• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A6000 advantages over Sony A5100

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 230k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Less shutter lag
    0.15 vs 0.23 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 6.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 6.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony A5100 advantages over Sony A6000

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Amazing image quality for the price; Blazing-fast hybrid autofocus; Swift burst shooting with generous buffer depths; Good battery life with LCD monitor; More compact than a DSLR; In-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Continuous autofocus can't match its burst rate; High-ISO JPEGs can look overprocessed; Sluggish startup; No touch-screen display; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use

  • Very small and comfortable form factor; Very good image quality for its class; New dual video record function; Quick autofocus and good dynamic range.

  • Lacks an EVF and external mode dial; No hot shoe; JPEG processing at higher ISOs not as good as some competing mid-level models.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX300

Sony A6000
Samsung NX300
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Sony A5100
Samsung NX300
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher-res screen

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony A6000
Samsung NX1100
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $500
  • APS-C
Sony A5100
Samsung NX1100
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Sony A5000

Sony A6000
Sony A5000
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $379
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
Sony A5100
Sony A5000
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $379
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Sony A6000
Samsung NX3000
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Slow-motion videos
Sony A5100
Samsung NX3000
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Hot shoe
  • Slow-motion videos

Compared to Canon EOS M3

Sony A6000
Canon EOS M3
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony A5100
Canon EOS M3
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • External Mic Jack
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