SAN DIEGO, Aug. 17, 2014 – Sony Electronics has today
introduced the stylish new α5100 camera, a new model packing pro-quality
AF performance and image quality into a portable, lightweight package.
The speedy new camera (model ILCE-5100) features the same Fast Hybrid
AF system as the acclaimed α6000 model, which allows it to acquire
focus in as little as 0.07 seconds1. It also shares the
α6000’s image sensor – a 24.3 MP APS-C Exmor™ CMOS sensor – and powerful
BIONZ X processor. This impressive combination of hardware ensures
that the camera can capture still images and full HD videos in sharp
focus with incredible detail.
Unique to the new α5100 is its extremely compact design, placing it
among the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras in market
“Sony continues to innovate in the mirrorless camera space, offering
products that are not only smaller and lighter than competitive DSLRs,
but that consistently outperform them,” said Neal Manowitz, director of
the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony. “The new α5100 is a
primary example, offering world-class AF speed and performance in a
palm-sized body at a great price. It’s powerful enough to satisfy the
most experienced DSLR shooters, yet not too intimidating for the casual
Fast Hybrid AF system
Borrowing from the award-winning α6000, the compelling Fast Hybrid AF
system on the new α5100 camera features focal plane phase-detection AF
points with an extremely wide autofocus coverage area (179 focal points)
that is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF. This potent
combination allows the camera to accurately track and respond to a
subject moving through nearly the entire frame, whether shooting still
images or full HD videos.
Additionally, the α5100 camera has an extremely responsive touch
screen which works with the AF system to enable Touch Focus, allowing
shooters to focus by simply touching the intended subject on any area of
the LCD screen – even if it’s at the far edges.
The new α5100 model also comes equipped with Eye AF and Lock-on AF
functions that debuted in the α7/ α7R, a Flexible Spot AF area function,
and AF-A mode (automatic switching between AF-C and AF-S) that is also
offered in the α6000.
HD Video Performance
The versatile α5100 supports full HD video shooting in AVCHD as well as the XAVC S2
codec, which records video at a high data rate of 50 Mbps with advanced
compression for impressive video quality. XAVC S paired with the
advanced focusing system of the α5100 makes for a compelling HD video
shooting solution that only a select number of cameras in market today –
mirrorless or DSLR – can offer.
Additionally, with the power of the BIONZ X processor, the camera is
able to read, process and output data from all of the sensor’s pixels
during video recording, ensuring that it produces the highest quality
video possible by eliminating aliasing, moiré and false color artifacts.
The new camera also features dual video recording, allowing it to
simultaneously record two files – one in Full HD (AVCHD or XAVC S) and
the other in lower resolution MP4 format – to a single installed SD card2.
This gives videographers a high-quality file for viewing on large
screens or working on in post-processing, as well as a smaller, lower
data-rate version that is ideal for uploading and sharing.
Design, Controls, Wi-Fi® and New Accessories
The compact new mirrorless camera features a high resolution 921k dot
WhiteMagic™ LCD screen that can tilt a full 180 degrees upright, ideal
for self-portraits. On top of the camera body, there’s a zoom lever for
convenient one-handed camera operation and a handy pop-up flash for
tough lighting conditions.
The α5100 camera has built-in Wi-Fi, giving consumers one-touch
connection with Xperia® or NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones or
tablets for instant image transfer and sharing. A single touch also
activates Smart Remote Control, giving users a live image preview
through their compatible smartphone or tablet, and allowing them to use
the smart device to release the camera’s shutter.
For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly
transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control through
Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile™ application, available for the iOS and
The camera is also compatible with downloadable Sony PlayMemories
Camera Apps, adding a range of exciting and creative capabilities.
Currently there are a total of 10 different applications available with
several others to be released this spring. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca .
New accessories that are compatible with the α5100 camera include the
style-matching LCS-EBD body case – available in three color variations –
as well as the compact, easy-to-carry RM-SPR1 remote.
Pricing and Availability
The Sony α5100 compact interchangeable lens camera will be available
in September 2014 in black and white in a kit with a compact, versatile
16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650) for about $700, or as
body-only for about $550.
The new camera and all compatible lenses and accessories will be available at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.
Sony α Lenses Assortment
The α5100 camera is compatible with Sony’s ever-growing assortment of
E-mount interchangeable lenses, and uses the same Sony E-mount as the
acclaimed α6000, α7, α7R and α7S models, as well as all the previous α
‘NEX’ cameras. All Sony ‘FE’ and ‘E’ lenses are compatible with all
Outlined below, the E-mount family now includes 20 different models
with several premium models from ZEISS® and Sony’s G Series Lenses: