• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 200.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony A5100 advantages over Sony RX100 VI

  • Less expensive
    $448 vs $1198*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.92 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Sony RX100 VI 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 230k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.23 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    23.8 fps vs 6.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    229 vs 67 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    23.8 fps vs 6.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    109 vs 25 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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 NX1100

Sony A5100
Samsung NX1100
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe
Sony RX100 VI
Samsung NX1100
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony A5100
Sony NEX-5T
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sony RX100 VI
Sony NEX-5T
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A5000

Sony A5100
Sony A5000
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
Sony RX100 VI
Sony A5000
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic ZS100

Sony A5100
Panasonic ZS100
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony RX100 VI
Panasonic ZS100
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $398
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony RX100 VII

Sony A5100
Sony RX100 VII
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1298
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony RX100 VI
Sony RX100 VII
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $1298
  • 1 inch
  • External Mic Jack
  • Newer
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