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Sony’s a5100 is its Best New Camera for Casual Photographers

by Jacob Kleinman | August 17, 2014August 17, 2014 9:00 pm PST

Sony just announced the a5100 camera, a follow up to the interchangeable lens a5000 unveiled earlier this year at CES 2014. The new digital camera offers the same small and sleek design with more photo-taking power and a slightly higher price.

The a5100 packs the same swiveling 180-degree screen as the a5000 for when you want to snap a high-quality selfie, but this model ups the ante with an LCD touchscreen. It also increases the sensor’s mega-pixel count from 20MP to 24MP and adds a built-in flash that pops out at the top of the device. Sony said it improved the overall performance as well with a ton of tweaks for a better photo-taking experience.

The entire package costs $699 and includes a shoulder strap, rechargeable battery pack, AC charger and a microUSB cable along with your choice of black or white camera bodies. Sony is also offering just the a5100 body for $549, and all orders should ship in early September.

Overall, the a5100 looks like a great successor to the a5000, and we hope it proves to be a solid camera for anyone who’s just starting to get serious about photography. It’s smaller and lighter than a DSLR and easily shoots both photos and full HD video. If you’re looking for a new digital camera this could be the one, though it might not be worth upgrading if you already splurged on the a5000 earlier this year.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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