It’s not like we didn’t know it was coming, but Sony’s extremely popular NEX-5T series is about to get replaced with the incoming Sony ɑ5100. Like the NEX-5 series that came before it, the a5100 is targeted towards entry-level DSLR/mirrorless camera users who are replacing their cameras, along with step-up users that are upgrading from smartphones and compact cameras and are looking for some step-up features over the less expensive ɑ5000.
So what does the a5100 come packing? Quite an impressive spec list. It features a 24 MP sensor, a 179-point AF system, a high-speed BIONZ XTM image processing engine, Wi-Fi and NFC support, an ultra fast AF with new faster Hybrid AF System, a built-in Flash and Zoom Lever, a 180° Tiltable 3” capacitive touchscreen LCD with touch focus, full HD Movie recording, HDMI output and PlayMemories Camera Apps support.
This is an interchangeable lens camera that competes nicely with the likes of Panasonic’s GM1, Samsung’s NX300 and the Canon EOS M2, and outdoes them on many features. The camera itself is nice and compact too, measuring 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7mm and weighing 224g without the lens.
The sony alpha 5100 will retail for $699 with the 16-50mm Kit lens included, or you can pick it up for $549 with the body only. It will also be available in a choice of black or white starting from beginning of September.