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Sony A6100 Review Rundown

SonyPublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Excellent battery life
  • Easy-to-use software
Cons**
  • Not as good as the A6600
  • Not more powerful than the a6000

Summary

A budget APS-C camera upgrade for the Sony a6000 with ultrafast AF, the Sony A6100 is a compact, speedy camera with strong image quality and excellent autofocus. Family photographers will love it, but enthusiasts may want to consider the A6400 instead.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following[***]:
The Sony a6100 isn't perfect, but it offers so many good things for such a low price that it turns into a deal that's difficult to reject. Right now there are few mirrorless APS-C cameras that offer the same for that price. While its sensor is not full frame, the A6100 has demonstrated that it can handle itself more than well in dark situations.
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Pros[**]
  • Incredibly fast autofocus
  • Excellent manual controls
  • Excellent image stabilization
Cons[**]
  • Pricey for an APS-C camera

cameralabs[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following[***]:
The Sony A6100 is an upper entry-level mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, 4k video, 11fps shooting, viewfinder and tilting touchscreen. Announced in August 2019, it’s the official successor to the five and a half year old A6000, bringing that model up to date with Sony's latest features, especially regarding AF and video which are almost the same as the flagship A6600. Spending $300 extra over the original A6000 gets you the A6 100 with a touch sensitive and flips all the way up to face you, a broader and more confident autofocus system, 1080 slow motion, unlimited recording times and a microphone input.
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Pros[**]
  • 4k video, unlimited recording
  • Weather-sealing
  • S-Log movie profiles
Cons[**]
  • Lower resolution viewfinder

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
For an entry-level mirrorless camera, the A6100 is hard to beat. Image quality, while not a dramatic step forward, has improved thanks to better JPEG processing. Real-Time Tracking and Eye AF leads the competition. Sony's menu system remains as dense and obtuse as ever.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent image quality
  • Real-Time Eye AF
  • Fast autofocus
Cons[**]
  • No 5-axis stabilization
  • Limited video options

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Sony a6100 is a compact, speedy camera with strong image quality and excellent autofocus. It captures high-quality 4K footage at your choice of 24 or 30fps at a 100Mbps recording rate. Video quality is excellent, but the older image sensor's slower readout means that 60fps 4K isn't an option.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent autofocus performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 4K video
  • No touch LCD

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony A6100 is arguably the most enticing camera in Sony's A6000 series today. Image quality and autofocus are also on a par with the more expensive Sony A6400 and Sony A6600. Despite the Bionz X processor, the limitations of a UHS-I SD card slot are clear. The main gripes that we have of all A6XXX series cameras – mainly handling and less forgivable on the flagship models – are here.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent image quality and autofocus
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent build quality
Cons[**]
  • No UHS-II card slot

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 53%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
Sony's a6100 has a bright, relatively crisp OLED electronic viewfinder. The camera's LCD is a touch screen, but only in a limited sense. The main menu features six tabs, each with multiple submenus. The Record button is recessed into a corner at the upper rear of the camera.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright, clear OLED viewfinder
  • Excellent image quality
  • Compact, sturdy design
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster autofocus
  • Disappointing rear LCD

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The a6100’s 24.2-megapixel sensor captures 6000 x 4000 pixel images that will produce beautifully detailed prints at up to A2 size. It offers 13 Picture Effects, six Creative Style modes and contrast/sharpness/saturation tweaks, but I tend to avoid and shoot in Standard mode and/or Raw. It can capture up to 120fps Full HD video, which is excellent for grabbing slow-mo moments.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Excellent video quality
Cons[**]
  • No in-body stabilisation

References

1. ^ The $600 Sony a6100 Is Everything You Need to be a Happy Photographer. gizmodo. 2020-03-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony A6100 review so far. cameralabs. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
3. ^ Sony A6100 review: A great camera under $1,000. digitaltrends. 2019-11-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony a6100 Review. pcmag. 2020-02-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony A6100 review. techradar. 2020-02-19 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony a6100 review. tomsguide. 2020-02-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Sony A6100 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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