• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • Detailed specifications
  • Sony Alpha ILCE-A5100
  • Nikon D3500
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Predecessor: Sony NEX-5T
NEX-5T vs A5100
Nikon D3400
D3400 vs D3500
Successor:    
General
Model Number: A5100 D3500
Alternate Model Number(s): ILCE-5100  
Camera Format: Compact System Camera SLR
Currently Manufactured: Yes Yes
Retail Price: $699.99 $499.95
Street Price: $348.00 $446.95
Date Available: 2014-09-01 2018-09-15
Tripod Mount: Yes Yes
Weight: 14.1 oz (399 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
21.7 oz (615 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.4 in.
(110 x 63 x 36 mm)
4.9 x 3.8 x 2.7 in.
(124 x 97 x 70 mm)
Waterproof: No No
Waterproof Depth: n/a n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Sony  
Effective Megapixels: 24.3 24.2
Sensor Format: APS-C APS-C
Sensor size: 366.6mm2 (23.50mm x 15.60mm) 366.6mm2 (23.50mm x 15.60mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 3.92 microns 3.92 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5x 1.5x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed None
Self-Cleaning: No No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: Yes No
DxO Sensor Score: 80  
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 23.8  
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 12.7  
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 1,347  
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 6000 x 4000 (24.0 MP, 3:2),
6000 x 3376 (20.3 MP, 16:9),
4240 x 2832 (12.0 MP, 3:2),
4240 x 2400 (10.2 MP, Other),
3008 x 2000 (6.0 MP, 3:2),
3008 x 1688 (5.1 MP, 16:9),
12416 x 1856 (23.0 MP, Other),
8192 x 1856 (15.2 MP, Other),
2160 x 5536 (12.0 MP, Other),
2160 x 3872 (8.4 MP, Other)
6000 x 4000 (24.0 MP, 3:2),
4496 x 3000 (13.5 MP, 3:2),
2992 x 2000 (6.0 MP, 3:2)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), RAW (ARW 2.3), RAW+JPEG JPEG (EXIF 2.3), RAW (12-bit .NEF), RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 6.0 5.1
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60p/​60i/​30p/​24p)
1440x1080 (30p)
640x480 (30p)
1920x1080 (60p/​50p/​30p/​25p/​24p)
1280x720 (60p/​50p)
Movie File Format: XAVC S / AVCHD 2.0 / MP4; Stereo Audio: Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC; Audio: Monaural Linear PCM)
Composite Video Out: No No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: n/a n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a n/a
HD Video Out: Yes Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Sony E Nikon F
Lens: Sony SELP1650 PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS; 9 elements in 8 groups, 4 aspheric surfaces Nikkor AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 24 - 75mm 27 - 83mm
Focal Length (actual): 16 - 50mm 18 - 55mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.13x 3.06x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 - f/22 (W) / f/5.6 - f/36 (T); 7-blade circular aperture f/3.5 - 22 (W), f/5.6 - 38 (T); 7 diaphragm blades
Integrated ND Filter: No
Normal Focus Range: 25 cm to Infinity
9.8 in to Infinity
25 cm to Infinity
9.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:   56 - 38 cm
22.0 - 15.0 in
Filter Thread: 40.5mm 55.0mm
Thread Type: n/a n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes No
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x; up to 2x Clear Image Digital Zoom n/a
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes Yes
Auto Focus Type: Hybrid Contrast/Phase Detection: 179-point PDAF, 25-point CDAF, Center, Flexible Spot (S/M/L), Zone OVF: Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 11-Area Phase Detection, 1 cross-type, 10 line-type; Contrast-detect AF in Live View mode
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes Yes
Manual Focus: Yes Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No / LCD Optical / LCD
Viewfinder Type:   SLR type; eye-level pentamirror, 95% coverage, 0.85x mag., 18mm eyepoint, -1.7 to +0.5 diopter, Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Focus Peaking: Yes No
EVF Resolution: n/a n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):   0.57x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):   0.85x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No Yes
Rear Display: Yes Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 921,600 dots (230,400 px) 921,600 dots (307,200 px)
Touchscreen: Yes No
Articulating Screen: Yes No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No No
Selfie Screen: Yes No
Max Playback Zoom: 16.7x  
Top Deck Display: No No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 25600 25600
Minimum ISO (native): 100 100
ISO Settings: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 Auto, 100 - 25600
Auto ISO Mode: Yes Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm white/Cool white/Day white/Daylight), Flash, Underwater, C. Temp 2500 to 9900K, C Filter G7 to M7 (15-step), Custom, AWB micro adjustment Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 types), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Preset Manual; all except Preset Manual with fine tuning
Shutter Speed Range: 1/4000 - 30 sec 1/4000 - 30 sec
Bulb Mode: Yes Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 1200-zone Evaluative, Center-weighted, Spot 420-segment 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Color Matrix Metering II, Center-weighted (75% given to 8 mm circle in center of frame), Spot (3.5mm/2.5%)
Program Auto Exposure: Yes Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur, HDR, Sweep Panorama Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait; Special Effects: Night Vision, Super Vivid, Pop, Photo Illustration, Toy Camera, Miniature, Selective Color, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key
Self Timer: 2 , 10, 10 (3 or 5 frames) seconds 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s; 1 to 9 exposures seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):   No
High Resolution Composite: No No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Off, Fill-flash, Rear sync, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction: On/Off Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with redeye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off; Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-910, SB-900, SB-800 as master
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): 4.0 m / 13.1 ft. 7.0 m / 23.0 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens dependent; GN=4 (ISO 100, m) Lens aperture dependent; Approx. 22/7, 26/8 with manual flash (ft/m, ISO 100, 68F/20C)
Max Flash Sync: 1/160 1/200
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps -3 to +1 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: n/a ISO hot shoe
Built-In Wireless Flash Control: No No
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: MS PRO Duo / SD / SDHC / SDXC SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support: UHS-I UHS-I
Other Memory:    
Dual Card Slots: No No
RAW Capture Support: Yes Yes
Uncompressed Format: RAW (ARW 2.3), RAW+JPEG RAW (12-bit .NEF), RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format: XAVC S / AVCHD 2.0 / MP4; Stereo Audio: Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC; Audio: Monaural Linear PCM)
Included Memory: No memory included No memory included
Included Memory Type:    
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: Yes No
NFC: Yes No
Bluetooth: No Yes
Built-In GPS: No No
Microphone Jack: No No
Headphone Jack: No No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed,WiFi USB 2.0 High Speed,Bluetooth
PictBridge Compliant: Yes Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes Yes
Remote Control: Yes Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional wired or Wi-Fi Via Bluetooth
Connections (extended): Micro (Type-D) HDMI, Multi Micro USB Type-C Mini HDMI with CEC, USB 2.0
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.55 0.45
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.59  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): Unlimited  
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 0.56 0.51
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 6.0 5.1
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 67 100
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 6.0 5.1
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 25 13
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 6.0 5.1
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 23 6
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.24 seconds 0.21 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):    
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):   0.262 seconds
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.126 seconds 0.109 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.35 seconds 0.27 seconds
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.021 seconds 0.080 seconds
Shutter Lag (notes): Full AF shutter lag, wide-area AF mode = 0.230s  
Startup Time: 2.0 seconds 0.4 seconds
Play -> Record Time: 1.0 seconds 0.3 seconds
Flash cycle time, full power: 2.2 seconds 1.2 seconds
Power
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View): 400 shots  
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF):   1550 shots
Battery Life, Video:   75 minutes
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary NP-FW50 Proprietary EN-EL14a
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary NP-FW50 Lithium-ion rechargeable 1 x Proprietary EN-EL14a Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: No Yes
Internal Charging Supported: Yes No
Software
Included Software:   ViewNX-i, ViewNX-Movie Editor, Capture NX-D, Nikon Transfer 2, Picture Control Utility 2 downloads
OS Compatibility:    
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Available in black or white.