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5100 E-mount camera with APS-C sensor

Model # ILCE5100LW

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Artistic precision

Fast Hybrid Autofocus

Advanced yet intuitive focus control gives you class-leading clarity and contrast for stills and movies-and means you never have to miss a shot.

Sony launches a new age of autofocus

4D FOCUS enables superior autofocus performance in four dimensions: wide autofocus coverage (2D height and width), fast autofocus speed (3D depth) and enhanced predictive tracking (4D time).

24.3MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor

Gapless on-chip micro lenses produce optimized light gathering and minimal noise.

Advanced BIONZ X image processor

An upgraded engine provides superior noise reduction for low-light shots, plus truer color and detail.

High ISO range

Extended sensitivity lets you shoot natural, nuanced photos in dim light, or indoors without a flash.

Your subject made sharp, every shot

Freeze the moment with perfect focus

The 5100 compact camera employs multiple autofocus modes to ensure stunning shots every time. Track moving subjects, adjust the autofocus frame, and achieve pinpoint focal accuracy.

Touch panel focus for quick clarity

An intuitive touchscreen lets you select a focus area without using the lens ring.

Blazing fast BIONZ X image engine

3x faster than its predecessor, creating images with less noise and finer detail.

Cinematic Full-time AF tracking

The 5100 maintains focus on your subject while shooting with Fast Hybrid AF.

Extensive 179-point AF coverage

Track your subject through the entire frame with 179 phase-detection AF points.

Sound as crisp as the picture

The super-sharp XAVC S format features linear PCM audio recording.

Focus at your fingertips

Simply tap your subject on the touchscreen to focus-or take a photo.

Two formats, total coverage

Simultaneously record top-quality and web-friendly files.

A range of lenses at the ready

Take full advantage of your E-mount interchangeable lens camera. Start building a kit of lenses customized to your shooting needs.

Apps to enrich every shot

Transform your camera with PlayMemories

Choose from dozens of outstanding apps to enhance shooting, editing and sharing.

*Note: Services availability depends on region.

Wide-ranging accessories meet every need

Professional options open up new horizons.

Further expand your shooting pleasure and give your photography a professional edge with accessories 2 specially designed for this model.

New Imaging Edge software suite from Sony " data-hasqtip="9"> 3

Imaging Edge software suite can maximize image quality, improve production efficiency. "Remote" to remotely control shooting; "Edit" to develop RAW data into high-quality photos; and "Viewer" to view, rate and select photos. 4

Capture One for Sony 5

Capture One Express (for Sony) is a free award-winning editing software that provides RAW development, easy management and powerful editing tools. Capture One Pro (for Sony) can be bought for even more editing tools and tethered shooting capability.

Works with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X

This product is compatible with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie 6 .


  • The BIONZ X image processing engine reproduces texture and detail in real time-for remarkably realistic images with rich tonal gradations and a natural appearance. Visual noise is nearly imperceptible, thanks to advanced area-specific noise reduction. Detail reproduction technology delivers fine textures, and diffraction-reducing technology optimizes the performance of any lens.
  • Press the MOVIE button to record movies that are notable for their sharpness and lack of visual noise - in your choice of 60p, 60i, or 24p. Improved Fast Hybrid AF provides remarkably fast and accurate autofocusing and tracking. P/A/S/M modes give you control over how the image looks, and Clear Image Zoom lets you zoom with extra clarity.
  • Shoot with unparalleled precision, thanks to advanced Fast Hybrid AF. Improved phase-detection and contrast-detection capabilities achieve autofocus in 0.07 seconds. Advanced features include faster data reading from the image sensor, higher-speed BIONZ X data processing, more advanced AF algorithms, and optimized control of the lens drive.
  • The Fast Hybrid AF system has 179 accurate phase-detection AF points, covering nearly the entire image area. They enhance subject tracking and the capture of fast-moving subjects, and improve scene recognition as well as subject size detection. Combined with 25 high-speed, high-precision contrast-detection AF points, you can capture with confidence.
  • Capture the decisive moment, even when your subject is speeding along. 6 fps continuous shooting with superior AF tracking makes the most of the superb tracking capability of the 179 phase-detection AF points, and accurately tracks your subject-anywhere on the screen. Continuous shooting in high-speed situations achieves crispness and clarity.
  • Fast Hybrid AF provides extremely accurate focusing and smooth subject tracking, even while shooting movies. You can also adjust AF tracking duration and AF drive speed, for greater artistic control over the movies you shoot.
  • Show off your subject's best side, with extremely accurate Eye AF. Even when capturing someone partially turned away from the camera using a shallow depth of field, it ensures that their face will be in sharp focus. A green frame appears over the prioritized eye to let you know that focus has been achieved, and you're ready to shoot.
  • Lock-on AF enhances the tracking of moving subjects by using the optimal AF point at all times, and adjusting the target frame size to match your subject's characteristics. Thanks to advances in phase-detection AF, it's now more accurate than ever-so lock on and shoot fast-moving targets with precision.
  • Enjoy enhanced shooting comfort with a 3 in LCD screen that tilts 180 to accommodate shooting at every angle, from low to high and in-between. This flexibility, combined with the camera's compact mobility, will greatly expand your shooting options.
  • The built-in pop-up flash (GN4; ISO 100 m) is useful for shooting in low light, capturing subjects in night landscapes (Slow Sync), and shooting portraits in backlit conditions (Daylight Flash). For the portrait-oriented, it can add a beautiful catch-light to a subject's eyes. Rear Sync mode makes it possible to capture the path of a moving subject in a natural manner.
  • One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera, and one-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. Either way, by installing PlayMemories Mobile app to your NFC enable Android smartphone or tablet, you can avoid complex set-up sequences and establish wireless connection simply by touching your device to the camera. You are now ready to control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot, or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. No NFC" No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.
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  • Capture One Express (for Sony) is a free award-winning image editing software that provides high-end image quality RAW development, easy management of your image files, and powerful editing tools. Capture One Pro (for Sony) can be bought for even more editing tools and tethered shooting capability.
  • This product is compatible with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie.
  • Imaging Edge app suite can maximize image quality, improve production efficiency and help you finely adjust RAW-based images. Use its "Remote" to remotely control shooting; "Edit" to develop RAW data into high-quality photos; and "Viewer" to view, rate, and select photos from a list of shots.
What's In The Box AC adaptor (AC-UB10) Lens cap Micro USB cable Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50) SELP1650 Shoulder strap
Color Options white black
Lens Mount Sony E-mount lenses
Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount lenses
Sensor Type APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm) Exmor® CMOS sensor
Number Of Pixels (Effective) 24.3 MP
Number of Pixels (total) Approx. 24.7 megapixels
Image Sensor Aspect Ratio 3 : 2
Anti-Dust System Charge protection coating on Optical Filter
Recording (still images)
Recording Format (Still images) JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image Size (pixels), 3:2 L: 6000 x 4000 (24 M) M: 4240 x 2832 (12 M) S: 3008 x 2000 (6.0 M)
Image Size (pixels), 16:9 L: 6000 x 3376 (20M) M: 4240 x 2400 (10M) S: 3008 x 1688 (5.1M)
Image Size (pixels), Sweep Panorama Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M) Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M)
Image Quality Modes JPEG Fine JPEG Standard RAW RAW+JPEG
Picture Effect HDR Painting (High/Mid/Low) High Contrast Mono Illustration (High/Mid/Low) Miniature (Auto/Top/Middle (H)/Bottom/Right/Middle (V)/Left) Partial Color (R,G,B,Y) Pop Color Posterization (Color, B/W) Retro Photo Rich-tone Mono Soft Focus (High/Mid/Low) Soft High-key Toy Camera (Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta) Watercolor
Creative Style Black & White Landscape Portrait Sepia (Contrast [-3 to +3 steps], Saturation [-3 to +3 steps], Sharpness [-3 to +3 steps]) Standard Sunset Vivid
Dynamic Range Functions Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step)) Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)) Off
Recording (movie)
Recording Format AVCHD 2.0 / MP4 / XAVC S
Image Size (pixels), NTSC* AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60 p, 28 M, PS), 1920 x 1080 (60 i, 24 M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (60 i, 17 M, FH), 1920 x 1080 (24 p, 24 M, FX), 1920 x 1080 (24 p, 17 M, FH) MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30 fps) VGA(640 x 480, 30 fps) XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (60 p, 50 M), 1920 x 1080 (30 p, 50 M), 1920 x 1080 (24 p, 50 M)
Movie Functions Dual Video Rec, AF Tracking Duration, AF Drive Speed, Auto Slow Shutter, HDMI Info. Display
Storage Media
Compatible Recording Media 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)
Noise Reduction
Noise Reduction Long exposure NR: available from shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal/Low
White Balance
White Balance Modes Auto Cloudy Color Temperature 2,500 to 9,900K & color filter G7 to M7 (15-step), A7 to B7 (15-step) Custom Daylight Flash Fluorescent Warm White/Cool White/Day White/Daylight Incandescent Shade Underwater
AWB Micro Adjustment Yes G7 to M7, 15-step A7 to B7, 15-step
Bracketing 3 frames, H/L selectable
Focus Type Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Focus Sensor Exmor® CMOS sensor
Focus Point /25 points (contrast-detection AF) 179 points (phase-detection AF) 179 points (phase-detection AF) / 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Focus Sensitivity Range EV-1 to EV 20 (ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
AF Mode AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
Focus Area Wide (179 points [phase-detection AF], 25 points [contrast-detection AF])/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Lock-on AF (Wide/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot [S/M/L])
Other Features Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Predictive control, Focus lock
TYPE Built-in flash
AF Illuminator range Approx. 0.3-approx. 3.0 m (with E PZ 16-50 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
Metering Type 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Sensor Exmor® CMOS sensor
Metering Sensitivity EV-1 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Metering Mode Center-weighted Multi-segment Spot
Exposure Modes Aperture priority (A) iAUTO Manual (M) Movie (Programmed AE

/ Aperture priority (A) / Shutter-speed priority (S) / Manual (M) ) Programmed AE

Scene Selection Shutter-speed priority (S) Superior Auto Sweep Panorama

Scene Selection Anti-Motion Blur Hand-held Twilight Landscape Macro Night portrait Night Scene Portrait Sports action Sunset
Exposure Compensation Still images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps), Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Auto (AE) Bracketing Bracket: Cont./Bracket: Single, With 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV increments, 3/5 frames (1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV: only 3 frames) selectable
AE Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. (Auto/On/Off selectable)
ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 100-25600
LCD Screen
Monitor Type 3.0 in wide type TFT LCD
Touch Screen Yes
Total Number of Dots 921,600 dots
Brightness Control (LCD) Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Adjustable Angle Up by approx. 180 degrees
LCD Display Display All Info Graphic Display Histogram No Disp. Info
Real-time Image Adjustment Display (LCD) ON/OFF
Focus Magnifier Yes
Peaking MF Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Other Features
Face Detection On, On (Regist. Faces), Off
Auto Object Framing Yes (Still Images)
Clear Image Zoom Approx. 2x
Smart zoom (Still Image) M:Approx. 1.4x S:Approx. 2x
Digital zoom (Still Image) L:Approx. 4x;M:Approx. 5.7x;S:Approx. 8x
Digital zoom (Movie) Approx. 4x
PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Lens Compensation Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Self-Portrait Yes (3 sec delay/OFF selectable)
Smile Shutter Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Touch Shutter Yes
Shutter Speed 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) Still images: 1/4000 to 30 sec, Bulb
Flash Sync. Speed 1/160 sec.
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Yes
Image Stabilization
Steadyshot Not supported (image stabilization supported on lens)
Compensation Effect Lens Compensation: Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Flash Control
Flash Control Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Flash Modes Autoflash Fill-flash Flash off Rear Sync. Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable) Slow Sync.
Drive Modes Bracketing (Single, Cont.) Continuous shooting DRO bracket Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable) Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 exposures selectable) Single-shot White Balance bracket
Continuous Drive Speed (approx. max.) 6 fps (in High Continuous shooting)
Playback Modes 12/30-frame index view Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, Off) Delete Enlarged display mode (L: 16.7x, M: 11.8x, S: 8.3x, Panorama [Standard]: 19.2x, Panorama [Wide]: 29.1x) Folder selection (Date/Still/MP4/AVCHD/XAVC S) Forward/Rewind (Movie) Image orientation (Manual/Off selectable) Panorama scrolling Protect Single (with or without shooting information RGB histogram & highlight / shadow warning) Slideshow
PC Interface Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote
HD Output 4K Still Image PB BRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI) HDMI micro connector (Type-D) PhotoTV HD
Interfaces Multi/Micro USB Terminal PC remote
Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
Speaker Built-in, monaural
Compatible Standards Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
Custom function
Custom Function Type Yes
Supplied Battery NP-FW50 W-series Rechargeable Battery Pack
Battery Life (Still Images) Up to 400 shots
Battery Life (CIPA, Movies) Actual Recording: Approx. 75 min Continuous Recording:Approx. 110 min
External Power AC Adapter AC-PW20 (sold separately)
Internal Battery Charge Yes
Size & Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.47 x 4.32 x 1.41 in
Weight (with battery and memory card included) 7.9 oz (Body Only)/9.98 oz (With battery and media)
WiFi® & NFC
View on Smartphone Yes
Upload to PC Yes
View on TV Yes
Wireless & Network Capabilities Downloadable Camera Apps NFC One-touch functionality Wi-Fi®

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