, (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))

Picture Profile

  • -

Dynamic Range Functions

  • Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step))

Colour Space

  • sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color

14bit RAW

  • Yes

Uncompressed RAW

  • -

Recording Format

  • XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant

Video Compression

  • XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Audio Recording Format

  • XAVC S: LPCM 2ch, AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator

Colour Space

  • xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color

Picture Effect

  • Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta), Soft High-key

Creative Style

  • Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, Sepia, (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))

Picture Profile

  • -

Image Size (Pixels), NTSC

  • XAVC S 4K:3840 x 2160 (30p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (30p, 60M), 3840 x 2160 (24p, 60M), XAVC S HD:1920 x 1080 (120p, 100M), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60M), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 25M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 16M), AVCHD:1920 x 1080 (60i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (60i, 17M, FH)

Image Size (pixels), PAL

  • XAVC S 4K:3840 x 2160 (25p, 100M), 3840 x 2160 (25p, 60M), XAVC S HD:1920 x 1080 (100p, 100M), 1920 x 1080 (100p, 60M), 1920 x 1080 (50p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (50p, 25M), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 16M), AVCHD:1920 x 1080 (50i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (50i, 17M, FH)

SLOW & QUICK MOTION (SHOOTING FRAME RATE)

  • NTSC mode: 1fps,2fps,4fps,8fps,15fps,30fps,60fps,120fps,PAL mode: 1fps,2fps,3fps,6fps,12fps,25fps,50fps,100fps

SLOW & QUICK MOTION (RECORDING FRAME RATE & IMAGE SIZE)

  • NTSC mode: 1920x1080 (60p, 30p, 24p), PAL mode: 1920x1080 (50p, 25p)

Movie Functions

  • Audio Level Display,Audio Rec Level,PAL/NTSC Selector,Proxy Recording (1280 x 720 (Approx.9Mbps)),Auto Slow Shutter,Clean HDMI Info.(ON/OFF selectable)

HDMI Output

  • 3840 x 2160 (30p), 3840 x 2160 (25p),3840 x 2160 (24p),1920 x 1080 (60p), 1920 x 1080 (60i), 1920 x 1080 (50p), 1920 x 1080 (50i), 1920 x 1080 (24p), YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit / RGB 8bit

Location information Link from smartphone

  • Yes

Media

  • Memory Stick PRO Duo,Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,Memory Stick Micro (M2),SD memory card,SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant),SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant),microSD memory card ,microSDHC memory card ,microSDXC memory card

Memory Card Slot

  • Multi slot for Memory Stick Duo/SD memory card

Noise Reduction

  • Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.,High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off

Multi Frame NR

  • Auto/ ISO 100 to 51200

White Balance Modes

  • Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash /Underwater/ Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter (G7 to M7 (57-step), A7 to B7 (29-step)) / Custom

AWB Micro Adjustment

  • Yes (G7 to M7,57-step) (A7 to B7, 29-step)

Priority Set in AWB

  • Yes

SHUTTER AWB LOCK

  • -

Bracketing

  • 3 frames, H/L selectable

Focus Type

  • Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)

Focus Sensor

  • Exmor CMOS sensor

Focus Point

  • 425 points (phase-detection AF)/ 425 points (contrast-detection AF)

Focus Sensitivity Range

  • EV-2 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)

Focus Mode

  • AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C (Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus

Focus Area

  • Wide (425 points (phase-detection AF), 425 points(contrast-detection AF)) / Zone/ Center/ Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot/ Tracking (Wide/ Zone/ Center/ Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot)

Other Features

  • Eye-start AF (only with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached (Sold separately)), Object Tracking, EYE AF [Still images] (Human(Right/Left Eye Select) /Animal, AF micro adjustment (only with LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached (Sold separately)),Predictive control, Focus lock

AF Illuminator

  • Yes (with Built-in LED type)

AF Illuminator range

  • Approx. 0.3 - approx. 3.0m (with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)

Focus type with LA-EA3 (Sold separately)

  • phase-detection

Metering Type

  • 1200-zone evaluative metering

Metering Sensor

  • Exmor CMOS sensor

Metering Sensitivity

  • EV-2 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)

Metering Mode

  • Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot

Exposure Compensation

  • +/- 5.0EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable)

Exposure Bracketing

  • Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, 3/5 frames selectable. With 3 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 EV increments. With 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV increments.

AE Lock

  • Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. Available with AE lock button. (On/Off/Auto)

Exposure Modes

  • AUTO (iAuto/Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Movie (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) ), Slow & Quick Motion (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) ), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection

ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

  • Still images: ISO 100-32000 (ISO numbers up to ISO 51200 can be set as expanded ISO range.), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100-32000 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit)

Scene Selection

  • Portrait,Sports Action,Macro,Landscape,Sunset,Night Scene,Hand-held Twilight,Night Portrait,Anti Motion Blur

Viewfinder Type

  • 1.0 cm (0.39 type) electronic viewfinder (color)

Number of Dots

  • 1,440,000 dots

Brightness Control (Viewfinder)

  • Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)

Color Temperature Control

  • Manual (5 steps)

Field Coverage

  • 100%

Magnification

  • Approx. 1.07x (35mm camera equivalent: Approx. 0.70x) with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1

Dioptre Adjustment

  • -4.0 - +3.0 m-1

Eye Point

  • Approx. 23mm from the eyepiece lens, 21.4mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1 (CIPA standard)

Finder Frame Rate Selection

  • -

Display Contents

  • Graphic Display, Display All Info., No Disp. Info., Histogram

Monitor Type

  • 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT

Number of Dots

  • 921,600 dots

Touch Panel

  • Yes

Brightness Control

  • Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode

Adjustable Angle

  • Up by approx. 180 degrees, Down by approx. 74 degrees

Real-time Image Adjustment Display (LCD)

  • On/Off

Quick Navi

  • Yes

Focus Magnifier

  • Yes Focus Magnifier (5.9x, 11.7x)

Zebra

  • Yes (selectable level + range or lower limit as custom setting)

Peaking MF

  • Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: Red/Yellow/Blue/White)

Others

  • WhiteMagic, Grid Line, (Rule of 3rds Grid/Square Grid/Diag. + Square Grid/Off), Movie Marker, (Center/Aspect/Safety Zone/Guideframe)

Display Content

  • Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Disp. Info, Histogram,For viewfinder, Monitor Off

PlayMemories Camera Apps™

  • -

Clear Image Zoom

  • Still images:Approx. 2x,Movies:Approx. 1.5x (4K), Approx. 2x (HD)

Digital Zoom

  • Smart zoom (Still images):M: Approx. 1.4x, S: Approx. 2x, Digital zoom (Still images):L: Approx. 4x, M: Approx. 5.7x, S: Approx. 8x, Digital zoom (Movie):Approx. 4x

Face Detection

  • Modes:Face Priority in AF (On/Off), Face Priority in Multi Metering (On/Off), Regist. Faces Priority (On/Off),Face registration,Max. number of detectable:8 faces

Self-Portrait Self-timer

  • Yes

Others

  • Interval Recording (1-60 sec. interval, 1-9999 shots, AE lock/AE tracking(High/Mid/Low)) , Smile Shutter :Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps), Touch Shutter, Touch Focus:Yes (Touch Focus/Touch Pad/Touch Tracking), Bright Monitoring, Help guide, Area Setting, Shop Front Mode, Auto Object Framing (still images)

Type

  • Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type

Shutter Speed

  • Still images:1/4000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps), up to 1/50 in AUTO mode (up to 1/25 in Auto slow shutter mode)

Flash Sync. Speed

  • 1/160 sec.

Electronic Front Curtain Shutter

  • Yes (ON/OFF)

Silent Shooting

  • Yes (ON/OFF)

Type

  • Not supported (image stabilization supported on lens)

Compensation Effect

  • -

Type

  • Built-in flash

Guide No.

  • 6 (in meters at ISO 100)

Flash coverage

  • 16mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)

Control

  • Pre-flash TTL

Flash Compensation

  • +/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)

Flash Bracketing

  • 3/5 frames selectable. With 3 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 EV increments. With 5 frames, in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 EV increments.

Flash Modes

  • Flash off,Autoflash,Fill-flash,Slow Sync.,Rear Sync.,Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable),Wireless control, Hi-speed sync

Recycling Time

  • Approx. 4 sec

External Flash Compatibility

  • Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adaptor for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe

FE Level Lock

  • Yes

Wireless Control

  • Yes (Light signal: Available with Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Hi-speed sync. /Radio signal: Available with Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Hi-speed sync.)

Drive Modes

  • Single Shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi+/Hi/Mid/Lo selectable), Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.), Bracket: Single, Bracket: Cont., White Balance bracket, DRO bracket

Continuous Drive Speed (approx. max.)

  • Continuous shooting: Hi+: 11 fps, Hi: 8 fps, Mid: 6 fps, Lo: 3 fps

No. of recordable frames (approx.)

  • JPEG Extra fine L: 76 frames, JPEG Fine L: 77 frames, JPEG Standard L: 77 frames, RAW: 33 frames, RAW&JPG: 31 frames

Self-Timer

  • 10 sec. delay/5 sec. delay/2 sec. delay/Continuous self-timer (3 frames after 10 sec. delay/5 frames after 10 sec. delay/3 frames after 5 sec. delay/5 frames after 5 sec. delay/3 frames after 2 sec. delay/5 frames after 2 sec. delay)/Bracketing self-timer (Off/2 sec. delay/5 sec. delay/10sec. delay)

Pixel Shift Multi Shooting

  • -

Photo Capture

  • Yes

Modes

  • Single (with or without shooting information Y RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning),12/30-frame index view,Enlarged display mode (L: 16.7x, M: 11.8x, S: 8.3x, Panorama (Standard): 19.2x, Panorama (Wide): 29.1x),Auto Review (10/5/2 sec,Off),Image orientation (Manual/Off selectable),Slideshow,Panorama scrolling,Folder selection (Date/ Still/ AVCHD/XAVC S HD/XAVC S 4K),Forward/Rewind (movie),Delete,Protect,Rating,Display as Group

PC Interface

  • Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote

Multi / Micro USB Terminal

  • Yes

NFC™

  • Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible),One-touch remote,One-touch sharing

Wireless LAN (Built-In)

  • Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band) ),View on Smartphone,Remote control via Smartphone,Send to Computer,View on TV

Bluetooth

  • Yes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.1 (2.4GHz band))

HD Output

  • HDMI micro connector (Type-D),BRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI),PhotoTV HD,4K movie output/4K still image PB

Multi Interface Shoe

  • Yes

Mic Terminal

  • Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)

DC IN Terminal

  • -

Sync Terminal

  • -

Headphone Terminal

  • -

Vertical Grip Connector

  • -

PC Remote

  • Yes

Microphone

  • Built-in stereo microphone

Speaker

  • Built-in,monaural

Compatible Standards

  • Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting

Type

  • Custom key settings,Programmable Setting (Body 3 sets /memory card 4 sets),My Menu

Setting

  • Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion

Supplied Battery

  • One rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50

Battery Life (Still Images)

  • Approx. 380 shots (Viewfinder) / Approx. 420 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)

Battery Life (Movie, actual recording)

  • Approx. 70 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 75 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)

Battery Life (Movie, continuous recording)

  • Approx. 125 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 125 min (LCD monitor)(CIPA standard)

Internal Battery Charge

  • Yes

External Power

  • AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately)

Power consumption with Viewfinder

  • Still images: approx. 2.3W (with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies: approx. 3.5W (with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)

Power consumption with LCD screen

  • Still images: approx. 2.1W (with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies: approx. 3.5W (with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)

USB Power supply

  • Yes

Operating Temperature

  • 32 - 104 degrees F / 0 - 40 degrees C

Weight (with battery and memory card included)

  • Approx. 396 g / 14.0 oz*

Dimensions (W x H x D)

  • Approx. 120.0mm x 66.9mm x 59.4mm, Approx. 120.0mm x 66.9mm x 49.9mm (from grip to monitor) /Approx. 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches, Approx. 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 inches (from grip to monitor)