LCD and Viewfinder
Sony a5100 has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 922k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
LCD is Touch screen type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
a5100 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Mirrorless camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Hasselblad X1D (Compare) or Olympus OM-D E-M10 II (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Sony a5100 can shoot continuously at max speed of 6 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec . Unfortunately a5100 doesn't have an external flash port so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Sony a5100 features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 179 points to choose from.
With Sony a5100, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60p,60i,24p fps and save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S formats. Full HD resolution of Sony a5100 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.a5100 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Sony a5100 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Mirrorless camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Hasselblad X1D or Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Sony a5100 features a built-in wireless connectivity ( 802.11b/g/n with NFC) which lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection.
With its NFC (Near Field Communication) feature, a5100 can communicate with devices such as smartphones which are also equipped with this technology by simply touching each other. You can connect your camera to other devices through HDMI port or via USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Sony a5100 is powered by NP-FW50 battery which provides a shooting life of 400 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Mirrorless type cameras is 348 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Mirrorless Cameras
Current Lowest price for Sony a5100 is $448.00