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Sony Alpha A5100L
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Sony Alpha A5100L Digital Camera

MILC 24.3MP CMOS Aug 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Count Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
- 24.3MP Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor- BIONZ X engine for superb detail and noise reduction- Fast Hybrid AF with 179 phase-detection points- 180 tiltable LCD screen for perfect self-portraits- Wi-Fi... More
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34 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

Digital camera expert review website Chip.de scored this digital camera 78%.

Good Quality Pictures

Some customers who reviewed the Sony Alpha A5100L thought it was able to produce good images. Dp Review said “Takes great photos, in both light”.

Two Sony Alpha A5100L reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A5100L had a good picture resolution. Dp Review mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100L on DP Review “Superb resolution and autofocus speed”. Dp Review also wrote “Only six frames per second continuous shooting”.

One Sony Alpha A5100L reviewer reckoned that the product had a good ISO range. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Strong high ISO performance” in their review of this digital camera.

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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Sony is one of the superior digital camera manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Sony also has good reviews for its MILC cameras.

Good Size

Several people wrote in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A5100L was compact. Dp Review said “Compact with 1650mm lens” in their review of this digital camera. Dp Review also said “Tough with a compact body”. One customer considered that the product was lightweight. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Tiny and lightweight” in their Sony Alpha A5100L review.

One Sony Alpha A5100L reviewer who reviewed it thought it was thin. Dp Review mentioned “Slim design” in their Sony Alpha A5100L review.

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Good Product Quality

A few Sony Alpha A5100L reviewers who purchased it agreed that it was good quality. Dp Review said in their review of this digital camera “Great image quality, fast autofocus speeds, tiltable LCD screen for taking selfies”. Dp Review also said “Good image quality and colour”. Dp Review also mentioned “Great photo and video quality”.

Good Quality Lens

A number of Sony Alpha A5100L reviewers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had a good autofocus. Two years ago Dp Review mentioned “Quick focus and shutter response” in their review. One customer mentioned in their reviews that it had a good lens.

Good Video Capture

A number of Sony Alpha A5100L owners who reviewed it concluded that it was good for video recording. Dp Review wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100L two years ago “Impressive video capture performance” . Dp Review also mentioned “Advanced video filming capabilities”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who bought it considered that it was noisy. Dp Review said on DP Review two years ago “Strong noise reduction” in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100L.

Nice Design

One Sony Alpha A5100L reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product was a good design.

Good Flash

One Sony Alpha A5100L reviewer who purchased this digital camera said that it had a good flash.

Robust

One Sony Alpha A5100L owner thought the product was strong and durable.

Easy to Use

One Sony Alpha A5100L reviewer who purchased the product said that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Dp Review wrote on DP Review “Comfortable to hold” in their Sony Alpha A5100L review.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony Alpha A5100L owner wrote in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A5100L had a good screen. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review two years ago “180 tilt display” in their review.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

Unlike most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha A5100L which do not support WiFi connectivity, the Sony Alpha A5100L supports WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available which you might want to consider including the Samsung NX2000, the Fujifilm X-E2 ($674.60), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 ($546.95) which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

The Alpha A5100L has a fairly high megapixel count (24.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. The lowest megapixel count of similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A5100L is 2.3MP, the highest is 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 17MP.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 24.3MP digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A6000 ($63.89).

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony Alpha A5100L has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Nikon 1 AW1 ($199.95), the Olympus Pen E-PL5 ($61.99), and the Fujifilm X-E2 ($674.60) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Alpha A5100L supports Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to look at including the Samsung NX2000, the Nikon 1 AW1 ($199.95), or the Olympus Pen E-PL5 ($61.99) which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this MILC digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Pentax Q10 ($249.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper), or the Fujifilm X-E1 ($999.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper) or the Olympus Pen E-PL5 ($61.99) (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the Pentax Q10 ($249.99), or the Fujifilm X-E1 ($999.99) which is cheaper; or the Nikon 1 S1 ($235.12) which has better reviews.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Alpha A5100L has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this Sony camera.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Alpha A5100L has a greater number of supported image formats than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Alpha A5100L. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Sony camera.

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Very Small Maximum Aperture

When compared to other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Alpha A5100L that we have assessed, the Sony Alpha A5100L's maximum aperture of 36 is one of the smallest. The biggest maximum aperture of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1 and the smallest is 36.

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12416 X 1856 Still Image Resolution

The Alpha A5100L has a 12416 x 1856 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. In addition, this camera have still image resolutions of 6000 x 4000, 4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000, 6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 1688, 8192 x 1856 and 3872 x 2160 and 5536 x 2160.

A 12416 x 1856 still image resolution is actually the best still image resolution across all cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

A 1024 x 768 still image resolution is the worst still image resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Quite Many Total Megapixel Count

Digital cameras of this type and age have total megapixel counts of between 12MP and 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 18MP. The Alpha A5100L has one of the more total megapixel counts (24.7 megapixels) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Features Five Flash Modes

The Alpha A5100L has a greater number of flash modes than most MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Sony camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A5100L. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Has Eight White Balance Modes

The Alpha A5100L has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Sony digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on digital cameras of this age and spec. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this digital camera.

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179 Auto Focus Points

179 auto focus points

The Alpha A5100L is a 179 auto focus point camera. Most of the other MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A5100L have between 11 and 246 auto focus points.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Alpha A5100L is more than most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Sony camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A5100L. The photo effect "Black&White" is also found on this digital camera.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Alpha A5100L has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

A 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best image resolution amongst all MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A5100L.

A 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution is the worst image resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. 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.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Alpha A5100L has a greater number of light exposure modes than most MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Supports Nine ISO Speeds

The Sony Alpha A5100L has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Sony camera supports a 200 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The ISO speeds "100", "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800" and "25600" are also supported by this camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The Alpha A5100L has a fairly short minimum focal length (only 24 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Alpha A5100L. The minimum focal lengths of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A5100L range from 10mm to 80mm.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Sony Alpha A5100L does not support video recording.

We compared all the other cameras which also support video recording to this digital camera and we think the Olympus Pen E-PL5 ($61.99), the Nikon 1 S1 ($235.12), or the Sony NEX-5 ($610.99) which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Alpha A5100L is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha A5100L are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Samsung NX2000, the Olympus Pen E-PL5 ($61.99), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 ($546.95).

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Sony Alpha A5100L does not have a GPS.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS to this camera and we think the Nikon 1 AW1 ($199.95), or the Samsung NX300 ($657.68) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the Sony Alpha A5100L is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony Alpha A5100L does not have an image stabiliser, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of only 75 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A5100L has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths amongst MILC cameras of this age. The average maximum focal length of cameras of a similar spec and age to the Alpha A5100L is 110mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 27mm to 870mm.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Sony Alpha A5100L is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Sony camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A5100L. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0", "MPF" and "RAW" are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A5100L

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Sony released the Alpha A5100L.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Alpha A5100L has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha A5100L.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen cameras currently available including the Olympus Pen E-PL5 ($61.99), or the Nikon 1 S1 ($235.12) which has better reviews; or the Pentax Q10 ($249.99) which is cheaper.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 8 times zoom factor, the Alpha A5100L has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha A5100L.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 224 grams, the Alpha A5100L has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A5100L.

Other cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Nikon 1 J2 (237g and cheaper); or the Sony NEX-5 ($610.99) (218g and higher rated), or the Samsung NX2000 (228g and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
Other Features
Aspect Ratio
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(2)
27 November 2014

One of the most significant developments in digital photography has been the introduction of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras...

Fast autofocus
5.9fps burst shooting with tracking focus
Strong high ISO performance
Tilting touch-screen display
In-body flash
No EVF or EVF add-on capability
Display only tilts up and forward
Lacks microphone input
Some apps must be purchased
Requires in-camera battery charging
18 January 2016

Die Sony a5100 (Alpha 5100) gefällt im Test als schicke und kommunikative DSLM für Einsteiger, die von ihrer Kompaktkamera auf eine DSLM umsteigen möchten. Dank Zoomwippe fällt die...

Small yet sensible size, good picture quality overall, pointandshoot simplicity
180degree tiltangle screen for selfies
Kompaktowe (jak na bezlusterkowca) wymiary i waga, odchylany ekran, dua (pod wzgldem wymiarw) matryca APSC, mechanizm autofokusa oparty na fazie, dobra jako zdj do IS 1600, czno WiFi
Dobra jako zdj w szerokim zakresie czuoci, niski poziom szumw na zdjciach JPEG, dobry zakres i dynamika tonalna, wysoka zdolno rozdzielcza, mae, kompaktowe rozmiary, obecno kilku programowalnych przyc
Zoomwippe
Excess menu digging, no mode dials or standard function buttons, lowlight autofocus can't be pinpointed, distortion and excessive JPEG processing qualms
Kiepskie polskie tumaczenie menu, lepiej unika obiektywu kitowego, ograniczone dziaanie ekranu dotykowego, brak wizjera
Brak wbudowanego wizjera, brak stabilizacji matrycy, szumy na zdjciach RAW nieco wysze ni u konkurencji, mora widoczna w specyficznych sytuacjach na zdjciach i filmach, niewielka liczba przyciskw na k
Serienbildgeschwindigkeit
Autofokus bei Schwachlicht

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 4 June 2015 by Acoda

This camera is better than I imagined. It is the first camera I have owned that has interchangeable lenses. Its very small and light but just a little too big to stick in your pocket. The battery... Read more…

Easy to Use
Fast Shutter Speed
Good Battery Life
Large Clear LCD
Small Compact
Complicated Controls
No Viewfinder
Poor in Low Light
Short Battery Life
Cant See On Lcd If Sunny

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers tablet a5100, tablet a5100l
Barcodes 04905524986808

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