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Sony Alpha A5100

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reviewed.com Editor's Choice 01net.com 4 Star PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Highly Recommended
A multi award winning and fully featured MILC camera, perfect for wildlife photography
MILC 24.3MP CMOS Black Aug 2014
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Sony Alpha A5100 Review

With excellent reviews and features, we have ranked the Sony Alpha A5100 number 62 across all digital cameras.
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55 Reviews + 5 Awards
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Overall Score
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Why Has it Scored 76?

It has very good expert reviews and great user reviews with 84% of buyers recommending this camera to others. This digital camera has received five awards including an "Easy to Use" from Ua.gecid.com and an "Editor's Choice" from Reviewed.com. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Sony digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report good picture quality, product quality and it is easy to use.
The Alpha A5100 has some great features:
Quite high megapixels sensor
6000 x 4000 pixels image resolution
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for wildlife photography, ranking number 77 in wildlife photography cameras. It is also excellent for portrait photography, ranking number 52 in portrait photography cameras as well being excellent for sports photography, ranking number 59 in sports photography cameras.
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How Big is the Sony Alpha A5100?

The Sony Alpha A5100 is 109.6mm wide and 62.8mm tall. It is 35.7mm deep and weighs 224g.

Sony Alpha A5100 front dimensions

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Sony Alpha A5100 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Five Industry Awards

The writers at three expert review sites thought that this camera was very good. Review site Ua.gecid.com gave this Sony digital camera an "Easy to Use" award and thought it was simple to use and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from review site Reviewed.com. This Sony camera also received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Ephotozine.

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

Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this camera is 82 out of 100 based on 18 expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews.

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User Reviews Are Good

Based on 37 user reviews this camera has an average user rating of 86%. 18 reviewers (83% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 84% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Customers Report Good Picture Quality

13 people said in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A5100 was able to produce good images and two customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good picture resolution.

Customers Report Excellent Product Quality

Nine owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was good quality.

Sony Has Very Good Digital Camera Reviews

Based on 32,324 user and expert reviews (including 10,628 verified purchases), Sony has very good ratings for its cameras. Sony also has very good ratings specifically within its digital cameras range compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report it is Easy to Use

Four people mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use and three people said in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus.

  • The Alpha 5100 is a great little camera that's consistent, easy to use and delivers fantastic picture quality for stills…
  • The menu system is not particularly intuitive…
  • Excellent build quality, great handling & takes superb pictures, well pleased…
    Ctid666 (Johnlewis.com) - September 2014
  • A very smart camera and it does feel nice to hold…
  • Several of the buttons are programmable including the "?" button yet there is no ability to make it pull up the function menu for quick access to your most used setting…
  • Without this function menu feature you are forced to menu dive to make changes to many of your favorite settings which is a huge chore…
  • Great camera, easy to use, love it…
  • So far we are impressed with the quality of photos we have taken, along with the ease of use of the camera for a beginner who hasn't really read the manual yet or figured out the fancy stuff yet…
    FF (Bhphotovideo.com) - September 2015
  • Hello! The menu is indeed a freaking nightmare, frustrating…
  • Love this camera, light weight easy to use takes great pictures!

Users Report Good Video Capture

Four people who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was good for video recording.

Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

Three customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was good value for money.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Two owners wrote that the product had a good autofocus.

  • Had this for about a week now been testing it out only at work seems good super fast auto focus is great so is shooting speed…
  • Touching the screen zooms in on that portion for fine focus adjustments in manual focus assist mode…

Users Report it is a Good Size

Three people who bought this digital camera considered that it was compact.

Customers Report Excellent Technical Features

Three customers who purchased it agreed that it had good features.

Customers Report Nice Design

Two owners agreed that this digital camera was good looking.


Value For Money

Good Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and features, but is over 6 months old, and at £389.99 it is more expensive than 57% of cameras.

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Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Sony Alpha A5100 and the United Kingdom price of £389.99 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $339.28 (£441.81).

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Features

Quite High Megapixels Sensor

The Alpha A5100's sensor megapixels of 24.3MP is very high compared to most other cameras. It is in the highest 4% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. Digital cameras have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the Alpha A5100 is 6000 x 4000 pixels. That's 51% higher resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most common resolution. The resolution of all digital cameras ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The ISO sensitivity (max) of the Alpha A5100 of 25,600 is in the highest 13% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. The average ISO sensitivity (max) of all digital cameras is 14,000, with the lowest being 200 and the highest being 820,000.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Average Weight

The weight of the Sony Alpha A5100 of 224g is relatively standard compared to most other cameras. It is in the lightest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Alpha A5100 has a built-in flash. 66% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Sony Alpha A5100 features noise reduction, which is unusual. 92% of cameras do not feature noise reduction.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1440 x 1080|640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. 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 Video Capability

video capability

The Alpha A5100 supports video capability. 67% of digital cameras do not support video capability.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Alpha A5100 features flash exposure compensation, which is unusual. 80% of cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Wide Range of Maximum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Alpha A5100 has a built-in speaker(s), which is unusual. 92% of digital cameras do not have a built-in speaker(s).

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Wide Range of Aspherical Lenses Depending On Lens Used

This Sony digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the aspherical lens depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of aspherical lenses are possible with this camera.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Sony Alpha A5100's display diagonal of 3" is fairly average compared to most other cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony Alpha A5100 supports Near Field Communication (NFC). 88% of digital cameras do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Has a Tripod Mount

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a tripod mount. 75% of digital cameras do not have a tripod mount.

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Features Smile Detection

The Alpha A5100 features smile detection, unlike 89% of digital cameras which do not feature smile detection.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The Alpha A5100's digital zoom of 8x is fairly big compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 11% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras is 0.72x, the biggest is 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The Alpha A5100 supports a maximum still image resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixels. That's 51% higher resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. This camera also supports still image resolutions of 12416 x 1856 pixels, 6000 x 3376 pixels, 8192 x 1856 pixels plus 6 more values. Across all digital cameras the resolution ranges from 384 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6016 x 4016 pixels (best).

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The display resolution of the Sony Alpha A5100 of 922,000 pixels is in the highest 22% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. The average display resolution of all digital cameras is 590,000 pixels, with the lowest being 3 pixels and the highest being 16,000,000 pixels.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Alpha A5100 has a touchscreen. 84% of digital cameras do not have a touchscreen.

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Has a Self-Timer

The Alpha A5100 has a self-timer. 82% of cameras do not have a self-timer.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Alpha A5100 supports Full HD video, unlike 75% of cameras which do not support Full HD video.

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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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400 Battery Life

The Alpha A5100 is a camera that takes 400 shots battery life.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony Alpha A5100 supports Wi-Fi, which is unusual. 72% of cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the Alpha A5100 in August 2014.


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