Sony Alpha a5100 Review

Overall Score

68

Main Features

  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • 6 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 110 x 63 x 36 mm, 283g.
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  • Replaced: Alpha a5000

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Sony Alpha a5100 Overview


First introduced in August, 2014, Sony Alpha a5100 is a 24 MP Mirrorless with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Sony replaced the older Sony a5000 with Alpha a5100. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony a5100 with Sony a5000


Sony a5100 comes with a 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 28.21 mm (1.1").

- Full Frame
- Sony Alpha a5100

Sensor resolution of Sony a5100 ~ 6019 x 3986 pixels.

Sony a5100 has Crop Factor: 1.53

The sensor has a surface area of 366.6 mm².

There are approximate 23,991,734 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Sony a5100


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sony Alpha a5100 with competitors in entry-level mirrorless cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Tilting Screen
AF Face Detection
24MP High Resolution Sensor
922k dots Screen Resolution
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
179 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Remote Control with a Smartphone
NFC Connectivity
Touch Screen
RAW Support
25600 Max Native ISO
6.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
283g Light Body
3 AE Bracketing Range
Focus Bracketing
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Image Stabilization
No Built-in Viewfinder
Low Battery Life: 400 shots
No Articulating Screen
No Environmental Sealing
No External Flash
Type Scores

Sony Alpha a5100 has an Overall Score of 68/100 and ranked #105 out of 214 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #200 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Sony a5100 Scores
Imaging score
61
Features score
62
Value for money score
82
Portability score
93
Overall score
68
Average Scores in Entry-Level Mirrorless
Imaging Score
52
Features Score
61
Value For Money Score
76
Portability Score
91
Overall score
63

Physical Dimensions of Sony a5100


Sony Alpha a5100 weighs 283g and has external dimensions of 110 x 63 x 36mm (4.33 x 2.48 x 1.42"). Considering that the average weight of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras is 323g, Sony a5100 is 40 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category. Sony a5100 is less by 5mm more than the average length in Entry-Level Mirrorless.

Weight Comparison
Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras


Sony a5100
283g
Average weight
323g
Min weight
180g
Max weight
561g

Thickness Comparison
Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras


Sony a5100
36mm
Average Thickness
40mm
Min Thickness
23mm
Max Thickness
85mm

Here is the front and top view image of Sony Alpha a5100 with the dimensions:

Sony Alpha a5100

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight Alpha a5100 Dimensions Alpha a5100
Sony Alpha a6000 Sony A6000 344 g 283 g 120 x 67 x 45 mm 110 x 63 x 36 mm
Sony Alpha a5000 Sony a5000 269 g 283 g 110 x 63 x 36 mm 110 x 63 x 36 mm
Canon EOS M3 Canon M3 366 g 283 g 111 x 68 x 44 mm 110 x 63 x 36 mm
Fujifilm X-A2 Fujifilm X-A2 350 g 283 g 117 x 67 x 40 mm 110 x 63 x 36 mm
Nikon 1 J5 Nikon 1 J5 231 g 283 g 98 x 60 x 32 mm 110 x 63 x 36 mm
Fujifilm X-A3 Fujifilm X-A3 339 g 283 g 117 x 67 x 40 mm 110 x 63 x 36 mm
Canon EOS M10 Canon M10 301 g 283 g 108 x 67 x 35 mm 110 x 63 x 36 mm
Sony Alpha a6300 Sony A6300 404 g 283 g 120 x 67 x 49 mm 110 x 63 x 36 mm

Specifications of Sony Alpha a5100


General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha a5100
Announced August, 2014
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Lens Mount Sony E (NEX)
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1.5
Number of Lenses 116
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Resolution 922k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder None
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.0
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 179
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 6.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 4.00
Flash Modes Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±3 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 366.6 mm²
Sensor Resolution 24 MP
Max Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
Max Native ISO 25600
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 400 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NP-FW50
Physical
Weight 283 g
Physical Dimensions 110 x 63 x 36 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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