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Sony Alpha A5100 Digital Camera

£389.99
£310.00 £79.99 cheaper than 3 days ago
MILC 24.3MP CMOS 8x Mar 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Five industry awards
Easy to use
Good quality pictures
74 Reviews + 5 Awards
reviewed.com Editor's Choice 01net.com 4 Star PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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Reviews

Five Industry Awards

Three expert review sites thought that this camera was good. The editor of website Ephotozine gave this Sony camera a "Highly Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from website Reviewed.com. This high megapixel camera also received an Ua.gecid.com "Easy to Use" award.

The experts at two other expert review sites both wrote that this Sony digital camera was good. This digital camera received an "Essential" award from PhotographyBlog.com and it received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

Good Expert Reviews

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

Good Owner Reviews

This digital camera has an average owner rating of 86% based on 37 owner reviews. 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.

Sony Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 23,306 owner and expert reviews (including 7,110 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its high megapixel cameras compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Reasonably Priced

Seven people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good value for money. Karl Js said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Plus they offer a $[$]price to get the full version which normally sells for $[$” in his review of this digital camera. Two years ago P&s Ny mentioned in their Sony Alpha A5100 review on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “I hope to fine tune my shooting and get better results and also looking at the Sigma 19mm as it seems like a great lens at a good price”. Jofla said “The a5100, with its large APS-C sensor and XAVC codec shooting 1080P at 50 mbps looked so perfect, frankly it looked too good to be true at this price point”.


Good Quality Pictures

Twenty-two people who purchased the product concluded that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Reviewed.com wrote “For beginners or those with designs on more advanced photography” in their review of this digital camera. Brucel mentioned “However, I have been hearing about how "mirrorless" cameras are the future of photography, so was interested to try one that also has interchangeable lenses”. They also said “Over the last few years I have been using DSLRs, going through 3 different Nikon models and feel that this has both improved my pictures and heightened my interest in photography” in their review.

Six people who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Brucel said on expert website Johnlewis.com “It has the same 24.3 megapixels that you would only expect in the DSLR” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Two years ago Karl Js mentioned “Resolution and dynamic range goes beyond anything I have experienced with 35mm film” in his review of this digital camera. Jofla wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Our network deliverables always require a mbps rate of at least 35, preferably 50 and above.) Our first tests, shooting short clips, looked amazing” in their review of this digital camera.

Five customers agreed that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “The Sony A5100 features a 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, Fast Hyb” and scored this digital camera 5 stars out of 5. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “With its 24-million-pixel APS-C sensor it packs an impressive punch”. Jemo said in their review of this digital camera “It has the same APS-C sensor, processor”.

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Good Video Capture

Nine people who purchased the product concluded that it was good for video recording. Shoe Guy wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “This is what you should be capturing your childhood memories with, great for video and stills” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Cnickvuz scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Johnlewis.com “I am particularly pleased with the video quality; the XAVC-S codec just adds that touch extra crispness to the footage”. Jar Jar Hijinks rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Video was surprisingly crisp, still nothing I would trust on a professional shoot as a B roll cam.”.

Good Quality Lens

Eight customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good autofocus. Expert website Ephotozine.com gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Fast hybrid AF focus”. Dragstar1100 wrote three years ago “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”. Brucel mentioned in their Sony Alpha A5100 review “The autofocus is very good”.

Four customers said in their reviews that it had a good lens. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “The Sony A5100 is the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor, built-in flash” in their review of this digital camera. An anonymous reviewer rated it 5 stars out of 5 and she said in her review of this digital camera on expert website Johnlewis.com “This is my first interchangeable lens camera and a great intro into digital photography”. Dave mentioned “I think that is the best lens for this camera (for my budget”.

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Good Flash

Five people wrote in their reviews that it had a good flash. Two years ago Dave mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “I prefer natural lighting and almost never use flash, so lack of hot shoe doesn't matter”.


Design

Easy to Use

Nine customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was easy to use. An anonymous reviewer rated it 5 stars out of 5 and she said on expert review site Johnlewis.com “I bought this with a lens and that is really handy, performs as expected”. Shoe Guy mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “I am whip this out and produce the stunning quality and that I can do with my DSLR with full manual control”. Falconet wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Great camera, easy to use, love it” in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100 and scored the product 5 stars out of 5.

Eight customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to use the menus. Jemo wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “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”. They also said “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” in their review, and also mentioned “The previous NEX-5T and pretty much ever other Sony camera, even the RX100 has a function menu”.

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Good Product Quality

Eighteen customers who purchased this digital camera said that it was good quality. Expert website Stuff.tv gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “For £550 (and you'll probably find it cheaper than that online very soon) you get superb still and video quality in almost all conditions, as well as cla”. Digitalversus.com rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert website Digital Versus three years ago “The Alpha 5100 is a great little camera that's consistent, easy to use and delivers fantastic picture quality for stills”. Terbald scored the Sony Alpha A5100 the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “I will say that this little camera can go anywhere without drawing the slightest bit of attention and it grave me good quality photos and video in low light conditions”.

Robust

Six customers said in their reviews that it was well made. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “Is one of the smallest APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras with a built in flash”. They also mentioned “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” in their review. Expert website Nasilemaktech.com wrote “The Sony a5100 camera is a solid mirrorless camera”.

Nice Design

Two owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it was good looking. Three years ago expert website Expertreviews.co.uk wrote “A stylish camera.”. In the same month Brucel said “Also the information given on the screen is in pretty small letters” and rated this digital camera 80 out of 100.


Power

Good Battery Life

Two owners who reviewed the Sony Alpha A5100 mentioned that it had a good battery life. Dave wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “I recommend a 2nd battery and/or portable charger”. He also said “Battery life is adequate.” in his review.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Ten customers concluded that this digital camera was compact. Three years ago expert website Techradar.com mentioned “The new Alpha 5100 has the same 24.4-million-pixel CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor as the Alpha 6000 above it in the Sony compact system camera line-up” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Dxomark.com wrote “Sony have launched the a5100 hybrid compact system camera featuring a 24.3Mp APS-C sensor, touch screen LCD” in their Sony Alpha A5100 review. Three years ago expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Sony was the originator of whats become something of a standard design template for compact system c”.

Two people who bought it agreed that it was lightweight. An anonymous reviewer mentioned “It's lightweight and small making it easy to take on holiday or just out” . Geekesse said on expert review site Johnlewis.com “Lightweight, easy to use, produces excellent quality pictures - exactly what I was looking for from a camera in this price range” in their review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Average Weight

The Alpha A5100 has a relatively typical weight (224 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

Alternative digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Nikon D5300 (480g and cheaper).

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Released Over Two Years Ago

Sony released the Alpha A5100 in March 2015.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two people agreed that this digital camera was noisy. Shoe Guy mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Then I had an issue with the lens becoming very noisy when the motor was zooming, I had the camera on a small gorilla pod as a tripod”. They also said “I had not noticed the noise immediately after that to say that did it.” in their review.

Features Noise Reduction

The Sony Alpha A5100 features noise reduction. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also feature noise reduction.

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Features Voice Recording

The Alpha A5100 features voice recording, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Alpha A5100 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Alpha A5100 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including a cheaper camera such as the Nikon D5300 or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the Nikon D5500 (£389).

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a pretty standard digital zoom (8 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Sony Alpha A5100 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony Alpha A5100 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Sony Alpha A5100 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Sony camera. 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Alpha A5100 has a fairly standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Nikon D5500 (£389) (3.2") which is also higher rated.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Alpha A5100 has a touchscreen, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this type and age do not have a touchscreen.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony Alpha A5100 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera also support Wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available including a cheaper digital camera such as the Nikon D5300 or you might consider a higher scoring digital camera such as the Nikon D5500 (£389).

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony Alpha A5100 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Alpha A5100 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(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.

This camera's still image resolution (6000 x 4000) is actually the best still image resolution across all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

Across similar types of camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The 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 high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as it. Across all similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera the image resolution ranges from 4608 x 3456 pixels (worst) to 7360 x 4912 pixels (best).

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24.3 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 24.3 megapixels camera.

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Technical Details

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Alpha A5100 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Self-Timer

The Alpha A5100 has a self-timer, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Sony Alpha A5100 features smile detection. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also feature smile detection.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Alpha A5100 has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony Alpha A5100 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Alpha A5100 has a batteries included, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Camera

Features Histogram

The Alpha A5100 features histogram. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also feature histogram.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Alpha A5100 has an HDMI. Most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Light Exposure

Supports Nine ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Alpha A5100 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Sony camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800" and "25600" are also supported by this camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Six people who reviewed the product thought it had good features. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk wrote “The Sony A5100 has an odd mix of advanced and beginner-oriented features” but they gave the Sony Alpha A5100 a rating of 60 out of 100. Three years ago Dragstar1100 said on expert website Johnlewis.com “Does have some amazing features”. Dale1984 mentioned “Brilliant picture quality & features”.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony ilce5100lw21, sony ilce5100lb, sony ilce5100yb, sony ilce5100yw, sony ilce5100b, sony w1650mm, sony w64gb
Barcodes 00027242882362, 00027242883246, 00636983495771, 00845251011500, 03662362041106, 04905524984767, 04905524984774, 04905524986761, 04905524986815, 04905524986822, 04905524986839, 04905524986983

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