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Sony a5100 specifications

MSRP$549 (body only), $699 (with 16-50 PZ lens)
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialComposite
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2832, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 2000, 3008 x 1688
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorBionz X
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
ISOAuto, 100-25600
White balance presets10
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsExtra fine, fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (DCF v2.0, EXIF v2.3)
  • RAW (Sony ARW 2.3)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2X (Clear Image Zoom), 4X (digital zoom))
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points179
Lens mountSony E (NEX)
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots921,600
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • iAuto
  • Superior Auto
  • Programmed AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Sports Action
  • Macro
  • Landscape
  • Sunset
  • Night Scene
  • High-held Twilight
  • Night Portrait
  • Anti Motion Blur
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashNo
Flash modesFlash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction
Continuous drive6.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, continuous (3-5 shot))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames, high/low settings)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (120p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Videography notesSupports XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4
Storage typesSD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (wired or PC)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA)400
Weight (inc. batteries)283 g (0.62 lb / 9.98 oz)
Dimensions110 x 63 x 36 mm (4.33 x 2.48 x 1.42)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (via optional app)
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Total comments: 583

I consider myself to be an amateur photographer with a few bucks in my pocket. I buy a significant amount of cameras and I take a lot of pictures AND I compare a lot of cameras with very simple procedure i.e. take picture of a tree trunk from 50 feet away and then pixel peep.

Recently I compared photos taken with my Nikon D750 with 50mm f1.4, the a5100 with the kit lens and my Fuji XT1 with the venerable 35mm f1.4. The a5100 was set to 35mm (50mm equivalent). All cameras were set to vibrant color and A/f5.6.

Well, the a 5100 blew the Nikon and the XT1 away in terms of color depth and sharpness!! I could not believe my eyes! I was sure that I had mixed up the Nikon for the Sony; but not. When pixel peeping, the a5100 showed incredible sharpness and variations of color in the shadows, whereas the others went to grey and black. The a5100 takes amazing photos and blows away both the D750 and the XT1 up to ISO 1600.

As a result, I went out and bought the a6000 with Sigma art 30mm f2.8.

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Petris Bill

I kept this camera for 2 days and returned it back to the shop. It clearly aims at compact camera users and it is an expensive point&shoot thing. It is so automated and lacks a Fn button, that has no fun to shoot with it. Changing w/b, iso, exposure is much harder than my favorite compact Cybershot HX20. Manual focus is a pain, since kit lens has a very soft ring, always turning by accident and the LCD is invisible in outdoor daylight. Kit lens (16-50) also has annoying barrel distortion when coming up to 16'. The steady-shot feature seems that doesn't work right in this lens. Pictures are often going blur when shooting far objects and keeping camera with hands. I have never had a problem at shooting distant photos with the HX20, even at long zoom. On the other side, when shooting close portraits somewhere in between 35-50', it takes amazing clear noiseless alive colorful fotos, that even many DLSR can't do. But in the end of the day, a5100 has no fun for everyday use. I prefer HX20.

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The comment at the end that the movie button is hard to press is a load of rubbish. I have this camera and the movie button is very easy to press. Reviewers should be careful not to talk rubbish.


For around $550 you can get an open box A6000 with the 16-50 lens on Ebay. I prefer the included EVF so I went that route and all works fine - no missing items & in original box. For the money, it beats the 5100.


WARNING: Unlike any other NEX / Alpha mirrorless camera, the A5100 (and A5000) dont have a quick "function menu" option that can be assigned to the customizable buttons.

This is a MAJOR drawback on this camera since it has so few customizable button. As a previous NEX-3N, I found this feature extremely useful, the 3N and A5100 both have the same amount of customizable button and the quick function menu made it possible to operate the 3N in a very efficient way.

I learned the hard way, I never though that Sony would dare to remove such useful feature on the A5100, I am extremely disappointed.

I've created a petition on Sony's community site to ask Sony to add this feature back in the A5100 as without it the camera is severely crippled. It's a slap in the face to any previous sony customer who thought this would be a worthy upgrade.

Please vote and share :


True. It's not a point-and-shoot consumer camera, and with such an overwhelming feature set, we still don't want to dive too deeply into the menus.
Unfortunately I was not able to register at the Sony site, just got a cryptic error code whatever I tried, so I could not vote like probably many others too.
BTW, I have set the "?" button on my a5100 to switch between RAW+JPG and JPG-only, and if you pre-set the HDR mode, you can switch between Fine (=HDR) and JPG+RAW modes by just hitting the "?" which is fantastic IMHO. Always missed that on my NEX5, where I had to deep-dive into the menu every time just for that purpose.

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Since I won’t buy a camera without GPS, a review that gives five stars for a camera without it lacks credibility. Using multiple devices to get that functionality is not a solution, especially when those other devices don’t work worldwide.

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You want GPS and thus it isn't a 5-star camera for YOU, for the reviewer and other people it maybe.

As for GPS specifically, not everyone wants/needs one as they may feel it is an extra cost (this is a low-cost camera afterall, the aim to minimise the price), a battery drainer, may slow the camera's weak processor further down, increase body size for an antenna and the GPS chipset, etc etc.

I am not keen with Sony's a-series and I wouldn't mind a GPS with an On/Off switch in my camera, but still it will be a far stretch for me to claim "the reviewer lacks credibility as this camera doesn't have feature I want.

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I just purchased a new a5100 kit and i was so excited to use the RAW mode capabilities on Aperture. However, i was disappointed to discover that my .arw file format was not recognized by aperture. So, I went on a wild goose chase trying to figure this out and realized that Apple has recognized .arw files for a5000 and a6000 but not a5100. so I am wondering how could the .arw file be any different shot on a a5100 than the others. This could be a major factor in keeping or returning the camera for me. Am I missing something here? How long before Apple recognizes a5100 and add to that list? Does anyone have a similar experience and found a solution?
Thank you


Be patient. All new cameras suffer from a period of weeks or even months while RAW compatibility is added. Just shoot RAW+JPG for a while.


Does apple support the DNG format? The arw format can be converted to DNG and used as a raw file.

And yes, this happens to every new released camera, regardless of brand or editing software.


My Aperture 3.5 running Maverick OS will not recognize the raw files from the Sony a5100. It appears that the latest update (in November) to RAW support was only for Aperture 3.6, which only works with new OS, Yosemite. However, that update did not include the Sony a5100. It did include the Panasonic LX100 and a couple of other new cameras (which means those owning these cameras will have to update to Yosemite to get Aperture 3.6). Perhaps, Apple will at some point provide the RAW support for Sony a5100, who knows. Apple is supporting Aperture for only one more year, so I am moving to Lightroom 5.7, which DOES support a5100 RAW files using Maverick OS and some earlier versions of the Mac OS. One feature of the new Lightroom is that it corrects all the image distortions for the a5100 kit lens. It has a profile for the camera and lens, so you only have to enable the profile to fix distortions. Aperture never did this. So that is my solution to the problem. Apple has let us down.

Johnny Braggo

Note for message below - I will be listing my real time views & thoughts after a week with my new 7D MKII next week sometime!Ill do it on the 7D MKII preview comments.

Johnny Braggo

I as a Canon buyer & fan am somewhat Jealous of Sony Customers and Fans.Sony seem to treat their customers better by not being afraid to splash their new technology amongst their lower levels cameras.I already migrated to Canon from Nikon due to dust issues in lenses-which they refused to resolve.The Canon lenses are great! (Dust free as well!) However i still feel like the 7D MKII is out of date in some areas.Wifi,24 or even 30mp sensor,no real improvement over dual hybrid AF on 70D.DXO rate the sensor as good as some cameras from 5 years Ago! The 7D MKII does not have an articulating screen which I'm extremely glad over,they get in the way of quickly grabbing cameras in & out of bags etc so Canon done right there!I love my 5D MKIII,I have a 7D MKII on the way.I can Honstly see me running 2 systems in the future.Keeping the L series Teles with the 7D MKII,and selling the 5D MKIII & Mid range L Zooms & Primes and running a Sony 7R od Similar for the improved sensor detail.


Can a5100 acquire GPS position from smartphone?

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Charlie Jin

Even the p&s rx100 has a mode dial on top. What is so wrong with this APC sensor camera? Does it want to be a cell phone camera replacement? Or is there a quick (or quicker) way to access the mode dial in a5100 ?

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I am highly interested in the A6000 and disappointed the LED screen is not touch-capable. i have a EOS 70D and the touch-screen makes everything so much easier and faster. maybe i'll be waiting...... longer

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Coach Lamp

I'm debating between the a5100 and the Panasonic Lumix GM1. Thoughts? I want something lighter and more portable (so I can just toss it in my bag and go) than my DSLR. Much comes down to the m4/3 vs APS-C debate, but any other thoughts to share? These two models seem to be the most comparable in terms of features/price.


When will DPReview do a full review of the a5100? I am withholding my purchase until I see your full review. Your reviews are usually right-on. I note that the camera has recently dropped in price by $100, so it is looking like a really good buy if it pans out in the full review.

Thanks for all your good work!

Richard Butler

Our review schedule is full-up from now until at least November 27th (Thanksgiving), which means we won't be able to review the a5100 in the immediate future.

However, given how much it shares with the a6000, you should be able to draw reasonable conclusions about it. It depends how much control you like to take over the camera's settings. The a6000 has more direct controls but the a5100 has a touchscreen for a faster, more point-and-shoot-like experience.


Very competitive opinion on A5100 can be found here:

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Miki Nemeth

The new video codec on a speed-boostable APS-C itself deserves the money with 720/120p. Focus peaking works brilliantly. If only an optional tilting EVF would be available, either the FDA-EV1S or the FDAEV1MK would have been excellent. The A5100 can be a great B camera next to an A7S as an A camera.


This is a perfect camera for what I am looking for right now. A selfie camera that will allow me to take photos of myself while travelling without having to ask someone. So my photo requirements are not much - just travel photography and some self portraits. What are the features that this camera has that I consider key for me?

1. Smooth 1-action 180 degree tilt screen with good viewing angle - some people may say that the EPL7 has a better concept with the tilt down screen. But, that screen has a awkward 2 action mechanism to get to 180 degrees and I dislike that. Also, the A5100 LCD screen is a big improvement over the previous A5000 which had an LCD with very limited viewing angle

2. On-board flash - This is very important to fill in shadows. I hate having to plug in a modular flash which the NEX5T had.

3. Largish sensor - APSC or at least 4/3 sensor

Believe it or not, there is no other camera right now that fits the above 3 criteria. So I will be getting the A5100 soon.


With the tilt down screen you won't be able to set the camera on anything while taking selfies. That's a bigger drawback than the hinge mechanism.

pew pew

@darngoodddesign thats bs

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With the screen tilted down, how would you rest the camera on say a table and take a photo? You could always not tilt the screen down but that eliminates the point of using the screen for composition.

A screen that tilts up 180° is much better in this regard.

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Another crap from sony - 200nit 16:9 LCD and the same old PZ16-50, that doesn't even cover the lens left alone it's sharpness. Nothing has changed in last couple of years...
Sure, works as 250$ camera like Nex 3N was last year, together with the lens, but going past 500$ just gives you many more choices.
Of course, there are always going to be some poor soul who is going to mount PZ 16-50 at Nex7 (or whatever is the high end Sony Nex these days).

David Smith - Photographer

If only Sony had a wide range of good and compact lenses. But they haven't. Since the introduction of the Micro Four Thirds system, I think the APSC sensor became kind of useless (the 'magic' Fuji X-Trans included). Image quality of all these systems is about the same. MFT lenses are smaller and lighter and you can choose from so many excellent prime and zoom lenses.

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do you know if you can control an external flash with a few accessory from the USB port?

Miki Nemeth

The touch to magnify in video mode with MF works brilliantly. Focus peaking is fast and accurate even in magnified view. Of course, the video is recorded in normal view even when the screen is in magnified view.
I was surprised that menu selection does not work with touching.
I am not a fan of AF-C neither in still nor in video mode. AF-S works fine in still modes, but I did not find a kind of touch-operated AF-S in video mode. After experimenting with the A5100, I tried RX100m3, what a great camera, if only it had touch screen. Then I took an A77II in my hands, terrbly bulky but its screen is absolutely gorgeous, if only the A5100 had such quality of screen. I hope Sony soon makes an A7 model with touch screen at least as useful as 5100 but of the high quality as A77II.

Miki Nemeth

What does "While the 25-point contrast detect part of the system remains the same as on the NEX-5T" mean? Is the screen divided into 25 areas? What is the difference between a contrast and a phase detect point?
Thank You, Miki


Hands down the best bang for the buck.

David Smith - Photographer

I don't think so. Micro Four Thirds seems to have won that race a long time ago. This a5100 is a crippled consumer toy.


wow race won…everyone else pack up and go home? I like some Micro Four Thirds cameras very much and nearly bought one recently…but I could not justify the price point. Bought an A6000 instead. In my small world the Sony won that race by a fair margin. You of course seem to be speaking for everyone. Between the A5100 and A6000 I think the A6000 is much better value.


@Mr Smith: I don't know what kind of 'theoretical photographer' are you but I look at the samples I get on em1 and on this thing and I find all the answers I need are there...

Miki Nemeth

If only the A5100 had an interface shoe to support the excellently brilliant tilting FDA-EV1S Electronic Viewfinder or the even better FDA-EV1MK. Sony just missed (again) a possibility/opportunity, silly omission. I, just like many enthusiast videographer, love tilting EVFs as well as tilting touch screens for manual focusing (focus peaking during video) our lovely mechanical lenses.


I believe that's what the a6000, which is $50 more, is for.

Miki Nemeth

If only A6000 had touch screen and the recent video codec, then definitely it would be the killer enthusiast APS-C cine-grapher camera. If only A7S had a touch screen, then it would be the best enthusiast/(semi)professional hybrid FF camera. Since I worked with touch-to-magnify on m43 cameras, I want this function on my next camera, and only A5100 has this feature today of the APS-C/FF cameras. Canon 70D has some kind of touch-to-magnify, but the 70D has no focus peaking, the 70D is bulky and its video codec and sensor is far behind the Sony. The Panasonic m43 cameras have the best UI best camera-phone WiFi and excellent features, but it's a huge disadvantage of the tiny sensor vs APS-C/FF. Panasonic made a huge mistake to imprison itself into the m43 size.

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Miki Nemeth

All cameras with touch screen has touch-to-autofocus. Canon 70D has touch-to-autofocus, too. Still, I prefer manual focusing vs AF, hence touch-to-magnify is more important to me than touch-to-autofocus (see ). In a number of situations (fast action/sports, BiF photography, for example) there is no time for magnification, and (accurate) unmagnified focus-peaking is the only way, of course, and A6000 with EVF is perfectly fine for that. It's a shame that the A6000 is not tilting, though, unlike GX7, and the external EVFs for PEN E-P5, NEX5, RX1.


The a6000 looks to be about $300 more actually.


Even the Canon T5i can focus and shoot via the LCD touchscreen...worked well, was fun to play with it in best buy. Too expensive though, and I'd have to replace some of my lenses with STM to get full benefits - makes it tempting to jump ship to m43.


How does the a5100 compare to the rx100m3?


Strange comparison s they are different cameras, but in the most general terms the a5100 wins for image quality and the RX100 wins for portability.

Jay Apocalypse

good review. I think I want one :)


DxO has reviewed the sensor for the Sony a5100. Overall very favorable. The review is at

Hopefully we will soon see the full review of this camera on DP Review. I am especially interested in seeing how the image quality compares to other cameras with the kit lens. I need a small camera for street photography, and this looks like a relatively inexpensive camera that is small and has a large sensor with high MP. I have held off buying the Sony rx100 ii or iii (though the Canon G7 X may top these, but I do not want to wait for reviews of the Canon.) If the a5100 has good reviews, then it will be the one I will get. It is the same price as the Canon G7 X but has bigger sensor. Not sure how the lens will compare, which is what I need to know. I hope that the DP Review full review will also do a critical comparison of lenses.


This one sounds really nice, need to try it...

The best camera is thie one which you take out with you and not the super-slr which sits on the shelf at home.

So, a very high-quality camera ideally at the size of a rs-100. I own the rs-100, but the picture and video quality is not my cup of tea. Sub-Level. maybe the mk3 is better, but not sure.

So, a very small camera with a much bigger sensor like the a5100 is very welcome to me ! My a7r does not fit really into a pocket...

Alex K 2k

Why did they drop this NEX name for the line? It was so convenient - you can search on NEX keyword on any online store or site and get the list of relevant items.


Sony fukked me up again!!! My A6000 costs 750 Eur WITHOUT havc-s codec...
Ok, i have a hot shoe for mic! Bicches...


My A6000 has an EVF... ( doesn't yours? ). IMHO for only US$100.00 more, the A6000 is a better deal!


Evf is ok feature, but where is havc codec???? And touchscreen for focus point, like Pana GH?


Sony is never going to make it right so you all will keep on buying ... unfortunately.


Just got my a5100 and an Atomos Ninja2 is on the way. I'm curious is anyone knows the equivalent Mb/s bitrate for clean HDMI output. I've been searching around but haven't been able to find anything. Given that is is 8-bit, I can't imagine that the 4:2:2 prores is going to be anywhere near, say, the BMPCC's prores internal recording.


About 800 Mbps for 25 fps. The 50mbps internal codec should be very good and similar to Prores in most situations.

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I should warn you that tests and videos on youtube of people discussing the Atmos Ninja say that it does not improve video quality. They say the advantage is if you do a lot of post-processing with only certain chroma key technology. Also the atoms ninja does not support 1080p60, which is a disappointment. Check youtube for what videos say.


wait a second! No IR Remote? I'm deeply disappointed, IR was the only (quickly applicable) way to activate shutter in HDR bracketing modes...Don't tell me using smartphones for shutter release, it's a very slow and extremely uncomfortable!
I just can't believe they removed IR!...a definite NO BUY unless they dont add timer control in any shooting modes into camera...

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Well... While it seems like a sad omission, I have to tell you that my real-life experience (YMMW, of course!) is that IR is extremely unreliable and/or limited in many environments, except studio work, where it functions properly.

Ever tried to make that IR-triggered shot in a bright sunlight at 30ft away from the camera? It failed me so many times in various situations (and I have the original Sony IR remote, no cheapo Liao Bao things!), that I moved completely to Smartphone control. Takes you a lot more time to set up, but greater range, much better reliablility, live view and remote control over exposure parameters is to me worth it.

EDIT: A much worse omission in my view (compared to a6000) is the loss of wireless flash control functionality of the built-in flash. Something I miss SO BADLY on my NEX-6, and this feature alone buzzes my head constantly with the thought of switching to a6000...

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hell i like it! ... excellent AF, great sensor and very sensitive touch screen and touch and shoot feature, great HDR bracketing modes with timer....combine this with SEL35F1.8, you'll get an extreme street shooter!..

Charlie boots

Sony has excellent engineers and excels in miniaturization and it will be really interesting to see what they eventually make of the camera business. People who buy high end cameras and lenses have a substantial investment in hardware and want to see some permanence and long term lens compatibility. If Sony is able to provide this and give their customers the feeling of long term security about their investment they should be very succssful as they have already significantly shaken up the camera industry with their offerings, especially with the A7r and A7s. I can't wait for this to settle down as I will then seriously consider changing my heavy nikon FX gear for Sony.

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Tactical Falcon

Hey Smoothglass get a focus here, it is my opinion, and does not make it more or less valid than anyone else, so adjust your f stop accordingly when calling someone a troll.


I agree with some of the statements below. I also feel that Sony are on a tear to beat everyone to market and there is nothing wrong with that but they also charge a high premium. So as a Buyer you need to ask if you are will to pay or wait just a bit and make some speculation as to what's next and not just from Sony. I'm purposely waiting for the Nikon and Canon to reveal they next gen of high end POS because I feel the RX100 lll is overpriced. My opinion.


If you are interested shooting videos with the new Sony A5100, I hope you will take a moment watching my video sample and read my review here:




Beautiful result. It was quite a rig you were using there. What would be the reason not to use a dedicated video camera instead of this monster? I am asking this for a reason...
Your review is well worth reading. Thank you. Keep up your excellent work, please.
Respect. martti-s

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Sony treat us like idiots again. Having bought the A7s and A6000 I now find only a very few months after the brand new A6000 , the same processor and sensor but given the professional 50mb video codec !

This is like buying a new Porsche model and finding three months later a slightly difference version comes out with twice the horse power. Nothing wrong with that until you find out is cost 30% less !. You could say this is just progress but its not. The A6000 and A5100 have the same components required for the 50mb video codec so it's just a matter of firmware and marketing.

A camera claimed to be aimed at the less serious user gets the professional codec and the more serious user gets the out of date AVCHD codec.

.. And you also have to question a company that claims the A7s is great for video and gives you no option but to use a button the size of most camera's reset button to stop and start recording! Oh and just to make things worse they disable the big button in video!

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I agree, when someone in Sony thinks up a good idea another team of fools seems to think up a way to mess it up so they don't give you too much that you won't buy the next model.

Sounds like a good idea for making money but Sony are not making money - as you say they used to have the principle they wanted to be the best in each market they were in but sadly they are too concerned with tricks and forget the internet exposes those tricks faster than they can come up with them hence the anger here and falling profits.

So maybe Sony could try thinking about the customer and stop thinking about marketing. Great products don't require much marketing - everybody bought a Sony Trinitron TV because it was better technology Sony should stop hacking off the customers it still has before its too late.

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Are you new to electronics or something? This stuff happens all the time, or do you think that last year's $600 smartphone is automatically going to be better than this year's $500 smartphone just because the old $600 cost more? Time marches on.

And to the other guy, Sony is never going to leave imaging; they have declared it a pillar of the company because they are THE biggest imaging sensor provider worldwide, and after the KonicaMinolta buyout have parlayed that into a natural outlet for all those sensors. Sony E-mount is highest market share among all mirrorless in the USA and either 1. or 2. worldwide. Sony also uses the E for their high-end video where they've been entrenched for decades.

If you're trying to guess which mounts die off first, you'd do better guessing Pentax Q, Fuji X, and others whose cameras have suffered losses for years, before worrying about Sony whose imaging division is profitable.


What are you talking about? For $100 more, the A6000 is still the better deal. Only if you need the Codec, A5100 makes sense. However, without any dials, dedicated buttons & EVF, its not for professionals. If you are a professional, just tighten your belt & pony up the cash for A7s.


If you have any citations feel free to post them. The problem is that you don't and are spreading lies. Sony's execs in trimming divisions specifically ID'd imaging as one of their core divisions.

"Hirai also outlined key initiatives for Sony's three core electronics businesses - the game and network services, mobile and imaging businesses" (quote from 2014)

Sony has been in the high-end video business for a long time. They also make consumer-grade camcorders. They won't willingly leave it.

"Even Sony cameras themselves have Toshiba sensors in them"?

Third parties like Nikon have sourced sensors from a variety of sources including Sony, Aptina, and Toshiba (and the Toshiba sensor you referred in the D5200 has banding problems, which Sony Exmor sensors do not have.. one reason why I didn't upgrade my D5100), but you are alleging Sony sources sensors from other companies for SONY cameras? LMAO. Keep trolling.


As to your P.S.

First of all, the A6000 was launched half a year ago, not "a few months" ago. Half a year is a long time in consumer electronics.

Second, the A6000 is a better camera. You can argue the A5100 has better video encoding, but who cares, neither is a professional video camera nor were they intended to be. It's a bonus mode for still photographers who also want video. But if you were that serious into video, you would get more video-attuned cameras in the first place! This whining about video encoding is ridiculous. A FAR bigger criticism is that the a6000 doesn't have a capacitive touchscreen.

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SmoothGlass - re "Who cares" - I care, I care big time - the A6000 and A5100 are in the same time frame , same processor , same sensor - THIS IS NOT PROGRESS THIS IS BAD MARKETING. Why does it matter ? Well in case you haven't noticed Sony are not the power in Electronics they once were and treating your customers like idiots is not going to cut it in the Internet age. Firmware update now please. p.s. I have a Sony A7s and I want an update for that too so I dont have to use a "Reset" size video button when the camera is set to video mode - but I know you dont care about Video

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@IKnowin. Now that the 5100 has been released has your a6000's viewfinder magically disappeared? I'm sure your 6000 still takes the same great photos that were the reason you bought it int he first place. If you don't accept that new gadgets get new features you will never be happy.


Did you write a reply post to agree with yourself? That's messed up.


this system has too many bodies and too few lenses.
Canon made 1 sucking mirrorless yet offers an affordable 22mm f2.0. I got a Nex-3N and I would get an A6000 tomorrow if the system had an affordable and effective lens selection. A mirrorless like this screams for a pancake 22mm f2.0, the kit lens is underwhelming for a $600 camera.


Try Samsung. Good lens range except for long telephoto.

Rob Sims

The 20mm F2.8 pancake not good enough for you?

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it is not F2.0. Quite a difference, and quite a bit more money too


this is good for multicopter.. yes please


Does anyone know why Sony changed their name from NEX? Was there anything wrong with it?

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@Black Box hahaha


I thought Sony was going to push forward 4k video?
It surprises me that this new line is still only 1080


I think the main point for this A5100 is the video. It has 50mbps bit rate on 1080p, while most camera uses 28m or 24mbps for the video. the higher bit rate you have, the more clear picture you will going to get after the encoding.


The added video capabilities of the A5100 is welcome.

I think one of its limitations when used as a video camera remains. An NEX used as a video camera quickly overheats when used over extended periods outdoors and under the sun. Articulating the rear screen away from the body lessens the heat buildup in the body but the NEX ultimately overheats still. I cool the NEX by removing the battery, leaving the battery door open for a while, and using a new cool unused battery. The final solution however came in the shape of a Panasonic GH2/GH3 which has never overheated despite hours of use under hot and direct sunlight.

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I think they sorted the overheating problem with the A6000, so hopefully the A5100 is just as good. Still if you're videoing non stop for hours then you're probably better suited with a different camera body anyway.


The NEX-5N used outdoors under direct sunlight in tropical climes overheats within 15-20 minutes even with the rear screen extended away from the body to minimize the heat buildup so this is a major concern for those taking video in this difficult condition.

Camera size and design plays a very big role in controlling heat. The small size of the A5100 does not give me confidence that overheating when taking video for extended period under the difficult conditions I described is no longer a problem. As I now use my GH2s and GH3 for video, this is no longer a problem for me. I mention it here mainly for the benefit of those who might be considering the A5100 for extended video use when working under the condition I described.

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Unboxing of SONY A5100 (KOREAN LANGUAGE)

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Tactical Falcon

Sony does it again making something no one asked for, or cares about. The a6000 is a competent camera for its type, the a5100 is saying would you like your car without the steering wheel, and tires, but otherwise, it's still a car. Needless edition. Kill the 5xxx series unless you really want it to be a great networking camera for the social as others have mentioned here. Weak execution on a unclear camera for an unclear audience.

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These low end cameras outsell high end ones the same way P&S cameras outsell ILCs, so clearly there is demand for these cameras and not "something no one asked for".


Tactical Falcon = troll. Not everyone wants an EVF so there SHOULD be a version of the a6000 with the EVF taken out.

The only things wrong with the a5100 are the price and how it should have a capacitive touchscreen, ideally. At its current price, it makes little sense because for $100 more you get the more powerful a6000 with EVF, 11fps, etc. though no touchscreen. So the a5100 should be priced at least $50 lower. It can't go too low or it will step on the toes of the a5000.

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Uri Ben

I need it - and I will buy it !!!!!!!!!!!


For touchscreen alone I'd buy this over the A6000. I bought the A7s to replace my nex-5n. Love the 7s but touchscreen is sorely missed.


It may be the right camera for me because of the size. The price is about the same as the Sony RX100 iii but it has a larger sensor and more mp. The physical dimensions of the camera are only slightly larger than the RX100 iii with the kit lens. I am waiting to see the head to head comparisons to the RX 100 series and other cameras, but right now, if it looks good in further reviews, I would be very interested in this camera. The a6000 is probably an overall better camera, but it is too large for my pocket or fanny pack. I want a camera that is with me all the time I am out.


Another Playstation posing as a camera. Been there, done that. No thank you.


Yes please! Mortal Kombat would be great.


The a5100 sounds almost great. Trade the EVF and dials on the a6000 for greater portability (lighter and smaller) and touchscreen.

Here's what it and the a6000 are sorely missing for the modern age based around ease of sharing photos online:

- Seamless upload to Facebook, Flickr, Smugmug, etc. from image review
- Basic image editing tools: crop, exposure, filters
- Hires retina display for image viewing to evaluate image quality

Right now you can't really evaluate whether an image is good with the low res display. A retina-like display with pinch to zoom would make image review on-camera work well.

I think these features would result in 2x - 5x in sales. I would easily pay an extra $100 for these features.

In fact, all cameras should have this. If Apple were to make a camera, it would have these features and everyone else would follow.

Camera sales are down because of smartphones. Well, put in features to compete with smartphones. Duh...

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This camera with its one touch nfc transfer has changed my phone from an also take a picture with to upload device to an image chimping device and upload/crop/post/remote device as you say the camera should be. I think the argument can be made to keep all that on the phone everyone has with them anyway and keep the camera more dedicated and cheaper. Heck its obvious what Sony thinks of that as they made the QX10 & QX100. I love the nfc feature and use it literally everytime I take the camera out. I can put a few keepers on my phone to have always available, internet or not and save the bulk for when I get home to offload them in a week or so. Its a great tool.

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good point in uploading feature.


i wish for 2 things..
1.that the A6000 would also have had that touch screen
2.the new 50mbit codec on the a6000 as well


Agree. I will add still the following:

1. Articulating EVF (like the Panasonic GX-7)
2. The 36mp sensor from the A7R
3. Front and rear IR ports


No IR Remote??? Can't believe. Anyway i am waiting for a nex-5 successor as i would also like to have mic port.

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It does have a free camera phone app to fire and control the camera, plus a live view on your phone.


An IR remote takes very little space in the pocket, can be fished out in less than a second, and used to release shutter in as little time. Using a camera phone is not only slow and kludgy, but will also cause night blindness when shooting in low light and at night. Battery drain on the A5100 will also be higher if the WiFi is used. I also do not want to always bring my phone with me.

This is not to say that a phone-based remote is not useful and has no advantages. But Sony should have kept the IR remote.

I would have upgraded my two NEX-5N with the A5100 but this has been scuttled when Sony deleted the IR remote (and the ability to accept an external articulating EVF).

My wish list is for Sony to combine the best features of the NEX-5N (touch screen) and NEX-7 (tri-nav controls), and marry this with the A7R sensor coupled with electronic first curtain. I would also like Sony to put an IR port at the rear of the camera. Might as well also integrate an Arca rail on its base.

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and yet..NORMAL people that will get that kind of cam would not bother buy or carry a IR remote..but they will always have a smartphone at hand .

common..this is not for the high end area ..we are talking about one of the most affordable APS-C cameras on the market .


Yeah... And no vertical grip either. What were they thinking?


For IR remote you need line of site where phone can be used from any position.

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The phone remote is good and has its uses and advantages but so does an IR remote. Why have only one if it is possible to have both?

In my case, an IR remote is very essential for a quick and easy hands-free shutter release. By deleting the IR remote from the A5100, Sony made the A5100 much less attractive and usable for my purpose.


As to the A5100 class/type of camera not being designed for professional use, it does not mean that it cannot be used professionally if it comes with the features needed by one. Other than the discontinued NEX-5N type, there is no "professional" camera that combines in one body the following features so useful and essential for professional work:
- mirrorless so no need for time-wasting mirror up
- wireless handsfree IR remote for shutter release
- electronic first curtain
- articulating screen
- touch screen for quickly designating an area to magnify for manual focusing
- peaking support
- articulating EVF
- sensor of at least APS-C size;

The 2 x D800E & 1 x D800 I use for portrait/landscape work are poor seconds to the NEX-5N in terms of ease & convenience of use. The 5N is hobbled primarily by having a miniscule area to properly mount an Arca plate & the lack of a rear IR port. A new camera with all the above desired features plus a 36mp 24x35mm sensor will be a must-buy for me.

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@ LGO, I agree that more options is better, I was just trying to point out advantages of phone app vs. IR


"Using a camera phone is not only slow and kludgy, but will also cause night blindness when shooting in low light and at night."

If you're on iOS, jailbreak and install f.lux.

On Android, there are similar apps.


Very nice looking camera. I had a chance to test the a6000 and until the 'booting' of an 'operating system' (quoting) takes that long and it crashes while I am shooting and promts me to #RESTART# I wont buy any SONY aXXXX. (period)
@Sony :-( Fix that 'I am a computer from the '90s' behaviour and give us cool cams. You're so close to achieving that!

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Ian SS

There are certainly some improvements but taking out the multi-interface shoe, there is no way to put on an external flash or flash remote transmitter. For me, it feels like a few steps forward and a few steps back!

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