Sony a5100: Tiny 24.3 megapixel cam


Sony A5100 digicam

Sony completely replaced the NEX brand with new product models like the a6000 (replaced the NEX-6/7) or the a5100 (follow-up to the NEX-5 series). The newest model is the Sony a5100,  comes with a 24 megapixel APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) CMOS sensor and integrated Wi-Fi.

Sony a5100 in detail

The Sony a5100 shoots at a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000 pixel, the user can choosel between 3:2 and 16:9 image ratio. Inside Sonys new camera there’s working a Bionz X processor which supports sRGB and AdobeRGB color spaces. Pictures can be saved in RAW, besides the common JPEG format.

ISO values range from the basic 100 up to 25600 but it’s questionable how noise free those higher ISO levels operate. The a5100 offers 10 white balance presets, but if that’s not enough for you, you can set your own custom white balance.

About optics and focus

Sony new camera doesn’t have any image stabilization, but that shouldn’t be any big problem. It comes with a few autofocus presets like phase detect, multi-area and face detection, for the more ambitious people there’s also the possibility to focus manually. The a5100 offers 179 focus points.

The basic photography features

The shutter speeds range from 1/4000 to 30 seconds. You can choose from six different exposure modes like iAuto, aperture priority or manual, furthermore there are different scene modes for portrait, macro, landscape or sports action. Talking about sport, according to Sony you can shoot at 6 frames per second.

If you are into filming and stuff, you can shoot in Full-HD (1920 x 1080 – 60p, 60i and 24p), files can be saved as MPEG-4, AVCHD or XAVC S. You can preview your records on a 3 inch TFT LCD screen, a viewfinder is missing on the Sony a5100.

Sonys new camera costs $549 respectively $699 with the 16-50 PZ lens.


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Christian Möhrle

Photographing landscapes since 2009, trying to help out the lovely photography community with tutorials, workshops and more

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