Sony A5100 Preview

Sony announced earlier today a new mid range mirrorless camera – A5100 – a refresh of the older NEX-5T and will sit in the current Sony lineup between the A5000 and the A6000.

The new A5100 provides a significant improvement in terms of sensitivity and performance compared to the A5000, higher res sensor (24MP vs. 20MP), especially in terms of autofocus. It also has higher resolution LCD, built in flash, uprated movie mode and two colors.

Here are the main specs of the new A5100:

  • Sensor: 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS.
  • Processor: Bionz X.
  • AF system: Hybrid AF system with 25 contrast & 179 phase-detect points.
  • Continuous shooting speed: 6 fps.
  • LCD: 3-inch touch and flip-up with 921,600 dots res.
  • Video: Full HD video recording at 1080/60p and 24p with XAVC S support
  • New feature: Simultaneous recording of 1080p and 720p video
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi & NFC with sony app support.
  • Flash: Built in flash (GN4).
  • Price: $550 body only and $700 with a 16-50mm lens (on amazon).

The A5100 is closer to the A6000 in terms of features minus the shooting speed (6 fps on the A5100 vs. 11 on the A6000), and an EVF. You can read our full review of the A6000.

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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