Sony A5100 | Review

Sony A5100 | Currently £449.00 in John Lewis

With it being new year you’ve probably set yourself lots of goals and if your a blogger no doubt improving your photographs will be one of those goals, it is for me anyway. Taking photographs has become a great passion of mine over the last few years, particularly since I began blogging I invested in my baby the Canon 600D and also the Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens to accompany it, they have been a dream to work with and I use them always for blog photos but one thing I found was when I was out and about it was a little to heavy and chunky to carry in my bag so I I’ve been on the look out for the perfect handbag/travel camera and I have finally found it so I thought I’d share my thoughts and reasons for buying it as it may come in quite helpful and handy for some of you who are also looking for something a little more compact with great quality.

Why the Sony A5100? OK so I actually came across this camera when I was researching the Sony NEX6 which was what I originally wanted due to one of my favourite YouTubers mentioning it in one of her videos, her Instagram images were always so beautiful and so crisp. Whilst researching I came to realise the Sony NEX6 was very hard to get hold of due to it being discontinued, the new line consists of the Sony A5000, A5100 and the A6000. I had a little research on all three, they all seemed so similar, the A6000 was the equivalent of the NEX6 but the A5100 was just a step down but with extra features so I thought I’d opt for that as the price was a little kinder and after watching many review videos there didn’t seem to be much difference with regards to quality.

Whats included when purchasing the Sony A5100:
Camera Body
16-50 mm OSS Lens
Shoulder Strap
Body Cap
Micro USB Cable
(Memory card bought separately)

What makes this different from many compact cameras is that it has interchangeable lenses, yes that’s right you can actually change the lens on this little beauty, I bought this with the kit lens which is 16-50 mm lens which is perfect for what I need it for.

Favourite features:

Wifi One of the main reasons I bought this camera was because it has Wifi, I did have the Canon S100 which also had Wifi but the picture quality wasn’t good enough for me on that camera. This camera has amazing picture quality and the fact that it has Wifi just makes life that much easier, I can quickly upload straight to my phone edit in my apps then pop my images straight onto social media with a click of a button. This feature has been my most used and most loved, you may have noticed my Instagram images have become more crisp and that’s mainly because of this camera. I upload around 60-70% of my images though this and the rest are either taken on my Canon or iPhone although I can say I rarely upload pictures straight from my iPhone these days.

Selfie Screen Yes I said it, one of my favourite features is the 180 degree tilting touch screen. This makes taking selfies much easier and I love it, one thing I will say is although it says it’s a touch screen there isn’t that much you can do with it apart from tap to take a photo or focus so it’s quite limited. There is a dial and buttons for the menu which is fine for me, the buttons are quite small but then again the camera is compact so I wouldn’t expect anything less.

Built in Flash The flash on this camera is super cool, it discreetly pops up and you can also tilt it to make sure your lighting the subject your photographing perfectly. It also has a high ISO range of upto 25600 so you can pretty much take beautiful photos in any lighting situation.

Camera Apps & Features There is an app you can download onto your phone which allows you to easily transfer each image onto your phone with ease, there are also many features and filters on the camera itself that you can use to improve and change up your images

Overall this is a really great camera which I’d highly recommend if your looking for something compact that gives you that high quality image your looking for. If your a Vlogger you can also use this to capture full HD videos, I’ve not yet used it for vlogging but one thing to keep in mind is the battery usuage, you can get around 400 images before it needs charging but to fully charge it does take around 6 hours so definitely worth investing in a ack up battery. Other than that I don’t have any negatives about this camera, it’s such a beauty and I can’t wait to capture even more images with it whilst I go though all of the features I’ve not yet found!

Have you been looking for a camera that has the comfort of a compact camera but the same features of an SLR? Maybe this is the one for you, it certainly hasn’t disappointed me.

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  • love the look of this Camera – Im loving photography at the moment! I have a canon eos m.

    Love Leanne @

  • Great review. I will definitely look into this.

  • I have been looking at the 5000 one of these but this one could be a option now 🙂 Great post as always xx

  • Looks like a lovely camera! I'm looking for another camera that I can use everyday instead of carrying around my DSLR.

    Kay |

  • This looks and sounds like such a fab camera x

  • Wow sounds like it ticks all the boxes..and still looks so stylish and smart! Worth investing in I think! Fab review ♡ x

  • Love the sound of this camera, plus it looks fab too. That selfie screen is a winner 😉

  • I've been looking for a new camera to pick up and definitely will be looking into this one

    Wishing you the best in 2015 x

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin

  • Rebecca-Louise Viner

    You've absolutely convinced me that I need this. I've also got the Canon 600D and find it so bulky, plus there have been times where I've been asked to put it away in restaurants etc because I haven't been granted permission to review.
    Autumn Leaves – UK Blogging Tips & Beauty Blog

  • I'd never heard of this camera before reading this, but it sounds really really awesome! x

  • I have a Samsung camera, not half as high tech as this one though, and I adore it. Plus I do like thats its white!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • What a gorgeous camera with amazing quality x
    Love Vicki <3

  • This is definitely camera goals!
    Emma xo |

  • I'm seriously considering buying this thanks to your review!!


  • I was considering this camera when I bought my one at the beginning of the year, there's so many similar ones out there now I really couldn't decide. I went for the Samsung NX3000 in the end and am glad I did but this is such a great review. This makes me think I should probably do a review of my camera as I've learned so much from this one!

    Ami xxx

  • Thank you for your review. I just bought this camera but the black one as there were no white ones left. Bought it at John Lewis too. Makeup Shayla who I follow and whose online msmrup lessons I listen to recommended it so I bought it. Still discovering how to get the best pictures out of it. Do you have any tips for on the best features on the camera for getting lovely makeup pictures. Thanks for the review.

  • I meant "makeup lessons"

  • I meant "makeup lessons"

  • I was looking at this camera myself. one day it be mime,lovely review