Best CSC Entry Level
Dubbed a “super compact” CSC, the Sony α5100 is about half the size of a conventional DSLR. The camera holds a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with the same gapless on-chip lens structure as the company’s α7R. The camera delivers a very fast 0.07 second AF acquisition time, with up to 6 frames per second continuous shooting with AF tracking, aided greatly by the 179-point phase detection AF sensor. There are numerous video options: Full HD in cinematic 24p, 60p and 60i frame rates; selectable in-camera XAVC S with a 50Mb/second bit rate; Blu-Ray quality AVCHD; and MP4 codecs, all with HDMI connectivity. The camera also delivers an impressive ISO range of 100-25,600. It’s compatible with Sony α E-mount lenses, and α A-mount lenses with an optional adapter.