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Sony Alpha A5100

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A multi award winning and good value for money 24.3 megapixel digital camera
MILC 24.3MP CMOS Black Aug 2014
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Sony Alpha A5100 Review

With excellent reviews and representing very good value for money, we have ranked the Sony Alpha A5100 number 193 across all digital cameras.
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Why Has it Scored 61?

It has very good expert reviews and great user reviews with 84% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report good picture quality, excellent product quality and it is easy to use.
This Sony digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
6000 x 4000 pixels image resolution
Quite high megapixel
Quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)
Quite low magnification

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared the Alpha A5100 with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for portrait photography, ranking number 9999999 in portrait photography cameras. It is also very good for everyday photography, ranking number 9999999 in everyday photography cameras, but good for landscape photography, ranking number 9999999 in landscape photography cameras.
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Sony Alpha A5100 Video Reviews


How Big is the Sony Alpha A5100?

The Sony Alpha A5100 is 109.6mm wide and 62.8mm tall. It is 35.7mm deep and weighs 224g.

Sony Alpha A5100 front dimensions

Sony Alpha A5100 size in context

Sony Alpha A5100 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Five Industry Awards

The experts at three expert review sites all liked this camera. The author at review website Ua.gecid.com concluded that this Sony camera was straightforward to use and gave it an "Easy to Use" award and review site Reviewed.com gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and concluded it was fantastic. This camera also received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Ephotozine.

The experts at two additional expert review sites both thought that this Sony digital camera was very good. This camera received an "Essential" award from PhotographyBlog.com and it received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

Good Expert Reviews

18 experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews have rated this camera on average 82 out of 100.

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User Reviews Are Good

The average user rating of this digital camera is 86% based on 37 user reviews. Over 83% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 84% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report Good Picture Quality

12 customers mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images and two people wrote in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution.

Customers Report Excellent Product Quality

Nine customers who bought this digital camera concluded that it was good quality.

Sony Cameras Have Very Good Reviews

Based on 29,814 user and expert reviews (including 10,342 verified purchases), Sony has very good ratings for its digital cameras. Sony also has very good ratings specifically within its cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

Four customers who purchased it wrote that it was easy to use and three customers reckoned that the Sony Alpha A5100 was easy to use the menus.

  • The Alpha 5100 is a great little camera that's consistent, easy to use and delivers fantastic picture quality for stills…
  • The menu system is not particularly intuitive…
  • A very smart camera and it does feel nice to hold…
  • Excellent build quality, great handling & takes superb pictures, well pleased…
    Ctid666 (Johnlewis.com) - September 2014
  • Several of the buttons are programmable including the "?" button yet there is no ability to make it pull up the function menu for quick access to your most used setting…
  • Without this function menu feature you are forced to menu dive to make changes to many of your favorite settings which is a huge chore…
  • Great camera, easy to use, love it…
  • So far we are impressed with the quality of photos we have taken, along with the ease of use of the camera for a beginner who hasn't really read the manual yet or figured out the fancy stuff yet…
    FF (Bhphotovideo.com) - September 2015
  • Hello! The menu is indeed a freaking nightmare, frustrating…
  • Love this camera, light weight easy to use takes great pictures!

Users Report Good Video Capture

Four people mentioned in their reviews that it was good for video recording.

Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Three owners concluded that this digital camera was good value for money.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

Two customers who bought it reckoned that it had a good autofocus.

  • Had this for about a week now been testing it out only at work seems good super fast auto focus is great so is shooting speed…
  • Touching the screen zooms in on that portion for fine focus adjustments in manual focus assist mode…

Customers Report it is a Good Size

Three owners wrote in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A5100 was compact.

Customers Report Good Technical Features

Three customers who bought it considered that it had good features.

Customers Report Nice Design

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking.


Value For Money

Average Priced

The cheapeast digital cameras that we found costs $29 and the most expensive costs $6,895. We think that this camera has an average price.

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Cheaper in the United States Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Sony Alpha A5100 and the United States price of $339.28 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United Kingdom where the price is £389.99 ($389.99).

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Features

6000 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a higher image resolution than most cameras. This camera has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras the best image resolution is 7680 x 5120 pixels and the worst is 2592 x 1944 pixels.

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Quite High Megapixel

The Alpha A5100 has one of the higher megapixels (24.3 megapixels) amongst cameras of this age. The megapixels of digital cameras range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixel is 16MP.

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Average Weight

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a pretty standard weight (224 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Alpha A5100 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Fairly Large Maximum Aperture Number

Digital cameras have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 130. The Alpha A5100 has a quite large maximum aperture number (36) compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of cameras is 600,000 pixels. At 921,600 pixels, the Alpha A5100 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Features Smile Detection

The Alpha A5100 features smile detection. Most of the other cameras also feature smile detection.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Sony Alpha A5100 features noise reduction, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Alpha A5100 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other cameras also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other digital cameras also have a tripod mountable.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The Alpha A5100 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras. This Sony camera has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Sony digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 12416 x 1856, 6000 x 3376, 8192 x 1856, 4240 x 2832, 5536 x 2160, 4240 x 2400, 3872 x 2160 and 3008 x 2000 and 3008 x 1688. Across all cameras the best still image resolution is 6016 x 4000 and the worst is S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Alpha A5100 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. In addition, this digital camera support a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels and 640 x 480 pixels. 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. Across all cameras the video resolution ranges from 320 x 120 pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best).

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Has a Self-Timer

The Alpha A5100 has a self-timer, as do most of the other cameras.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras range from 2.3mm to 2,000mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 300mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 75 millimeters, the Alpha A5100 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a touchscreen, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras do not have a touchscreen.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Alpha A5100 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras also support Wi-Fi.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Alpha A5100 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other cameras.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Alpha A5100 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 8 times zoom factor, the Sony Alpha A5100 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras. Across all the cameras the digital zooms range from 0.72x to 810x.

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400 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Alpha A5100 which takes 400 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Alpha A5100 supports video capability. Most of the other cameras also support video capability.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Alpha A5100 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras also support Full HD video.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony Alpha A5100 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other cameras.

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Quite Low Magnification

The magnification of the Alpha A5100 of only 0.215 times zoom factor is one of the lowest amongst cameras. The lowest magnification of cameras is 0.15x and the highest is 100x.

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was August 2014 when Sony released the Alpha A5100.


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