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Sony Alpha A5100 Digital Camera

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MILC 24.3MP CMOS 8x Aug 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
- 24.3MP Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor- BIONZ X engine for superb detail and noise reduction- Fast Hybrid AF with 179 phase-detection points- 180 tiltable LCD screen for perfect self-portraits- Wi-Fi... More
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42 Reasons For

Nine Industry Awards

The editors of Tomsguide.com, Photoreview.com.au and Reviewed.com all said that this camera was terrific and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

An additional three expert review sites thought that this digital camera was good. This MILC camera received an Ephotozine "Highly Recommended" award and it received a Gagadget.com "Recommended" award. Furthermore, the reviewer at Ua.gecid.com gave this camera an "Easy to Use" award and decided it was straightforward to use.

PhotographyBlog.com gave this Sony camera an "Essential" award, 01net.com gave it a "4 Star" award and Chip.com.my gave it an "Outstanding" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on thirty-one expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews this MILC camera has an average expert rating of 81 out of 100.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Alpha A5100 owners on average rated this digital camera as outstanding.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of customers concluded that the product was mirrorless. Toaster mentioned “If you are considering a compact mirror-less camera this Sony is a great place to start, so small” . Expert website Ephotozine.com said “The Sony Alpha A5100 is one of the more compact mirrorless cameras available with built in flash, particularly considering it has a 24megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor”. Reviewed.com said in their review “The full-frame mirrorless A7 series won the company a number of awards.”.

Six Sony Alpha A5100 reviewers reckoned that it had a good screen. Three years ago D Deacon mentioned in their review on Amazon “The LCD screen is quite clear” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. D Deacon also wrote “Personally I like the articulated LCD screen - it lets me shoot from angles I would find hard with a DSLR”. Funk rated the Sony Alpha A5100 4 stars and wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100 “The flip up screen is good for selfies”.

A few Sony Alpha A5100 owners reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. Amazon Customer scored the product 4 stars and wrote “A view finder would bring great benefits.”. Yichen Ruan mentioned on Amazon “Not bad if it can have a view finder is better”.

One customer who reviewed the Sony Alpha A5100 concluded that it had an electronic viewfinder. D Deacon mentioned “The A6000 version of this camera has an EVF” in their Sony Alpha A5100 review.

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Good Video Capture

A few Sony Alpha A5100 owners who reviewed it thought it was good for video recording. "nobody" mentioned on Amazon “Best camera I had, Video recording is impressive”. David S. Wilson he mentioned “It has a dual movie recording system which records 2 files, one in high quality”. I. Mcintosh said “HtmlThe movie mode is a great feature” and scored the product very highly.

Good Quality Lens

Some people wrote in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Bruce wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The autofocus is very good and very fast - faster than my DSLRs! It is quite sophisticated.”. David S. Wilson said on Amazon “To get the best out of this superb sensor & autofocus package you need to use some better lenses”. Ezorfa scored the product very highly and mentioned two years ago “Fast autofocus and tracking (best in class” in their review of this digital camera.

A number of people who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good lens. A. Webb scored the product 5 stars and said on Amazon “Since returning home I've also tested it with a Sony E-Mount Macro lens, with spectacular results”. D. D. Smail said on Amazon “The included 16-50 lens is OK.” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Funk wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100 on Amazon “You get a full size lens”.

One customer said that the product had a good zoom. Kitty K rated it 5 stars and she wrote “The zoom is amazing (comparing to the other cameras I had) it's very clear” in her Sony Alpha A5100 review.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Sony Alpha A5100 owners who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was able to produce good images. A. Barnes said on Amazon “The small size, great photo's it produces.I like it so much I just bought some lights for product” in their Sony Alpha A5100 review. Adam_sexton101 said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Not a single picture disappointed”. Alan Hawkins rated the Sony Alpha A5100 5 stars and he wrote “Excellent camera totally rate excellent pics and vids” in his review of this digital camera.

Fourteen Sony Alpha A5100 owners agreed that it had a good image sensor. Three years ago  mentioned “A full frame sensor is 1.5 times larger, with an area twice that of an APS-C”. Also three years ago Bruce rated it 4 stars and he wrote “High Quality Sensor and Lenses make this Worth Considering” in his Sony Alpha A5100 review. David S. Wilson wrote on Amazon also three years ago “The latest PDAF sensor system (which works better at tracking moving objects that my DSLR)”.

A number of Sony Alpha A5100 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A5100 had a good picture resolution. Bruce wrote in his Sony Alpha A5100 review on Amazon “It has the same 24.3 megapixels that you would only expect in the DSLR” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. D Deacon scored the Sony Alpha A5100 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon “It has a large sensor - that of a modern DSLR - and a great IQ when shooting in RAW mode” in their review of this digital camera. Kris said in his Sony Alpha A5100 review on Amazon “The camera is able to select the best mode for the scene you are shooting at”.

Some Sony Alpha A5100 reviewers said in their reviews that it was good in low light. Petemac wrote three years ago “Low light results are exceptional” and rated this digital camera as very good. Toaster wrote on Amazon “However, image quality so far, is phenomenal, especially in low light (though I thought that about the NEX-5n too)” in their review.

One Sony Alpha A5100 owner mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A5100 was able to produce clear pictures. D. D. Smail mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100 “Picture and colour clarity are very good”.

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Robust

A number of people who bought this digital camera agreed that it was well made. C. M. Coar scored it 4 stars and wrote on Amazon two years ago “The build quality feels good and I am pleased with the colour in the photos I have taken so far.I really like the wide angle I get with this”. Three years ago Mr G Gaal said on Amazon “I don't see any difference in quality compared to the otheravailable ones as the built in codecs are so well tuned!love this camera to bits!”. Ephotozine.com wrote “Is one of the smallest APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras with a built in flash” in their Sony Alpha A5100 review.

Good Support

Several Sony Alpha A5100 owners who reviewed the product thought it had good technical guidance. Three years ago Bruce wrote in his review of the Sony Alpha A5100 “The big "feature" here is that the screen on the back tilts fully upright - this doesn't help with glare (I tried all angles” and gave the product a score of 4 stars. D Deacon said “The 'peak' function is a great help with these in that it highlights where the greatest ciontrast is in the image - assists focus via the LCD” in their review. Three years ago Jeff mentioned “You soon get used to it.I'm not a photography buff so can't help anyone technically” in his review and rated it 5 stars.

Good Size

Fifteen Sony Alpha A5100 owners who reviewed the product concluded that it was compact.  gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote “We now have a modern breed of miniature DSLRs which are light”. Carl S Murray gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and he said “Picture quality from the DSLR sized sensor in a small compact body, travelled to Hungary with it” in his review of the Sony Alpha A5100. Funk mentioned “The body is the same size as a normal compact” in their review of this digital camera.

Some Sony Alpha A5100 owners who purchased this digital camera said that it was a good depth. Two years ago W T mentioned in their Sony Alpha A5100 review “Anyway, I'd highly recommend this - colours and depth are amazing”. One customer wrote in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Bruce mentioned “What you notice first about this camera is how small it is - the body is about half the size of my latest DSLR”.

One person who purchased the product concluded that it was heavy. Bruce mentioned “Feels quite solid and weighty” in his Sony Alpha A5100 review. One Sony Alpha A5100 owner who bought the product wrote that it was a good size.

One Sony Alpha A5100 owner who bought the product considered that it was lightweight. Jeff said on Amazon three years ago “Which you always knew you were carrying to this lightweight 396gs which can almost.” in his review.

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Good Product Quality

A number of customers who reviewed the Sony Alpha A5100 agreed that it was good quality.  said in their Sony Alpha A5100 review on Amazon “This, above any measure of megapixels, is what gives a camera the ability to take good quality pictures”. A. Webb mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100 “Feels well made”. Agentassassin wrote in their review on Amazon “Fantastic camera with exceptional image quality”.

Good Technical Features

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A5100 had good features. Two years ago A. Webb mentioned in their review “I say that because the A5000 model has lesser features and the A6000 model not that much more, yet at a huge difference in price” and scored the product 5 stars. Christophe Stevens wrote “Light, advanced and manual features”. Immyl gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “The multi-shot is very good as are the built in features around making photos look warmer” in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100.

Easy to Use

Sixteen Sony Alpha A5100 owners considered that it was easy to use.  scored it 5 stars and said in their review on Amazon three years ago “There is full manual control if required”.  also wrote “I prefer not to use that unless I really have to”. Two years ago Amazon Customer gave the Sony Alpha A5100 a rating of 4 stars and wrote “Shooting modes are quite intuitive although it would have been nice to have a physical dial on the top to speed the process up” in their review.

A few people who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to use the menus. Three years ago  mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The range of settings and programs is impressive”. D. D. Smail wrote in their Sony Alpha A5100 review “Colour clarity are very good and with many menu options and effects to play around with, this could suit a beginner in auto mode to a bit more advanced”. I. Mcintosh wrote “The menus are very easy to follow”.

A number of customers who bought the product considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. I. Mcintosh gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Feels very comfortable in your hands” in their review of this digital camera. I. Mcintosh also wrote “I like to be able to hold a camera out or up in the air to try”. Totallydubbedhd said “The only way to get the A5100 to focus on something close, was to hold the camera a good 25-30cm away”.

One person reckoned that this digital camera had a touch sensitive screen. Nathan.b rated the Sony Alpha A5100 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Finally the screen is touch sensitive”.

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Reasonably Priced

Nineteen Sony Alpha A5100 owners who reviewed the product thought it was good value for money. A. Barnes said in their review two years ago “Great pics at a great price” and scored it 5 stars. A. Webb wrote “Firstly, Sony has scrimped on value by not supplying a lens hood” in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100. Two years ago Adam_sexton101 gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Pro DSLR's that are 10x the price” in their Sony Alpha A5100 review.

Some Sony Alpha A5100 reviewers who purchased the product mentioned that it was a bargain for the price. A. Webb said on Amazon “A bargain, at Amazon Warehouse prices”. Boothy said two years ago “What a bargain !” . Three years ago D Deacon rated it 80 out of 100 and said “As with all the NEX type cameras, they have access to a wealth of fantastic cheap old manual lenses by the likes of Canon, Pentax, Nikon etc” in their review.

One Sony Alpha A5100 owner who reviewed it thought it was cheap. Expert review site Chip.com.my said in their Sony Alpha A5100 review “The Sony Alpha 5100 interchangeable lens camera is a great option if you're new to photography, or just looking for an inexpensive option to a DSLR” .

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Good Flash

Some customers who reviewed the Sony Alpha A5100 concluded that it had a good flash. Three years ago Bernie G. mentioned on Amazon “Low level light shots come out great with out the flash” in his review of this digital camera. D Deacon mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100 on Amazon “The built-in flash is useful”. D Deacon also mentioned “As a fill flash it's fine”.

Good Connectivity

A few people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was wifi compatible.  mentioned “Manual focus if you want to "shoot the stars." There is wireless connectivity, plus the camera can act as a hub to allow other devices to connect to it” and gave this digital camera a very good rating. I. Mcintosh gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “The camera has built in wireless allowing you to push your photos to network enabled TV’s without the need for a cable”. Photographyblog.com said on PhotographyBlog.com in the same month “The Sony A5100 is the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor, built-in flash and Wi-Fi connectivity” in their review and rated it 5 stars.

Nice Design

Several Sony Alpha A5100 owners agreed that the product was good looking. Bruce said in his review of the Sony Alpha A5100 “Also the information given on the screen is in pretty small letters”. Three years ago Nathan.b gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their Sony Alpha A5100 review on Amazon “The flip up screen is pretty good and it feels well build all round”. Nathan.b also mentioned “The stock lens is pretty good and you can always replace it if you feel you want to progress”.

Several people who bought it mentioned that it was neat. Bea mentioned on Amazon “This product arrived in immaculate condition and once i opened the box i couldn't even tell it was previously preowned”. Toaster mentioned on Amazon “Also the shutter sound is a little less precise, making a slow flop sound compared with the 5n's neat click, another minor disappointment together with the slower continual shooting” in their review and rated it as very good.

One Sony Alpha A5100 owner concluded that it was a good design. Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned three years ago “Sony was the originator of whats become something of a standard design template for compact system c” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Battery Life

A number of Sony Alpha A5100 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Charlie Keeble mentioned in his review “Also has a lot of features and manual settings, battery life is great”. Three years ago D Deacon rated the product 4 stars and wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100 “Battery life is fine”. I. Mcintosh wrote “It’s charged via USB and battery life seems really good”.

Sony Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sony has good average ratings for its MILC digital cameras as well as across its entire camera range.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was quiet.  mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I thought a mirror-less camera would be quiet.” . Expert website Reviewed.com said “Sony's camera team has been on a tear in the past year and a half, quietly assembling one of the more enviable top-to-bottom lineups on the market”.

Good Exposure Control

One Sony Alpha A5100 reviewer who bought it reckoned that it had good exposure controls. Three years ago  said “There is immediate access to exposure compensation, ASA speed, macro mode” and rated the product 5 stars.

Supports Video Capability

The Alpha A5100 supports video capability, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A5100 do not support video capability.

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Fairly High Megapixel

The Alpha A5100 has one of the higher megapixels (24.3 megapixels) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The average megapixel of similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 18MP.

We compared all the other 24.3MP cameras to this camera and we think the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Alpha A5100 supports wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age do not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which support wi-Fi currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price].

Other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to look at include the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A5100, the Sony Alpha A5100 supports Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price].

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support Full HD video which you might also want to look at including the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Alpha A5100 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha A5100.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price] is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that support an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think the Alpha A6000[pl_2165999_price], and the Alpha A6000[pl_2165999_price] both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Alpha A5100 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by MILC digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A5100. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Stereo Audio System

This camera has a Stereo audio system, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Alpha A5100 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector type found on digital cameras of this type and age.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Alpha A5100 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s), whereas most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). This Sony digital camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000, 6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 1688, 8192 x 1856, 3872 x 2160 and 12416 x 1856 and 5536 x 2160.

A 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution across all MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

A 1024 x 768 still image resolution(s) is the worst still image resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a fairly small maximum aperture number (36) compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The maximum aperture numbers of MILC digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A5100 range from 2.7 to 40, and the average maximum aperture number is 15.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

The least total megapixels of MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A5100 is 12MP, the most is 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 19MP. With a total megapixels of 24.7 megapixels, the Sony Alpha A5100 has one of the more total megapixelss amongst MILC digital cameras of this age.

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179 Auto Focus (AF) Pointss

179 auto Focus (AF) pointss

The Alpha A5100 is a 179 auto Focus (AF) points digital camera. Most of the other cameras of this age and type have between 11 and 246 auto Focus (AF) pointss.

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Has Eight White Balances

The Alpha A5100 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on MILC digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A5100. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Alpha A5100 is more than most MILC digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This digital camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A5100. The photo effects "Black&White" is also found on this Sony digital camera.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras of this age and type.

This digital camera's image resolution (6000 x 4000 pixels) is in fact the best image resolution amongst all MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst image resolution is 4000 x 3000 pixels.

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400 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Sony Alpha A5100 is a camera that takes 400 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Supports Nine ISO Sensitivitys

The Alpha A5100 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera supports a 200 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of this age and spec. The ISO sensitivitys "100", "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800" and "25600" are also supported by this Sony camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on digital cameras of this spec and age. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Supports Two Power Source Types

The Alpha A5100 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A5100. The power source type "USB" is also supported by this Sony camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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8 Reasons Against

Not 3D

The Alpha A5100 is not 3D. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for more than two years are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Sony Alpha A5100 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Samsung NX300[plb_2096674_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Alpha A5100 is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Alpha A5100 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Alpha A5100 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha A5100 also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the MILC digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A5100 the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 27mm to 870mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 120mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 75 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A5100 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Sony Alpha A5100 is more than most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Sony digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The Alpha A5100 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera supports a RAW camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of this type and age. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0", "Exif 2.3" and "MPF" are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Quite Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At only 30 seconds, the Alpha A5100 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha A5100. The slowest camera shutter speeds of cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A5100 range from 4s to 240s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 41s.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A5100

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this MILC camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Alpha A5100 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

Alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price].

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Average Digital Zoom

At 8 times zoom factor, the Alpha A5100 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A5100.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 224 grams, the Alpha A5100 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A5100.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price] (285g) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price].

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Specification

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Still Image Resolution(s)
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Expert Reviews

(61)
27 November 2015

The $500 Sony a5100 is the entry level camera in Sony's Alpha line. It has a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor ? the same style of sensor found in entry level DSLRs. I reviewed the a5100 with the... Read more…

19 January 2015

The Sony A5100 won't appeal to all as it's sometimes fussy to use given its lack of control dials. If that's what you're after then look to the Sony A6000 which caters for such needs, along with...

11 December 2014

Sony's a5100 entry-level mirrorless camera packs a DSLR-size sensor in a compact body, delivering high image-quality and fast shooting. Who it's for: Novices who want to develop advanced...

Tomsguide.com

28 November 2014

Byline : by fazri nuhaThough Sony seems to be pushing the selfie aspect via a flipscreen concept, the Sony Alpha A5100 does more than just selfies. One of the most under-rated things about... Read more…

13 November 2014

The lack of a viewfinder will always be an issue for photographers who live in the Southern Hemisphere where clear skies and bright sunlight can make LCD screens unreadable. Aside from that, the...

Photoreview.com.au

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 2 February 2015 by Jerry
Jerry would recommend the Sony Alpha A5100

This little camera blows my 70D out of the water. I could not believe the video quality I was getting compared to my full size dSLR. I had to test and check over and over. At ISO3200 the image is... Read more…

Reviewed 28 September 2014 by Ralph in Alaska
Ralph in Alaska would recommend the Sony Alpha A5100 (Verified Purchase)

This camera is small, light and handy. It takes great pictures and video. It does exactly what it's advertised to do. I use it mainly for handheld video and with a grip it is the ultimate 'run and... Read more…

Reviewed 9 January 2015 by RastaCook

Be warned, if you are considering buying this camera as an upgrade from any other previous NEX line camera you will be disapointed. Sony decided to remove the extremely useful quick "function... Read more…

Reviewed 12 December 2014 by Max
Max would recommend the Sony Alpha A5100 (Verified Purchase)

My 3rd Sony mirrorless camera. Had NEX-F3 then NEX-3N and now the a5100. It's a great upgrade from the 3N. - Autofocus is really fast which is perfect for taking pictures of my toddler - 6 fps for... Read more…

Reviewed 11 October 2015 by JofLA

To be clear up front, we looked at this camera primarily for use shooting video. We produce documentary programming for several networks including National Geographic and Discovery, and our prime... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers ilce5100, ilce5100l, sony ilce5100, sony ilce5100l, sony ilce5100y, sony ilce5100b, sony ilce5100yw, sony ilce5100lb, sony ilce5100lw, sony ilce5100yb, sony ilce5100lw21
Barcodes 00027242882362, 00027242882379, 00027242883246, 00636983495771, 03662362041106, 04905524984767, 04905524984774, 04905524986761, 04905524986815, 04905524986822, 04905524986839, 04905524986983

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