Just a few months ago, we saw the release of Sony’s A6000, a wonderful mirrorless camera with super fast autofocus. Today, Sony brings us another small, fast, mirrorless camera in the new A5100. Looking to hit the mark at being the world’s smallest interchangeable lens mirrorless camera, the A5100 comes in priced at $549 (or $699 with 16-50mm kit lens). This is the latest addition to Sony’a Alpha line effectively replacing the NEX-5T.
The A5100 uses the same 24.3-megapixel APS-C sensor as the A600, with a revamped, hybrid autofocus system using 179 phase-detection AF points and 25 contrast-detection AF points. That should be fast enough to catch little Jimmy’s home run hit. Sony tells us focus can be locked on in as little as 0.07 seconds. Continuous shooting mode supports up to 6fps with the potential for 56 shots in a row. Up from the capability of the A6000.
If video is your game, the XAVC S recording system allows you to capture footage in 1080p at a bit rate of 50Mbps. Sadly, there is no electronic viewfinder found on the new A5100. But, there is a built-in flash and a 3-inch display that tilts a full 180 degrees for perfect selfies. Integrated Wi-Fi and NFCRecord will get your images on your smartphone, TV, laptop or tablet with ease.
You can order your A5100 today, shipping begins this September. Buy now at B&H Photo here.