Sony a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black)

Model #ILCE5100L/B

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Viewfinder Type None
Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Tilting  LCD (921,600)


Battery 1x NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.7 VDC, 1080 mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-PW20 (Optional)


Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.4" / 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm excluding protrusions
Weight 9.98 oz / 283 g with battery and memory card


Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Self Timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB
Continuous Shooting Up to 6 fps

Kit Lens

Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Angle of View 83° - 32°
Focal Length 16 - 50 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 75 mm
Weight 4.09 oz (116 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.63 x 1.19" (66.7 x 30.2 mm)
Filter Thread Front:40.5 mm
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Diaphragm Blades 7
Elements/Groups 9/8
Magnification 0.215x


Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel
Effective: 24.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 24MP: 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4, XAVC S
Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Bit Depth 14-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Memory Stick XC-HG Duo

Focus Control

Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 179
Contrast Detection: 25
Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-servo AF (C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Focus Type Auto & Manual


Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 13.12' (4 m) ISO100 
Dedicated Flash System TTL
Flash Modes Auto
Rear Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync

Exposure Control

Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 second, Bulb Mode
Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 1/4 - 1/4000 second in Movie Mode
Burst Rate Up to 6 fps at 24 MP for up to 75 frames
Up to 3 fps at 24 MP for up to 75 frames
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV -1.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600

AV Recording

Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Format
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (50 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (50 Mbps)

1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (17 Mbps)

1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (17 Mbps)

1440 x 1080 / 30 fps (12 Mbps)

640 x 480 / 30 fps (3 Mbps)
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
1440 x 1080: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps
Video Recording Yes
Expert Reviews
Camera labs.32824899
12 February 2014

The Alpha A5100 is Sony's entry-level mirrorless camera, but by coupling the powerful autofocus system from the higher-end A6000 with 6fps burst shooting, it could well be your best bet for capturing action on a budget. Kids or pets running around? Sports fanatic?

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    Potentially great quality from 24 Mpixel sensor., Great continuous AF for photos and movies., 6fps continuous shooting with large bursts., Tilting touch-screen which can face subjects., Powerful but easy to use Wifi with NFC.

  • -

    To exploit 24 Mpixels, you’ll need a better lens., No viewfinder nor any means to connect one., Need to boost screen brightness for outdoor use., Basic exposure control and no GPS tagging via Wifi., No miniature effect for movies.

Imaging resource.34355410
13 February 2015

One of the smallest, lightest and most affordable mirrorless cameras currently offered with an APS-C sensor, and sharing the same imaging pipeline as the Sony A6000, the Sony A5100 has few rivals in terms of offering good quality for the price.

  • +

    Very small and comfortable form factor; Very good image quality for its class; New dual video record function; Quick autofocus and good dynamic range., Amazing amount of firepower for this size and price point, Largest sensor found in an inexpensive compact camera (APS-C), Image quality is virtually...

  • -

    Lacks an EVF and external mode dial; No hot shoe; JPEG processing at higher ISOs not as good as some competing mid-level models., No EVF, Limited external controls compared to some mid-range models, No mode dial - have to go into the menus to change the mode, High ISO noise handling with JPEGs is...

Tom s guide.32823298
11 December 2014

If the a51000 were a larger camera, I might ding it for the lack of features such as an accessory shoe or extra physical controls. But if that's the trade-off to get the camera so small, it's worthwhile for many people, especially novices who may not want to be overwhelmed by a big honking camera.

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    Pocket-size design, excellent low-light image quality, fast, accurate autofocus, smooth video, built-in tutorials for novices

  • -

    Important settings buried in menus, doesn't take external flash or microphone, Wi-Fi not iOS friendly

Dp review.32823956
18 August 2014

The predecessors to the a5100 had a lot going for them: they were very compact, feature-packed, and produced good quality photos and videos. The a5100 is a much more compelling camera, taking the 'guts' from the more expensive a6000 and putting them into a body that'll easily slip into a jacket...

Make use of.34655564
27 November 2015

The a5100 is a great beginners mirrorless camera with an ecosystem you can grow into.

22 October 2014

The A5100 may be Sony's mirrorless middle child, but it's a great value.

Pocket lint.32824928
19 January 2015

Since Sony dropped its NEX branding and blanketed its compact system camera line with the Alpha brand name, the range has not morphed dramatically, simply divided itself into different schools of thought: those seeking a compact alternative, and those seeking a DSLR alternative.

  • +

    Small yet sensible size, good picture quality overall, point-and-shoot simplicity, 180-degree tilt-angle screen for selfies

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    Excess menu digging, no mode dials or standard function buttons, low-light autofocus can’t be pinpointed, distortion and excessive JPEG processing qualms

Expertreviews co uk.33706088
15 November 2014

Sony's CSC have an enviable track record in our reviews. The old NEX brand was retired, but the cameras, unchanged in concept, continue coming under the Alpha brand. The A5100 has all the usual traits: big APS-C sensor, interchangeable lenses and a slim body that's much closer in appearance and...

Photography blog.34420874
8 October 2014

The Sony A5100 is proof that appearances can be deceptive. Although it looks almost identical to the previous A500 model, the new A5100 is a much more capable camera, especially when it comes to focusing and recording video.

6 October 2014

The Sony Alpha A5100 is one of the more compact mirrorless cameras available with built in flash, particularly considering it has a 24megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, and fast hybrid AF focus.

  • +

    Comfortable to hold, Compact with 16-50mm lens, Good image quality and colour, DRO and HDR modes, Quick focus and shutter response, Sony PlayMemories Apps available, 6fps with continuous AF, Wi-Fi and NFC, Low noise

  • -

    Have to pay for additional features as "apps" that are free with other cameras: Time-lapse, Multiple-exposure, Multi Frame NR etc, Strong noise reduction, Kit lens not the best

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
19 November 2016

This review pertains only to video:PROS- Full HD (1080p)- Large sensor - APS-C/Super 35mm sensor combined w/ right aperture lens creates shallow depth of field, nice bokeh- XAVC S - 50 mbps broadcast quality codec- Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2 output via HDMI to external recorder/monitor capability...

27 May 2016

Great camera the buttons take some getting use to. If I'm not mistaken there is no user Manual in the kit but you can easily download one. Great pictures, SO much lighter to carry around than a DSLR. Love the camera

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    Great picturesLight weight

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    Not user friendlyModes hard to switchNeed screen protector

3 weeks ago

All of the items shown did come with the camera. The lens' we will most likely replace (they're of lesser quality). But as far as the other products they all work great and we use them VERY frequently.

20 August 2016

This is a awesome camera and BeachCamera is the only place I will get gear from [...] The shipping is fast, and the inventory and listings are accurate.

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    Compact, Touch Focus, features galore, acceptable IQ

17 November 2016

This is an incredible camera and I believe it has the best image quality of any camera for the price. I used many cameras but this is best.The difference can clearly noticeable. you will like the sensor and imaging processor really do make a difference.

Dp review.33575663
9 December 2016

With the arrival of the 4K FF and APS-C cameras, which are hilariously expensive today, the prices of excellent Full HD cameras have fallen, and today they are the most affordable option.

20 March 2016

This mirrorless camera has the ability to change lenses, giving you more creative control—and it’s more packable than a DSLR.

6 days ago

Great camera. Very pleased with it thus far. Its not quite a good as my larger Nikon, but it definitely does the trick when I'm traveling or just don't want to lug a larger camera and equipment around. Its also fun to have the flip screen and touch capabilities.

B h photo.32817553
3 weeks ago

I love the size and weight, and in the right circumstances it is an ideal camera. As far as the LCD goes, it is very frustrating to use in the outdoor sunlight; indoors or in the right situation, it is very useful, but I think a viewfinder would be better all-around, even though that would increase...

B h photo.32817553
3 weeks ago

This one is an outstanding entry level camera if you are not quite ready for your DSLR and need something a little more compact.

Product Highlights
  • 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
  • Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom Lens
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