Sony Alpha A5100 24.3MP Interchangeable Lens Camera with 16-50 Lens - Black £299.99 @ Amazon
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Sony Alpha A5100 24.3MP Interchangeable Lens Camera with 16-50 Lens - Black £299.99 @ Amazon

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Found 22nd Nov 2014
Great price for this, was previously around £380 on lightning deals

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Personally hoping they'll be an a mount for a good price, but heated as a great price.

The lens alone costs over £200 and is a great kit lens

Heat!! Big sensor, great autofocus. Best £299 spend on camera. I just wish to get nice 35mm f1.8 lens. Is there anything like this on this mount?

there is a 35f1.8 and its 350quid

this is a great buy (i tried to post but was too busy paying so was slow)

so cheap i bought it!

hot

The 35mm f1.8 is a superb lens and is called a sel35f18

In stock at WEX

sparklehedgehog

The 35mm f1.8 is a superb lens and is called a sel35f18In stock at WEX



To be honest you can buy used Nikon d3200 for £169 and used Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 for £450 which is better value.
Why Sony priced their lenses like £350 or more for each?
Edited by: "Sliwka" 22nd Nov 2014

Sliwka

To be honest you can buy used Nikon d3200 for £169 and used Sigma 18-35mm … To be honest you can buy used Nikon d3200 for £169 and used Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 for £450 which is better value.Why Sony priced their lenses like £350 or more for each?


they haven't
some are more and some less

Spotted this was up this morning, never expected it to drop this low. Replacing my ageing NEX-5N, which is unable to reliably track my toddler lacking PDAF.

Hot!

mistertad111

Spotted this was up this morning, never expected it to drop this low. … Spotted this was up this morning, never expected it to drop this low. Replacing my ageing NEX-5N, which is unable to reliably track my toddler lacking PDAF.Hot!

Ah, toddler photos...I doubt this will be significantly better than your 5N. At least half the photos of my little ones are not focussed where I would like. Solution: like a pro, take twice as many photos. (_;)

Sliwka

To be honest you can buy used Nikon d3200 for £169 and used Sigma 18-35mm … To be honest you can buy used Nikon d3200 for £169 and used Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 for £450 which is better value.Why Sony priced their lenses like £350 or more for each?



To be honest! Why tf would you buy a used DSLR and stick a heavy zoom on front if what you wanted was a new mirrorless ILC which has some pretty good primes to stick on the front?

99rb

To be honest! Why tf would you buy a used DSLR and stick a heavy zoom … To be honest! Why tf would you buy a used DSLR and stick a heavy zoom on front if what you wanted was a new mirrorless ILC which has some pretty good primes to stick on the front?



Quality of the photo. Ok maybe Nikon isn't that handy, but results are worth every penny.https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/1669822_10205335185364206_3958945116475601625_o.jpg

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Sliwka

Quality of the photo. Ok maybe Nikon isn't that handy, but results are … Quality of the photo. Ok maybe Nikon isn't that handy, but results are worth every penny.



Out of interest, did you compare your Nikon with this Sony?

You can get THIS portrait prime for Sony, £170

lazar

Out of interest, did you compare your Nikon with this Sony?You can get … Out of interest, did you compare your Nikon with this Sony?You can get THIS portrait prime for Sony, £170


It's about Sigma 18-35mm f1.8, but I assume this 50mm is good value.
People vote hot, because deal will expire in a 2 hours.

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Sliwka

It's about Sigma 18-35mm f1.8, but I assume this 50mm is good value. … It's about Sigma 18-35mm f1.8, but I assume this 50mm is good value. People vote hot, because deal will expire in a 2 hours.



From what I read around they have very simiiar picture quality so all is down to lens.
I`m in process of selling my d3100 and hx20v and bought this to replace them.

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Sliwka

To be honest you can buy used Nikon d3200 for £169 and used Sigma 18-35mm … To be honest you can buy used Nikon d3200 for £169 and used Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 for £450 which is better value.Why Sony priced their lenses like £350 or more for each?



Have you considered at any point that you're not comparing like for like?!

A d3200 is a full size dslr not a compact system camera like the Nex series here!

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Sliwka

To be honest you can buy used Nikon d3200 for £169 and used Sigma 18-35mm … To be honest you can buy used Nikon d3200 for £169 and used Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 for £450 which is better value.Why Sony priced their lenses like £350 or more for each?



If you're gonna compare to a Sony compare the alpha range to the d3200 not the ilce range

sparklehedgehog

The lens alone costs over £200 and is a great kit lens



I'm really tempted as I'm looking for a mirrorless system and this is a great price, but the power zoom really puts me off.

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mervs

I'm really tempted as I'm looking for a mirrorless system and this is a … I'm really tempted as I'm looking for a mirrorless system and this is a great price, but the power zoom really puts me off.



You cant go wrong at this price and lenses can be changed

You know you want it

Some beautiful but weird footage;
vimeo.com/104…105

Such a shame that there is no external microphone port. Great camera though by the looks of things.

mervs

I'm really tempted as I'm looking for a mirrorless system and this is a … I'm really tempted as I'm looking for a mirrorless system and this is a great price, but the power zoom really puts me off.


do you mean the power aspect of it? you can use it manually as well
apparently you can rotate to zoom then when halfpressing it then focuses (DMF mode)
i assumed were 2 rings but if the above is true then should be fine

or do you mean the performance of it? centre is apparently sharper than sel1855 kit but softer outers

its not really 'worth' 200quid though - thats just the retail box price, difference between kit and body only is only around 50quid so worth somewhere between the two
Edited by: "brilly" 22nd Nov 2014

brilly

do you mean the power aspect of it? you can use it manually as … do you mean the power aspect of it? you can use it manually as wellapparently you can rotate to zoom then when halfpressing it then focuses (DMF mode)i assumed were 2 rings but if the above is true then should be fineor do you mean the performance of it? centre is apparently sharper than sel1855 kit but softer outersits not really 'worth' 200quid though - thats just the retail box price, difference between kit and body only is only around 50quid so worth somewhere between the two



Thanks for the feedback, I meant the electronic zoom of the lens, I didn't realise there was also an option to to manually zoom with a ring, I prefer the idea of using a zoom ring.

At this price it's worth taking a punt, I'm sure I wouldn't lose any money if I flogged it on fleabay if it wasn't what I was after..

mervs

Thanks for the feedback, I meant the electronic zoom of the lens, I … Thanks for the feedback, I meant the electronic zoom of the lens, I didn't realise there was also an option to to manually zoom with a ring, I prefer the idea of using a zoom ring. At this price it's worth taking a punt, I'm sure I wouldn't lose any money if I flogged it on fleabay if it wasn't what I was after..


well no guarantees i dont have it yet!
was from here: nex-tips.com/201…50/

Basically this ring works as a zoom ring. But if you are in DMF mode, … Basically this ring works as a zoom ring. But if you are in DMF mode, when half pressing the shutter and simultaneously turning the ring, then the DMF activate the focus magnification and the ring becomes a focus ring until you stop turning the ring. Configured like this, it is very efficient and I do not miss a second ring. Accuracy is very good combined with the DMF focus magnification.

lazar

You cant go wrong at this price and lenses can be changed :)You know you … You cant go wrong at this price and lenses can be changed :)You know you want it



Haha you're not helping my temptation
lazar

You cant go wrong at this price and lenses can be changed :)You know you … You cant go wrong at this price and lenses can be changed :)You know you want it



Haha, you're not helping my temptation Lazar ;-)

At the full price you would be better off going with the A6000 with an EVF and hotshoe, but at 299 this is an absolute steal. Even cheaper than grey imports.

I know its probably like comparing chalk to cheese but I have a Canon 650D and apart from the massive size difference just how far different would they be in terms of picture quality. Quite like the idea of having a smaller camera but not if its at the noticeable sacrifice of quality.

Thanks

djrobmac

I know its probably like comparing chalk to cheese but I have a Canon … I know its probably like comparing chalk to cheese but I have a Canon 650D and apart from the massive size difference just how far different would they be in terms of picture quality. Quite like the idea of having a smaller camera but not if its at the noticeable sacrifice of quality.Thanks


the sensor in this is easily as good (dxomark rates this 80 vs 62 of 650d) but youd sacrifice in lens choices and ergonomics
Edited by: "brilly" 22nd Nov 2014

Bought it, couldn't come at a better time as I had my NEX-5n stolen from my car last week, stupidly left it in the car overnight in Brixton. Thanks OP.

These cameras are selling for north of £400 on Ebay. I've therefore bought one --- if I don't like it, I'll still make a good chunk of money when I sell it.
Cheers for the heads up OP
(This is my second camera purchase this week thanks to HUKD! Can't tell if this website saves me money or costs me!)

Sliwka

Quality of the photo. Ok maybe Nikon isn't that handy, but results are … Quality of the photo. Ok maybe Nikon isn't that handy, but results are worth every penny.



Dxo ratings are so similar that it will just be the glass that counts given the same person behind the lens.

You will, like most lenses, get what you pay for and I'll still take a Sony prime over a nikon zoom every day of the year.
The Sony will almost be jacket pocketable. The Nikon will be a lug.

That's the point. It is size that counts with a mirrorless camera.

Your pictures, roughly 40mm diagonal on my screen shows nothing to compare the two setups!

Having a DSLR set up and Nex-5 I think you are completely missing the point and I guess you have no experience of a mirrorless sony camera.

Showing as £450 for me

yorkie

Showing as £450 for me


yeah only lasts 4 hours
crazy low heat tbh, best sony ilc deal in ages imo
might come up again though? 95% claimed

99rb

Dxo ratings are so similar that it will just be the glass that counts … Dxo ratings are so similar that it will just be the glass that counts given the same person behind the lens. You will, like most lenses, get what you pay for and I'll still take a Sony prime over a nikon zoom every day of the year. The Sony will almost be jacket pocketable. The Nikon will be a lug. That's the point. It is size that counts with a mirrorless camera. Your pictures, roughly 40mm diagonal on my screen shows nothing to compare the two setups! Having a DSLR set up and Nex-5 I think you are completely missing the point and I guess you have no experience of a mirrorless sony camera.


the pic is 2048*1366 full size, its very nice but nothing that cant be done with a nex imo
have seen nex pics with the sigma 30mm prime (unstabilised and only f2.8 but 130quid or so) that are as sharp or sharper at original size


Edited by: "brilly" 22nd Nov 2014

missed out

99rb

Dxo ratings are so similar that it will just be the glass that counts … Dxo ratings are so similar that it will just be the glass that counts given the same person behind the lens. You will, like most lenses, get what you pay for and I'll still take a Sony prime over a nikon zoom every day of the year. The Sony will almost be jacket pocketable. The Nikon will be a lug. That's the point. It is size that counts with a mirrorless camera. Your pictures, roughly 40mm diagonal on my screen shows nothing to compare the two setups! Having a DSLR set up and Nex-5 I think you are completely missing the point and I guess you have no experience of a mirrorless sony camera.


It looks like
Sony 35mm f1.8 is priced £400 and score with Sony 5000 is 21
Nikon d3200 with sigma 18-35mm f1.8 is score 26
I have Panasonic GX1 with 20mm F1.8 which is a bargain camera with decent lens and still dxo mark score 18.

If you would like to buy prime lenses for Sony 18, 20,25,30,35 Can you imagine how much money this would cost?

Read reviews of Sigma 18-35 F1.8.
Maybe it's not this same of type camera, but it has similar sensor and Nikon d3200 have a big selection of cheap lenses.

Edited by: "Sliwka" 22nd Nov 2014

You'll get just as good image quality on a NEX 5/6/7 / Axxx and a good lens as you will with the Nikon D3200. I own both (well, a superior Nikon) and prefer the output of my Sony for all but action photography.


Furthermore, and much more importantly as far as I'm concerned, I can carry my Sony around all the time without pre-planning a photography trip. Something which just isn't possible with any DSLR.
Edited by: "mikeyfive" 22nd Nov 2014

I think comparing this to a D3200 is actually quite appropriate as the Nikon uses a Sony sensor (probably exactly the same as the A5100).

Sliwka

It looks like Sony 35mm f1.8 is priced £400 and score with Sony 5000 is … It looks like Sony 35mm f1.8 is priced £400 and score with Sony 5000 is 21Nikon d3200 with sigma 18-35mm f1.8 is score 26I have Panasonic GX1 with 20mm F1.8 which is a bargain camera with decent lens and still dxo mark score 18.If you would like to buy prime lenses for Sony 18, 20,25,30,35 Can you imagine how much money this would cost?Read reviews of Sigma 18-35 F1.8. Maybe it's not this same of type camera, but it has similar sensor and Nikon d3200


bit bizarre comments
that lens is a stunner @ 600quid but imo its not really a replacement (for most?) folk for more than 2 primes vs 5 you list above
and is massive especially along with d3200.

a more normal comparison is surely a standard prime such as nikkor 50/1.8 which gets 21 (24 on nex) (35/1.8 gets 22 btw not 21)

your bargain camera and lens seems to be 600quid - this one is 300, add a 19mm sigma for 130 or a 20mm sony for 250 and you are still cheaper and both get 17/18 score on dxomark at a lower price.

i agree the lenses are there for the nikon system but if you know what you are getting into then nex is a good choice also

dxomark also 'depends' as seems to be massively focussed on wide apertures but thats not only use
Edited by: "brilly" 22nd Nov 2014

jw021979

I think comparing this to a D3200 is actually quite appropriate as the … I think comparing this to a D3200 is actually quite appropriate as the Nikon uses a Sony sensor (probably exactly the same as the A5100).



The sensor in the D3200 is almost three years old, the sensor in the A5100 is recently developed including on-chip phase -detection covering 92% of the sensor surface.
Video recording is superb on the A5100 as it uses the pro-level XAVC S codec (1080/60/24p) not even available on the A6000.

Sliwka

It looks like Sony 35mm f1.8 is priced £400 and score with Sony 5000 is … It looks like Sony 35mm f1.8 is priced £400 and score with Sony 5000 is 21Nikon d3200 with sigma 18-35mm f1.8 is score 26I have Panasonic GX1 with 20mm F1.8 which is a bargain camera with decent lens and still dxo mark score 18.If you would like to buy prime lenses for Sony 18, 20,25,30,35 Can you imagine how much money this would cost?Read reviews of Sigma 18-35 F1.8. Maybe it's not this same of type camera, but it has similar sensor and Nikon d3200 have a big selection of cheap lenses.



I suppose you're right.

Ignoring the cost, the newness, the weight, the dimensions and just measuring the IQ you can say this is a terrible deal.
Ignoring the weight of the lens is four times the weight of the A5100 with a 20mm pancake.
Ignoring the length of the lens alone is twice the longest bit of the Sony.
Ignoring the brand new Sony versus a 2nd hand Nikon.

I'm changing my mind and humbly suggesting a second hand Pentax 645Z
I've heard it's ergonomics are great and it is weatherproof.

It MUST knock spots off the A5100 ........

brilly

bit bizarre commentsthat lens is a stunner @ 600quid but imo its not … bit bizarre commentsthat lens is a stunner @ 600quid but imo its not really a replacement (for most?) folk for more than 2 primes and is massive especially along with d3200.your bargain camera and lens seems to be 600quid - this one is 300, add a 19mm sigma for 130 or a 20mm sony for 250 and you are still cheaper and both get 17/18 score on dxomark at a lower price.i agree the lenses are there for the nikon system but if you know what you are getting into then nex is a good choice also



Try change the lenses from wide to group portrait. This sigma zoom can do everything in one second. I didn't say Sony 5100 is bad camera. But I bought Nikon D3300 for £350 and Sigma 18-35 for £420. Dxo mark score this high 30.This is unbeatable value. £720 well spend. You didn't mention 35mm lens which is priced...
Yes Sony is more portable and I'm thinking to buy one, but still for best quality of picture I would go for my Nikon d3300 with sigma.
Edited by: "Sliwka" 22nd Nov 2014
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