Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Entry-Level Mirrorless. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Canon and Sony. Although Canon EOS M100 and Sony Alpha a5100 cameras that we are going to review here have significant distinctive features, they also have something in common. Thus, the first common trait of both models is sensor. These cameras feature identical 24.0 MP CMOS sensors.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Canon EOS M100 and Sony Alpha a5100 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Canon EOS M100 Key Features:
Sony Alpha a5100 Key Features:
Canon EOS M100 substituted Canon M10.
|Bluetooth||Yes vs No||Connect your camera to other devices via Bluetooth|
|Continuous Shooting||6.1 fps vs 6 fps||0.1 fps faster|
|Flash Range||5 vs 4||1 better flash range|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 922k dots||11.3% higher resolution screen|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||13 vs 12.7||Better dynamic range|
|Sensor Area||366.6 mm2 vs 332.27 mm2||9.4% larger pixel area|
|Number Of Focus Points||179 vs 49||130 more focus points|
|Battery Life||400 shots vs 295 shots||105 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||283 g vs 302 g||19 g lighter|
|Dxo Color Depth||23.8 vs 23.5||Better color depth|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||1347 vs 1272||Better High ISO performance|
|Touch Screen||Yes | Yes||Easy control of camera functions|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Screen Type||Tilting | Tilting||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP | 24.0 MP||Bigger prints and more details|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Viewfinder||No | No||No ViewFinder|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|External Flash Shoe||No | No||No Flash Shoe|
|Continuous Shooting||6.1 fps | 6.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon EOS M100 and Sony Alpha a5100 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Alpha a5100 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 19g less than the Canon EOS M100. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon EOS M100 and Sony Alpha a5100 any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Canon EOS M100 and Sony Alpha a5100 come equipped with the same CMOS that has a resolution of 24.0 MP. Thus, if you are wondering, which option to choose, this is not a factor you should be looking at.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon EOS M100 and Sony Alpha a5100 by the size of their sensors.
Canon EOS M100 and Sony Alpha a5100 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon EOS M100 and Sony Alpha a5100 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon EOS M100||Sony Alpha a5100|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon EOS M100 or Sony Alpha a5100, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon EOS M100 and Sony Alpha a5100 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Alpha a5100 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon EOS M100. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon EOS M100||Sony Alpha a5100|
|Model||EOS M100||Alpha a5100|
|Announced||Aug 29, 2017||Aug 17, 2014|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Dimensions||22.3 x 14.9 mm||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||332.27 mm2||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6000 x 4000||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||25,600||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF-M||Sony E (NEX)|
|Number of Lenses||16||83|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.6x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49||179|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots||922k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||6.1 fps||6.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, slow synchro||Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||79||80|
|DxO Color Depth||23.5||23.8|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.0||12.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1272||1347|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (120p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||302 g||283 g|
|Physical Dimensions||108 x 67 x 35 mm||110 x 63 x 36 mm|
|Battery Life||295 shots||400 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|