Sony Announces Alpha a5100

Sony Alpha a5100 with 16-50 lens

Sony’s first off the blocks for the Photokina news, with the NEX, err, I mean, Alpha a5100. It is basically an updated a5000 with the a6000’s guts. So that lovely 24 megapixel sensor with the 179 phase detection autofocus points is now available in a cheaper camera that also does selfies.

There are also a bunch of other upgrades, such as a proper VGA resolution LCD at 3″ in size, a slightly higher continuous drive at 6 FPS, and like the recent Sony cameras, supports 1080p video at 60 FPS encoded with the 50mb/s XAVC-S codec. This is achieved with a full sensor readout too.

Those are pretty serious specs at a lower price, starting at US$550 for the body or US$700 for the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 power zoom kit lens. There are a few things missing, like superb lenses for the E-mount, no EVF, and lack of microphone and headphone jacks, but it is still a pretty serious set of specifications.

The a5100 is expected to arrive sometime in September.

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Off-topic: A Surprise Addition

Cassie the CockatielI’ll keep this short, I promise: Lately it’s been really quiet around here, and it’s mostly my sister’s fault. See, she bought this cockatiel, and pretty much ended up with me taking care of it as it settled in. It being a seven-week old unweaned fledgling

Ok, so it is partly my fault. But just see how adorable it is; I wasn’t going to neglect it.

If this is even anywhere near a tenth of what it takes to take care of a human baby, I’ve got a new-found respect for you parents.

Meanwhile Photokina is just around the corner, so expect more news soon, starting with the next post!


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