Sony A5100 review

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Altogether, Sony has another excellent camera that is full packed with features but has some shortcomings. First of all, I feel it deserves a better lens than the 16-50mm kit and build quality does feel cheap. More external controls would have been nice, but that’s why there is A6000. Image quality is on a high level so there is no major drawback that would prevent me from recommending it.

Compared to the previous A5000, there are some noticeable upgrades but most of them are not that important in real life – you can live without them. This is a regular problem in Sony camp: with so many models in a short time many are very similar, and I think you can save a few bucks (actually A5000 is currently twice cheaper) and get the older A5000 if you are short on cash.


  • Image quality
  • Small and light
  • Full set of manual features
  • Focus point size selection
  • Video quality
  • Wi-Fi and NFC built-in
  • Touch shutter


  • Plastic build
  • Fake shutter sound emitted through the speaker
  • LCD visibility in sunlight
  • No microphone input


Full res samples

 ISO 100, F/9, 1/200

 ISO 100, F/9, 1/200

 ISO 100, F/9, 1/250

 ISO 100, F/9, 1/200

 ISO 100, F/10, 1/1600

 ISO 100, F/9, 1/250

 ISO 100, F/4.5, 1/60

 ISO 1600, F/3.5, 1/20

 ISO 3200, F/3.5, 1/20

 ISO 6400, F/3.5, 1/6

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4 thoughts on “Sony A5100 review

  1. Slight correction:

    > Strangely, touch works only for taking shots, you cannot control any other setting with it.

    There’s actually a menu setting for “Touch Focus”, which will just focus the shot instead of also taking a shot.

    • Well, that’s what I meant by that. By beside focus and shutter, nothing else can be controlled with touch.

    • Image quality is on the same level, but I prefer the way Sony handles – grip shape and menu + more advanced options. Video is also better and there are more lenses for Sony also. Samsung can attach external flash via hot-shoe though and has external mode dial though, but I would still rather buy SOny.

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