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    Sony A5100 Offically Announced!

    The Sony Alpha A5100 mirrorless camera has been officially announced by Sony! I have all the specs and a detailed breakdown as well as pre-order links, pricing, and some thoughts on the new camera.. Sony Global >>



    Pre-order Links:

    Sony A5100 for $698 w/ kit lens and $548 (body only)

    BHPhoto | Amazon | Sony


    Sony A5100 Specs



    General Camera type Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
    Lens compatibility Sony E-mount lenses
    Image sensor Type APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
    Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 24.3 megapixels
    Number of pixels (total) Approx. 24.7 megapixels
    Image sensor aspect ratio 3:2
    Anti-dust system Charge protection coating on optical filter
    Recording system (still image) Recording format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
    Image size (pixels) [3:2 aspect ratio] L: 6000 x 4000 (24M), M: 4240 x 2832 (12M), S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0M)
    [16:9 aspect ratio] L: 6000 x 3376 (20M), M: 4240 x 2400 (10M), S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)
    [Sweep Panorama] Wide: Horizontal 12416 x 1856 (23M), Vertical 5536 x 2160 (12M), Standard: Horizontal 8192 x 1856(15M), Vertical 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)
    Image quality modes RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
    Picture Effect 13 modes: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
    Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps)
    Dynamic range functions Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV, 1.0 EV steps)
    Color space sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
    Recording system (movies) Recording format XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
    Video compression XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
    Audio recording format XAVC S: LPCM 2ch
    AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
    MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
    Image size (pixels) [1080 60i compatible device] XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50Mbps, 30p/50Mbps, 24p/50Mbps)
    AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH)
    MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps), 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)
    [1080 50i compatible device] XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (50p/50Mbps, 25p/50Mbps)
    AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50p/28Mbps/PS, 50i/24Mbps/FX, 50i/17Mbps/FH, 25p/24Mbps/FX, 25p/17Mbps/FH)
    MP4: 1440 x 1080 (25fps/12Mbps), 640 x 480 (25fps/3Mbps)
    Picture Effect 7 modes: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R, G, B, Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key
    Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast -3 to +3 steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps)
    Movie functions Dual Video REC, Auto Slow Shutter, HDMI info. Display (On/Off selectable), AF tracking duration, AF drive speed
    Color space xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS Color
    Media 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)
    Slot Multi slot for Memory Stick Duo / SD Memory card
    Noise reduction Noise reduction Long exposure NR: Available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/Low selectable
    White balance Modes Auto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps, A7 to B7: 15 steps) / Custom / Underwater
    AWB micro adjustment G7 to M7 (15 steps), A7 to B7 (15 steps)
    Bracketing 3 frames, H/L selectable
    Focus system Type Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
    Focus point 179 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
    Sensitivity range EV -1 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
    AF modes Automatic AF (AF-A), Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
    Focus area Wide (179 points for phase-detection AF, 25 points for contrast-detection AF) / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Lock-on AF (Wide / Zone / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L))
    Other features Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Predictive control, Focus lock, AF micro adjustment (both only available with optional LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached), AF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.30-3 m)
    Exposure control Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
    Metering sensor Exmor CMOS sensor
    Metering sensitivity -1 to 20 EV (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
    Metering modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
    Exposure modes AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
    Scene Selection Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
    Exposure compensation Still images: +/- 3.0 EV (1/3 EV steps), Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
    AE bracketing With 3 frames in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV or 3.0 EV increments.
    With 5 frames in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV or 2/3 EV increments.
    AE lock Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. (Auto/On/Off) selectable)
    ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Still images: ISO 100-25600, AUTO (ISO 100-25600, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
    Movies: ISO 100-12800 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-12800 equivalent, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
    LCD screen Type 7.5 cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT drive
    Touch screen Yes, electrostatic type
    Total number of dots 921,600 dots
    Brightness control Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
    Adjustable Angle Up by approx. 180 degrees
    Display Graphic Display / Display All Info. / No Disp. Info. / Histogram
    Real-time image-adjustment display On/Off
    Focus magnifier 5.9x, 11.7x
    Zebra Yes
    Peaking MF Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
    Marker Display Yes (Center / Aspect / Safety Zone / Guideframe)
    Grid Line Yes (Rule of Thirds Grid / Square Grid / Diag. + Square Grid / Off)
    Other features Face detection On / On (Regist. Faces) / Off, Face registration, Face selection (Max. number of detectable faces: 8)
    Auto Object Framing Yes
    Touch Shutter Yes
    Touch Focus Yes
    Clear Image Zoom Still / Movie: Approx. 2x
    Digital zoom Smart zoom (still images) M: Approx. 1.4x, S: Approx. 2.0x
    Digital zoom (still images) L: Approx. 4x, M: Approx. 5.7x, S: Approx. 8x
    Digital zoom (movies) Approx. 4x
    PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
    Lens compensation Peripheral shading, chromatic aberration, distortion
    Shutter Type Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
    Shutter speed Still images: 1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb
    Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps)
    1080 60i compatible device: Up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
    1080 50i compatible device: Up to 1/50 in AUTO mode (up to 1/25 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
    Flash sync. speed 1/160 sec.
    Electronic front curtain shutter Yes
    SteadyShot INSIDE (image stabilization) Type Not supported (image stabilization supplied by lens)
    Flash Control Type Built-in flash
    Guide No. 4 (in meters at ISO100)
    Flash coverage 16mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)
    Control Pre-flash TTL
    Flash compensation +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
    Flash bracketing 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2, 3 EV steps, 3/5 frames (1.0/2.0/3.0 EV: only 3 frames) selectable
    Flash modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction (On/Off selectable)
    Recycling time Approx. 3 sec.
    Drive Drive modes Single shooting, Continuous shooting (Hi / Low selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (10 sec. delay; 3/5 frames selectable), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
    Speed (approx., max.)*1 Continuous mode: 6 fps (hi), 3 fps (low)
    No. of recordable frames*1*2 (approx.) JPEG Fine L: 56 frames, JPEG Standard L: 75 frames, RAW: 23 frames, RAW & JPG: 22 frames
    Playback Modes Single (with or without shooting information, YRGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning), 12/30-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 16.7x, M: 11.8x, S: 8.3x, Panorama (Standard): 19.2x, Panorama (Wide): 29.1x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, off), Image orientation (Manual/Off selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Still / Date / MP4 / AVCHD / XAVC S), Forward/Rewind (Movie), Delete, Protect
    Interface PC interface Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote
    Multi / Micro USB Terminal Yes*3
    Wireless LAN (built-in) Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)*4
    Playback of still images and movies on smartphones, PCs and TVs
    NFC Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
    HD output HDMI micro connector (Type-D), BRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI), PhotoTV HD, 4K still image playback
    Compatible OS Windows Vista*5 SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Mac OS X (10.7-10.9)
    Audio Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
    Speaker Built-in, monaural
    Print Compatible standards Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
    Custom function Type Custom key settings
    Power Battery Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
    Still images Approx. 400 shots (CIPA standard)
    Movies Actual*6 *7: Approx. 75 min (CIPA standard)
    Continuous*6 *8: Approx. 110 min (CIPA standard)
    External power AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (optional)
    Operating temperature Range 32-104F / 0-40C


    Thanks,
    Jay

    Overview courtesy of BHPhoto:

    Offering the speed and versatility required by multimedia photographers, Sony's Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera combines a high-resolution sensor, hybrid AF system, and apt video recording capabilities, all within a compact and convenient form factor. Pairing a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, this camera is able to record up to 6 fps continuous shooting with notable sensitivity to ISO 25600. Full HD video recording is supported in the high-quality XAVC S codec, with the ability to shoot at 1080p60 or 720p120 frame rates. Complementing the multimedia imaging capabilities is the Fast Hybrid AF system, which pairs 179 phase-detection points with 25 contrast-detection points to deliver fast, accurate, and consistent focusing abilities. The a5100 is poised to deliver the all-around performance desired by contemporary photographers while still maintaining the convenience needed for everyday shooting.

    In regard to handling, the a5100 sports a sleek design that is characterized by a large 3.0" 921.6k-dot LCD monitor, which features a 180 upward tilting design to permit easier viewing from both front-facing and above angles. Furthermore, the LCD is also a touchscreen, which permits intuitive control over image playback and menu navigation, as well as the ability to release the shutter and touch-to-focus for pinpoint accuracy. Seven customizable function buttons, along with top and rear dials also facilitate efficient control over a variety of settings and modes. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, with support for NFC-enabled devices, is also integrated into the a5100 to support remote camera control and image sharing to linked mobile devices.

    24.3MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
    The 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor work together to produce high resolution, well-detailed imagery with minimal noise and notable low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. The sensor utilizes a gapless on-chip lens design, which fills the gaps between neighboring pixels with optimized lenses that match the angle of incidence to increase light gathering ability and produce edge-to-edge sharpness and quality. The processor also contributes to providing a wealth of speed throughout the camera system, including Fast Hybrid AF, a top continuous shooting rate of 6 fps, and full HD video recording in multiple frame rates and formats.

    Fast Hybrid AF System
    The Fast Hybrid AF system utilizes both a 179-point phase-detection system and 25-point contrast-detection system to achieve precise focus in as little as 0.07 sec. Utilizing a Spatial Object Detection algorithm, this fast focusing system first employs the phase-detection AF points to quickly bring the subject into focus and then uses the contrast-detection AF points, with wide AF coverage, to fine-tune the sharpness for ensured accuracy. Beyond supporting single shot modes, this system also provides AF tracking when shooting up to 6 fps in continuous high mode and functions seamlessly when recording full HD movies. This hybrid focusing mode is further accentuated by the incorporation of a touchscreen LCD, which avails touch-to-focus control for critical accuracy in both still and video recording.

    For further refinement, a series of distinct AF modes can be selected from depending on the subject. Eye AF is a detail-oriented focusing function that can prioritize a subject's pupil and dedicate focusing performance on that for sharply-rendered portraits; Lock-on AF is a dedicated focusing method for use with moving subjects and adjusts the target frame size as the subject moves throughout the image frame; AF area settings allow you to prioritize specific regions within the frame for increased accuracy; and AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C (Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), and Manual Focus modes can also be chosen.

    Full HD Video Recording

    Full HD 1080p video recording is supported at 60, 30, and 24 fps, as well as HD 720p at 120 fps, in the high-quality 50 Mbps XAVC S codec. Other recording options include the ability to utilize the AVCHD and MP4 codecs, with support for recording up to 1080p60 video at 28 Mbps. Dual video recording is supported, as well, with the ability to select either XAVC S or AVCHD codecs plus a duplicate MP4 file to be recorded at the same time for greater efficiency when sharing videos online. Additionally, using the integrated HDMI type D output, both 1080i60 and 1080p60 uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2 video can be recorded to an optional external recorder.

    Complementing the video capabilities of the a5100, a built-in stereo microphone is incorporated into the design and records audio in the Linear PCM 2-channel format for XAVC S movies, the AC-3 Dolby Digital format for AVCHD movies, and the MPEG-4 AAC-LC format for web-quality MP4 videos.

    Manual focus peaking and a zebra function are also available, to benefit working in manual focus and to assure highlight detail is retained, respectively. A marker setting can be shown on the rear LCD as well, in order to display a center marker, guide frame, aspect marker, safety zone, and other pertinent features for video recording.

    Body Design

    Sporting a compact form factor and using the versatile Sony E lens mount, this mirrorless camera is designed for convenience and intuitiveness. A large 3.0" 921.6k-dot LCD monitor features a 180 upward tilting design to better facilitate taking self-portraits and a zoom lever surrounding the shutter release button helps to easily fine tune compositions when used in conjunction with a compatible power zoom lens. Additionally, this LCD is also a touchscreen, which offers efficient control over camera settings and navigation throughout playback and menu systems. In regard to physical controls about the body, two top dials and a rear-mounted control give direct access to different shooting modes and camera settings. A dedicated Fn (Function) button, along with seven other customizable buttons, can also be assigned to control any of 47 different settings.

    The body also incorporates a pop-up flash, which features a guide number of 13.1' at ISO 100 for additional illumination in difficult lighting conditions.

    Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity

    Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables the a5100 to instantly share imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices; no complex set-up is required. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and remotely control the camera's shutter.

    Additionally, PlayMemories Camera Apps are also supported via the built-in Wi-Fi connection and allow you to personalize the camera's features depending on specific shooting styles. Apps are available to suit creating portraits, detailed close-ups, sports, time lapse, motion shot, and other specific types of imagery.

    Other Camera Features
    • The Sony E-mount affords compatibility with an extensive number of lenses and lens adapters.
    • An advanced 1200-zone evaluative exposure metering sensor delivers consistent and accurate results using multi-segment, center-weighted, or spot metering modes.
    • Auto Object Framing is an intelligent shooting mode that can automatically analyze the scene and subjects within it and determine an aesthetically pleasing composition. The subsequent imagery will be cropped according to subject matter, resulting in a well-balanced composition that utilizes Face Detection and Tracking Focus to ensure high image quality and sharpness.
    • Clear Image Zoom can be used to magnify the center of scenes by 2x to effectively extend the reach of any focal length lens. This digital zoom technology uses an intelligent interpolation process to minimize the amount of image degradation in order to produce realistic, high-quality images.
    • Picture Effect modes allow you to apply creative settings and emphasize certain facets of individual images for a richer, more aesthetic picture quality. Posterization (Color/B&W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta), and Soft High-Key, Soft Focus (High/Mid/Low), HDR Painting (High/Mid/Low), Rich-Tone Monochrome, Miniature (Auto/Top/Middle(H)/Bottom/Right/Middle(V)/Left), Watercolor, and Illustration (High/Mid/Low) modes are available.
    • Superior Auto mode is an intelligent automated setting that can quickly identify the current shooting environment and adjust crucial camera settings to deliver optimized results. This mode also utilizes Auto HDR and Hand-held Twilight modes, which employ image compositing techniques to better handle difficult lighting conditions.
    • Anti-Motion Blur automatically corrects for subject movement in order to deliver clean, sharp imagery in low-light conditions. This is accomplished by recording six sequential frames and compositing portions of each image to ensure overall sharpness.
    • Hand-held Twilight Mode automatically composites details from six sequentially-recorded images in order to attain higher overall image sharpness when working in low-light conditions.
    • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) works to improve images featuring backlit subjects or scenes with high contrast where details can be lost in the shadows or highlights. This mode can be controlled automatically or fine-tuned using five settings.
    • Creative Style settings provide control over how the camera processes images based on six different predetermined styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, and Sepia. Within these settings, contrast, saturation, and sharpness can also be adjusted depending on personal preference.
    • A Soft Skin Effect helps to minimize the appearance of wrinkles or blemishes in portraits
    • In-camera creation of 4K slide shows is possible for rich playback to ultra high definition televisions. An HDMI port is incorporated into the camera's design too, to enable direct connection to HDTVs.
    • TRILUMINOS Color support is afforded by the a5100 to produce rich, natural colors when imagery is viewed on a TRILUMINOS Display.
    • Convenient USB charging allows you to charge the included lithium-ion battery in-camera via USB connection from either an AC outlet or PC source.





    I think it looks aawesome for the low weight and features. In all honesty I don't use the viewfinder tha much these dyas either and the flipping touch screen would be much better for my purposes most of the time. The few times I do need the viewfinder would kill me though if I missed a shot. I think it's time to consider selling the Nex-6? Hmmmm

    Thanks,

    Jay
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    Jay this is perfect camera for video recording from copter/drone Lite weight, clean HDMI out, XAVC S video format. 179 AF points, power zoom...

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    Oh yeah, it sure is! And for recording reviews it's perfect as well! I use separate audio anyway, so that is not an issue for me. I need to get rid of the A7r and possible Nex-6 asap I think!@ Then I can get a new quadcopter and camera? Why not, you only love once and life is short brother!

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    Looks pretty good. The inclusion of touch screen makes me think there could be a a6100 later. I'm a bit jealous about the XAVC S.

    Also, you should put that camera on eBay Jay.

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    I like it, looks sexy in white....

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    hmm intresting touch screen must be listening to doug kaye

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    Jay - Comments, Questions, and Critiques always welcomed and encouraged!

    Current Everyday Gear: Sony A7r, Sony Nex-6, 18-55mm, 55-210mm OSS Lens, 16mm f/2.8 Pancake, Rainbow Imagining MC/MD Lens Adapter w/ Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4 PG Rokkor Lens

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    one drawback: no accessory shoe.
    otherwise it's a perfect camera for its size.

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    That is true and good point, however it has a built in flash and with the screen flipping upward 180 degree it will hit the accessories when mounted anyway

    Jay
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