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By Anthony Thurston on September 10th 2015

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Sony A6100 Specs Leak Ahead of Tomorrow’s Announcement


As we have been talking about all throughout the week, Sony is expected to announce their A6100 on Friday. Over the night, specs leaked for the new camera, and while I wouldn’t take these as gospel just yet, given the proximity to the expected release, I would give these a high probability of being mostly true, if not 100% accurate.

Leaked Sony A6100 Specs

  • 32mp BSI
  • 5-axis IBIS
  • Much better ISO
  • 4K
  • 285 PDAF points
  • New EVF
  • 14.5fps
  • Smaller than A6000, less weight too
  • No weather sealing
  • Mic-input
  • Only comes in black

Some interesting things stick out to me here. First off, 32MP! That is insane for an APS-C camera, but at this point I wouldn’t be surprised given what Sony has been doing lately. The other sensor related thing I noticed is 14.5FPS – this is one spec I won’t believe until I see it. The a7R II has a lot of bottlenecking due to the processor not being able to handle a lot of those huge files at once. While there is ~10MP difference between the two cameras, I find it unlikely that Sony has fixed that bottleneck in what will likely be a sub-$1000 camera, when their $3200 premium camera can’t do it. But who knows, maybe Sony has something up their sleeves to make it all work.

The addition of 4K and a mic-input will be very good news for videographers. Though, we will have to see how the camera handles prolonged 4K recording. Hopefully, it does a better job than the RX100 M4.

Now finally, the size. Apparently this camera is full of upgrades, AND it’s smaller/lighter than the current A6000?!?!? While I think that is awesome, I am also skeptical of that being a good thing. The A6000 is already tiny and lightweight, especially when you consider the power that it has. I’m not sure there is a need to make it smaller or lighter; one has to wonder about its ability to hold up to abuse at that point.

What stood out to you in these possible specs? What would you like to see from Sony in tomorrow’s announcement?

Phase One XF Cameras To Feature Profoto Air Triggers Built-in


Everything these days is about making things more convenient. In the lighting world, that means integrating lighting controls from your camera with strobes and off-camera lights allowing you to change power settings without having to walk up to each light.

Phase One and Profoto are taking that to the next level, and will be building Profoto’s new Air Triggering system right into the upcoming Phase One XF digital backs. While most of us can just drool at that setup, a $30,000+ camera and $2500+ lighting kit (at least), the precedent is really exciting.

I have been saying for a while now that I think PocketWizard, Phottix, and the other trigger makers would be smart to partner up with camera makers to get their triggering tech included in camera bodies. Now, obviously the camera makers have to be on board for that, but they would be stupid in my opinion not to see the value in that.

Who else thinks this would be cool? Raise your hand if you will be getting one of those new XF backs…. no, one? Ok, I guess we can all huddle in that corner over there and drool looking at the product photos.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jeffrey Kenerly

    I will believe Sony about anything when I see it. This camera has been a TOTAL TEASER

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  2. Stephen Jennings

    32mp in such a small camera reminds me that you can put a 40mp sensor in a cell phone.. so what exactly does that mean? I’m sure it’s going to be a great camera though, few modern cameras are short of awesome anymore.

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  3. Brian Stricker

    I honestly have a had time believing they are going to put that many mp’s into the A6100. Not knocking sony but they don’t really have the glass to hold up to that kind of resolution do they? A consumer/prosumer body will not be used with high end glass for the average user.

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  4. John Williams

    The specs look great. I just hope it doesn’t have the issues like the a6000. Issues with tracking, sony lens recognition and AF. I love the a6000, but I was able to return it using a protection plan b/c of the issues which I used toward a d750

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  5. Dave Haynie

    Ah, there you go! I was pretty sure Sony was going “all in” on 4K, just like Panasonic. Like the other mirrorless guys, they’re aggressively targeting the big boys, Canon and Nikon, and that’s just one more place that they’re leading and will probably keep leading for awhile. Canon in particular seems more worried about competition with Canon than with Sony or anyone else. I don’t know of any point in history where that was the smart long-term view.

    It’s also interesting that Sony seems to be going all-in on BSI sensors, really flexing their sensor-company muscles. The only other APS BSI sensor on the market is Samsung’s 28Mpixel sensor, and that was pretty much the best APS sensor this year so far, despite also being the highest in resolution. The A7RII does low light better than the A7R and maybe even the A7II, despite its push to 42Mpixels. But you can bet that a well done BSI sensor will have 90-95% of the pixel cell in use, versus 50-60% on a conventional sensor.

    No problem for Nikon IF Sony opts to sell these chips… they haven’t yet, but could be that Nikon will get them, just later. Canon absolutely has to bring BSI in-house or risk being embarrassed by the other guys. It makes no sense, for example, for Canon to launch a 120Mpixel sensor with front-side photodiodes. Any signs? Actually… that recent 6DII rumor was claiming 1.5 stops of low-light improvement and a 4Mpixel increase. Could just be fanboi wishes, but that’s pretty much what Sony did with the A7RII. As a Canon shooter, I’d love to see them do more than just same old, same old.

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    • adam sanford

      Zero chance that the 6D2 will get BSI before the 5D or 1D line does. Zero. Canon will never again have an entry level FF product outpunch something that costs twice as much.

      But I agree that Canon needs something dramatic on the FF front to compete, and more pixels ain’t it.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      I think 4k on a camera is going to be the “must have” standard going forward. Any DSLR/Mirrorless manufacturer that doesn’t do it moving forward is going to be shooting themselves in the foot.

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    • Dustin Baugh

      Sony has always loved shrinking size and weight, the first time I used a NEX camera It was disturbingly small. With the positioning of the a6000 series I can see them keeping this a tiny camera, they’re not going to make it look bigger just to appease people who think small cameras can’t be professional (That’s what the a7 is for).

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    • Dave Haynie

      Canon didn’t debut either CMOS or dual pixel in a flagship model. Could be there’s some othrr limitation that would render their first BSI unsuitable for the next 1D or 5D. Maybe they know they’re behind and plan to roll them all out … at least the 5DIV is expected soon. I do agree that Canon seems more concerned with competing with itself than anyone else. That’s actually one of their big problems, and one reason I spent way more on non-Canon gear this year. Coukd change.

      That said, I do think it’s more likely that tge 6D does not have a BSI sensor or a 1.5 stiop low light improvement. I also believe thise are the exact same question… you don’t get that kind of improvement tweaking process in one generation.i

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  6. adam sanford

    Some rather ordinary 24 MP non-BSI specs for the A6100 have been doing the rounds, and that’s not what you’d expect from Sony’s APS-C flagship.

    So *this* is the sexy A6100 spec list everyone has been waiting for.

    I’d be surprised if that 14.5 fps didn’t come with an AE/AF locked after first exposure, true burst with AF tracking is [lower] fps, burst is JPG only, etc. or some other limitation. That’s a 14.5 fps X 32 MP = a crapload of data to move. There have to be strings attached there.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      It will be interesting for sure to see what the specs actually are tomorrow.

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    • Dave Haynie

      That’s not all that much data to move at RAM speeds, but wager this is going to be a buffer limited burst shooter. My Olympus OM-D E-M5II can do “infinite” bursts to UHS-II SD cardsxat 5Fps, and that’s half the image size. Hopefully they butva fat buffer in there.

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