Sony has recently officially unveiled a new ultra-compact APS-C mirrorless camera called the a5100 which is equipped with many of the features seen on the company’s award-winning a6000 camera but in a smaller package.
The first of these features borrowed from the a6000 is Sony’s fast Hybrid AF system which combines focal plane phase-detection AF points (with a total of 179 focal points) with contrast-detection AF. Users can utilize the a5100’s AF system in a variety of ways including Touch Focus using the camera’s touch screen, Eye AF, Lock-on AF, Flexible Spot AF, and AF-A (automatic switching between AF-C and AF-S). It also features the same 24.3-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor and BIONZ X image processor as the a6000.
Other than photographs, the a5100 is capable of shooting full HD video in either AVCHD or XAVC S2. Users can also use the camera’s dual video recording feature to capture video in both Full HD and low resolution MP4, simultaneously.
The a5100 is equipped with a 921k dot WhiteMagic LCD screen that’s capable of tilting a full 180-degrees upright, a zoom lever, and a pop-up flash. Connectivity-wise, the a5100 is equipped with Wi-Fi, NFC, and Smart Remote Control.
“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 weekend photographer.”
The Sony a5100 compact mirrorless camera will be available sometime in September 2014 in either black or white in a kit with a 16-50mm motorized zoom lens at an estimated price of $700. It’s also available as body-only for around $550. The camera, lenses, and accessories will be available at Sony retail stores as well as Sony authorized dealers.