Roughly a month out from Photokina, Sony has released details of its ILCE-α5100 CSC, which claims to be the smallest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor.


Angled view of the new ?5100 with the 16-50mm kit lens. (Source: Sony.)

Due for local release in September at an RRP of AU$899, the new camera features a high-sensitivity 24.3 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor and powerful BIONZ X processor. It also includes a built-in flash and Wi-Fi and the same Fast Hybrid AF system as the ?6000, which uses 179 phase detection points to freeze rapid action. The 180 ° tiltable touch enabled LCD Monitor makes it easy to capture ‘selfies’ and supports Touch Focus and Touch Shutter functions. In-camera soft-skin effect enhances skin tones.


The illustration above shows the range of adjustments for the ?5100’s monitor. (Source: Sony.)

Video recording includes support for the increasingly popular pro-focused XAVC S format at 50 Mbps as well as regular HD movie modes. An SDXC memory card with a Class 10 or higher speed rating is required for XAVC S recording. Sharing photos and movie clips (MP4) with phones, tablets and TVs is easy. NFC allows one-touch transfer and Wi-Fi Direct allows easy wireless transfer to compatible Android and iOS devices. One-touch linkage also activates Smart Remote Control for framing shots and firing the camera shutter from a smart device’s screen. New accessories include the easy-to-carry RM-SPR1 remote. Downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps enable users to expand their creative possibilities with a growing range of free and paid-for apps that include handy utilities, fun effects and creative tools.

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ILCE-?5100 – technical specifications

Lens compatibility

Sony E-mount lenses

Image sensor

APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm), Exmor CMOS sensor

Number of pixels (effective)

Approx. 24.3 megapixels

Recording format


JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)


XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4


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)

Focus system


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 EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)

Exposure control

Metering type

1200-zone evaluative metering

ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

Still images: ISO 100-25600 (1/3 EV step),

AUTO (ISO 100-25600, selectable lower limit and upper limit)

Movies: ISO 100-12800 equivalent (1/3 EV step) / AUTO (ISO 100-12800 equivalent, selectable lower limit and upper limit)


Shutter speed

Still images:1/4000 to 30 sec, Bulb,

Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4(1/3 steps)

up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)

Electronic Front Curtain Shutter



Speed (approx., max.)

Continuous shooting: Hi: max. 6 fps, Lo: max. 3 fps

No. of frame recordable(approx.)  

JPEG Fine L: 56 frames, JPEG Standard L: 75 frames, RAW: 23 frames, RAW&JPG: 22 frames



7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT electrostatic touch screen

Number of dots (total)

921,600 dots

Adjustable angle

Up by approx. 180 degrees



Built-in stereo microphone


Built-in, monaural


HDMI micro connector (Type-D), Multi / Micro USB Terminal

Wireless LAN (built-in)

Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band)


NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible

PlayMemories Camera Apps



Built-in / Guide No. 4 (in meters at ISO 100, Flash coverage 16mm)


One rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50


With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included: Approx. 283 g, Body only: Approx. 224 g

Dimensions W x H x D (excluding protrusions)

approx. 109.6 (W) x 62.8 (H) x 35.7 (D) mm