Sony Stuffs Everything to Love About the A6000 into the A5100

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Sony has ported over the A6000’s amazing autofocus system to the “new” camera deemed the A5100— sorry buyers of the original Sony A5000. The Japanese camera hasn’t skimped on the phase detect AF points either with the Sony A5100. It has the same fully loaded 179 AF points as its higher-end sibling.

What’s more is that the new compact body also has the A6000’s 24.3 APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and Bionz X image processor. With all these flat improvements, the Sony A5100 seems like it’s just the A6000 in a smaller package with some slightly different ergonomics and no integrated electronic viewfinder. Which is all perfectly fine really. In our review of the Sony A6000 we found the small shooter to have great image quality and incredibly fast autofocus performance.

As for a few other improvements, Sony has passed on Eye AF and Lock-on AF modes, which first debuted on the Sony A7 and A7r. Lastly the new sensor can record full HD 1080p video in AVCHD as well as the XAVC-Scodec for 50 Mbps footage

The Sony α5100 will be available this September black and white for $550 for the body only. There’s also a $700 kit version bundled with the 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 motorized zoom lens. Read on to see more images and specs on the Sony A5100.

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Mirrorless System Cameras Now Outselling DSLRs In Japan

EVIL, MILC, CSC — the designations are manifold. But whatever you call them, one thing is clear: the relatively recent species of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras is on the rise. And now, for the first time, they have begun to outsell the more traditional DSLR cameras on their home market, Japan. According to Olympus’ European Product Manager Claudia Baehr in an interview over at TechRadar, the market share of mirrorless system cameras in Japan is now at about 50%, first outselling DSLRs in December 2011. In Britain, the market share of evil MILC-CSCs is about 30%, and about 20% in the US, with DSLRs still going strong on both markets. (These numbers refer to units newly sold, not to overall usage.)

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