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Sony a6100 Mirrorless Camera with 16-50mm Lens

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Sony a6100 Mirrorless Camera with 16-50mm Lens
Key Features
  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30p and Full HD 120p Video
  • SVGA Tru-Finder 1.44m-Dot OLED EVF
Bundling the sleek mirrorless body with a versatile zoom, the Sony a6100 Mirrorless Camera with 16-50mm Lens pairs the compact APS-C camera with the E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens.
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Sony A6100 Overview

Sony a6100 Mirrorless Camera
Made for the Moment
Presenting a versatile feature-set in an especially compact design, the Sony a6100 is an APS-C-format mirrorless camera well-suited for stills and video applications. Based on a hybrid concept, the a6100 mixes strong an advanced sensor design and fast, intelligent AF capabilities with excellent video quality and intuitive handling for a sleek, carry-everywhere camera to capture your day-to-day adventures.
24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Processor
A revised APS-C-format 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor realizes smooth, nuanced image quality with minimal noise and high sensitivity from ISO 100-32000, which can further be expanded to ISO 51200 for working in low-light conditions. The sensor features a unique design that utilizes thin copper wiring, enhanced circuit processing, and an enhanced front-end LSI to boost light-gathering abilities, reduce noise, and increase readout speeds to benefit video recording. The sensor and BIONZ X processor combination also avails a top continuous-shooting rate of 11 fps with AF and AE and permits 14-bit raw file output for a wide tonal and color scale.
UHD 4K Video Recording in XAVC S Format
  • Internal recording of UHD 4K video is possible in multiple frame rates up to 30 fps using the full width of the sensor with 8-bit 4:2:0 color sampling using the 100Mbps XAVC S codec.
  • Oversampled 4K recording is also possible, which uses a 6K capture area within the Super 35 area, for greater detail. This full pixel readout is void of pixel binning for higher quality imagery with reduced moiré and aliasing.
  • Full HD 1080p recording is also supported in frame rates up to 120 fps. The high-speed, 120 fps recording also enables 4x and 5x Slow& Quick Motion (S&Q) movie recording with the frame rate set to either 30p or 24p.
  • In addition to high-resolution internal recording, uncompressed HDMI output also enables the use of an optional external recorder for clean 4K recording with 4:2:2 sampling.
  • 4K video recording also avails the ability to produce 8MP stills during playback by taking a frame grab from a movie and storing it as a separate file.
Covering nearly the entire sensor area, a powerful 4D FOCUS system incorporates 425 on-chip phase-detection points along with 425 contrast-detection areas for precise focusing in as little as 0.02 seconds. The density of focusing points from this hybrid AF system also enables High-density Tracking AF Technology, which is adept at tracking moving subjects in a variety of lighting conditions.
  • Real-time Eye AF can be used to base focus on recognized human subjects' eyes for portraits and is available in both AF-S and AF-C modes and for both stills and video.
  • Eye AF can be used when photographing animal subjects, too, with any focusing mode when shooting stills.
  • Lock-on AF maintains focus on moving subjects throughout the use of a configurable frame that is set over the desired moving subject
  • Expand Flexible Spot employs neighboring focus points to retain focus on moving subjects even if the originally selected point loses focus
  • The Focus Magnifier function can be used for critical focus when homing in on minute subject details
  • Rear touchscreen can be used for Touch Focus and Touch Tracking control and a Touchpad Focus Control mode lets you use the rear screen intuitively while keeping your eye to the viewfinder
  • In addition to autofocus, the a6100 also features a Peaking MF function to benefit manual focus control by highlighted sharp edges of contrast for a more objective means of acquiring sharp focus
Body Design and Connectivity
  • The SVGA Tru-Finder 1.44m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder offers a bright, high-resolution means for eye-level monitoring.
  • A 3.0" 921.6k-dot LCD touchscreen can be tilted 180° upward or 74° downward to suit working from high and low angles. The screen also incorporates White Magic technology with an RGBW pixel structure for increased brightness to support use in daylight conditions.
  • The touchscreen design avails access to Touch Focus control, for immediate focus point selection, as well as a Touchpad function which lets you smoothly and intuitively select a focus point on the screen while you're looking into the viewfinder.
  • Integrated 3.5mm microphone ports afford greater control over audio during video recording.
  • The included NP-FW50 rechargeable lithium-ion is rated for approximately 420 shots per charge when working with the LCD screen.
  • In addition to the battery, the a6100 can also be powered via a USB connection to a computer or mobile battery. This connection can also be used to charge the battery.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi enables the a6100 to instantly share imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices; no complex set-up is required. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and remotely control the camera's shutter.
  • Bluetooth connectivity allows for location data acquisition.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens
Sleek and Retractable Standard Zoom
An ideal companion for your compact, APS-C mirrorless camera, the E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens from Sony offers a versatile equivalent zoom range of 24-75mm as well as a retractable design that makes your system much more manageable when not in use. The useful focal length range and portable form factor make this a go-to lens when traveling or for everyday general shooting needs.
Form Factor and Optical Design
  • A variable aperture of f/3.5-5.6 helps keep the lens' overall size and weight to a minimum.
  • Due to a retractable design, this lens can be made to be extremely compact when not in use.
  • One extra-low dispersion glass element is featured in the lens design to help reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
  • Four aspherical elements are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
Power Zoom, Image Stabilization, and AF
  • Power Zoom mechanism enables making smooth zoom movements, suitable for video recording, via the on-lens switch or via camera-based controls on select camera bodies.
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper imagery when shooting handheld with slower shutter speeds. This stabilization system can also be combined with select camera's sensor-shift type image stabilization for more effective control of camera blur.
  • An internal focus design contributes to fast autofocus speeds and the minimum focus distance is just 9.8", suiting working with close-up subjects.

Sony a6100 Mirrorless Camera Specs

Lens MountSony E
Sensor ResolutionActual: 25 Megapixel
Effective: 24.2 Megapixel (6000 x 4000)
Sensor Type23.5 x 15.6 mm (APS-C) CMOS
Crop Factor1.5x
Image StabilizationNone
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeStills & Video
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Shutter
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 30 Seconds
1/4000 to 1/4 Second in Movie Mode
Bulb/Time ModeBulb Mode
ISO SensitivityPhoto
100 to 32,000 (Extended: 100 to 51,200)
100 to 32,000
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range-2 to 20 EV
White BalancePresets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous ShootingUp to 11 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 33 Frames (Raw) / 77 Frames (JPEG)
Up to 8 fps at 24.2 MP
Up to 6 fps at 24.2 MP
Up to 3 fps at 24.2 MP
Self-Timer2/5/10-Second Delay
Still Image Capture
Image Sizes16:9 Raw
6000 x 3376
3:2 Raw
6000 x 4000
1:1 Raw
4000 x 4000
16:9 JPEG
6000 x 3376
4240 x 2400
3008 x 1688
3:2 JPEG
6000 x 4000
4240 x 2832
3008 x 2000
1:1 JPEG
4000 x 4000
2832 x 2832
2000 x 2000
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Internal Recording ModesXAVC S
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24.00/25/29.97 fps [60 to 100 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/ fps [50 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/50/59.94 fps [17 to 28 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [17 to 28 Mb/s]
External Recording Modes4:2:2 8-Bit via HDMI
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/24.00/50/59.94 fps
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps
Recording LimitNone
Broadcast OutputNTSC/PAL
IP StreamingNone
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio RecordingXAVC S: 2-Channel AC-3 Audio
AVCHD: 2-Channel LPCM Audio
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid (UHS-I)
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
Power I/O1 x Sony Multi/Micro-USB Input
Other I/O1 x Sony Multi/Micro-USB Input/Output (Shared with Power Input, Remote Input)
WirelessWi-Fi, Bluetooth
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)None
Resolution921,600 Dot
Display Type180° Tilting Touchscreen LCD
TypeBuilt-In Electronic (OLED)
Resolution1,440,000 Dot
Eye Point23 mm
MagnificationApprox. 0.7x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeAutomatic, Continuous-Servo AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus, Single-Servo AF
Autofocus PointsPhase Detection: 425
Contrast Detection: 425
Autofocus Sensitivity-2 to +20 EV
Built-In FlashYes
Flash ModesAuto, Fill Flash, Hi-Speed Sync, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Wireless
Maximum Sync Speed1/160 Second
Flash Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemTTL
External Flash ConnectionIntelligent Hot Shoe, Wireless
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Battery Type1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh (Approx. 420 Shots)
Tripod Mounting Thread1 x 1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Accessory Mount1 x Hot Shoe Mount
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.72 x 2.63 x 2.34" / 120 x 66.9 x 59.4 mm
Weight14 oz / 396 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.43 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.2 x 5.65 x 4.55"

Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens Specs

Focal Length16 to 50mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 75mm)
Maximum Aperturef/3.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperturef/22 to 36
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageAPS-C
Angle of View83° to 32°
Minimum Focus Distance9.84" / 25 cm
Maximum Magnification0.21x
Optical Design9 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size40.5 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.55 x 1.18" / 64.77 x 29.97 mm
Length at Maximum Extension2.04" / 51.8 mm
Weight4.09 oz / 116 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4 x 3.5 x 3.4"

Sony A6100 Reviews

It's hard to know what the file will look like.

By Matthew
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-28

Sony made some weird decisions with this one. First of all, they like to go for an exaggerated look in their contrast and color. That would be fine, except that the camera's adjustments at their minimum are only just enough to look truly realistic. Sure, the color can look quite faded in full lighting when on the lowest setting, but night shots look just right. Sony just barely squeezes by with these settings. Anyone wanting a faded look on purpose will be disappointed. In fact, it's hard to make the contrast look low at all. This is especially a problem for anyone trying to get light sources into the shot with the intent of fixing it in editing. My biggest complaint, though, is that Sony decided to make the two displays on the camera look different from what goes into the file. It's actually not the displays' fault since the camera can be adjusted for them to look good. It's just not what will be seen in the file. If you're thinking that an added-on display would fix this, it's quite apparent that anything connected to the HDMI port looks eerily similar to the camera's displays. Both seem to be driven by the same internal device that is simply not calibrated to what goes into the files. I seriously don't know what Sony was thinking with this one. Anyone wanting to stream video to the internet is in luck, though. It's possible to adjust the camera's settings to make its displays look great and then trust that those adjustments will look good through the HDMI port. The camera's problem there, though, is that it overheats after maybe an hour. A very quiet cooling fan can fix this. Just have fun finding one.

Battery issue

By julio
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-14

Great starter camera i love the feel of it and how well built it is but the only issue im experiencing is the Battery does not hold a charge missed some really good family photos because of it thats why i gave it 4 stars


Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-13

One word...Amazing, finally have a great camera I can easily move around with, recommended by two other professional photographer's who had the same camera.

Lovin it

By Sharon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-18

I just received my Sony 6100A and have used it 4 times for indoor basketball and indoor parties. There are so many great options with the camera. I also chose to buy 2 lenses which add great versatility.

Good intermediate camera

By Quentin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-17

Very happy with the images straight out of the camera. I mostly shoot landscape photos very happy with the colors of the jpegs. I would definitely recommend this camera to anybody wanting a small interchangeable lens camera.

Great for entry level

By Adam
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-16

This is my first detachable lens camera. Very good so far. First, a couple minor drawbacks: *Separate charger not included, can only be charged by plugging camera in wall with a short USB cable. *Battery life shorter than expected, uses juice much faster than my old p&s. (Aftermarket chargers and back up batteries recommended) *Network connectivity clunky. Easiest way to transfer images is to remove the microchip. Otherwise, you can only use Wi-fi to smartphone (using Sony's awkward app) or USB to PC. *Strap is cheap and uncomfortable (replace it with a Peak) *Only a lens cap for the kit lens. No tether holding the cap on, and no case/cover for the lens if you remove it. Aside from these minor complaints, it's been a great camera. Menus and settings are generally self-explanatory. Sony Alphas have many dedicated fan sites, great for tips and perspectives. Within a couple weeks I'm taking decent photos, and I've hardly scratched the surface of the settings available and I'm still using the kit lens.

Versatile camera

By Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-28

I have owned several Sony cameras over the years. Some users may find the menu system intimidating, but once you've mastered the settings you need, the system is quite versatile. Ergonomics is important to me, and the Sony 6100 is comfortable to hold, even with a zoom lens. Because of B+H's fair return policies, I have returned equipment because of design features. The return policy is important to me because I don't have the luxury of visiting a camera store to assess how the features play out in daily usage. Regarding product quality, nothing on the camera feels loose or flimsy. Sony seems to pay particular attention to the dials and buttons for the comfort of the photographer. This comment is not to cast negatives on any other brand sold by B+H, as I have a Canon and I have owned Fujifilm which were impeccably sound. I have always felt confident purchasing from B+H ( not only cameras/lenses) and their business integrity appears to me, above all norms.

Nice Camera

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-18

I have a Sony Alpha 77, and need something smaller. This fit the bill. The camera is light and small in size. It has the features that the A77 does plus some more. The connection to the phone for control and uploading to the camera. The 16-50 lens has a button on it to zoom the lens smoothly for doing video. The video was one thing that I did not use on my other camera, zoom in and out was tough. Ready to learn more about this camera.

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Has there been any power usage improvements over ...

Has there been any power usage improvements over the A6000?
Asked by: Michael
According to Sony, there have been more than 40 improvements made to the a6100 when compared to the a6000. Both cameras use the same battery, with the A6100 giving a slightly better performance than its predecessor, presumably thanks to improvements to efficiency. The A6100 is rated at 380 shots, while the A6000 manages 360. Remember that this is basically a guide to the minimum number of shots that should be possible – it’s usually the case that you can get more out of the camera with careful power management (such as switching it off when not in use).
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2019-12-27

The A6100 manual states that the camera can be ...

The A6100 manual states that the camera can be poward from an AC outlet as long as the batter is installed in the camera increasing sustained use of the camera via Micro-USB cable. Do I need a special Micro-USB cable to do this?
Asked by: Jeffrey
You can use any Mirco USB cable. I would recommend cables like these here.
Answered by: Stephen
Date published: 2021-12-13

Can I take raw video and pictures with it?

Can I take raw video and pictures with it?
Asked by: Naxvan
You would be able to shoot RAW photos but you are unable to shoot RAW videos.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2021-11-25

What is the weight with 16-50mm lenses?

What is the weight with 16-50mm lenses?
Asked by: WEN
The weight of the A6100 with the 16-50mm lens attached would be 1.12 lbs.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2019-08-29

Does this camera have Clean HDMI?

Does this camera have Clean HDMI?
Asked by: Thomas
Yes it does. You can plug an HDMI cable and broadcast with nothing else that your clean video
Answered by: Kelvin
Date published: 2021-01-09

Does it comes with battery charger?

Does it comes with battery charger?
Asked by: Ana Luisa
It comes with a cable and a wall adapter to charge the battery.
Answered by: Michele
Date published: 2021-10-06

Will this camera take a higher capacity battery ...

Will this camera take a higher capacity battery like the NP FZ 100 so that more shots can be taken?
Asked by: george
The SONY NP-FZ100 is not compatible with this camera. This is the correct and only recommended battery: Sony NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh) B&H # SONPFW50
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2021-10-06

What is the maximum frames per second he video? ...

What is the maximum frames per second he video? In other words can I do ultra slow motion recording?
Asked by: Eric
The maximum frame rate would be 120 FPS for slow motion video.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2019-08-30
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