Alpha 5100 E-mount Camera with APS-C Sensor
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ILCE-5100 System Software (Firmware)
Version 3.10. 14-03-2016
Art at the speed of thought
Elevate your photography with phenomenal focus. A Fast Hybrid AF system with 179 points— plus intuitive touch focus—gives your shots professional polish.
Learn and be inspired while exploring our Image Gallery. Images are captured on Sony cameras and lenses.
- 24.3MP Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor
- Fast Hybrid AF with 179 phase-detection points
- 180º tiltable LCD screen
Best CSC Entry Level: Sony α5100Dubbed a “super compact” CSC, the Sony α5100 is about half the size of a conventional DSLR. The camera holds a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with the same gapless on-chip lens structure as the company’s α7R. TIPA, 2015 Read Review
Supported in Capture One Express (for Sony)
Capture One Express (for Sony) is one of the world's best RAW converters, rendering precise colours and incredible detail. It contains flexible digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customizable and integrated solution. * Please direct all inquiries on purchase, usage and support on Capture One solutions to Phase One.
BIONZ X for faster image processing
The BIONZ X image processing engine reproduces texture and detail in real time-for remarkably realistic images with rich tonal gradations and a natural appearance. Visual noise is nearly imperceptible, thanks to advanced area-specific noise reduction. Detail reproduction technology delivers fine textures, and diffraction-reducing technology optimizes the performance of any lens.
Record movies in Full HD detail
Press the MOVIE button to record films that are notable for their sharpness and lack of visual noise-in your choice of 60p, 60i, or 24p. Improved Fast Hybrid AF provides remarkably fast and accurate autofocusing and tracking. P/A/S/M modes give you control over how the image looks, and Clear Image Zoom lets you zoom with extra clarity.
Fast Hybrid AF captures with clarity
Shoot with unparalleled precision, thanks to advanced Fast Hybrid AF. Improved phase-detection and contrast-detection capabilities achieve autofocus in 0.07 seconds. Advanced features include faster data reading from?the image sensor, higher-speed BIONZ? X data processing, more advanced AF algorithms, and optimized control of the lens drive.
Track fast-moving subjects with 179 AF points
The Fast Hybrid AF system has 179 accurate phase-detection AF points, covering nearly the entire image area. They enhance subject tracking and the capture of fast-moving subjects, and improve scene recognition as well as subject size detection. Combined with 25 high-speed, high-precision contrast-detection AF points, you can capture with confidence.
6fps continuous shooting with AF tracking
Capture the decisive moment, even when your subject is speeding along. 6fps continuous shooting with superior AF tracking makes the most of the superb tracking capability of the 179 phase-detection AF points, and accurately tracks your subject-anywhere on the screen. Continuous shooting in high-speed situations achieves crispness and clarity.
Fast Hybrid AF films with artistic control
Fast Hybrid AF provides extremely accurate focusing and smooth subject tracking, even while shooting movies. You can also adjust AF tracking duration and AF drive speed, for greater artistic control over the films you shoot.
Eye AF puts faces in focus
Show off your subject's best side, with extremely accurate Eye AF. Even when capturing someone partially turned away from the camera using a shallow depth of field, it ensures that their face will be in sharp focus. A green frame appears over the prioritized eye to let you know that focus has been achieved, and you're ready to shoot.
Improved Lock-on AF targets your subject
Lock-on AF enhances the tracking of moving subjects by using the optimal? AF point at all?times, and adjusting the target frame size to match your subject's?characteristics. Thanks to advances in phase-detection AF, it's now more accurate than ever-so lock-on, and shoot fast-moving targets with precision.
180º tiltable LCD screen for creative freedom
Enjoy enhanced shooting comfort with a 3" LCD screen that tilts 180º to accommodate shooting at every angle, from low to high and in-between. This flexibility, combined with the camera's compact mobility, will greatly expand your shooting options.
Built-in pop-up flash for expanded exposures
The a built-in pop-up flash (GN4; ISO 100m) is useful for shooting in low light, capturing subjects in night landscapes (Slow Sync), and shooting portraits in backlit conditions (Daylight Flash). For the portrait-oriented, it can add a beautiful catch-light to a subject's eyes. Rear Sync mode makes it possible to capture the path of a moving subject in a natural manner.
One-touch remote and one-touch sharing
One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera, and one-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. Either way, by installing PlayMemories Mobile app to your NFC enable Android smartphone or tablet, you can avoid complex set-up sequences and establish wireless connection simply by touching your device to the camera. You are now ready to control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot, or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. No NFC? No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.
- Lens Compatibility E-mount
- Lens Mount E-mount
- ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-25600
- Image Sensor Aspect Ratio 3:2
Number Of Pixels (Effective)
- Number Of Pixels (Effective) 24.3 MP
- Number of Pixels (total) Approx. 24.7 megapixels
- Sensor Type APS-C
- Shutter Speed Still images:1/4000 to 30 sec, BulbMovies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps)\n up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)
- Flash Sync. Speed 1/160 sec.
- Electronic Front Shutter Curtain Yes
- Touch Screen Yes
- Total Number of Dots 921,600 dots
- Real-time Image Adjustment Display (LCD) ON/OFF
- Peaking MF Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, colour: White/Red/Yellow)
- Focus Magnifier Yes
- Brightness Control (LCD) Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
- Adjustable Angle Up by approx. 180 degrees
- Screen Type 3.0\ wide type TFT LCD
- Speaker Built-in, monaural
- Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
- Custom Function Type Yes
- Drive Modes Single-shotContinuous shootingSelf-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable)Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 exposures selectable)Bracketing (Single,Cont.)White Balance bracketDRO bracket
- Continues Shooting 6 fps (in High Continuous shooting)
- Scene Selection PortraitLandscapeMacroSports actionSunsetNight portraitNight SceneHand-held TwilightAnti Motion Blur
- Metering Type 1200-zone evaluative metering
- Metering Sensor Exmor CMOS sensor
- Metering Sensitivity EV-1 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
- Metering Mode Multi-segmentCenter-weightedSpot
- Exposure Modes iAUTOSuperior AutoProgrammed AE (P)Aperture priority (A)Shutter-speed priority (S)Manual (M)Movie (Programmed AE (P) / Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) )Sweep PanoramaScene Selection
- Exposure Compensation Still images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps), Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
- Auto (AE) Bracketing Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV increments, 3/5 frames (1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV : only 3 frames) selectable
- AE Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. (Auto/On/Off selectable)
- Flash Modes Flash offAutoflashFill-flashSlow Sync.Rear Sync.Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable)
- Flash Control (with optional external flash) Pre-flash TTL
- Flash Compensation +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
- Other Features Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Predictive control, Focus lock
- Focus Type Fast Hybrid AF(phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
- Focus Sensor Exmor CMOS sensor
- Focus Sensitivity Range EV-1 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
- Focus Point 179 points (phase-detection AF) \n/ 25 points (conotrast-detection AF)
- Focus Area Wide (179 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points(contrast-detection AF)) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Lock-on AF ( Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L))
- AF Mode AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
- AF Illuminator range Approx. 0.3- approx. 3.0m (with E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
- AF Illuminator Built-in flash
- PC Interface Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote
- NFC™ Yes
- Interfaces Multi/Micro USB TerminalPC remote
- HD Output HDMI micro connector (Type-D)BRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI)PhotoTV HD4K Still Image PB
- Noise Reduction Long exposure NR: available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal / Low
- White Balance Modes AutoDaylightShadeCloudyIncandescentFluorescent<lt/>Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight<gt/>FlashUnderwatercolour Temperature<lt/>2500 to 9900K<gt/>& colour filter<lt/>G7 to M7(15-step), A7 to B7(15-step)<gt/>Custom
- Bracketing 3 frames, H/L selectable
- AWB Micro Adjustment Yes<lt/>G7 to M7, 15-step<gt/><lt/>A7 to B7, 15-step<gt/>
- Playback Modes Single (with or without shooting information RGB histogram & highlight / shadow warning)12/30-frame index viewEnlarged display mode (L: 16.7x, M: 11.8x, S: 8.3x, Panorama (Standard): 19.2x, Panorama (Wide): 29.1x)Image orientation (Manual/Off selectable)SlideshowPanorama scrollingFolder selection (Date/ Still/ MP4/ AVCHD/ XAVC S)Forward/Rewind (Movie)DeleteProtectAuto Review (10/ 5/ 2 sec, Off)
Battery Life (CIPA, Still Images)
- Battery Life (CIPA, Still Images) Up to 400 shots
- Supplied Battery NP-FW50 W-series Rechargeable Battery Pack
- Internal Battery Charge Yes
- External Power AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately)
- Battery Life (CIPA, Movies) Actual Recording:Approx. 75 minContinuous Recording:Approx. 110 min
- Compatible Standards Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
- Recording Format (Movie) AVCHD 2.0 / MP4 / XAVC S
- Movie Functions Dual Video Rec, AF Tracking Duration, AF Drive Speed, Auto Slow Shutter, HDMI Info. Display
- Image Size (pixels), NTSC* XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (30p, 50M), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 50M)AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 28M, PS), 1920 x 1080 (60i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (60i, 17M, FH), 1920 x 1080 (24p, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080(24p, 17M, FH)MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps)VGA(640 x 480, 30fps)
Recording (still images)
- Recording Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
- Picture Effect Posterization (colour, B/W)Pop colourRetro PhotoPartial colour (R,G,B,Y)High Contrast MonoToy Camera (Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta)Soft High-keySoft Focus (High/Mid/Low)HDR Painting (High/Mid/Low)Rich-tone MonoMiniature (Auto/Top/Middle(H)/Bottom/Right/Middle(V)/Left)WatercolourIllustration (High/Mid/ Low)
- Image Size (pixels), Sweep Panorama Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M)Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
- Image Size (pixels), 3:2 L: 6000 x 4000 (24M)M: 4240 x 2832 (12M)S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)
- Image Quality Modes RAWRAW+JPEGJPEG FineJPEG Standard
- Dynamic Range Functions OffDynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5))Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step))
- Creative Style StandardVividPortraitLandscapeSunsetBlack & WhiteSepia (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
- Touch Shutter Yes
- Smile Shutter Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
- Smart zoom (Still Image) M:Approx. 1.4xS:Approx. 2x
- Self-Portrait Yes (3 sec delay / OFF selectable)
- PlayMemories Camera Apps™ Yes
- Lens Compensation Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
- Face Detection On, On (Regist. Faces), Off
- Digital zoom (Still Image) L:Approx. 4x;M:Approx. 5.7x;S:Approx. 8x
- Digital zoom (Movie) Approx. 4x
- Clear Image Zoom Approx. 2x
- Auto Object Framing Yes (Still Images)
- Compatible Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
- Wireless and Network Capabilities Wi-FiNFC One-touch functionalityDownloadable Camera Apps
- View on TV Yes
- View on Smartphone Yes
- Upload to PC Yes
Size and Weight
- Width (cm) 13.50
- Height (cm) 13.00
- Weight (kg) 0.96
- Carton Width (cm) 27.00
- Carton Height (cm) 20.00
- Carton Weight (kg) 4.00
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