Offering the speed and versatility required by multimedia photographers, the black colored Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Camera from Sony combines a high-resolution sensor, hybrid AF system, and apt video recording capabilities, most within a compact and convenient form point.

Pairing a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, this camera can record up to 6 fps continuous shooting with notable sensitivity to ISO 25600. Full HD video recording is definitely supported in the high-quality XAVC S codec, with the ability to shoot at 1080p in 60, 30, or 24 fps frame rates. Complementing the multimedia imaging features is the Fast Hybrid AF program, which pairs 179 phase-detection points with 25 contrast-detection points to deliver fast, accurate, and consistent focusing abilities.

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Sony Alpha a5100: Price

The a5100 is poised to provide the all-around performance desired by contemporary photographers while still maintaining the convenience needed for everyday shooting.

In regard to handling, the a5100 sports a sleek design that is characterized by a huge 3.0″ 921.6k-dot LCD monitor, which features a 180° upward tilting design to permit easier viewing from both front-facing and above angles. Furthermore, the LCD is also a touchscreen, which permits intuitive control over image playback and menu navigation, and also the ability to discharge the shutter and touch-to-focus for pinpoint accuracy.

Seven customizable function buttons facilitate efficient control over a variety of settings and modes. Built-in Wi-Fi online connectivity, with support for NFC-enabled devices, can be integrated into the a5100 to support remote camera control and picture sharing to linked mobile devices.

Included with the camera body is definitely a Sony E-mount lens 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable Zoom Lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-75mm. This selection of perspectives is well suited to everyday shooting and is further enhanced through the inclusion of Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for minimizing the appearance of camera shake.

Power Zoom technology allows for electronic control over the zoom position and the inclusion of one extra-low dispersion element and four aspherical elements helps to reduce chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range along with contributing to high overall sharpness.

Sony Alpha a5100: Design

With only slight cosmetic changes to tell them apart, the Alpha A5100 shares the same body style as its predecessor: the shutter release and lens mount are now black rather than silver and the panel on the left side is now divided, providing better access to the Multi / USB port. They’re similar from the outside, aside from that.

As before, the body is compact, an interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor and tilting screen can be made almost as compact as Sony. It’s definitely very small, measuring 110x63x35.7mm and weighing 283g with a battery but without a lens, and even when you mount the zoom pack (adding 30mm to the body thickness and taking the total weight to 400g), you’re left with a very lightweight camera. In comparison to the next model up in the series, I imagined it below, the A6000, measuring 120x67x45.1mm and weighing almost the same for the body alone. The real main body of the A6000 is about the same thickness as the A5100, but the handle is more substantial and therefore taller, leaving less fingers hanging.

Sony Alpha a5100: Conclusion

The Alpha A5100 is the entry-level mirrorless camera from Sony, but it may well be your best bet to catch the action on a budget by combining the powerful autofocus system of the higher-end A6000 with 6fps burst shooting. Children or mascots roaming around? The fanatic in Sports? As they cross the screen, the A5100 can detect them and offer a greater percentage of centered shots at this price than any sensor.

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