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Sony a5000 vs Sony a5100

Portability
89
Imaging
64
Features
62
Overall
63
Sony Alpha a5000 front
 
Sony Alpha a5100 front
Portability
89
Imaging
67
Features
74
Overall
69

Sony a5000 vs Sony a5100 Key Specs

Sony a5000
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 269g - 110 x 63 x 36mm
  • Released January 2014
  • Earlier Model is Sony NEX-3N
  • Successor is Sony a5100
Sony a5100
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 283g - 110 x 63 x 36mm
  • Launched August 2014
  • Superseded the Sony a5000
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Sony a5000 vs Sony a5100 Overview

Here, we will be evaluating the Sony a5000 vs Sony a5100, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both are offered by Sony. The resolution of the a5000 (20MP) and the a5100 (24MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras provide the identical sensor size (APS-C).

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The a5000 was announced 7 months before the a5100 which means that they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going straight to a thorough comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the a5000 matches up versus the a5100 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony a5000 over the Sony a5100

 a5000 a5100 

Reasons to pick Sony a5100 over the Sony a5000

 a5100 a5000 
LaunchedAugust 2014January 2014More recent by 7 months
Screen resolution922k461kSharper screen (+461k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Sony a5000 and Sony a5100

 a5000 a5100 
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen size
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Sony a5000 vs Sony a5100 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to lug around your camera often, you are going to need to think about its weight and measurements. The Sony a5000 features outside dimensions of 110mm x 63mm x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") accompanied by a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs) while the Sony a5100 has proportions of 110mm x 63mm x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") with a weight of 283 grams (0.62 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the a5000 against the a5100.

Sony a5000 vs Sony a5100 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the a5000 and a5100 is 89 and 89 respectively.

Sony a5000 vs Sony a5100 top view buttons comparison

Sony a5000 vs Sony a5100 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor measurements only by checking a spec sheet. The visual underneath may give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the a5000 and a5100.

As you can see, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different megapixels. You can count on the Sony a5100 to give extra detail with its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop shots way more aggressively. The older a5000 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony a5000 vs Sony a5100 sensor size comparison

Sony a5000 vs Sony a5100 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony a5000 vs Sony a5100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony a5000
Portrait photography with Sony a5100
71
manual focus
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports face detect focus
exports RAW files
external flash not possible
73
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
offers face detect focusing
saves RAW formats
external flash not possible
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Street Comparison

Sony a5000 Street photography highlights
Sony a5100 Street photography highlights
78
tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
82
tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
boasts focus by touch
great ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony a5000 as a Sports photography camera
Sony a5100 as a Sports photography camera
60
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
good battery power (420 CIPA)
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
69
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
great battery (400 shots)
sensor has phase detect AF
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Sony a5000 Travel photography highlights
Sony a5100 Travel photography highlights
78
good battery power (420 CIPA)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
81
great battery (400 per charge)
boasts focus by touch
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
built-in flash
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Sony a5000 Landscape photography info
Sony a5100 Landscape photography info
78
manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
good battery power (420 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
80
has manual focus
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
great battery (400 shots)
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony a5000 Vlogging factors
Sony a5100 Vlogging factors
32
supports face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have microphone socket
34
touchscreen
offers face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
lack of mic support
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Sony a5000 vs Sony a5100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony a5000 and Sony a5100
 Sony Alpha a5000Sony Alpha a5100
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha a5000 Sony Alpha a5100
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2014-01-07 2014-08-17
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz X Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.2 x 15.4mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 357.3mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5456 x 3632 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 16000 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 25 179
Lens
Lens mount type Sony E Sony E
Available lenses 121 121
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 461 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT LCD with 180 upward tilt -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.00 m (at ISO 100) 4.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/160 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i/24p), 1440 x 1080 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (120p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 269g (0.59 lb) 283g (0.62 lb)
Physical dimensions 110 x 63 x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") 110 x 63 x 36mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 79 80
DXO Color Depth rating 23.8 23.8
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.0 12.7
DXO Low light rating 1089 1347
Other
Battery life 420 images 400 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FW50 NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous (3-5 shot))
Time lapse recording With downloadable app With downloadable app
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $448 $448