Alpha a5100by Sony

  • Alpha a5100
  • Alpha a5100
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
86%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Selfies are easy to capture with the tilting LCD display.
  • The point-and-shoot simplicity is complemented by SLR quality.
  • The camera has a good auto focusing system that is speedy.

CONS

  • Without an electronic viewfinder, the only way to frame shots is with the LCD display.
  • Digging through the menu system can be a chore.
  • Mode dial and standard function buttons are absent.
If you're looking for a compact APS-C with interchangeable lenses, you'll have trouble finding one more compact that the Sony Alpha a5100. This mirrorless camera boasts a 24.3MP CMOS sensor and an articulated three-inch touch-screen LCD that comes in handy for shooting selfies. There's a "Sunny Weather" mode that brightens the display to make it easier to use on cloudless days. The shooter has a built-in flash, and it doesn't support an external one. The camera delivers full 1080p video at 60 frames per second and supports Wi-Fi and NFC.
NameAlpha a5100OM-D E-M10 Mark IIAlpha a6000Nikon 1 J5EOS M3
ManufacturerSonyOlympusSonyNikonCanon
Techwalla Score
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100%

You can even fully turn [the LCD] to the front, proving very useful for those ubiquitous selfies, although you can't close it inwards agains…

You can even fully turn [the LCD] to the front, proving very useful for those ubiquitous selfies, although you can't close it inwards against the camera body to help protect it.

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90%

Compared to the A5000, the Sony A5100 provides a significant step forward in terms of sensitivity and performance, especially in terms of au…

Compared to the A5000, the Sony A5100 provides a significant step forward in terms of sensitivity and performance, especially in terms of autofocus.

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90%

The screen has a good resolution and is easy to view with a "Sunny Weather" setting available for when you are outdoors in the sun, this bri…

The screen has a good resolution and is easy to view with a "Sunny Weather" setting available for when you are outdoors in the sun, this brightens the screen and makes it easier to see in sunlight.

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85%

For years budget DSLRs have been trying their best to look like pro-ready DSLRs. All black paint jobs and loads of intimidating dials litter…

For years budget DSLRs have been trying their best to look like pro-ready DSLRs. All black paint jobs and loads of intimidating dials littered with jargon have been the norm. Not the Sony A5100, which actually looks more like a curvy point-and-shoot than anything a pro would shoot with.

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85%

New to the A5100 though is a higher resolution screen, 920k dots vs 460k, and hallelujah, touch-sensitive capabilities. Yes, for the first t…

New to the A5100 though is a higher resolution screen, 920k dots vs 460k, and hallelujah, touch-sensitive capabilities. Yes, for the first time in ages for a Sony camera, you can tap to reposition the AF area.

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80%

The sensor is APS-C sized, but features the same gapless on-chip lens structure as the full-frame A7R. This should make it better for captur…

The sensor is APS-C sized, but features the same gapless on-chip lens structure as the full-frame A7R. This should make it better for capturing more light and therefore good in low-light shooting conditions.

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80%

Combine the autofocus feature with the touchscreen and it's easy to move a focus point to the desired location, although menu-digging for th…

Combine the autofocus feature with the touchscreen and it's easy to move a focus point to the desired location, although menu-digging for the autofocus area and autofocus type controls in the first instance meant we rarely bothered.

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80%

It's a touchscreen, but you get the feeling Sony included it grudgingly, seeing as the only time you ever need to tap the screen is when you…

It's a touchscreen, but you get the feeling Sony included it grudgingly, seeing as the only time you ever need to tap the screen is when you select the AF subject (the AF tracking is remarkable, by the way). It isn't always easy to select the right AF points, though, and the menu interface for some reason isn't touch-sensitive.

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The Alpha 5100 isn't the dream camera for photographers who like to shoot in manual mode, but its rear control dial does allow for quick adj…

The Alpha 5100 isn't the dream camera for photographers who like to shoot in manual mode, but its rear control dial does allow for quick adjustment to aperture or shutter speed when shooting in those modes.

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I have mixed feelings about the design and user experience of the a5100. I love its compact size, but this results in cluttered controls on …

I have mixed feelings about the design and user experience of the a5100. I love its compact size, but this results in cluttered controls on the back of the camera.

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After 60 hours of research and 25 hours of testing, we found the a5100 takes photos as well as cameras that go for hundreds more by employin…

After 60 hours of research and 25 hours of testing, we found the a5100 takes photos as well as cameras that go for hundreds more by employing a sensor that rivals DSLRs and a class-leading hybrid autofocusing system.

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Positive Reviews
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good beginners camera
Sony's mirrorless cameras are awesome. This camera in particular provides great picture quality and the ability to transfer pictures to your phone wirelessly. The family of e-mount lenses just keeps on growing and are many options to choose from. Overall good camera.

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