Sony Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black)

Sony Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black)

Sony Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 24.3MP APS-C Exmor HD CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Gapless On-Chip Lens Design
  • 3.0" 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video in XAVC S at 50Mbps
  • Fast Hybrid AF & 179 Phase-Detect Points
  • Up to 6 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Manual Focus Peaking and Zebra Function
  • Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom Lens
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Sony a5100 overview

  • 1Description

Offering the speed and versatility required by multimedia photographers, the black Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera from Sony combines a high-resolution sensor, hybrid AF system, and apt video recording capabilities, all within a compact and convenient form factor. Pairing a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, this camera is able to record up to 6 fps continuous shooting with notable sensitivity to ISO 25600. Full HD video recording is 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 capabilities is the Fast Hybrid AF system, which pairs 179 phase-detection points with 25 contrast-detection points to deliver fast, accurate, and consistent focusing abilities. The a5100 is poised to deliver 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 large 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, as well as the ability to release 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 connectivity, with support for NFC-enabled devices, is also integrated into the a5100 to support remote camera control and image sharing to linked mobile devices.

Included with the camera body is a Sony E-mount 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable Zoom Lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-75mm. This range 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 as well as contribute to high overall sharpness.

24.3MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
The 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor work together to produce high resolution, well-detailed imagery with minimal noise and notable low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. The sensor utilizes a gapless on-chip lens design, which fills the gaps between neighboring pixels with optimized lenses that match the angle of incidence to increase light gathering ability and produce edge-to-edge sharpness and quality. The processor also contributes to providing a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including Fast Hybrid AF, a top continuous shooting rate of 6 fps, and full HD video recording in multiple frame rates and formats.
Fast Hybrid AF System
The Fast Hybrid AF system utilizes both a 179-point phase-detection system and 25-point contrast-detection system to achieve precise focus in as little as 0.07 sec. Utilizing a Spatial Object Detection algorithm, this fast focusing system first employs the phase-detection AF points to quickly bring the subject into focus and then uses the contrast-detection AF points, with wide AF coverage, to fine-tune the sharpness for ensured accuracy. Beyond supporting single shot modes, this system also provides AF tracking when shooting up to 6 fps in continuous high mode and functions seamlessly when recording full HD movies. This hybrid focusing mode is further accentuated by the incorporation of a touchscreen LCD, which avails touch-to-focus control for critical accuracy in both still and video recording.

For further refinement, a series of distinct AF modes can be selected from depending on the subject. Eye AF is a detail-oriented focusing function that can prioritize a subject's pupil and dedicate focusing performance on that for sharply-rendered portraits; Lock-on AF is a dedicated focusing method for use with moving subjects and adjusts the target frame size as the subject moves throughout the image frame; AF area settings allow you to prioritize specific regions within the frame for increased accuracy; and AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C (Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), and Manual Focus modes can also be chosen.
Full HD Video Recording
Full HD 1080p video recording is supported at 60, 30, and 24 fps in the high-quality 50 Mbps XAVC S codec. Other recording options include the ability to utilize the AVCHD and MP4 codecs, with support for recording up to 1080p60 video at 28 Mbps. Dual video recording is supported, as well, with the ability to select either XAVC S or AVCHD codecs plus a duplicate MP4 file to be recorded at the same time for greater efficiency when sharing videos online. Additionally, using the integrated HDMI type D output, both 1080i60 and 1080p60 uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2 video can be recorded to an optional external recorder.

Complementing the video capabilities of the a5100, a built-in stereo microphone is incorporated into the design and records audio in the Linear PCM 2-channel format for XAVC S movies, the AC-3 Dolby Digital format for AVCHD movies, and the MPEG-4 AAC-LC format for web-quality MP4 videos.

Manual focus peaking and a zebra function are also available, to benefit working in manual focus and to assure highlight detail is retained, respectively. A marker setting can be shown on the rear LCD as well, in order to display a center marker, guide frame, aspect marker, safety zone, and other pertinent features for video recording.
Body Design
Sporting a compact form factor and using the versatile Sony E lens mount, this mirrorless camera is designed for convenience and intuitiveness. A large 3.0" 921.6k-dot LCD monitor features a 180° upward tilting design to better facilitate taking self-portraits and a zoom lever surrounding the shutter release button helps to easily fine tune compositions when used in conjunction with a compatible power zoom lens. Additionally, this LCD is also a touchscreen, which offers efficient control over camera settings and navigation throughout playback and menu systems. In regard to physical controls about the body, rear-mounted controls give direct access to different shooting modes and camera settings. A dedicated Fn (Function) button, along with seven other customizable buttons, can also be assigned to control any of 47 different settings.

The body also incorporates a pop-up flash, which features a guide number of 13.1' at ISO 100 for additional illumination in difficult lighting conditions.
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables the a5100 to instantly share imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices; no complex set-up is required. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and remotely control the camera's shutter.

Additionally, PlayMemories Camera Apps are also supported via the built-in Wi-Fi connection and allow you to personalize the camera's features depending on specific shooting styles. Apps are available to suit creating portraits, detailed close-ups, sports, time lapse, motion shot, and other specific types of imagery.
Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable Zoom Lens
The included 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable Zoom Lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-75mm, covering wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of situations. It features Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to help minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps to greatly benefit working in low-light conditions and with greater zoom magnifications. One extra-low dispersion element and four aspherical elements are integrated into the optical construction to help reduce chromatic aberrations as well as increase clarity, sharpness, and contrast and the Power Zoom electronically-driven zoom mechanism brings greater efficiency to controlling the zoom position of the lens.
Other Camera Features
  • The Sony E-mount affords compatibility with an extensive number of lenses and lens adapters.
  • An advanced 1200-zone evaluative exposure metering sensor delivers consistent and accurate results using multi-segment, center-weighted, or spot metering modes.
  • Auto Object Framing is an intelligent shooting mode that can automatically analyze the scene and subjects within it and determine an aesthetically pleasing composition. The subsequent imagery will be cropped according to subject matter, resulting in a well-balanced composition that utilizes Face Detection and Tracking Focus to ensure high image quality and sharpness.
  • Clear Image Zoom can be used to magnify the center of scenes by 2x to effectively extend the reach of any focal length lens. This digital zoom technology uses an intelligent interpolation process to minimize the amount of image degradation in order to produce realistic, high-quality images.
  • Picture Effect modes allow you to apply creative settings and emphasize certain facets of individual images for a richer, more aesthetic picture quality. Posterization (Color/B&W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta), and Soft High-Key, Soft Focus (High/Mid/Low), HDR Painting (High/Mid/Low), Rich-Tone Monochrome, Miniature (Auto/Top/Middle(H)/Bottom/Right/Middle(V)/Left), Watercolor, and Illustration (High/Mid/Low) modes are available.
  • Superior Auto mode is an intelligent automated setting that can quickly identify the current shooting environment and adjust crucial camera settings to deliver optimized results. This mode also utilizes Auto HDR and Hand-held Twilight modes, which employ image compositing techniques to better handle difficult lighting conditions.
  • Anti-Motion Blur automatically corrects for subject movement in order to deliver clean, sharp imagery in low-light conditions. This is accomplished by recording six sequential frames and compositing portions of each image to ensure overall sharpness.
  • Hand-held Twilight Mode automatically composites details from six sequentially-recorded images in order to attain higher overall image sharpness when working in low-light conditions.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) works to improve images featuring backlit subjects or scenes with high contrast where details can be lost in the shadows or highlights. This mode can be controlled automatically or fine-tuned using five settings.
  • Creative Style settings provide control over how the camera processes images based on six different predetermined styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, and Sepia. Within these settings, contrast, saturation, and sharpness can also be adjusted depending on personal preference.
  • A Soft Skin Effect helps to minimize the appearance of wrinkles or blemishes in portraits
  • In-camera creation of 4K slide shows is possible for rich playback to ultra high definition televisions. An HDMI port is incorporated into the camera's design too, to enable direct connection to HDTVs.
  • TRILUMINOS Color support is afforded by the a5100 to produce rich, natural colors when imagery is viewed on a TRILUMINOS Display.
  • Convenient USB charging allows you to charge the included lithium-ion battery in-camera via USB connection from either an AC outlet or PC source.
UPC: 027242882379
In the Box
Sony Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black)
  • E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens tucafewfbdyexrywsetquq
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • AC-UB10 AC Adapter
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Sony a5100 specs

    Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
    Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel
    Effective: 24.3 Megapixel
    Max Resolution 24 MP: 6000 x 4000
    Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4, XAVC S
    Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
    Bit Depth 14-Bit
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 24, 30, 60 fps (50 Mb/s XAVC S)
    1920 x 1080p at 60 fps (28 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (17 Mb/s AVCHD)
    1440 x 1080p at 30 fps (12 Mb/s MP4)
    640 x 480p at 30 fps (3 Mb/s MP4)
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual
    Focus Mode Automatic (A), Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
    Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 179
    Contrast Detection: 25
    Viewfinder Type None
    Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (921,600)
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600
    Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed: 30 Second , Bulb Mode
    Type: Electronic & Mechanical
    Speed:  in Movie Mode
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Programmed Auto, Manual, Aperture Priority, Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection, Movie, Superior Auto, Shutter Priority, Intelligent Auto
    Metering Range: EV -1.0 - EV 20.0
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Modes Fluorescent (Cool White), Cloudy, Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Day White), Color Temperature Filter, Fluorescent (Warm White), Custom, Incandescent, Underwater, Daylight, Flash, Color Temperature, Shade, Auto
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 6 fps at 24 MP for up to 75 Frames
    Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 75 Frames
    Flash Modes Red-Eye Reduction
    Slow Sync
    Rear Sync
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Guide No. 13.12' (4 m) ISO100 
    Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 Second
    Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Dedicated Flash System TTL
    Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds
    Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Battery 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.7 VDC, 1080 mAh
    AC Power Adapter AC-PW20 (Optional)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.4" / 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm excluding protrusions
    Weight 9.983 oz / 283 g with battery and memory card
    Kit Lens
    Focal Length 16 - 50mm
    Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 75 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22 - 36
    Angle of View 83° - 32°
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
    Magnification 0.215x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.65
    Elements/Groups 9 / 8
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Autofocus Yes
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 40.5 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.63 x 1.19" (66.7 x 30.2 mm)
    Weight 4.09 oz (116 g)
    Packaging Infotucafewfbdyexrywsetquq
    Package Weight 1.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.5 x 5.4 x 5.1"

    Sony a5100 reviews

    Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 53.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little Sony for travel! I used this little guy along with my two full-frame Sony cameras on an extended trip through central Europe a couple of months back. I had it in the heat of Italy, Alps of Switzerland and Austria, and the cold rain of Munich. It performed without a hitch. Were my images as sharp as my full frame cameras, No, but I knew that when packing this away. I will say that this little camera can go anywhere without drawing the slightest bit of attention and it grave me good quality photos and video in low light conditions. Lately, I've been using this camera via adapters with quality glass from different manufacturers and I'm happily surprised at the results.
    Date published: 2015-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Little Camera This camera is small, light and handy. It takes great pictures and video. It does exactly what it's advertised to do. I use it mainly for handheld video and with a grip it is the ultimate 'run and gun' rig. I had to attach a dslr shotgun mic and a small recorder to get good audio so I wish the a5100 had a microphone input. I don't miss a viewfinder, the screen works fine. Low light is great but video only goes up to ISO 12,600, which isn't that bad. The lens seems sharp.
    Date published: 2014-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So small lovely camera Camera has a very good balance between programmable and fully automatic modes, which allows everyone to use it without learning anything. Auto modes are perfect, you can use them in any conditions if you don't mind some extra noise at night. I wish I can limit ISO in every mode, but it does it's job great. I have some minor cons though. One is startup and shutdown time, which could be better in this century. And another is a bit uncomfortable grip and lack of manual controls, but it is what you pay for such a small and light peace of tech. Other than that everything depends on your lenses. I'm using kit one and it is good for the beginning.
    Date published: 2015-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good camera IQ is the same as the A6000. I currently have an A6300 but bought this as a supplemental camera so that i could travel lighter. The only negative thing I have found is the lack of an EVF and having to use the menu system for everything. But, I knew about these drawbacks going in. IMO Sony should add a hot shoe and produce an EVF for this camera. In fact, they could use the same one they have for the RX100 m2. But, for the price, you cannot beat this camera. Also, somone else mentioned problems when using large lenses. I have found no problems with this. Most large lenses have a tripod mount on the lens. It just looks weird. :-)
    Date published: 2016-12-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from My first Mirror less !! The first thing I like the most about it is the size. The only reason I was reluctant to buy a DSLR was the size.Now you have a better than DSLR like camera in a compact size.I am very happy with my purchase, I am still learning the settings and different features and I like the 180 degree tilt-able screen which converts it to a selfie camera.Some times I really wish to have a Viewfinder and I would like to have a dedicated control for selecting the different shooting method instead going to the menu all time. But, altogether it is a brilliant package.
    Date published: 2014-12-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Superb with one fatal flaw - sensor overheats and shuts down To be clear up front, we looked at this camera primarily for use shooting video. We produce documentary programming for several networks including National Geographic and Discovery, and our prime A-cameras are high-end Sony FS7's and A7S models. We're continually looking for relatively inexpensive b-cameras to intercut with these cameras, and the a5100, with its large APS-C sensor and XAVC codec shooting 1080P at 50 mbps looked so perfect, frankly it looked too good to be true at this price point. (Our network deliverables always require a mbps rate of at least 35, preferably 50 and above.) Our first tests, shooting short clips, looked amazing and Adobe Premiere Pro handled them easily for editing. The APS-C sensor makes the camera terrific in low light. The follow focus works very well. Excellent looking video. Perfect for intercutting with our higher end cameras. Then, unfortunately, the fantasy ended and the bubble burst when we sat down to do our first interview with the camera. Online, the description talks about the 29 minute limit for clips due to the odd tax regulations and we were fine with that. What it doesn't tell you online but very clearly defines in the instruction manual is that the camera may shut down on its own if the sensor overheats. Well, they should have changed that word if to when. It not only happens, in well air conditioned rooms at 68-70 degrees, but is totally unpredictable in terms of when it occurs. Once, it ran the full 29 minutes, then when re-started to record again, shut down after 5 minutes. Later, after a long (more than two hour) period of OFF, it lasted less than 20 minutes on the first try, then less than 5 minutes again unless we let it cool off for a good half hour to an hour. SO ... if you're buying this camera for short-take video or still work, it may be the bargain of the decade. But if you're even considering needing it to shoot video for undetermined lengths of time, you're looking at the wrong camera. And even though it offers lower compression AVCHD and MP4 recording, that has no effect on the overheating shutdown time. It's all about the APS-C sensor being placed in such a small package with no way to keep it cool. When we purchased the camera, we were fine with the compromise of it not having a viewfinder or external mic input. (We use Shure mini-shotguns with built in recorders or external ZOOM recorders, syncing to in-camera audio with Pluralizer software.) And we knew there was a chance that the XAVC 50 mbps video capability with APS-C sensor might be too good to be true. Well, unfortunately, that is the case and we're returning the camera. We're still giving it three stars though, as many will not have a need to record for long periods of time. For those, it is probably the best deal available for producing true broadcast quality video at such a reasonable price. But if you're looking to record your child's 60 minute stage performance or a documentary interview, this is NOT the camera for you. Sadly, you just need to upgrade to a much more expensive camera in the A7S line or go to a smaller sensor, like a micro four thirds or one-inch. At the low price point of the a5100, we've even considered purchasing a second body to shoot while we let the first cool down for 29 minutes, but that 29 minute rest period may not be enough for the temperature of the environment and the first take from the second camera may not go for the full 29 before shutting down. Not a pleasant experience to be constantly wondering when your camera will shut down on you, especially if outdoors in the heat. We had hoped the overheating sensor problems that plagued the new Sony cameras were limited to 4K shooting, but at least on this camera, they create the same issues at 1080P. If only Sony would just make the bodies a bit bigger and incorporate some cooling for these larger sensors, they'd sell off the shelves. Then again, there's of course a reason for making customers need a 2-3 thousand dollar camera vs one that can be purchased for less than 500. So it goes .... BTW, battery life is not great. One full battery will only get you through one hour of video shooting (starting and stopping).
    Date published: 2015-10-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opening This little camera blows my 70D out of the water. I could not believe the video quality I was getting compared to my full size dSLR. I had to test and check over and over. At ISO3200 the image is 3 times brighter than on the 70D. The XAVCS codec is wonderful and sharp. The ISO noise on this camera is more of a film grain and not the purple mud you get on the Canons. This camera doesn't skip any lines reading the sensor and it is as sharp at f11 as my gopros. (the a6000 skips lines). The dynamic range compared to my 70d is really eye opening. It makes me wonder how I shot video on Canon dSLRs for so long. The continuous focus compared to the 70D is just as good. The 70D is a hair quicker and more precise. In the real world you won't notice a difference. You can also slow down the auto focus pulls on the Sony and 70D is too fast sometimes. Another big plus is the internal mic is excellent. It is so good that indoors it sounds better than the Rode VMP on the Canon. I couldn't believe my ears. The only con I can think of is the camera is small and it takes a bit to get used to coming from a dSLR. There is very few buttons and you have to change everything with one button and dial wheel. Also if you plan on recording over 15 min continuously at a time the sensor overheats and the camera shuts down. You can turn it back on right away and continue recording for another 10min. If you let the camera rest for 5min and record again, it goes up to 30min sometimes. So I think this is something they can fix in firmware. If you shoot clips like I do 3 min at a time you can record on and off until the battery dies. I get over 1 hour of video this way on one battery. The image quality (stills and especially video), dynamic range and weight savings is worth the trade off. I have been a Canon fan boy for 10+ years. I bought this camera on an impulse for vacation use only. After testing it, I sold all of my dSLR gear. There is just no need to carry all of that equipment these days unless you are shooting in a professional studio environment OR need access to functions with on body buttons for stills. By the way I chose this over the GH4. After testing the GH4 the noise was too much at ISO3200 and I am not interested in 4K in optimum light. Also it wasn't that much smaller than my Canon. I NEVER write reviews. But I had to do this little camera justice since everyone raves about the a6000. This one is better for me as a 50/50 video/photo guy. I don't miss for the view finder. Since the sound is so great I also don't care for the hot shoe. I don't need to mount a mic on there. This is as compact as it gets, and the quality is better than any APS-C Canon dslr I have ever used.
    Date published: 2015-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Camera I'll Use Most Often because it will be the one I'll most likely have with me. It's compact, light in weight, and with two lens fits in a smallish messenger style bag that doesn't broadcast what's inside. I use the a5100 for family, landscape, and wildlife photography, and thought I would miss having an EVF, but I don't. The screen is exceptional, and I haven't found any shooting environs in which I couldn't see, and frame my subject, and that includes butterflies in pretty harsh daylight. I usually shoot with a full size DSLR, but the a5100 is causing me to rethink the need of the larger, heavier format. This camera's size, and performance also make it a great choice for street photography. The next challenge it will face will be small, very mobile children in low light during the holidays. I'll let you know how we do!
    Date published: 2015-12-20
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