Sony Alpha 5100 Review - The Sony Alpha 5100 is one of the most feature-packed entry-level CSCs on the market, complete with a 179-point hybrid autofocus system and advanced video shooting capabilities

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Sony Alpha 5100

Image Quality:90%


  • Impressive video capture performance; Tough body; Good image quality and AF speeds


  • Touchscreen performance not as comprehensive as competitors; No microphone socket


Sony Alpha 5100 Review


Price as reviewed:

£549.00 (with kit lens)


Sony Alpha 5100 Review – Design

Sony Alpha 5100 product shot, top

You might expect that a camera with a specification as full as the a5100 might have to be bulky as a result. However, that’s simply not the case as the a5100 is a remarkably compact CSC.

In fact, it’s actually identical to the Sony Alpha 6000 with regards to size which is impressive when you consider how small that model is.

The weight of the camera is also kept to a minimum thanks to the largely plastic construction, while the good news is that this doesn’t result in a lesser quality body.

Sony Alpha 5100 product shot - in hand


Tough build

The plastic itself is certainly tough, while the grip itself has a leatherised texture finish giving it a quality feel in the hand.

The presence of the vari-angle screen is welcome, especially when you consider the current propensity for selfies. The screen itself is capable of turning around fully 180-degrees and as such can be viewed from in front of the lens, as well as both at a high and low angle.

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