Sony A5100 Officially Unveiled

Sony A5100

Sony has officially announced the previously leaked A5100, which serves as an upgrade to the A5000. The new A5100 is basically a cheaper, more compact and consumer-oriented version of the A6000.

Sony A5100 Back

The Sony A5100 carries over the 24.3MP APS-C sensor from the A6000, which is an upgrade from the 20.1MP sensor found in the A5000. The A5100 also gets a boost in continuous shooting mode with a max 6fps frame rate.

It captures video with Sony’s XAVC-S codec at 50Mbps and offers the ability to record 1080/60p and 720/120p video. Other manufacturers will hopefully take note that 720/120p is now a “consumer” camera feature (I’m looking at you Canon).

Sony A5100 Key Features

  • 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
  • Pop-Up Flash and Power Zoom Lever

Although A5100 fits in a consumer class, it offers a ton of features that give it some powerful potential. The A5100 should be available in September and retails for $550 for the body alone, or with an available 16-50mm kit lens for $700. Check it out here at B&H Photo.