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.