Best digital camera for beginners: Sony A6100

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Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras are great, but expensive. The Sony A6100 brings some of the best features of the A7 series to a camera that costs less than $ 900 (including a lens). It still uses the same Sony E mount as the A7, so you can use all the same lenses if you want to upgrade to a full-frame model in the future.

The A6100 has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor that is smaller than the full frame, helping the camera keep its profile low. While that means low-light performance won’t match the full-frame Sonys, it still offers great results for most situations.

You also get Sony’s amazing 425-point hybrid autofocus system. Like the latest A7 models, the A6100 features Sony’s AI-based Real Time Tracking and Real-Time Eye autofocus technologies for recognizing and tracking subjects. It is especially useful when taking photos at 11 fps, the A6100’s maximum burst rate. From keeping up with your pets to capturing all the action in your child’s minor league game, the A6100 has you covered.

Beyond still photography, the A6100 also has great performance for movies. It records 4K video and provides you with a microphone jack if you want to be serious about increasing audio quality.

While the A6100 is missing extras like image stabilization, a feature included in the more expensive Sony A6600, the camera does include several important features in a compact and affordable camera. I’m not the biggest fan of Sony’s menu system, but the A6100’s touchscreen makes it easier to use and gives the camera a smartphone-like feel, making it accessible to shoppers cameras for the first time.

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