Sony A5100 Review

October 8, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

Specifications

Dimensions (W x H x D)

  • 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm

Weight

  • 224 g (Body Only) / 283 g (With battery and media)

Lens Mount

  • Sony E-mount lenses

Lens Compatibility

  • Sony E-mount lenses

Sensor Type

  • APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm) Exmor™ CMOS sensor

Sensor Type

  • APS-C

Effective Pixels

  • 24.3MP

Number of Pixels (total)

  • Approx. 24.7 megapixels

Image Sensor Aspect Ratio

  • 3:2

Anti Dust

  • Charge protection coating on Optical Filter

Smart zoom (Still Image)

  • M:Approx. 1.4x
  • S:Approx. 2x

Digital zoom (Still Image)

  • L:Approx. 4x;M:Approx. 5.7x;S:Approx. 8x

Digital zoom (Movie)

  • Approx. 4x

Recording Format (Still images)

  • JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)

Image Size (pixels), 3:2

  • L: 6000 x 4000 (24M)
  • M: 4240 x 2832 (12M)
  • S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)

Image Size (pixels), 16:9

  • L: 6000 x 3376 (20M)
  • M: 4240 x 2400 (10M)
  • S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)

Image Size (pixels), Sweep Panorama

  • Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
  • Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M)

Image Quality Modes

  • JPEG Fine
  • JPEG Standard
  • RAW
  • RAW+JPEG

Picture Effect

  • HDR Painting (High/Mid/Low)
  • High Contrast Mono
  • Illustration (High/Mid/ Low)
  • Miniature (Auto/Top/Middle(H)/Bottom/Right/Middle(V)/Left)
  • Partial colour (R,G,B,Y)
  • Pop colour
  • Posterization (colour, B/W)
  • Retro Photo
  • Rich-tone Mono
  • Soft Focus (High/Mid/Low)
  • Soft High-key
  • Toy Camera (Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta)
  • Watercolour

Creative Style

  • Black & White
  • Landscape
  • Portrait
  • Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
  • Standard
  • Sunset
  • Vivid

Dynamic Range Functions

  • Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step))
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5))
  • Off

Recording Format (Movie)

  • AVCHD 2.0 / MP4 / XAVC S

Image Size (pixels), NTSC*

  • AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 28M, PS), 1920 x 1080 (60i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (60i, 17M, FH), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080(24p, 17M, FH)
  • MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps)
  • VGA(640 x 480, 30fps)
  • XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 50M)

Image Size (pixels), PAL*

  • AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50p, 28M, PS), 1920 x 1080 (50i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (50i, 17M, FH), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080(25p, 17M, FH)
  • MP4: 1440 x 1080 (25fps)
  • VGA(640 x 480, 25fps)
  • XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (50p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (25p, 50M)

Other Movie Functions

  • Dual Video Rec, AF Tracking Duration, AF Drive Speed, Auto Slow Shutter, HDMI Info. Display

Face Detection

  • On, On (Regist. Faces), Off

Auto Portrait Framing

  • Yes (Still Images)

Clear Image Zoom

  • Approx. 2x

Lens Compensation

  • BIONZ X™

Lens Compensation

  • Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion

Touch Shutter

  • Yes

Smile Shutter

  • Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)

Self-Portrait

  • Yes (3 sec delay / OFF selectable)

Compatible Recording Media

  • Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)

Noise Reduction

  • Long exposure NR: available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal / Low

White Balance Modes

  • Auto
  • Cloudy
  • Custom
  • Daylight
  • Flash
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Underwater

AWB Micro Adjustment

  • Yes G7 to M7, 15-step A7 to B7, 15-step

Bracketing

  • 3 frames, H/L selectable

Focus Type

  • Fast Hybrid AF(phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)

Focus Sensor

  • Exmor® R CMOS sensor

Focus Point

  • 179 points (phase-detection AF) / 25 points (conotrast-detection AF)

Focus Sensitivity Range

  • EV-1 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)

AF Mode

  • AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus

Focus Area

  • Wide (179 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points(contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Lock-on AF ( Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L))

Other Features

  • Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Predictive control, Focus lock

AF Illuminator

  • Built - in Flash

AF Illuminator range

  • Approx. 0.3- approx. 3.0m (with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)

Metering Type

  • 1200-zone evaluative metering

Metering Sensor

  • Exmor® R CMOS sensor

Metering Sensitivity

  • EV-1 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)

Metering Mode

  • Center-weighted
  • Multi-segment
  • Spot

Exposure Modes

  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
  • Movie (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) )
  • Programmed AE (P)
  • Scene Selection
  • Shutter-speed priority (S)
  • Superior Auto
  • Sweep Panorama
  • iAUTO

Scene Selection

  • Anti Motion Blur
  • Hand-held Twilight
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Night Scene
  • Night portrait
  • Portrait
  • Sports action
  • Sunset

Exposure Compensation

  • Still images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps), Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)

Auto (AE) Bracketing

  • Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV increments, 3/5 frames (1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable

AE Lock

  • Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. (Auto/On/Off selectable)

ISO Sensitivity

  • ISO 100–25600

Screen Type

  • 3.0" wide type TFT LCD

Touch Screen

  • Yes

Total Number of Dots

  • 921,600 dots

Brightness Control (LCD)

  • Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode

Adjustable Angle

  • Up by approx. 180 degrees

LCD Display

  • Display All Info
  • Graphic Display
  • Histgram
  • No Disp. Info

Real-time Image Adjustment Display (LCD)

  • ON/OFF

Focus Magnifier

  • Yes

Peaking MF

  • Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, colour: White/Red/Yellow)

Shutter Speed

  • Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)
  • Still images:1/4000 to 30 sec, Bulb

Flash Sync. Speed

  • 1/160 sec.

Electronic Front Shutter Curtain

  • Yes

Steadyshot

  • Not supported (image stabilization supported on lens)

Compensation Effect

  • Lens Compensation:Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion

Flash Control

  • Pre-flash TTL

Flash Compensation

  • +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)

Flash Modes

  • Autoflash
  • Fill-flash
  • Flash off
  • Rear Sync.
  • Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable)
  • Slow Sync.

Drive Modes

  • Bracketing (Single,Cont.)
  • Continuous shooting
  • DRO bracket
  • Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable)
  • Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 exposures selectable)
  • Single-shot
  • White Balance bracket

Continues Shooting

  • 6 fps (in High Continuous shooting)

Playback Modes

  • 12/30-frame index view
  • Auto Review (10/ 5/ 2 sec, Off)
  • Delete
  • Enlarged display mode (L: 16.7x, M: 11.8x, S: 8.3x, Panorama (Standard): 19.2x, Panorama (Wide): 29.1x)
  • Folder selection (Date/ Still/ MP4/ AVCHD/ XAVC S)
  • Forward/Rewind (Movie)
  • Image orientation (Manual/Off selectable)
  • Panorama scrolling
  • Protect
  • Single (with or without shooting information RGB histogram & highlight / shadow warning)
  • Slideshow

View on Smartphone

  • Yes

Upload to PC

  • Yes

View on TV

  • Yes

PlayMemories Camera Apps™

  • Downloadable Camera Apps
  • NFC One-touch functionality
  • Wi-Fi

PlayMemories Camera Apps™

  • Yes

NFC™

  • Yes

PC Interface

  • Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote

HD Output

  • 4K Still Image PB
  • BRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI)
  • HDMI micro connector (Type-D)
  • PhotoTV HD

Multi Interface Shoe

  • Multi / Micro USB Terminal
  • PC remote

Microphone

  • Built-in stereo microphone

Speaker

  • Built-in, monaural

Compatible Standards

  • Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting

Custom Function Type

  • Yes

Supplied Battery

  • NP-FW50 W-series Rechargeable Battery Pack

Battery Life (CIPA, Still Images)

  • Up to 400 shots

Battery Life (CIPA, Movies)

  • Actual Recording:Approx. 75 min
  • Continuous Recording:Approx. 110 min

Internal Battery Charge

  • Yes

External Power

  • AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately)

Color Options

black

What's In The Box

  • Power cord
  • Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50
  • AC Adaptor (AC-UB10)
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • Micro USB cable