Sony Alpha A5100

Released August, 2014
  • 24.7 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 3" TFT
You do have the option to shoot Creative Styles in both raw format and JPEG though, which is something at least.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2014)
9.3 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Alpha A5100

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Alpha A5100
9.8
D3300
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Alpha A5100
7.1
D3300
5.1
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Alpha A5100
10.0
D3300
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Alpha A5100
n.d.
D3300
9.2
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com and dpreview.com

9.3

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Alpha A5100
9.3
D3300
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Alpha A5100

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha A5100
1,347 ISO
Nikon 1 J5
479 ISO
EOS M10
753 ISO

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha A5100
21 ms
D3300
81 ms
PEN E-PL7
65 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha A5100
6 fps
Nikon 1 J5
60 fps
Alpha A6000
11 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha A5100
400 photos
D3300
700 photos
Lumix DMC-GF7
230 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Alpha A5100
23.8 bits
Nikon 1 J5
22.1 bits
EOS M10
22.2 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Alpha A5100
13.0 ev
EOS M10
11.4 ev
EOS M3
11.8 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

In The News From around the web

I do art photo and the A7R2 is a great tool for that as large prints with superb IQ is possible.
Touch screen with focus area move with just a tap is great!
The A5100 is certainly long due for replacement.
The Sony A5100 got marked as discontinued at Digitalrev (Click here).
The reason is that all the sensors will be needed to fulfill the demand for the a6300.
I guess Sony will launch the A5100 successor sometimes next year when all the sensor production issues are over.
Sony is careful to note that even cameras not listed above may still suffer a shortage, but as Sony Alpha Rumors states, Sony's focus appears to be on maintaining production of their newest products as they continue to work on getting everything back up to speed.
Notably absent from this most recent announcement is the second-generation A7-series cameras and Sony's latest APS-C mirrorless camera, the A6300.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 24.7 MP
Resolution 5736 x 4304
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 14.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 179
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps
Battery life 400 photos
Continuous shooting 6 fps
Shutter lag 21 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type TFT
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm
Thickness 35.7 mm
Weight 224 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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