New Camera Alert: Sony a5100 Mirrorless Camera Review

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This is my review based on me being a non-professional who just likes to take pics:

I recently found out from Altagracia from InspireByStyle about the Sony a5100 Camera and I rushed to do research. ( I know, I know! I am late) I have a couple- okay more than a couple–of cameras but I was on the hunt for another one. My main thing was I wanted a camera that was great for travel – I didn’t want to bring any of my big DSLR’s on vacation. I wanted a compact camera with alot of punch! Best of all, I wanted something that I could do video with and it won’t have a problem focusing on me. (Sometimes with DSLRs if you are filming yourself, it may change focus on you :/ )

Mirrorless lenses are the new big thing-  so I’m told. I’m not going to lie, I don’t know all the techie stuff behind the mirrorless cameras, but here is what I found out:

In a mirrorless camera, light passes through the lens and right onto the image sensor, which captures a preview of the image to display on the rear screen. via TomsGuide.com

That’s techie stuff I don’t really care about, but check out their site if you understand all the tech stuff and specs. I don’t understand it all, so my main thing is to make sure I understand how dope this camera is! lol

Let me preface this by saying that I am not a professional photographer. I am an amateur. Check out some images that I took with this camera:

Depth of field is great. You can blur out the background and you can be the focal point in easy steps.

DSC04776The attention to detail is great. This is me touching an elephant. Look at the detail on his skin.DSC04593The zoom is pretty decent. These children were kind of far from me. This camera has a  3x Optical Zoom and 8x Digital zoom. DSC04600This is with low lighting. I was in the shade under a dark area and didn’t use the flash.-1giraffe

This one, I am in focus, and everything else is not. I like that though.DSC04771

 

Reasons to get this camera:

  • If you are going to a place where there are issues of camera theft (grabbing them off your neck, etc..) then this is great. It doesn’t have the same look as the larger DSLR’s which most people think costs way more. You will be less of a target if you have to take out your camera in an uncomfortable place.
  • The pictures come out great with the 24 MPs. You can get quality in a small camera.
  • The selfie camera takes good pictures and can include a timer. It’s also great for filming yourself.
  • This is the biggest one for me- This camera has NFC which enables you to transfer your pictures to your phone in seconds without any wifi. I am in Kenya, Africa right now and I am literally transferring pictures as I go and for me to transfer 70 pics, it took maybe 40 seconds. I barely have wifi. It doesn’t matter. You just need a wifi capable phone and you are good to go.
  • It’s compact! It can fit in a small bag and it is super easy to whip it out when that random baboon runs across the street in front of your car– that happened to me this week in Nairobi.
  • It has a ton of dope automatic settings for you. Today when I was out in Nairobi taking pictures, if I pointed at trees it would switch to “Landscape”, if I zoomed in on a small flower, it would switch to “Macro” so it’s definitely a “smart” camera.
  • Even though it’s smaller, you can still swap the lenses out.

This is it for now. Check out the Sony a5100 or the other versions- 5000 or 6000. I’m sure I will have an update about this after my trip is over! Have a great Memorial Day!

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  • Beautiful photos! I’m obsessed with the one with your hand touching the elephant. I’d definitely consider this camera for travel.