Sony a5100 with 16-50 lens. Amazon lightning deal £279.99.
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Sony a5100 with 16-50 lens. Amazon lightning deal £279.99.

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Found 5th Feb 2015
The best camera you can buy for £280, in my opinion.
I doubt it'll be available any cheaper than this in the next twelve months.

Lightning deal so be quick.

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Wish I had the money. sadly I don't I'll have to make do with my Samsung WB150 for a while yet
(Just had to fork out £150 I don't have, to pay to replace stuff knack*r*d by my comp accident !)

Edited by: "PhilK" 5th Feb 2015

a big Thank you for posting this! keep missing the lightning deals so put this as one of my keywords to watch. just bought it and looking forward to using it. Info for anyone else, had the model one step down the A5000 for xmas and am swapping it for the A5100,why?. Because the A5100 has more focusing points and locks onto focus quicker.burst speed is faster and the screen is touchscreen.But the real clincher for me is the screen. the A5000 screen just isnt sharp enough and when you view the pics you have taken its hard to see if you have agood one. For me it just wasnt good enough. If you want a csc get the A5100 over the A5000 ,its worth the extra.

What is the lcd screen like to view photos on? Is it the same as the A5000 or sharper! Thank you

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dealilove

What is the lcd screen like to view photos on? Is it the same as the … What is the lcd screen like to view photos on? Is it the same as the A5000 or sharper! Thank you



It's much sharper. 921,000 dot as opposed to 460,000 on the a5000.
It's also the newer 'WhiteMagic' panel with extra white sub-pixels for lower power consumption and better bright light visibility.
Edited by: "mikeyfive" 5th Feb 2015

Brilliant camera, I bought it at the last lightning deal 299, didn't think it would go any cheaper¡ bargain¡

dealilove

What is the lcd screen like to view photos on? Is it the same as the … What is the lcd screen like to view photos on? Is it the same as the A5000 or sharper! Thank you

Ive got the A5000 and am swapping it for the A5100.the major reason is the lcd screen, pictures on it look grainy,like an old mobile phone screen. Trust me get the A5100

Looking for e-mount lense deals now, anyone seen any? 55-210 sony ideally.... £150 is best so far...
Have some heat!!

I really hate this site, another £280 gone Cheers OP, cracking deal!

Thank you op. As mentioned on another thread, I've purchased this. I've been waiting for a decent deal on a good quality compact camera.

does anyone know if the quality of this is superior to a Fujl Sx-1? I currently have this and really like it but it's big and bulky and would prefer something smaller when travelling with my wife.

I got this in the Black Friday deal last year (for 300 quid)
Used it over Christmas and at various events since, highly recommended!

Can anyone please advise me on the best SLR for £300? It'll be mainly used for taking photos of birds and wildlife.

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squiff

Can anyone please advise me on the best SLR for £300? It'll be mainly … Can anyone please advise me on the best SLR for £300? It'll be mainly used for taking photos of birds and wildlife.



For £300 you're probably looking at a low level Canon or Nikon.
But do look at CSCs such as this.
They have the same sized sensors, and image quality is the same, if not better.
The only downside is the used lens market is a lot smaller.

Can you add a view finder to this? I know on some sony cams you can. Thanks

Ordered cheers. Should get more use than my D3000 which is gathering dust on top of my wardrobe. Much as I love it, its a bit big for my hikes and rides

White version sold out unfortunately
Edited by: "tallpete33" 5th Feb 2015

Excellent price for a very good camera ... heat added

dealilove

Can you add a view finder to this? I know on some sony cams you can. … Can you add a view finder to this? I know on some sony cams you can. Thanks


Sadly no as there is no contact port as on the NEX5. Lovely camera though but awful lens. See camaralabs review.
Edited by: "pat123" 5th Feb 2015

All the pictures on my Flickr account I have taken with this camera using the stock lens. https://www.flickr.com/photos/128195793@N04/ You can install an app in the camera that lets you upload directly to Flickr.

Here's the result of the star trail app (£7.99) youtube.com/wat…-iU Took about 50 minutes to shoot, and music was added in youtube. I was hoping it would create a single image but it doesn't - overall dissappointed for the price personally, even though the effect is quite cool. I tried using the light trail app on very long exposures to capture a single star trail, though the results turned out somewhat dark. Maybe need to adjust exposure settings.

There's a firmware update somewhere on the Sony website which reduces battery use when using the remote app.

I think it's a great camera, at a great price (I paid £300 in previous lightning deal). However, I think the con is they're hoping you start stocking up on lenses etc. A genuine replacement battery itself is over £60. At the moment I'm mostly tempted by the SEL20f28 lens. Mainly for its compactness and slightly wider aperture than stock lens. The hybrid autofocus is amazing, and noise low in low light high iso shots.

Edited by: "anewman" 5th Feb 2015

Is there a solution to the lack of GPS on this camera? Perhaps a phone app that can do the job? I am used to having a camera with built in GPS.

cheaperbythe12

does anyone know if the quality of this is superior to a Fujl Sx-1? I … does anyone know if the quality of this is superior to a Fujl Sx-1? I currently have this and really like it but it's big and bulky and would prefer something smaller when travelling with my wife.


I just copied this from Snapsort, but it gives you a good idea:

Advantages of the Sony A5100 vs Fuji X-S1:

Size: Much smaller - 109x62x35 mm vs 135x107x149 mm - 8.8x smaller volume

Overall image quality: Much better image quality - 80.0 vs 49.0 - More than 60% better image quality

Color depth: Better color depth - 23.8 bits vs 20.4 bits - Distinguishes 3.4 more bits of color

True resolution: Much higher true resolution - 24.7 MP vs 12 MP - Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos

Dynamic range: More dynamic range - 12.7 EV vs 11.2 EV - 1.5 f-stops more dynamic range

Weight: Much lighter - 224 g vs 920 g - 4.1x lighter

Low light performance: Significantly lower noise at high ISO - 1,347 ISO vs 216 ISO - 2.6 f-stops higher ISO performance

Is it better than the Panasonic gx7?

dz1

Is there a solution to the lack of GPS on this camera? Perhaps a phone … Is there a solution to the lack of GPS on this camera? Perhaps a phone app that can do the job? I am used to having a camera with built in GPS.


There's some Android apps that work by logging where you go, and the time. It then looks at a picture's time stamp and puts the appropriate GPS coordinates on. This could probably be used in combo with the auto-smartphone upload app on the camera which is free. The problem with this approach is it's likely to cane your phone's battery, and it takes as long as it takes to sync with your phone while turning off the camera, before the lens retracts.

squiff

Can anyone please advise me on the best SLR for £300? It'll be mainly … Can anyone please advise me on the best SLR for £300? It'll be mainly used for taking photos of birds and wildlife.



Personally I'd suggest taking a look at the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5. You can pick it up as a twin lens kit from Currys for £340
currys.co.uk/gbu…tml

It's a Micro Four Thirds sensor, which is smaller than APS-C found in Sony's mirrorless or other D-SLRs but its still a lot bigger than those found in compact cameras.
The advantage this has for you is the Crop Factor of 2. Meaning the 40-150mm Kit Lens gets you a 35mm equiv of 80-300mm

It's small enough to comfortably handle whilst birding, shoots 8fps too.

Downsides of Mirrorless camera like this and the Sony are they aren't quite as fast at focusing as D-SLRs but the Olympus would be fast enough for what you want.

spruceyb

Downsides of Mirrorless camera like this and the Sony are they aren't … Downsides of Mirrorless camera like this and the Sony are they aren't quite as fast at focusing as D-SLRs but the Olympus would be fast enough for what you want.


The Sony's hybrid phase-detect autofocus on this camera is a complete revelation to me, It is amazing.. Sure it's not completely infallible, but then that's for the times you switch to the manual mode instead. Given the A5000 does not have this feature, it's yet another reason to upgrade ontop of those mentioned.
Edited by: "anewman" 5th Feb 2015

As good a deal as this is, the stock lens on this camera is meant to be awful. I'd pick up an rx100 mk1 instead

Original Poster

The kit lens really isn't as bad as everyone says... It's a better camera than the rx100.
Edited by: "mikeyfive" 5th Feb 2015

I don't know why I come here. I think the original idea was to actually SAVE money. Thanks anyway mikeyfive.

Shokz

I just copied this from Snapsort, but it gives you a good idea:Advantages … I just copied this from Snapsort, but it gives you a good idea:Advantages of the Sony A5100 vs Fuji X-S1:Size: Much smaller - 109x62x35 mm vs 135x107x149 mm - 8.8x smaller volumeOverall image quality: Much better image quality - 80.0 vs 49.0 - More than 60% better image qualityColor depth: Better color depth - 23.8 bits vs 20.4 bits - Distinguishes 3.4 more bits of colorTrue resolution: Much higher true resolution - 24.7 MP vs 12 MP - Capture more than 2x more detail in your photosDynamic range: More dynamic range - 12.7 EV vs 11.2 EV - 1.5 f-stops more dynamic rangeWeight: Much lighter - 224 g vs 920 g - 4.1x lighterLow light performance: Significantly lower noise at high ISO - 1,347 ISO vs 216 ISO - 2.6 f-stops higher ISO performance



Wow, thank you very much for your reply Shokz - that's very kind! I'm also going to bookmark that website as that's just what I was looking for. I'm really impressed with what this Sony can do so looking forward to getting it.

If you don't mind me asking, you sound like someone in the know so what sort of camera are you using?

Thanks again for the reply - it's greatly appreciated

cheaperbythe12

Wow, thank you very much for your reply Shokz - that's very kind! I'm … Wow, thank you very much for your reply Shokz - that's very kind! I'm also going to bookmark that website as that's just what I was looking for. I'm really impressed with what this Sony can do so looking forward to getting it.If you don't mind me asking, you sound like someone in the know so what sort of camera are you using?Thanks again for the reply - it's greatly appreciated



I actually still own the now very old Sony NEX 3, the very first CMC Sony released back in 2010. I've been wanting to upgrade for a while now, but I can't settle on what I really want out of my next camera - though I have decided to upgrade to a full-frame camera since I realise I do a lot of low-light photography. I mainly do travel photography so I love the small size of Sony's mirrorless cameras, but I also kind of want a larger lens selection, so it's presently a toss-up between the Nikon D610 (bulky, but large lens selection) and the Sony a7 II (compact, but small lens selection).

That said, if I hadn't set myself on a full-frame camera, the A5100 at this price would be a very good contender. It's very cheap for the image quality it offers for the size of the body; it rivals the Nikon D3300, yet is nearly twice as light and occupies nearly a quarter of the volume. There are of course trade-offs that are important to consider; due to the fact it's mirrorless, the auto-focus isn't as fast as the Nikon, and its small size unfortunately means it only has about half the battery life, but with the photography I do, neither of those things has ever limited me. I carry an extra battery around but rarely need it (though it was cheap, so it's worth having), and since I don't photograph quickly moving subjects I don't find the auto-focus speed hindering.
Edited by: "Shokz" 5th Feb 2015

OOS?

Useless without a viewfinder.

allenkj

Useless without a viewfinder.


I disagree. Though it is a little tedious having to go into a menu to adjust the screen brightness if you're out in sunlight, and the menu options aren't exactly clear (there's a separate option at the top above the brightness adjuster).

It's definitely a cost-cutting measure, but if you want the viewfinder pay more - simples.
Edited by: "anewman" 5th Feb 2015

Original Poster

allenkj

Useless without a viewfinder.



I've got an a6000 and an NEX-7, both with viewfinders, I use the rear LCD most of the time on both of those cameras.
On a camera this small a viewfinder really isn't necessary.

Original Poster

For anyone who missed the deal, it'll probably be back on at this price within the next week or so. It's been on a lightning deal about 20 times in the last couple of months...

I'll repost when it comes back on.

****! missed it again. Recently dropped my D3100 and was hoping to replace it with the a5100

since when is b-u-g-g-e-r a swear word

spruceyb

Personally I'd suggest taking a look at the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5. You … Personally I'd suggest taking a look at the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5. You can pick it up as a twin lens kit from Currys for £340http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/cameras/digital-cameras/compact-system-cameras/olympus-pen-e-pl5-compact-system-camera-with-14-42-mm-f-3-5-5-6-standard-zoom-lens-and-40-150-mm-f-4-0-5-6-ii-r-telephoto-zoom-lens-22068975-pdt.html#cat-0It's a Micro Four Thirds sensor, which is smaller than APS-C found in Sony's mirrorless or other D-SLRs but its still a lot bigger than those found in compact cameras.The advantage this has for you is the Crop Factor of 2. Meaning the 40-150mm Kit Lens gets you a 35mm equiv of 80-300mmIt's small enough to comfortably handle whilst birding, shoots 8fps too.Downsides of Mirrorless camera like this and the Sony are they aren't quite as fast at focusing as D-SLRs but the Olympus would be fast enough for what you want.




Thanks very much Sprucey, I've had a read and added it to my shortlist for further comparison and review-reading. I'm one of these people who researches things to death before deciding which to go for

squiff

Thanks very much Sprucey, I've had a read and added it to my shortlist … Thanks very much Sprucey, I've had a read and added it to my shortlist for further comparison and review-reading. I'm one of these people who researches things to death before deciding which to go for



FYI: the Olympus PEN E-P5 is a Lightning deal tomorrow 1pm.

mikesloper

FYI: the Olympus PEN E-P5 is a Lightning deal tomorrow 1pm.




Best get researching then! Thanks so much for both heads up - I'll let you know if i decide to go for it!

Wanted the white one... :-(

raysmith1971

a big Thank you for posting this! keep missing the lightning deals so put … a big Thank you for posting this! keep missing the lightning deals so put this as one of my keywords to watch. just bought it and looking forward to using it. Info for anyone else, had the model one step down the A5000 for xmas and am swapping it for the A5100,why?. Because the A5100 has more focusing points and locks onto focus quicker.burst speed is faster and the screen is touchscreen.But the real clincher for me is the screen. the A5000 screen just isnt sharp enough and when you view the pics you have taken its hard to see if you have agood one. For me it just wasnt good enough. If you want a csc get the A5100 over the A5000 ,its worth the extra.



What watchlist is this? I can't see a watch list anywhere on HUKD?
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