Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A5100 vs 1 J5

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha A5100 vs Nikon 1 J5

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

Alpha A5100
1,347 ISO
Nikon 1 J5
479 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha A5100
6 fps
Nikon 1 J5
60 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha A5100
400 photos
Nikon 1 J5
250 photos

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

Alpha A5100
23.8 bits
Nikon 1 J5
22.1 bits

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

Alpha A5100
13.0 ev
Nikon 1 J5
12.0 ev

Features Key features of the Alpha A5100  vs Nikon 1 J5 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha A5100
24.7 MP
Nikon 1 J5
20.7 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Alpha A5100
25,600 ISO
Nikon 1 J5
12,800 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
Nikon 1 J5
5.6 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Alpha A5100  vs
Nikon 1 J5 
Megapixels 24.7 MP 20.7 MP
Resolution 5736 x 4304 5568 x 3712
Size APS-C Nikon CX
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 2.7x
Pixel size 14.8 microns 5.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 160 ISO to 12,800 ISO

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 179 171
Supports continuous Yes Yes


Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder No No
Type N/A N/A
Coverage N/A N/A
Magnification N/A N/A
Display type N/A N/A
Display resolution N/A N/A


Max continuous shooting 6 fps 60 fps
Battery life 400 250
Continuous shooting
60 fps
6 fps


Alpha A5100  vs
Nikon 1 J5 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes No
Shoots high speed video No Yes
External mic jack None None


Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 1,037 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes


Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm 98 x 60 x 32 mm
Thickness 35.7 mm 32 mm
Weight 224 g 231 g
Is weather sealed No No


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