Sony Alpha 5100 (a5100) Preview

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Sony has announced a new ILC (interchangeable lens camera) today that replaces the NEX-5T. The new Sony Alpha 5100 (aka a5000) has been designed for families and casual photographers looking to step-up from using just a cellphone or a compact digicam. Basically, the Alpha 5100 is a great way to dip your toe into the world of interchangeable lenses, offering entry-level ILC ease with performance specs borrowed from the mid-level Alpha 6000 (aka a6000).

Features include the same 24.3MP APS-C CMOS image sensor, Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system, and BIONZ X processor as the Alpha 6000. The 5100 also boasts built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) technologies, a 180-degree Tiltable 3-inch Touchscreen LCD, Full HD Video recording, an expansive 100-25600 ISO range, 6 frames-per-second Continuous Shooting for up to 56 frames in full resolution, 13 Pictures Effects, and an Auto HDR move for taking High Dynamic Range photographs.

Overall, it's a very nice feature set and we can't wait to try one out in person to see what the 5100's still images and movies look like.

Sony Alpha 5100 Features
  • 24.3MP Exmor CMOS image sensor (APS-C sized)
  • BIONZ X image processor
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 6fps Continuous Shooting
    • Up to 56 frames
  • Fast Hybrid AF
    • 179 phase-detection AF points
    • 25 contrast detection points
    • Lock-on AF
    • Eye AF
  • 180-degree Tiltable 3-inch Touchscreen LCD
    • Touch Focus
    • Touch Shutter
  • Movie Mode
    • Full 1080p HD Video Recording
    • AVCHD 60p, 30p, and 24p
    • 7 Picture Effects
    • Clean HDMI Output
    • Marker Setting
  • Built-in Flash
  • Photo Creativity
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Superior Auto
  • Zebra Function
  • 5 Customizable Buttons
  • Auto Object Framing
  • 13 Picture Effects
  • Creative Style
  • Auto HDR
  • 4K Still image output
  • Wi-Fi
  • NFC

The Sony Alpha 5100 (a5100) will be available this September (2014) in black or white for $549 (body only) or $699 (includes a 16-50mm kit lens).

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