Launched in 2019 the Sony a6100 with its attractive price is Sony’s most current entry level APS-C camera, with both the Sony a6400 and a6600 sitting above it in Sony’s APS-C mirrorless camera lineup.
I don’t own the a6100 myself but I do own the Sony a6400 which shares the same body and many similar features, therefore I have a very good idea about the best accessories to pair with the a6100.
My Top 10 Sony A6100 Accessories
Here are my top 10 recommended accessories for the Sony a6100.
1. Sony PCK-LM17 Screen Protector
If you want to protect the LCD screen on your a6100 from scratches and knocks then the Sony PCK-LM17 semi hard screen protector is a very good choice.
This screen protector is normally advertised for the Sony a6000 and a6300 but I’m using it on my own a6400 which has the same LCD screen as the a6100 and it works just fine. Touch screen functions will still work with the protector installed and it doesn’t affect the displays brightness.
Please note: As with all screen protectors they can be tricky to install. If you don’t manage to align it perfectly the first time it’s best to just leave it, as if you remove it and try again it will lose its stickiness and dust and fluff will be all over it in no time at all. I’m definitely speaking from experience!
2. RAVPower NP-FW50 Batteries & Dual Charger
The original Sony NP-FW50 battery (Amazon.com) is definitely not the cheapest battery. Thankfully the RAVPower version of the NP-FW50 works just fine in the a6100.
I’ve been using these batteries in my own a6400, a6500, a6300 and a6000 cameras without any issues. You get two batteries and a dual battery charger for less than the cost of Sony’s original battery. There is a micro USB cable included but not a USB wall adapter.
3. SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I (170/90)
The Sony a6100 supports UHS-I SD cards and not the faster UHS-II cards. You can still use UHS-II cards in the a6100 but you won’t get the speed benefit in-camera, so you’re best saving your money and purchasing UHS-I cards instead, that’s unless you plan to purchase a camera like the Sony a7 IV that supports UHS-II cards.
I recommend the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SD cards that have a claimed read speed of 170MB/s and a write speed of 90MB/s. These are one of the fastest and most reliable memory cards that you can use in the Sony a6100.
4. Manfrotto PIXI EVO Mini Tripod
If you simply want a very lightweight and compact mini tripod that you will barely know you’re carrying then the Manfrotto Pixi Evo is a very good choice.
The tripod features a ball head and ergonomic grip. It supports a maximum weight of 5.5lbs / 2.5kg and the legs can be extended for additional stability.
It can also be used as a selfie stick if you wish and it is available in three different colors: black, white or red-anthracite.
5. Rode VideoMicro
The internal microphone on the a6100 is certainly not the greatest. If you’d like to improve the audio but don’t want to spend a small fortune then the Rode VideoMicro is definitely one option to consider.
It’s very compact and light in weight and does not require its own battery like its bigger brother the Rode VideoMic Pro+ (Amazon).
I own this microphone myself but must admit it doesn’t get a great deal of use now after I purchased the Rode Wireless Go (Amazon).
6. Sony RMT-P1BT Remote Commander
If you are looking for a wireless remote control for your Sony a6100 then the Sony RMT-P1BT Remote Commander is a very good option.
Unlike the Imaging Edge Mobile app, when you half-press the shutter button on the remote it will activate the autofocus including Eye-AF, this works just like the shutter button on the a6100. You can also use it to start and stop bulb mode, shoot bursts by holding the shutter button down, or start and stop video recording.
The RMT-P1BT remote works reliably up to around 18m or 60 feet away from the a6100, and it doesn’t matter if you are behind or in front or the camera, indoors or outdoors.
On the remote itself you’ll find a shutter button that doubles as an AF-On button, a lock switch that prevents accidental operation, a movie recording start/stop and a power/digital zoom. There are also two custom buttons that mirror the functions of the C1 and AF-ON buttons on the a6100 body.
The only downside to this remote is that when the Bluetooth Remote option is enabled in the a6100 settings then unfortunately the “Location Info Link” is disabled. So if you are using Imaging Edge Mobile to record your location information via bluetooth, I’m afraid this will not work at the same time as the RMT-P1BT remote.
7. Peak Design Cuff + Slide Lite Straps
The neck strap included with the a6100 is most definitely not the most comfortable, so here are a couple of alternative and much more comfortable options:
The Peak Design Cuff wrist strap is a very good way to protect the a6100 from accidental drops. It connects to the a6100 via Peak Designs anchor system and the wrist loop magnetically locks in the open position, or comfortably cinches down on your wrist for added security. I have two of these straps myself that I have been using for a couple of years now and they barely show any signs of wear.
The Peak Design Slide Lite can be worn as a sling, neck, or shoulder strap. It uses internally-padded nylon webbing has a smooth side that glides over clothing in sling mode and a grippy side that prevents slipping in shoulder mode. I have the Slide Lite myself and swap it between my a6400 and full-frame cameras.
8. SmallRig L Bracket APL2331
The SmallRig L-bracket for the Sony A6100 (APL2331) features anti-twist flanges to keep the camera from twisting (a problem with previous models). A wooden handle is also included that helps to improve the grip although does add a little extra weight.
Both the base plate and side plate are Arca-swiss compatible for mounting in a vertical or horizontal positions. The side plate can be extended if additional room is required for cables.
9. Think Tank Digital Holster 10 V2.0
If you want to carry your a6100 in minimalist style then the Think Tank Digital Holster 10 V2.0 is definitely a bag that you’ll want to look closer at.
I recently bought this bag myself for use with my a6400 and can confirm that it is very well made and provides enough space for the camera with a lens attached.
The bag will comfortably fit the a6100 together with a lens up to 115mm / 4.52 inches in length. However you can also extend the bags height by 5.8cm / 2.28 inches using the built in extension at the bottom of the bag, although the extension isn’t as well padded as the rest of the bag so I’d only recommend using this with larger lenses occasionally.
So far I’ve tested it with the Sony E 18-105mm F4, the Sony E 18-135mm, Sigma 16mm F1.4, Sigma 30mm F.4 and they all fit comfortably without needing the extension. Using the extension you’ll now fit in the Sony E 70-350, Sony FE 70-300 or the Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro lens. So it really is a very versatile camera bag.
You can carry it using the included shoulder strap or attach it to a belt if you prefer. There’s plenty of padding, an inner pocket for SD cards and the side pocket that also houses the waterproof cover still has enough room for a spare battery.
- “Pop Down” increases bag height by 5.8cm / 2.28 inches for larger lenses
- Shoulder bag attaches to all Think Tank belts and bags with Modular Rails
- Side attachment rail to connect small Modular or Skin component to holster
- Lens hood can remain attached, reversed or in position
- Front stretch pocket for lens caps, back caps, and other items
- Removable screen protector separates your shoulder straps from your LCD
- Compatible with the Digital Holster Harness
- Inner lid pocket for SD cards or lens cloth
- Carry with the top grab-handle or the included shoulder strap
- Business card holder on top of lid
- Seam-sealed rain cover included
More details and additional product photos can be found on Think Tanks website.
10. Rocket Air Blaster
The rocket air blaster makes it a breeze to remove dust and bits from lenses, filters, the sensor and from the EVF which has a bad tendency to collect dust. It’s a lot safer to use this as a first step before reaching for a microfiber cloth, wipe or sensor cleaning kit.
The rocket air blaster is really one of the must have items for the a6100 or any camera for that matter.