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Sony Officially Unveils New A5100, The Best Of The A6000 For A Great Price

By Anthony Thurston on August 18th 2014

Well, we didn’t have to wait long after that image of the A5100 leaked online early yesterday, did we? Late last night (my time anyway), Sony officially unveiled their latest APS-C mirrorless camera, the a5100.


As we have mentioned in our other coverage of this camera, it is essentially all the best bits from the powerful Sony A6000, placed into a cheaper body and released at a lower price. All in all, a sound strategy from Sony if you ask me.

Sony a5100 Specs

  • 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

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As you can see, this is a pretty nice piece of kit, even with the nicer A6000 body and viewfinder cut out. Right now, the body only for this nice little mirrorless will run you $549 for a preorder over at B&H. The camera is supposed to begin shipping next month (September).


What are your thoughts on this new Sony a5100 mirrorless camera? Do you think taking the guts of the A6000 and placing them in a cheaper body is a smart move from Sony? Leave a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Raoni Franco

    Link to B&H is broken…

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  2. Phil Bautista

    Looks like a nice camera for someone upgrading from a P&S but might leave a DSLR user groping for dials to turn.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yes, I don’t think anyone is touting this as a DSLR killer or anything. Bur for what it is, looks like a great piece of kit.

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