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Sony Alpha A5100 Digital Camera

$379.00
MILC 24.3MP CMOS 8x Mar 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Five industry awards
Easy to use
Good quality pictures
74 Reviews + 5 Awards
reviewed.com Editor's Choice 01net.com 4 Star PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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Reviews

Five Industry Awards

Three expert review sites thought that this Sony camera was good. This high megapixel digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Ephotozine, confirming their endorsement and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from review site Reviewed.com who thought it was brilliant. In addition, the expert at review website Ua.gecid.com concluded that this digital camera was a breeze to use and gave it an "Easy to Use" award.

The writers at two other expert review sites both concluded that this high megapixel digital camera was good. PhotographyBlog.com gave this Sony camera an "Essential" award and 01net.com gave it a "4 Star" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on eighteen expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews this camera has an overall expert rating of 82 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

Based on 37 owner reviews the average owner rating of this high megapixel digital camera is 86 out of 100. 18 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 84% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 23,045 expert and user reviews (including 7,132 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically within its high megapixel cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Features Smile Detection

The Sony Alpha A5100 features smile detection, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this camera was released.


Features

Good Technical Features

Six owners who reviewed it wrote that it had good features. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk said “The Sony A5100 has an odd mix of advanced and beginner-oriented features”. Dragstar1100 mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com three years ago “Does have some amazing features” and gave this digital camera a rating of 8 stars. Two years ago Dale1984 wrote “Brilliant picture quality & features”.


Support

Good Support

Nine owners said that the product had good technical guidance. Expert website Stuff.tv mentioned three years ago “The A5100 lacks the large grip of the A6000 to help you hold it steady, merely having a small textured bump to cli” in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100. Irfan gave it a rating of 8 stars and wrote on Johnlewis.com also three years ago “Purchased 3 weeks ago, NFC is brilliant and help button makes use very easy” in their review of this digital camera. Also three years ago Brucel mentioned on Johnlewis.com “The big "feature" here is that the screen on the back tilts fully upright - this doesn't help with glare (I tried all angles” in their review of this digital camera.


Light Exposure

Supports Nine ISO Sensitivities

The Alpha A5100 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This digital camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200", "6400", "12800" and "25600" are also supported by this camera.

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Camera

Features Histogram

The Alpha A5100 features histogram, as do most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Alpha A5100 has an HDMI. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an HDMI.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony Alpha A5100 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The Alpha A5100 has a touchscreen, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and type which do not have a touchscreen.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sony Alpha A5100 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Nikon D5500 (3.2") which is also higher rated.

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Design

Easy to Use

Nine owners who purchased the Sony Alpha A5100 mentioned that it was easy to use. An anonymous reviewer mentioned in her review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com “I bought this with a lens and that is really handy, performs as expected”. Shoe Guy mentioned two years ago “I am whip this out and produce the stunning quality and that I can do with my DSLR with full manual control” in their review of this digital camera. Falconet rated it 9 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great camera, easy to use, love it”.

Eight owners concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Jemo mentioned in their Sony Alpha A5100 review “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”. Jemo also mentioned “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” in their review. Jemo also wrote “The previous NEX-5T and pretty much ever other Sony camera, even the RX100 has a function menu” in their review.

One owner who purchased it considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Pinkroses gave it a score of 5 stars and said “A very smart camera and it does feel nice to hold” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to handle. Three years ago Ctid666 gave the product a score of 7 stars and mentioned “Excellent build quality, great handling & takes superb pictures, well pleased” in their Sony Alpha A5100 review.

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Good Product Quality

Eighteen people who bought the product concluded that it was good quality. Stuff.tv said “For £550 (and you'll probably find it cheaper than that online very soon) you get superb still and video quality in almost all conditions, as well as cla” and gave the Sony Alpha A5100 a rating of 7 stars. Digitalversus.com said “The Alpha 5100 is a great little camera that's consistent, easy to use and delivers fantastic picture quality for stills”. Terbald said in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100 on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “I will say that this little camera can go anywhere without drawing the slightest bit of attention and it grave me good quality photos and video in low light conditions”.

Robust

Six customers agreed that the Sony Alpha A5100 was well made. Three years ago Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on Ephotozine “Is one of the smallest APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras with a built in flash”. Ephotozine.com also wrote “The Sony Alpha A5100 is one of the more compact mirrorless cameras available with built in flash, particularly considering it has a 24megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor” in their review. Expert website Nasilemaktech.com wrote “The Sony a5100 camera is a solid mirrorless camera”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Jar Jar Hijinks said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “This little guy is a great little travel camera, far more robust than an everyday point”.

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Nice Design

Two people concluded that it was good looking. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk wrote “A stylish camera.” . Brucel wrote on Johnlewis.com three years ago “Also the information given on the screen is in pretty small letters”.

One customer who bought it concluded that it was well designed.


Technical Details

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Self-Timer

The Sony Alpha A5100 has a self-timer. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a self-timer.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Alpha A5100 has a built-in flash. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D5500.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony Alpha A5100 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Sony DSC-HX90 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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6000 X 4000 Still Image Resolution

The Alpha A5100 has a 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it. In addition, this Sony digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 4240 x 2832, 3008 x 2000, 6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 1688, 8192 x 1856, 3872 x 2160 and 12416 x 1856 and 5536 x 2160.

A 6000 x 4000 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution across all digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera.

The worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 640 x 360.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A5100 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. Cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera maximum image resolutions range from 4608 x 3456 pixels to 7360 x 4912 pixels.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Alpha A5100 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

There are a number of other cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available that you might want to consider including the Sony DSC-HX90 which is cheaper; or the Nikon D5500 which has better reviews.

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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 of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Alpha A5100 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Alpha A5100 supports Full HD video. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago also support Full HD video.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Alpha A5100 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Two owners thought the product had a good battery life. Dave mentioned two years ago “I recommend a 2nd battery and/or portable charger” and scored it 7 stars. Dave also wrote “Battery life is adequate.” in his review.


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Good Connectivity

One owner who reviewed it concluded that it was good in terms of connectivity. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The Sony A5100 is the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor, built-in flash and Wi-Fi connectivity”.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two people who reviewed it agreed that it was noisy. Shoe Guy wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Then I had an issue with the lens becoming very noisy when the motor was zooming, I had the camera on a small gorilla pod as a tripod”. Shoe Guy also said “I had not noticed the noise immediately after that to say that did it.” in their review.

One owner who bought the product concluded that it was quiet. Three years ago expert review site Reviewed.com mentioned in their Sony Alpha A5100 review “Sony's camera team has been on a tear in the past year and a half, quietly assembling one of the more enviable top-to-bottom lineups on the market”.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Alpha A5100 features noise reduction, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Features Voice Recording

The Sony Alpha A5100 features voice recording. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Alpha A5100 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Ten owners thought this digital camera was compact. Techradar.com wrote on expert review site Techradar three years ago “The new Alpha 5100 has the same 24.4-million-pixel CMOS sensor and Bionz X processor as the Alpha 6000 above it in the Sony compact system camera line-up”. Expert review site Dxomark.com said in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100 “Sony have launched the a5100 hybrid compact system camera featuring a 24.3Mp APS-C sensor, touch screen LCD” . Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “Sony was the originator of whats become something of a standard design template for compact system c”.

Two customers who purchased it considered that it was lightweight. An anonymous author wrote on Johnlewis.com “It's lightweight and small making it easy to take on holiday or just out”. Geekesse mentioned on Johnlewis.com “Lightweight, easy to use, produces excellent quality pictures - exactly what I was looking for from a camera in this price range” in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100 and gave this digital camera a rating of 7 stars.

One customer who purchased it considered that it was a good body shape. Brucel mentioned “What you notice first about this camera is how small it is - the body is about half the size of my latest DSLR”. One customer who bought it concluded that it was easy to carry around. Dave mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Both are small and easy to carry sample photo - https” and gave it a rating of 8 stars.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 224 grams, the Alpha A5100 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

Twenty-two owners considered that it was able to produce good images. Three years ago expert review site Reviewed.com gave it a rating of 7 stars and mentioned in their Sony Alpha A5100 review “For beginners or those with designs on more advanced photography”. Brucel gave it a rating of 5 stars and said “However, I have been hearing about how "mirrorless" cameras are the future of photography, so was interested to try one that also has interchangeable lenses”. Brucel also mentioned “Over the last few years I have been using DSLRs, going through 3 different Nikon models and feel that this has both improved my pictures and heightened my interest in photography” in their review.

Six owners who purchased the product considered that it had a good picture resolution. Brucel scored it 76.392885888695 out of 100 and wrote “It has the same 24.3 megapixels that you would only expect in the DSLR” in their Sony Alpha A5100 review. Karl Js rated it 6 stars and he mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Resolution and dynamic range goes beyond anything I have experienced with 35mm film”. Two years ago Jofla rated it 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “Our network deliverables always require a mbps rate of at least 35, preferably 50 and above.) Our first tests, shooting short clips, looked amazing”.

Five people agreed that the product had a good image sensor. Photographyblog.com gave the product a rating of 8 stars and mentioned on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The Sony A5100 features a 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, Fast Hyb” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned in their Sony Alpha A5100 review “With its 24-million-pixel APS-C sensor it packs an impressive punch”. Jemo said “It has the same APS-C sensor, processor”.

One owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was good in low light. Jofla gave it a score of 7 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “The APS-C sensor makes the camera terrific in low light” in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100.

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Good Video Capture

Nine people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was good for video recording. Shoe Guy said two years ago “This is what you should be capturing your childhood memories with, great for video and stills” in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100. Cnickvuz wrote on Johnlewis.com “I am particularly pleased with the video quality; the XAVC-S codec just adds that touch extra crispness to the footage”. Two years ago Jar Jar Hijinks mentioned “Video was surprisingly crisp, still nothing I would trust on a professional shoot as a B roll cam.” in their review of the Sony Alpha A5100.

Good Quality Lens

Eight owners agreed that it had a good autofocus. Three years ago expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned “Fast hybrid AF focus” in their review of this digital camera. Dragstar1100 wrote in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com “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” and gave it a score of 6 stars. Brucel said “The autofocus is very good” .

Four people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good lens. An anonymous author wrote on Johnlewis.com “This is my first interchangeable lens camera and a great intro into digital photography” in her review of this digital camera. Dave rated it 9 stars and he said “I think that is the best lens for this camera (for my budget” in his review of this digital camera.

One person concluded that the product had a good image stabiliser.

One owner who reviewed it concluded that it had a good zoom. Jofla wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “We use Shure mini-shotguns with built in recorders or external ZOOM recorders, syncing to in-camera audio with Pluralizer software.)” in their Sony Alpha A5100 review.

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Good Flash

Five customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good flash. Two years ago Dave gave the product a score of 7 stars and he said in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “I prefer natural lighting and almost never use flash, so lack of hot shoe doesn't matter”.


Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 8 times zoom factor, the Alpha A5100 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-HX90 (120x) which is also cheaper.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027242882362, 03662362041106, 04905524986761, 04905524986815, 04905524986822, 04905524986983

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