Máy Ảnh Sony Alpha A5100

Four & a half years is a long time in the consumer camera market, yet one mirrorless marvel released in late năm trước is not only still on sale here in 2022, but also remains a firm entry-level favourite.

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Part of the reason this Sony mirrorless camera is still popular now is because of its affordability và impressive specs.

I am of course talking about the Sony a5100

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. Its small form size and low price tag have made it a fantastic choice for those starting off, or for photographers with other Sony E mount cameras who are looking for a light second body.


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Sony a5100
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Lightweight, feature-packed and great value for money - an ideal first camera for a beginner or hobbyist photographer.


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I was curious to see how this camera would perform compared against my Fujifilm X Series cameras… và I wasn’t let down.

For this reviews I used three lenses with the Sony a5100: the E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens that comes bundled with the camera, the Sony sắt 85mm f/1.8 lens & the Sony sắt 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens.

Let’s have a closer look at how it performed.


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Sony a5100 đánh giá Summary

This impressive compact camera features a 24.3 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, BIONZ X image processor, 3-inch LED touchscreen & 6fps continuous shooting, all wrapped up in a lightweight body. Shoot up to lớn 75 JPEGS, 23 RAWS, or 22 simultaneous JPEG + RAWS before the buffer slows. The a5100 is affordable & excellent.


Size & weight


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Pros Affordable Lightweight WI-FI và NFC Super-fast & impressive AF Great high ISO performance
Cons No viewfinder Screen unique – difficult to see in bright light & doesn’t flip down
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Never having used a Sony camera before, I was quite surprised with how small and light the body toàn thân of the a5100 is.

Paired with the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens, it weighs just 399 grams (0.87 lbs), similar to lớn the a5000.

It can almost fit in your pocket. This makes it around the same kích cỡ as my Fujifilm X100F, or about the same kích thước as the Fujifilm X-E3 with the 27mm pancake.


Build Quality


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Bailey in van | Sony a5100 & Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

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| 1/60 f/6.3 ISO 125


Build quality of the Sony a5100 is good, about the same as many entry-level cameras. Although it may look a bit plasticky, it does have a solid feel to it overall.

The body toàn thân isn’t weather sealed, but most cameras at this price point aren’t.

At first I wondered how durable it would be over time, but I’ve heard positive feedback from photographers who’ve had the Sony a5100 for several years.


Ergonomics và Handling


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Sony a5100 with the Sony 85mm f/1.8 is a great combination


Criticisms of the Sony menus crop up quite often in online groups, but I found the menu system surprisingly easy lớn use.

I quickly figured out the control wheel next khổng lồ the screen controlled the exposure compensation (when pressed down), shooting modes (left), ISO settings (right) and dialing the wheel left and right controlled the aperture.

You can customise the thực đơn settings for your own preferences, but I left it as it was.

Features abound in this pocket marvel: there’s a dedicated movie button near the shutter, as well as a button that springs a tiny built-in flash into action.

Sharing photos is a breeze with both WI-FI và NFC sharing.


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Cleveland | Sony a5100 & Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

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| 1/4000 f/5.6 ISO 1250


Despite entry-level build quality, the Sony a5100 did feel comfortable khổng lồ hold, carry, & shoot with. It arrived without a strap attached và I didn’t use one with the camera the whole time I had it.

I was able lớn take one-handed shots with ease with the bundled zoom, but not surprisingly, this got less manageable when I attached some of the heavier, yet excellent glass that is available for the Sony E mount.


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Sony a5100 with Sony 70-200mm f/4


The Sony a5100

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did feel slightly ridiculous with the sắt 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
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lens attached.

This popular zoom lens weighs 840 grams (1.85lbs), not unusual in kích thước or weight for lenses like this, but it just felt odd paired with the tiny a5100.

Coupled with the excellent Sony fe 85mm f/1.8

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lens, the Sony a5100 felt more comfortable to shoot with for portraits.


Viewfinder / Screen Quality


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Brisbane CBD | Sony a5100 and Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

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| 1/3200 f/3.5 ISO 100


The Sony a5100 features a 3″ LCD screen which can be used to lớn set focus và take photos. The screen can’t be used to lớn navigate the menus, however.

The LCD screen is quite good, but it needs khổng lồ be as the a5100 has no viewfinder. Coming lớn the camera from a điện thoại cảm ứng or another entry màn chơi camera, this may not bother you.

Having shot with film & digital point and shoots, SLRs & rangefinders for the last 25 years, I did find it strange lớn always look at the screen và I’m not sure I could get used khổng lồ it long term.

This is mostly because of environmental factors: I live in sunny Queensland where it is very hot và very bright. I tested the camera in summer, when sunrise is at 4.30am & sunset is around 7pm.

This made it very hard at times to lớn see the screen properly due to lớn glare. Even in early morning và late afternoon it was difficult lớn see exactly what was on the screen. Between 9am & 5pm it was almost impossible.

When I was able to clearly see the screen, I found it to be pretty good. It flips upwards 180 degrees for taking selfies and vlogging, và at 90 degrees, it’s ideal for waist view finding just like your grandparents’ TLR.

Strangely it does not flip down for overhead shots which I found a tad frustrating.

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Metering và Focus


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Kids in the field | Sony a5100 & Sony fe 70-200mm F4 G OSS

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| 1/4000 f/4 ISO 1250


Focusing with the Sony a5100

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was super fast and almost flawless: the camera boasts an impressive 179 phase-detection AF points with 25 contrast-detection AF points.

Given the challenges with seeing the screen, I wasn’t banking on getting too many keepers in bright shooting conditions.

Much lớn my surprise, the Sony a5100

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managed to lớn get in-focus, sharp images every time, even though I couldn’t see what I was doing very well. Metering was also reliable in a variety of shooting circumstances.


Sony a5100 High ISO Performance


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Lighthouse | Sony a5100 and Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

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| 1/4000 f/11 ISO 2000


The Sony a5100 performs very well at high ISO levels. I know this because I committed a rookie error with this nhận xét camera – I didn’t reset the camera settings and ended up shooting at ISO 2000 the first couple of times I used it.

The images of my wife in a field were all shot at ISO 2000, but I didn’t even notice until I saw the loupe overlay in Lightroom giving me the shot settings.


Image Quality


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Coffee cửa hàng bokeh | Sony A5100 with Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens


I took the majority of images for this review with the bundled E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

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lens for two reasons.

Firstly, it was small enough khổng lồ take everywhere with me – a feature I love in a camera. Secondly, I wanted to lớn use the exact gear that someone coming to mirrorless for the first time would use.

Can you make great images with entry-level kit? Yes, you can.

Images from all three lenses I used were sharp, và I struggled to tell which lens was which, looking at the images alone.

The bokeh from the kit lens on the Sony a5100 is surprisingly good; I found it lớn be quite pleasing khổng lồ the eye.

I loved the smooth and creamy bokeh of both the Sony sắt 85mm f/1.8

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lens and the Sony sắt 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
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lens – just what you’d expect from unique glass.

The only area I’d like to see some improvement in is the skin tones. In some shots, the skin tones did look odd, especially in contrast with identical pictures I’d taken with Fujifilm X Series kit.


Sony a5100 vs Sony a6000


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Left: Sony a6000 | Right: Sony a5100


Due khổng lồ the massive popularity of the Sony a6000 (the most popular mirrorless camera of all time), I felt it might be useful to lớn include a short section concerning the battle between the Sony a5100 & the Sony a6000.

Both cameras have the same APS-C sized 24MP sensor và same compact size, but there are some small differences between the models.

Most importantly, especially if you shoot in bright sunlight lượt thích Matt, the Sony a6000 includes an actual viewfinder, which will also please the more traditional photographers among us.

On the flip side, there’s no cảm biến screen on the a6000… but as mentioned in the review, the touchscreen on the a5100 is rather limited in its usage anyway.

Some other wins of the Sony a6000 over the 5100 include the inclusion of a hot shoe to attach a camera flash, a faster shot rate (11fps vs 6fps), more customisable buttons, và a better grip.

Wins for the Sony a5100 include a slightly longer battery life, lighter weight (283g vs 344g), smaller size, & a price tag that’s around $50 cheaper.

Also, if you’re a vlogger or you need to đoạn phim yourself, the Sony a5100 is the best option due lớn its LCD screen whcih you can face forward – the a6000’s screen is merely tiltable.

So, the decision is yours – both are excellent cameras capable of squeezing every last detail out of the APS-C sized sensor, with auto-focus performance that’s better than most dSLRs, all at an incredibly attractive price point.

For a more detailed comparison, check this guide: Sony a5100 vs a6000


Final Thoughts


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Bailey và van | Sony a5100 & Sony E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS

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| 1/200 f/6.3 ISO 100


Four and a half years on, the Sony a5100 is still a firm entry-level favourite – and it’s easy to lớn see why.

Although it may be small, it boasts impressive specs, a low price tag, và is capable of producing fantastic images.

The bundled kit lens produces excellent results & pleasing bokeh, all in a package that you can fit in your pocket và take anywhere. Further, the array of lenses available for Sony E Mount is impressive.

I was particularly impressed with the fast, accurate auto-focus. Even in bright shooting conditions when I couldn’t see the screen, the Sony a5100

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didn’t skip a beat, locking focus every time.

The lack of noise in images shot between ISO 1000 and ISO 2000 was incredible – there’s no way I would’ve guessed the portraits of Sarah in the field were shot at ISO 2000.

In some ways, the camera is just starting to show its age – for example, you can’t use the cảm biến screen to lớn navigate the menus. As I’m not a huge fan hâm mộ of cảm ứng screens, this didn’t bother me at all.

The only things I didn’t like about the camera were the lack of viewfinder, & the rendering of skin tones in some of the images.

Would I recommend the Sony a5100

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? Absolutely. If you’re looking to get into mirrorless, or if you’re already with Sony and looking to get a small second camera body, the Sony a5100 is still a very good choice.

I doubt there are too many other cameras you could say that about four và a half years after their release.