Sony has just announced the new Alpha A5100 interchangeable lens mirrorless camera.
The new A5100 inherits some of the best features its big brother, the Sony A6000, but in a less expensive, more compact body.
In particular, the new camera features the A6000’s lightning fast Hybrid AF system, 24.3MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor, Bionz X image processor and max ISO of 25,600.
What’s missing is an electronic viewfinder. But the A5100 makes up for this loss with an improved 3-inch LCD, which is now a touchscreen that flips to 180 degrees (perfect for taking self-portraits) and has an increased resolution of 921k dots.
The speedy new camera (model ILCE-5100) features the same Fast Hybrid AF system as the acclaimed α6000 model, which allows it to acquire focus in as little as 0.07 seconds1. It also shares the α6000’s image sensor – a 24.3 MP APS-C Exmor™ CMOS sensor – and powerful BIONZ X processor. This impressive combination of hardware ensures that the camera can capture still images and full HD videos in sharp focus with incredible detail.
Unique to the new α5100 is its extremely compact design, placing it among the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras in market today.
“Sony continues to innovate in the mirrorless camera space, offering products that are not only smaller and lighter than competitive DSLRs, but that consistently outperform them,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony. “The new α5100 is a primary example, offering world-class AF speed and performance in a palm-sized body at a great price. It’s powerful enough to satisfy the most experienced DSLR shooters, yet not too intimidating for the casual weekend photographer.”