As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony Alpha A5100 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, waterproofs, pro DSLRs, super zooms, travel zooms and pro digicams. The Sony Alpha A5100's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A6000 and the NEX 7) and Canon (such as the EOS M100 and the EOS Rebel T6)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5100 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a touch screen, has a screen which flips out, can focus continuously while recording movies and slightly more lenses available (62 lenses vs 13 lenses).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (3" vs 3.7"), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), lacks and external mic jack and doesn't support an external flash.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
6 months older
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the A5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the A5100)

  • No touch screen
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the A6000 and A5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 224 g

Canon EOS M100

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3 years newer
$379 (body only)
$449 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M100 (vs the A5100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M100 (vs the A5100)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 62 lenses

common strengths of the EOS M100 and A5100

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Fairly small: Mid size (108×67×35 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 302 g vs 224 g

Sony NEX 7

Sony NEX-7
3 years older
$737 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX 7 (vs the A5100)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the NEX 7 (vs the A5100)

  • No touch screen
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the NEX 7 and A5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 350 g vs 224 g

Samsung NX2000

Samsung NX2000
1 year older

Significant advantages of the NX2000 (vs the A5100)

  • Much larger screen: 3.7" vs 3"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,152k dots vs 921k dots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the NX2000 (vs the A5100)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the NX2000 and A5100

  • Fairly small: Mid size (119×65×36 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Very light: 228 g vs 224 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.4"

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
2 years older
$660 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5R (vs the A5100)

  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the 5R (vs the A5100)

  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 16 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5R and A5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 276 g vs 224 g

Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)

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3 years newer

Significant advantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the A5100)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the A5100)

  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Significantly thicker: 2.3" vs 1.4"

common strengths of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) and A5100

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Light weight: 390 g vs 224 g
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5100 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), takes much higher resolution photos (24.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), has a touch screen, records movies in 24p and shoots faster continuously (6 fps vs 4 fps).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror), lacks and external mic jack, much fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 220 lenses) and doesn't support an external flash.

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
3 years older
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the A5100)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the A5100)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 179

common strengths of the D5100 and A5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
1 year newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the A5100)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the A5100)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 179

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and A5100

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $299.00 vs $362.87

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
7 months older
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the A5100)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the A5100)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Many fewer focus points: 11 vs 179
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)

common strengths of the D3300 and A5100

  • Capture extremely high resolution images: 24.2 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony SLT A35

Sony SLT A35
3 years older

Significant advantages of the SLT A35 (vs the A5100)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A35 (vs the A5100)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 15 vs 179

common strengths of the SLT A35 and A5100

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Light weight: 415 g vs 224 g

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year older
$600 (body only)
$567 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the A5100)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the A5100)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Many fewer focus points: 39 vs 179
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)

common strengths of the D5200 and A5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 179
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
5 months newer
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the A5100)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the A5100)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Many fewer focus points: 19 vs 179

common strengths of the T6i and A5100

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5100 compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a built-in flash, focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), is newer (august 2014 vs october 2012) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (6 fps vs 30 fps), lacks and external mic jack, is slightly heavier (224 g vs 73 g) and is not waterproof.

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Black Edition (vs the A5100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Black Edition (vs the A5100)

  • None found

common strengths of the Black Edition and A5100

  • None found

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
10 months older
$283

Significant advantages of the Silver Edition (vs the A5100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Silver Edition (vs the A5100)

  • None found

common strengths of the Silver Edition and A5100

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5100 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has a touch screen, has much more focus points (179 vs 51), is newer (august 2014 vs april 2014), is much smaller (compact (110×63×36 mm) vs professional size (141×113×78 mm)) and is slightly less expensive ($362.87 vs $1,198.00).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (6 fps vs 12 fps).

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
similar age
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the A5100)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much longer battery life: 1230 shots vs 400 shots

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the A5100)

  • Many fewer focus points: 51 vs 179
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.4"
  • Much larger: Professional size (141×113×78 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)

common strengths of the D750 and A5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 750 g vs 224 g

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
4 months older
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the A5100)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 6 fps
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the A5100)

  • Many fewer focus points: 79 vs 179
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.4"
  • Much larger: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)

common strengths of the A77 II and A5100

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many focus points: 79 vs 179

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5100 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact (110×63×36 mm) vs large (133×94×145 mm)), takes much higher resolution photos (24.7 MP vs 9.7 MP), has a touch screen, has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 220 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,440k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (6 fps vs 24 fps) and lacks and external mic jack.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

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3 years newer
$1,698

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (vs the A5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 921k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 24 fps vs 6 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (vs the A5100)

  • Much larger: Large (133×94×145 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Built-in lens only
  • Much heavier: 1,095 g vs 224 g

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV and A5100

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Have touch screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
3 years older
$546

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the A5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the A5100)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 400 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the P500 and A5100

  • Fairly small: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Compact (110×63×36 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 224 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1.4"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5100 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes much higher resolution photos (24.7 MP vs 9.7 MP), has a touch screen, has a screen which flips out, has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots) and focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (6 fps vs 10 fps), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and doesn't support an external flash.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
6 months older
$2,192

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the A5100)

  • Has a GPS
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the A5100)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.8 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and A5100

  • None found

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60
6 months older
$265

Significant advantages of the HX60 (vs the A5100)

  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the HX60 (vs the A5100)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the HX60 and A5100

  • Inexpensive: $265.23 vs $362.87

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
1 year newer
$368

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the A5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the A5100)

  • Much lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and A5100

  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 400 shots
  • Inexpensive: $364.99 vs $362.87

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony A5100 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (24.7 MP vs 20 MP), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a touch screen, has a screen which flips out and has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 320 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and doesn't support an external flash.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
2 years older
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the A5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the A5100)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and A5100

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Very long battery life: 330 shots vs 400 shots
  • Inexpensive: $403.11 vs $362.87

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
3 months older
$510 - $748

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the A5100)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the A5100)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and A5100

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24.7 MP
  • Flip-out screens
  • Very long battery life: 320 shots vs 400 shots