Sony Alpha 5100 review

September 17, 2014

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Sony Alpha 5100

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  • - Superb resolution and autofocus speed
  • - Lightweight, but tough with a compact body
  • - Advanced video filming capabilities


  • - Only six frames per second continuous shooting
  • - Touchscreen limited to taking pictures only
  • - No input for external microphone



With 24.3-million-pixels, 179-point hybrid autofocus and advanced video, is the Sony Alpha 5100 the most high- tech, entry-level APS-C camera yet? In our Sony Alpha 5100 review Jon Devo finds out

Our verdict

Given that this camera shares many of its core components with the Alpha 6000, I expected it to deliver the same superb image quality and it did not disappoint, ticking that box emphatically but at a more affordable price point.

Sony’s E-mount system now has something for everybody: the Alpha 5100 takes the impressive image-capturing technology from the more advanced Alpha 6000 and places it inside a truly compact body that has a simple and easy-to-use interface.

If you don’t need a viewfinder or the extra control dials of the Alpha 6000, but want more advanced stills and video capturing capabilities than those offered by the Alpha 5000 – particularly the higher-resolution sensor and superior autofocusing and tracking performance – the Alpha 5100 is a camera seriously worth considering.

For those needing quick AF and great video, it offers some top tech at a highly competitive price.

Sony A5100 product shot - side

Key features

The Sony Alpha 5100 boasts a raft of features aimed at those who thrive on the latest tech

Play Memories

The Play – Memories mobile app from Sony allows you to shoot wirelessly and transfer images to compatible smartphones and tablets.

Dual video

Record full HD – 1920 x 1080-pixel video while simultaneously recording in MP4 codec.

Front-facing screen

Taking self-portraits is made much easier thanks to the Alpha 5100’s 180° flip screen.

E mount

Making use of Sony’s E-mount lens family, this is one of the world’s smallest interchangeable-lens cameras with an APS-C-sized sensor.


Touch-focusing and shooting is highly responsive, but it is limited to shooting only.


Downloadable apps via the in-camera PlayMemories menu can expand the functionality of the camera, adding features such as time-lapse, star trail and motion shot.


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