Sony a5100

24.3MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor | 3-inch 921.6k dot articulating touchscreen | Hybrid AF with 179 phase-detect and 25 contrast detect points

What we like:

  • 24MP APS-C sensor is one of the best in this class
  • AF is best in class
  • Wi-Fi and NFC

What we don't:

  • Only one control dial
  • No hotshoe 
  • No in-camera Raw conversion 

The Sony a5100 is identical to its big brother, the Sony a6000 in most aspects. The major difference between the two is that the a5100 skips the electronic viewfinder and instead includes a 180 degree flip out touchscreen LCD, which offers slightly less resolution than that of the a6000. It is also priced $100 cheaper, which makes it slower burst rate of 6fps, compared to the a6000's 11fps, excusable.

At its heart is a class-leading 24.3MP APS-C sensor and Sony’s BIONZ X image processor. It contains the same impressive AF system as the a6000, which we found to be class-leading when it comes to autofocus speeds and accuracy with its 25 contrast-detect and 179 phase detect points. The AF system also takes advantage of the image sensor's ability to know what to focus on, be it your initial subject, or a detected face. 

“The a5100 combines the compact designs of the NEX-3N and NEX-5T and throws in the guts of the a6000.”

Other major differences between the two are in regards to body design. The a5100 is smaller and lighter than the a6000, but does not include an accessory hotshoe. It also offers only one clickwheel, compared to the two on the a6000.

If you are torn between the a5100 and the a6000, there’s good news! You won’t be disappointed with either. We tend to think the a6000 is the smarter option, given how close the two cameras are in price, but if size and weight are a concern, the a5100 might be the better choice. 

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