Sony α5100 big changes in the appearance of manipulation
Sony’s new products constantly recently, last month perfume bottle shape Self artifact KW1 bright spots, while last month, Sony also released a new single micro camera A5100, although you will see from the model mistakenly think this is A5000′s upgrade models, but did not actually release A5000 months, so it has little A5100 and A5000 natural relationship. Sony last year after the micro-camera incorporated into the “Alpha” system, so that we really puzzled some in the new models, but according to the positioning and performance of A5100′s point of view, he should be the last before the “milkshake” NEX-5T successor products. So far, Sony APS-C format micro-camera in the main primary entry A5000, A5100 locate the mainstream of higher order, while the high-end photography enthusiasts A6000 main product line gradually clear.
While Sony A5100 is a high order entry product, but compared to the previous NEX-5T, the A5100 has a huge leap in performance, because it is very close to the A6000 in the specifications, in addition to carrying about 24.3 million pixel CMOS sensor, the A6000 also supports enhanced hybrid auto-focus, with 179 points and 25-point phase detection AF contrast detection, such a powerful micro-focus performance in all current single, or even a flagship high-end products are also rare.
Approximately 24.3 million effective pixels Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor A5100 is equipped with advanced image processor BIONZ X, can show the details of your subject, to show the level of rich, get smoother images, but also for the high sense of control also has a great noise upgrade. On the other hand, Sony A5100 also supports common in 1080p Full HD AVCHD format video capture can also be XAVC S format shooting, the highest recorded stream up to 50Mbps, with a super-focus system can bring better video shooting experience , which at the same level of micro-ticket is already very high end.
Before Sony NEX-5R NEX-5T very popular and a big reason is because with a 180? Flipped Self screen, which is useful for the young consumers of mass destruction, so naturally not put the Sony A5100 a feature to fall. However, little wonder is, A5100 flip screen design using only a single axis flip, only upward vertical flip, and did not like the NEX-5T turned down to compose.
The Sony A5100 have a greater change in the shutter button, the same with the previous addition to the power switch and quick outside, A5100 will shutter button and zoom lever integrated together, if you are using E 16-50mm sleeve head or other E-mount power zoom head, you can quickly zoom operation by the zoom lever, and this way very much like we had to use the card machine, more than convenience we have liberated the other hand, one hand to complete the zoom.
The original NEX-5 series is no built-in flash has been the place where I am more resentment, though not a professional flash, but in some special circumstances are still very useful. But now finally join the A5100 flash, no longer external, and the pop-up design can be a good balance between portability, but also can put downward pressure on the flash, the flash can jump indoor shooting.
Just recently have got sets A5100 veteran NEX-5R, although the year is different, but the two micro-single in the positioning or similar. However, careful comparison of view, A5100 on buttons and controls to be more streamlined, not only removed the top of the Fn shortcuts, while multifunction dial also disappeared. Sony may consider for entry users, overly complex control methods but not conducive to shooting, but on the other hand, it should also to locate the gap opened with A6000 and intentional. Also, because the A5100 joined the built-in flash, so to be thicker than the NEX-5R some.
While on the set-top control layout is slightly simple, but the machine back button A5100 richer, the new addition to the lower right corner button for file deletion function outside but also for self-definition, while the machine is the default focus area selection shortcuts. In addition, the A5100 total black, white, brown three colors, especially when we get this new section added brown appearance is very eye-catching, hopefully this year Sony micro-camera in the popular king.
More professional video interface and the menu features a large upgrade
Let us look at the Sony A5100 menu. Since incorporated in “Alpha” system, the Sony Alpha Micro single lineage more concentrated, the best manifestation of change menu interface and structure, even higher-order entry positioning A5100 also has a single power with Sony Alpha and black card series of the same menu, and the icon of the district also needs to be adjusted to help us direct access to menu options bar.
Sony A5100 and A6000 using the same AF system, 179 high-density phase detection AF and fast intelligent contrast detection AF 25 AF points, covering a wider and more intensive focus area, and the focusing speed of approximately 0.07 seconds, and the need A5100 can also choose a different focus area according to the shooting.
The Sony A5100 enhance the performance of the most significant addition to the focus but also have video recording capabilities, it is the first Sony APS-C format can shoot single micro XAVC S format, the video stream can reach 50mbps, for picture detail and clarity are greatly improved, even A6000, even A7 / A7R do not have such a powerful video recording capabilities. And dangerous to facilitate the video on the phone, A5100 also supports dual recording feature enables dual video recording in AVCHD or XAVC S format and MP4 formats, the use of smaller video files, easily upload and share. So it seems, can not help but think of, is not after XAVC S video recording format will become the standard Sony camera yet.
Very satisfied with the ISO3200 quality performance within no pressure
A5100 equipped with Sony’s newly developed approximately 24.3 million effective pixels Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor, and also used the full-frame and single micro A7 / A7R same image processor BIONZ X, its detail reproduction technologies to reduce the impact of technology and optimized diffraction noise reduction technology application areas, greatly enhance the picture quality. A5100 sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600, and this set of imaging systems in the previous A6000 has a very good performance, we are also looking forward to A5100 is not it also can bring us surprises.
From the screenshot above comparison of different ISO levels, the quality of the overall level of A5100 and A6000 have a prior consistent noise control performance at low to restore a sense of ISO 100-400 detail is very good, the black matte texture area well embody; and when sensitivity is raised only when the details of a slight decrease in ISO 800, but noise control is also good, how noise appears almost invisible. In ISO1600-3200, the details gradually declined under ISO3200 black matte texture has been completely blurred, but the noise is not very obvious, so in some special circumstances, I think that even with the high sensitivity ISO 3200 is not the problem.
Actual shooting at night, high sense of performance A5100 did not disappoint, the 100% zoom to see the building opposite the shop signs, although details are not very sharp, but did not appear serious noise or pseudo-color at such a high sense of ISO 3200, this is already a very good future.