Sony Alpha a5100 Review

Overall 53
Imaging 23
Features 57
Size 84
Price 1

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 6.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (120p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 110 x 63 x 36 mm
  • Weight: 283 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sony a5000.

Sony Alpha a5100 Summary

This review is devoted to Alpha a5100 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Aug 17, 2014. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Sony released to replace their older product a5000.

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #19 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 53/100 and it takes a rank of #39 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Alpha a5100 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Alpha a5100 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Max Native Iso: 25600
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Af Phase Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 179
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 6.0 fps
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 1347
  • Video Formats: MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 400 shots

CONs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Sony Alpha a5100 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Alpha a5100. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Alpha a5100

Sony Alpha a5100 has the following external dimensions 110 x 110 x 36 mm (43.31 x 24.8 x 14.17″) with the weight of 283 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sony Alpha a5100, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Alpha a5100 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 36mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Alpha a5100 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Alpha a5100 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Alpha a5100 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony Alpha a5100 — 400 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Sony Alpha a5100 — 36 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Sony Alpha a5100 — 283 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, Sony Alpha a5100 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Alpha a5100 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Alpha a5100 Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Alpha a5100 comes with Bionz X processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Alpha a5100 has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Sony Alpha a5100 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Entry-Level Mirrorless class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony Alpha a5100, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 80 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Alpha a5100’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony Alpha a5100 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Sony Alpha a5100 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Alpha a5100

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Alpha a5100 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 922k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Alpha a5100 are its 6.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Alpha a5100 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Sony Alpha a5100 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 179 points.

In addition, Alpha a5100 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Alpha a5100, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Alpha a5100 allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S formats.

Sony Alpha a5100 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Sony Alpha a5100 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Sony Alpha a5100 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Alpha a5100 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Alpha a5100 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Alpha a5100 provides a shooting life of 400, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, Sony Alpha a5100 offers the highest battery life that reaches 400 shots.

How Good is Sony Alpha a5100 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Alpha a5100’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Alpha a5100’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Alpha a5100 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Alpha a5100 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha a5100 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha a5100 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Sony Alpha a5100 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha a5100 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 50. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha a5100 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (110 x 63 x 36 mm)
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization

Sony Alpha a5100 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha a5100 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 76. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha a5100 can be called a 76 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big Number of autofocus Points (179)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (6.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Small battery life (400 shots)
  • Small size (110 x 63 x 36 mm)

Sony Alpha a5100 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha a5100 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 8. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha a5100 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Small weight (283 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder

Sony Alpha a5100 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha a5100 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha a5100 can be called a 93 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (12.7)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing

Sony Alpha a5100 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha a5100
Announced Aug 17, 2014
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sony E (NEX)
Number of Lenses 83
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 922k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 6.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 4
Flash Modes Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 80
DxO Color Depth 23.8
DxO Dynamic Range 12.7
DxO Low Light ISO 1347
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 366.60 mm2
Sensor Resolution 24.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 179
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 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
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 283 g
Physical Dimensions 110 x 63 x 36 mm
Battery Life 400 shots
Battery Type 400 shots
Battery Model NP-FW50
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1

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