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Sony A6100 Review: Incredible Autofocus Performance For A Budget Camera


March. 10, 2020

Despite all the talk about full-frame mirrorless cameras lately, APS-C is still extremely important for Sony. The A6000 in particular was a huge hit, thanks to the combination of good performance, features, compact size and price.
The 24.2-megapixel A6100 has the difficult job of replacing that classic, which came out way back in 2014. At that time, very few cameras could compete with Sony, but in 2020, the A6100 has some serious rivals, especially APS-C models from Canon and Fujifilm.
Sony has gradually refreshed its APS-C lineup, with the A6100 the last model to come, following the A6400 and A6600 -- neither of which I was terribly impressed with. Both have world-class autofocus systems but otherwise failed to keep up with rivals. At prices as low as $600, however, the A6100 has wider market appeal and less competition.
Best-in-class autofocus
Sharp downsampled 4K video
Accurate colors
Good low light performance
Flip-up display
Poor menu system
Bad rolling shutter
Low-resolution EVF
APS-C cameras are still important to Sony, and the A6100 is a big upgrade over the A6000. You now get a much improved autofocus system with intelligent face- and eye-tracking, along with 4K 30 fps video. Sony has also improved the color science and low-light capabilities, so photos are sharp and color accurate, even in dimly-lit environments. The drawbacks are bad rolling shutter, a low-resolution EVF and, as usual, a poor menu system. Still, the A6100 is the best camera in its price range, but for an extra $50, Fujifilm’s X-T200 is a better option for video.
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