Updated 25 Oct 2017

Sony

Alpha 5100 (with 16-50mm lens)

Snapshot: The Sony Alpha 5100 (with 16-50mm lens) compact system camera has an APS-C CMOS sensor, can shoot full HD video, but no viewfinder. But how's the image quality?

Alpha 5100 (with 16-50mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1098

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Test results

Overall score
66
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • OK screen.
  • Good video quality.
  • Has a high resolution articulated monitor.
  • Can shoot full-HD video and manually focus.

But

  • Just OK flash.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (40%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (40%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.

Prices are from a June 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1098

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
24
Sensor
APS-C CMOS
ISO range
100 - 25600
Optical zoom
3
Aperture range
3.5 - 5.6
Zoom range
24 - 78
Shutter range
1/4000 - 30
Dimensions (cm)
119 x 37 x 63
Weight (g)
286
Depth (mm)
37

Features

Water resistant
No
Raw support
Yes
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
Yes

Monitor

Size (inches)
2.9
Monitor pixels
921,600
Touchscreen
Yes
Articulated monitor
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
-
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Video
1920 x 1080
Microphone input
No

Memory

Memory card
SDHC, SDXC, MemoryStick Duo

Flash

Flash type
Switch on by hand
Connection for external flash
No

More info

Notes

Tested with a E 16-50 mm 1:3.5-5.6 PZ lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.