Small, powerful sub-$1000 ILC from Sony

Sony has jumped the Photokina gun by announcing September release at an RRP $899 of the Sony α5100, a model it is billing ‘the the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera.

sa5100_3Features include:
Fast Hybrid AF with widely-covered 179 focal plane phase-detection AF points for reliable tracking autofocus plus touch focusing and touch shutter release;
-High-sensitivity 24.3 megapixel APS-C size Exmor CMOS sensor and powerful Bionz X processor;
– Shoot cinematic Full HD movies with Fast Hybrid AF tracking;
– Perfect selfies with 180-degree tiltable touch enabled LCD Monitor and Soft Skin Effect;
– Downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps to expand your creative possibilities
– One-touch image and movie sharing with Wi-Fi/NFC.

The 24.3-megapixel sensor, Fast Hybrid AF system, Bionz X processor, and high ISO of 25,600 are taken from the α6000 and put into a smaller body. It doesn’t have the EVF of the α6000, but a 3-inch touchscreen LCD (921K-dots) which rotates to 180 degrees. Burst mode maxes out at 6fps.

Video recording supports the increasingly popular pro-focused XAVC S 2
format at 50 Mbps for Full HD footage.

The flip-up touch screen makes selfies easy – a conveniently-positioned zoom lever assists and then an in-camera soft-skin effect enhances skin tone ‘producing even better looking selfies’.

Sharing photos and movie clips (MP4) with phones, tablets and TVs is easy, too. NFC allows one-touch transfer and Wi-Fi Direct allows easy wireless transfer to compatible Android and iOS devices.  One-touch linkage also activates Smart Remote Control, letting you frame shots and fire the camera shutter from your smartphone or tablet’s screen.

sa5100_1PlayMemories Camera Apps from Sony is a range of free and paid-for apps that include handy utilities, fun effects and impressive creative tools for serious photographers.

New accessories include the easy-to-carry RM-SPR1 remote that’s great for shake-free tripod-mounted pictures.

The α5100, presumably with 16-50mm kits lens, will be available in Australia for an RRP of $899.  (US MSRP is $699.)

To access the full press release, click here.

 

 

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Additional mention-worthy features are video related: it can shoot 1080/60p Full HD in both AVCHD as well as XAVC-S for those who want to pull footage at 50Mbps.

 

 

 

Nothing gets past the blazing Fast Hybrid AF system of the α5100, the same that can be found in the α6000, with 179 phase detection points that freeze rapid action, frame after crisply-focused frame. Even fast-paced targets – like blistering penalty shots or lively pets – are tracked faithfully for blur-free results. Grabbing the moment is easier still with Touch Focus and Touch Shutter. Just touch your subject anywhere on the crisp, bright LCD screen to adjust the focus and fire the shutter for pin-sharp shots at your fingertips.

 

Sony’s latest-generation Exmor CMOS sensor with 24.3 effective megapixels guarantees flawless detail and textures. As big as the APS-C sensor in larger DSLR cameras, it’s teamed with the same powerful BIONZ X image processor featured in the acclaimed α7 Series. You’ll see the difference with fabulous refinement and low-light sensitivity[1], whether you’re shooting stills or movies.

 

Video recording is stunning, capitalising on the sensitivity and detail of the α5100 for smooth, cinematic results. Support for the increasingly popular pro-focused XAVC S[2] format at 50 Mbps ensures spectacular Full HD footage with fabulous sound to match. Just like still shooting, Fast Hybrid AF assures pin-sharp focus that tracks your subject, plus the extra convenience of Touch Focus.

 

It might be the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera, but the α5100 packs in plenty of thoughtful touches to make everyday shots simple.

 

Flip the large 3-inch LCD screen 180° and hold the ergonomically-styled camera body comfortably at arm’s length. Frame yourself with the conveniently positioned zoom lever: then release the shutter for a great self-portrait. In-camera soft-skin effect enhances skin tone, producing even better looking selfies.

 

Sharing photos and movie clips (MP4) with phones, tablets and TVs is easy, too. NFC allows one-touch transfer and Wi-Fi Direct allows easy wireless transfer to compatible Android and iOS devices. One-touch linkage also activates Smart Remote Control, letting you frame shots and fire the camera shutter right from your smartphone or tablet’s screen.

 

PlayMemories Camera Apps from Sony expand the possibilities of the α5100 further still. Download a growing range of free and paid-for apps that include handy utilities, fun effects and impressive creative tools for serious photographers.

 

New accessories include the easy-to-carry RM-SPR1 remote that’s great for shake-free tripod-mounted selfies.


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