Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A5100 vs E-PL7

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?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com and dpreview.com

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Sony Alpha A5100 

Camera Rocket recommends the Sony Alpha A5100  based on its image quality and focusing.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha A5100 vs PEN E-PL7

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

Alpha A5100
1,347 ISO
PEN E-PL7
873 ISO

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha A5100
21 ms
PEN E-PL7
65 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha A5100
6 fps
PEN E-PL7
8 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha A5100
400 photos
PEN E-PL7
350 photos

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

Alpha A5100
23.8 bits
PEN E-PL7
22.7 bits

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

Alpha A5100
13.0 ev
PEN E-PL7
12.4 ev

Features Key features of the Alpha A5100  vs PEN E-PL7 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha A5100
24.7 MP
PEN E-PL7
16.1 MP

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
PEN E-PL7
14.0 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Alpha A5100  vs
PEN E-PL7 
Type CMOS LiveMOS
Megapixels 24.7 MP 16.1 MP
Resolution 5736 x 4304 4632 x 3472
Size APS-C Four Thirds
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 2.1x
Pixel size 14.8 microns 14.0 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 200 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO None
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection
Focus points 179 81
Supports continuous Yes Yes

viewfinder

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps 8 fps
Battery life 400 350
Continuous shooting
8 fps
6 fps
Shutter lag 21 ms 65 ms

video

Alpha A5100  vs
PEN E-PL7 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (20 Mbps, AVI, MJPEG)
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type TFT LCD
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

shutter

Min 30 s 60 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm 114.9 x 67 x 38.4 mm
Thickness 35.7 mm 38.4 mm
Weight 224 g 309 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Automatic panorama Yes Yes
Create realistic 3D images No Yes
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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