Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A5100 vs M3

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS M3
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS M3
n.d.
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com and dpreview.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha A5100 vs EOS M3

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

Alpha A5100
1,347 ISO
EOS M3
1,169 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha A5100
6 fps
EOS M3
4.2 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha A5100
400 photos
EOS M3
250 photos

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

Alpha A5100
23.8 bits
EOS M3
22.8 bits

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

Alpha A5100
13.0 ev
EOS M3
11.8 ev

Features Key features of the Alpha A5100  vs EOS M3 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha A5100
24.7 MP
EOS M3
24 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Alpha A5100
25,600 ISO
EOS M3
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Alpha A5100
14.8 microns
EOS M3
13.8 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Alpha A5100  vs
EOS M3 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24.7 MP 24 MP
Resolution 5736 x 4304 6000 x 4000
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 14.8 microns 13.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 179 49
Supports continuous Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder No Yes
Type N/A Electronic

form factor

Size 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm 111 x 68 x 44 mm
Thickness 35.7 mm 44 mm
Weight 224 g 366 g
Is weather sealed No No

video

Alpha A5100  vs
EOS M3 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None 3.5mm

display

Type TFT LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps 4.2 fps
Battery life 400 250
Continuous shooting
6 fps
4.2 fps

features

Includes a GPS No No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11n
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