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Sony A5100
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    Sony Electronics has today introduced the stylish new α5100 camera, a new model packing pro-quality AF performance and image quality into a portable, lightweight package.

    The speedy new camera (model ILCE-5100) features the same Fast Hybrid AF system as the acclaimed α6000 model, which allows it to acquire focus in as little as 0.07 seconds1. It also shares the α6000’s image sensor – a 24.3 MP APS-C Exmor™ CMOS sensor – and powerful BIONZ X processor. This impressive combination of hardware ensures that the camera can capture still images and full HD videos in sharp focus with incredible detail.

    Unique to the new α5100 is its extremely compact design, placing it among the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras in market today.

    “Sony continues to innovate in the mirrorless camera space, offering products that are not only smaller and lighter than competitive DSLRs, but that consistently outperform them,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony. “The new α5100 is a primary example, offering world-class AF speed and performance in a palm-sized body at a great price. It’s powerful enough to satisfy the most experienced DSLR shooters, yet not too intimidating for the casual weekend photographer.”

    Fast Hybrid AF system

    Borrowing from the award-winning α6000, the compelling Fast Hybrid AF system on the new α5100 camera features focal plane phase-detection AF points with an extremely wide autofocus coverage area (179 focal points) that is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF. This potent combination allows the camera to accurately track and respond to a subject moving through nearly the entire frame, whether shooting still images or full HD videos.

    Additionally, the α5100 camera has an extremely responsive touch screen which works with the AF system to enable Touch Focus, allowing shooters to focus by simply touching the intended subject on any area of the LCD screen – even if it’s at the far edges.

    The new α5100 model also comes equipped with Eye AF and Lock-on AF functions that debuted in the α7/ α7R, a Flexible Spot AF area function, and AF-A mode (automatic switching between AF-C and AF-S) that is also offered in the α6000.

    HD Video Performance

    The versatile α5100 supports full HD video shooting in AVCHD as well as the XAVC S2 codec, which records video at a high data rate of 50 Mbps with advanced compression for impressive video quality. XAVC S paired with the advanced focusing system of the α5100 makes for a compelling HD video shooting solution that only a select number of cameras in market today – mirrorless or DSLR – can offer.

    Additionally, with the power of the BIONZ X processor, the camera is able to read, process and output data from all of the sensor’s pixels during video recording, ensuring that it produces the highest quality video possible by eliminating aliasing, moiré and false color artifacts.

    The new camera also features dual video recording, allowing it to simultaneously record two files – one in Full HD (AVCHD or XAVC S) and the other in lower resolution MP4 format – to a single installed SD card2. This gives videographers a high-quality file for viewing on large screens or working on in post-processing, as well as a smaller, lower data-rate version that is ideal for uploading and sharing.

    Design, Controls, Wi-Fi® and New Accessories

    The compact new mirrorless camera features a high resolution 921k dot WhiteMagic™ LCD screen that can tilt a full 180 degrees upright, ideal for self-portraits. On top of the camera body, there’s a zoom lever for convenient one-handed camera operation and a handy pop-up flash for tough lighting conditions.

    The α5100 camera has built-in Wi-Fi, giving consumers one-touch connection with Xperia® or NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones or tablets for instant image transfer and sharing. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, giving users a live image preview through their compatible smartphone or tablet, and allowing them to use the smart device to release the camera’s shutter.

    For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control through Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile™ application, available for the iOS and Android platforms.

    The camera is also compatible with downloadable Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps, adding a range of exciting and creative capabilities. Currently there are a total of 10 different applications available with several others to be released this spring. Learn more at .

    New accessories that are compatible with the α5100 camera include the style-matching LCS-EBD body case – available in three color variations – as well as the compact, easy-to-carry RM-SPR1 remote.

    Pricing and Availability

    The Sony α5100 compact interchangeable lens camera will be available in September 2014 in black and white in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650) for about $700, or as body-only for about $550.

  • Dang, I wish they would update the A6000 with the same codec :-) I wonder if the touch AF can lock and track a face? The A6000 has wonderful AF with the 18-105 but is easy to fool with many faces in the shoot (ie the bride walking down the aisle)

  • @oscillian

    they will ....and it'll be called duh a6100 ! I'd like to see 720/120p.

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    In terms of dynamic range the Sony A5100 surprises and clearly beats most other important cameras in the market, even much more expensive ones.


    It also shines in rolling shutter performance. Overall it seems Sony has built its latest processing technology into this little mirrorless camera, providing good lowlight noise levels as well (not tested scientifically yet, but we see them nowhere close the A7s).

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  • wow ! Great review. Hope they offer some xavc-s in their field testing. I've been wanting a cheap emount body to use with my fd's . This almost fits into my under-5-bills slot !

  • 13 stops video DR in portrait mode? This isnt a log profile? How is this possibe?

  • Agreed getting 13stops from non log profile I find very hard to believe. Cinema 5D also said 5D3 h.264 has more DR than C300 in CLog.

    Something faulty is happening over there.

  • They corrected it: 12 stops

  • Still doesnt make sense. Unless they have some serious gamma tweaking going on, that doesnt seem possible!

  • Cinema 5D are just driving hits to their site otherwise they would have re-tested their results before posting them not posting impossible results then rolling it back as people challenge their methods.

    To get 12stops in a non log regular gamma profile is some serious digital trickery.

  • I see this about their methodology. It gives the impression they know what they're doing.

  • The results show otherwise. If a rec709 gamma footage contains more DR then CLog canon has some real issues going on.

    If C5D was conducting scientific testing they would show their test results and how they achieved them with numbers. They show the final number and just enough to give the impression they are following scientific protocol but leave out the real meat of the tests.

  • Still... this looks like a great BMCC/Pocket match for 60fps material.

  • Looks like C5D updated their article with corrected #'s and the a5100 has a more believable 10.5 stops of DR.

  • That's humbling !

  • Camera in stock at Amazon now - check top post for links.

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    Although it looks almost identical to the previous A500 model, the new A5100 is a much more capable camera, especially when it comes to focusing and recording video. It's also a much more compact alternative to its big brother, the A6000, especially as it offers a lot of the same features and even out-performs that model in a few areas.

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    The Sony Alpha A5100 is one of the more compact mirrorless cameras available with built in flash, particularly considering it has a 24megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, and fast hybrid AF focus. For those looking for one of the smallest mirrorless cameras available with an APS-C sensor, built in flash and Wi-Fi, the Sony Alpha A5100 would make an excellent choice - although to get the best out of the 24.3 megapixel sensor prime lenses are recommended.

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  • Has anyone seen original clips recorded at 50Mbs XAVC S for download anywhere? I was wondering if the higher bit rate helps with the pretty horrible quantization fuzz that appears in the shadows with my 5N.