Exclusive – Sony A5100 review and footage

YU2A9474Update Jan 2015: As some users reported that face tracking mode “smoothes” the skin tones I’ve approached Sony for clarification and here is the official answer:  “Yes. face tracking mode “smoothes” the skin tones. It’s optimises brightness, focus, white balance and skin tone for the face. Please disable this function if you would like to control them manually”

Sony announced the new Sony Alpha 5100 mirrorless camera last week that raised entry-level shooters hopes due to the success of the new Sony A7s. We had a chance to test it in our labs and now we took it into the field for a hands-on review.

First I have a little confession to make. This camera review was executed in a very spontaneous way. So while most of the effort went into “rigging” the camera, I left my microphone and external audio recorder behind, so all the sound you hear in this video including the short interviews were recorded internally on the Sony A5100 camera mic. (The camera does NOT have a mic in option. The audio track you hear got a little “noise reduction” treatment in order to isolate the interview sound from background noise).

As it was hard to use the camera’s LCD screen outdoors, I used my old and trusted Zacuto Z finder as a quick solution. On top of that the Sony A5100 came with its original 16-50mm pancake zoom lens which has a 40.5mm inner filter diameter which I intended to use with a variable ND.
Unfortunately I did not have the required step-up ring for this diameter, so I was “forced” to use my Canon 24-105mm f4 IS lens which I used with an R.J EOS to NEX adapter and so I ended up with a set up that was a bit “larger” than I originally intended…

When I arrived at the location, I decided to simulate a standard ENG (Electronic News Gathering) shooting assignment. No slider moves or any beauty shots, just a very straight forward approach as I can not see this camera being used for anything too complex in the professional world .

So how did the camera perform in the field?

Pretty much standard. It is a very basic camera to operate (I would say suitable for entry level consumers) yet featuring some pro features like the modern XAVC S codec, peaking, histogram, 60p and a clean HDMI output with 8 bit 4:2:2.
If we are talking about “clean output” bear in mind that when you connect the micro HDMI cable to an external recorder, the camera LCD screen will turn black, UNLESS you set up the camera menu in “HDMI settings”to “HDMI info display-OFF” for using an external recorder like the new pocket sized Atomos Ninja star.

a5100_doorAnother limitations which raised my concern was Sony’s decision to place the SD card slot on the left hand side just next to the micro HDMI connection. What this means in a real life production is that the SD card cover will always have to be open.

On the positive side, I do like the video quality coming out of this little camera which seems better then the Sony A6000. The image is a little soft (all the footage in the above video review was sharpened 20% in Adobe Premiere) but looks solid. If you like to explore some more of the technical aspects of the camera don’t miss to read our A5100 lab test HERE!

Put aside that this test was done with the Canon lens, the autofocus in this camera when being used with the (loud) kit zoom lens is very fast and easy to use, plus the “touch screen auto focus” is woking like a treat.

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Summary

The Sony A5100 is a basic entry level large sensor camera housing some professional features. It is a nice camera for the occasional family user. I’ll be surprised if any professional will find it useful for any of their video productions as the camera, the way it is, leaves a lot to be desired.

Camera settings used in this video: Picture profile: “Portrait” (-3, 0, 0) Colour correction: Film Convert

For the rest of equipment used, see the list below.

A special thanks for the dear people at Carnuntum and Britta Tivan from http://www.filmessenz.tv/

 

Johnnie Behiri is a freelance documentary cameraman/editor/producer working mostly for the BBC and other respected broadcasters. He is also co-owner of cinema5d.com

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Luke Holley Reply
Luke Holley August 27, 2014

Thanks for sharing Johnnie, I think that is fabulous for a sub $600 camera. How was the low light on it? And do you think that it will mix well with the A7s as a B cam?

Luke

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Johnnie Behiri August 28, 2014

Hi Luke. Sorry for my late response.

I would say it is “safe” using this camera up to ISO 1600 when it comes to visible noise.

The A7s is way sharper and aesthetic wise looks different for my taste. Personally I would not use it as a B camera but I encourage you (and others) to test it for yourselves as everyone has different needs.

Thanks!

Johnnie

Luke Holley Reply
Luke Holley August 28, 2014

No worries Johnnie, thanks for the for the response, I’ll give it a try if I pick up the camera.

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andrew August 27, 2014

hi, are you sure that the on camera lcd goes off when an hdmi is connected,I had this happen on my a7s but it was only a menu option about displaying info on the external screen?

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Johnnie Behiri August 27, 2014

Hi Andrew, Will check it out! Thanks for the tip.

Johnnie

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Johnnie Behiri August 27, 2014

Andrew, thanks again! Article is now corrected.

Johnnie

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Seb August 27, 2014

With Canon lens mounted on the RJ adapter, how fast are we talking on the autofocus? DSLR fast?

What is it that makes you say the video quality is slightly better than the a6000?

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Johnnie Behiri August 27, 2014

Hi Seb.

The autofocus on the RJ adapter combined with the Canon lens is working but slowly. In this video all focusing was done manually.

I’ve tested the A6000 before and find aliasing and moire much more evident then on the A5000.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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seb August 27, 2014

Thanks for the info !

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john August 27, 2014

I have a6000 and never had trouble with aliasing and moire..you must be meaning nex 6 not a6000..my Panasonic gx7 has moire and aliasing but my a6000 dont.

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Johnnie Behiri August 27, 2014

Hi John.

A6000, not NEX 6.
Unlike others who might like the footage coming out of it, My experience with the camera is different. It has greater amount of moire and aliasing when compered to the A5100. Also ergonomically speaking, it is a very un comfortable camera to work with.
Saying all that, I’m happy you’re having a different user experience with the A6000.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Seb August 27, 2014

That’s very odd John. What sharpness setting are you using on both a cameras? I tested the GX7 and a6000 in April and found the a6000 to have way more aliasing and moire. https://vimeo.com/97040210

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david August 27, 2014

why did you not have a video showing its low light capabilities. thats really what i wanted to see.

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Johnnie Behiri August 27, 2014

David,

I don’t remember working for you.

Johnnie

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Ahmed August 27, 2014

The man is simply asking for a low-light test.

What a pretentious reply.

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Seb August 27, 2014

It wasn’t pretentious at all! The way David worded it, it sounded like Johnnie OWED it to him to do a low light test! It was plain rude!

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Dave Andrade August 28, 2014

Not to beat a dead horse here, but I agree with you Seb. There are WAY too many people expecting way too much out of people that review cameras. Maybe they got paid, maybe they did it in their free time. Either way, it’s free information. If you didn’t get a test you wanted, buy one when it comes out and test it…it was 100% not pretentious.

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Iván Gómez August 27, 2014

Interesting and entertaining video, i liked the colors a lot :)
In the settings end of your review it’s stated that portrait -3 0 0 was used, -3 being contrast, right? Did you find best to let the camera do internal sharpenning or just for this asignment experiment?
What are the “real” differences of avchd and xavc s on this camera?
Thanks and great job.
Iván

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Johnnie Behiri August 28, 2014

Hi Iván.

Yes, -3 stands for contrast.

First couple of shots where done with sharpness tune down to -3 but honestly speaking I could not see much of a big different on the LCD screen (all was soft anyway)….so I adjusted the value to 0 in order to help myself focusing.

(If needed), sharpening in post is always recommended over internal camera sharpening.

XAVC S has a higher bit rate over AVCHD and in general regarded as a modern high quality codec.

Thanks!

Johnnie

Jon Wide Reply
Jon Wide August 27, 2014

Thanks for doing these tests! I use the A6000 with the 18-105 zoom for weddings. I love the autofocus, but wish I could point and lock on to a certain face during recording (i.e. The Bride walking down the aisle-shot) Could you elaborate on the a5100 AF a bit more?

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Johnnie Behiri August 28, 2014

Hi Jon.

Camera is not with me anymore, so I can not further experiment its autofocus functions.

I guess it is “dangerous” relying solely on autofocus when it comes to shooting such an important onetime event.

Our next scheduled meeting with Sony representatives will be during IBC (Sep. 12th). I promise to “investigate” with them your autofocus question and come back to you.

Thanks.

Johnie

Jon Wide Reply
Jon Wide August 28, 2014

Thanks! I guess you should be able to use the touchscreen to lock and track a certain face like the Sony CX700-series. Looking forward to more of your tests!

 Aaron Grech Reply
Tull Power August 28, 2014

Great video and interview, I really enjoyed watching it on its own merits, rather then simply a camera test. Being a happy 5N owner, may I ask if the A5100 is a worthwhile upgrade path? Are dynamic range and resolution significantly better then the 5N? Also, does the A5100 overheat or can it record up to the 30min limit without problems?

Thanks again and all the best!

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Johnnie Behiri August 28, 2014

Hi Tull.

Thank you for taking the time watching the he video and commenting.

As a 5N owner to owner, it depends what you are aiming doing with the camera.

For a “family usage” the 5N will do. No need to change to the A5100.

Regarding “overheating”, I did not have any problem with the A5100 but only working in different environment conditions will tell if this camera is any better then the 5N

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Robert Espiritu August 28, 2014

Hey Johnnie, can you comfirm that this camera has a 720P 120FPS mode?

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Johnnie Behiri August 29, 2014

Hi Robert.

No 120fps and no 720P at all.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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eytan August 29, 2014

Great review. If you could choose between the Sony A-5100 and the Sony Nex-6 which one would you pick?

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Johnnie Behiri August 29, 2014

Hi Eytan.

This is a tough question to answer as the NEX 6 has a viewfinder which makes it easier to work in a variety of outdoor situation.
On the other hand, the A5100 is a much more “video orientated camera” with a better modern codec.

At the end of the day, its truly depends on what will you be shooting and what’s your exceptions from a camera.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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mg September 2, 2014

The a6000. All the goodness of the a5100 (the codec update drops next week), AND a viewfinder.

You wouldn’t want the slow focus of the NEX6 when you have seen the current gen a51k and a6k

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Geoff September 8, 2014

Where has it been stated that the a6000 will get the codec update? I’ve been tempted to get the atomos ninja star but if the camera gets XAVC-S then I will hold off.

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David October 29, 2014

Where is the A6000 firmware update ? Sony have told as UK reseller it’s not possible. Don’t believe but still not seen any new codec on the net and it’s now over 5 weeks late if you are correct – so again, where did you see this firmware news ?

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Hakan September 1, 2014

Hello Johnnie,
I’d like to ask
1.)whether AF speed is on par with A6000 or not.
2.) Is the touchscreen is sensitive like 5N or hard to activate/touch kike 5R???

Hakan

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Hakan September 1, 2014

And thank you very much for your review and answers…

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Johnnie Behiri September 1, 2014

Hi Hakan. Thanks for the thumbs up!

Regarding your questions:

1-Yes
2-For my taste, the touch screen was very responsive.

Hope it helps.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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K.e. Russell September 1, 2014

That video performance is fantastic. What camera base plate is that? It looks pretty compact.

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Johnnie Behiri September 1, 2014

Hi K.e. Russell.

The base plate is from Vocas:

Vocas DSLR 15mm Rail Support:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/731327-REG/Vocas_0350_0300_DSLR_15mm_Rail_Support.html/BI/7953/KBID/8488

Thank you!

Johnnie

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Andre September 1, 2014

first of all thanks for this great article about the a5100. what i wondering is, is it possible to connect an external HDMI Screen (lilliput or whater) to the camera to see whilst recording video the picture on this external monitor? i’m asking this because sony told me no this is not possible… only 4k camcorders can do that… is that really true?

many thanks

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Johnnie Behiri September 2, 2014

Hi Andre, thanks for the thumb up!.

Yes, it is possible connecting a monitor or an Atomos external recorder (with or without a monitor) to the A5100

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Ollie Gilbey September 4, 2014

Hi Johnnie,

I was wondering what you thought to be the best video performer between the NEX-7, A6000 and A5100. Does XAVC-S result in good real-world performance compared to the other two? If I currently have an A77 that I use a bit for casual video and photo, do you reckon it is worthwhile to upgrade to one of the three E-mounts from a video perspective? The A77 noise is quite bad and it is a bit bulky if I can get better performance from a little E-mount.

Thanks
Ollie

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Johnnie Behiri September 4, 2014

Hi Ollie Gilbey.

Each if the cameras you’ve mentioned has its own strengths and weaknesses. (NEX 7 gets hot, A6000 has an inferior codec and the A5100 has no EVF, just to name a few).

The higher quality XAVC S codec is a great step forward when it comes to editing and grading!.

What I suggest is to wait a bit and see what will be announced during IBC and Photokina. Then you can calculate your next purchase move more accurately.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Ralph Andersson September 5, 2014

Considering price and IQ and sound (from internal mic!!!) I would say that this looks like a superb camera! I find the result amazing being shot with a camera that cheap. It looks like there are some wind at the scene, but I dont hear any wind noise in the film. Was the camera that good to handle this or did you do any in post to fix this?

Thanks for sharing your experience!

/Ralph

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Johnnie Behiri September 8, 2014

Hi Ralph, sorry for my late reply.

Indeed A LOT of wind. The “secret” was not to include those “windy sound scenes” in the video…:).

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Ralph Andersson September 12, 2014

Thanks for your answer. A smart solution :-)

/R

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Andre September 10, 2014

Hi Johnnie

Got another question a havent found an info yet. Does the a5100 has a silent mode where we cant hear the shutter?

if we have focus on video mode. as far as i read here the a5100 does perform better than the a6000. is the autofocus also better?

thanks again
Andre

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Johnnie Behiri September 22, 2014

Hi Andre.

Autofocus is good as in the A6000.

Regarding “silent shutter mode”. Will forward your question to Sony as I don’t have the camera anymore to check.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Mika Puska September 16, 2014

Hi Johnnie,

It is so nice that you are reviewing also these cheaper cameras in a real world situations.
I’m a bit late with this question since IBC is over for now and Sony representatives are gone, but here goes anyway :)

If I use LA-EA3 adapter with A5100, what happens to autofocus?
Will it work same speed as with E-mount lenses…?

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Johnnie Behiri September 22, 2014

Hi Mike.

Forwarded your question to Sony representative.

If and when I’ll have an answer, will let you know.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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LM September 19, 2014

Can anyone tell me if the newer codec (XAVC-S) was used to make this? Basically, I’m very impressed with the footage and if this isn’t the new codec, I’ll be happy with the a6k! If not, back to the drawing board :)

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Johnnie Behiri September 22, 2014

Hi LM.

Yes, XAVC-S was used for filming this short piece.

Thanks.

Johnnie

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steven kornreich October 23, 2014

Johnnie,
I just purchased a A5100 and was wondering if you found that ISO 200 gave you the best results or ISO 100?
Also I noticed that you did not turn down sharpening and left it at 0
Do you feel this gives better results then setting the sharpness to -3 and doing it in post?
Thanks
Steven

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Johnnie Behiri October 23, 2014

Steven.

Wish I could help with your questions. Please understand that we get the pre-production cameras for a very short time and as such it is very difficult covering all of its aspects like which ISO is best for shooting for the highest video quality.

Usually I turn in camera sharpness all the way to minus and add it later in post if required (regardless to the camera manufacturer). I think this is the right thing to do as the manufacturer themselves do it with any of their “flat picture profile”.

Thanks!

Johnnie

Kropp Sgym Paschim Vihar Reply
Kropp Sgym Paschim Vihar October 23, 2014

hallo johnnie , just a couple of questions. Is the low light video capability of a5100 identical to a6000 ? is is possible to use a wireless flash with the a5100? thanks rajesh

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Johnnie Behiri October 23, 2014

Hi Rajesh

-Sorry, don’t know
-Never tried the camera in photo mode.

Sorry I can not help more!

Johnnie

Sandra Amelia Spitaleri Reply
Sandra Amelia Spitaleri November 19, 2014

I recently purchased the Sony A5100 but whenever I try filming it seems little lines show up in the film almost from like movement..I\’m wondering if I\’m doing something wrong or if the camera is defective? and advice would help and I even have footage I could share as an example of what I mean. Thanks

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Johnnie Behiri November 19, 2014

Hi Sandra Amelia.

Can you please share a short clip to see?
Just upload to Vimeo and send me a mail with the password. Alternately, you can “wetransfer” it. My mail address: johnnie@cinema5d.com

Those little lines should not be there.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Tanner January 6, 2015

I’m having the exact same issue! Just got my Sony A5100 and was disappointed to see when played back on my mac horizontal lines appeared each time there was movement within the video.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Tanner

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Johnnie Behiri January 8, 2015

Hi Tanner

I’m yet to hear from Sony regarding this problem. If I do, I will share the answer.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Johnnie Behiri January 9, 2015

Hi Sandra, hi Tanner.

Here is Sony’s official answer to your problem…

“On the assumption that A5100 would be used by a wide range of customers (even for the entry class customers), we designed the total image quality optimised in Auto mode”

Thanks!

Johnnie

Micah Young Reply
Micah Young June 18, 2015

Are you shooting 60i? Sounds like interlacing.

Ollie Gilbey Reply
Ollie Gilbey November 19, 2014

Do the lines show on the output video when you watch it afterwards? If not it could be possible that you have the zebra function turned on.

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Anonymous November 19, 2014

Absolutely a brilliant reportage video/movie. You perfectly exploited the huge S35 sensor. I guess, if you had used a Speed Booster, that would have been even more interesting. The A5100 is the best sub-4K video camera for price/performance. I wonder when Sony comes out with a in-body 4K APS-C camera in this price range? Thank you so much for the movie. Miki

Daniel Tremblay Reply
Daniel Tremblay December 10, 2014

Hi,

i own a A5100 and after some time i realized some real problem with this cam!
In video mode, any picture profile if yo do a face close or medium shot, the skin detail is sharp, but after a few seconds som soft skin filter kicks in even if disablele by default in video mode ant turn skin over softened like verry bad!
look at the demo video at 2:07, the man forehead is probably suffering this effect! it’s no compression to me! i see the problem directly on HDMI output!

Daniel Tremblay Reply
Daniel Tremblay December 10, 2014

There is a test i did… video grab from HDMI, teft is good to me and after a few seconds the effect kick!
http://agencewebdiffusion.s3.amazonaws.com/Daniel_experiments/composkin.jpg

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Johnnie Behiri December 15, 2014

Hi Daniel.

I’m forwarding your concern to Sony. If/when I hear from them back, I’ll let you know.

Thanks!

Johnnie

Daniel Tremblay Reply
Daniel Tremblay December 15, 2014

Thanks!

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Johnnie Behiri January 9, 2015

Hi Daniel.

Here is Sony’s official answer:

“On the assumption that A5100 would be used by a wide range of customers (even for the entry class customers), we designed the total image quality optimised in Auto mode”.

Thanks!

Johnnie

Jon Wide Reply
Jon Wide January 9, 2015

Just out of curiousity: Daniel, did you use the Auto mode in your test?

Cheers /Jon

Daniel Tremblay Reply
Daniel Tremblay January 9, 2015

I used Manual mode!
I tried all modes combinations with same result!
The only way a ca cheat this is with a prime lens with some clear zoom in use like 1.1x, i seems the processor is too busy zooming it skip the smoothing part!
It’s not a real fix!
I am wory about this problem affecting a wide range of Sony products maybe a bug in BIONZ X!
Have a look to this review of the X70:http://youtu.be/x49xcnATxPI?t=25m1s
He report same kind of smoothing when face tracking mode is on!

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Johnnie Behiri January 20, 2015

Hi Daniel.

Here is the official Sony answer to my question if face tracking mode “smoothes” the skin tones.

” The answer is yes. Face detection function optimises brightness, focus, white balance and skin tone for the face.
Please disable this function if you would like to control them manually”

Thank you!

Johnnie

 Mordy Gilden Reply
Mordy Gilden December 16, 2015

Johnnie,
I’ve actually been on a bit of a crusade trying to do something about this bug. Turning off face detection only works when using the internal recording of the camera. If you are using the 4:2:2 HDMI output, and not also recording internally, the skin smoothing CAN NOT be disabled, no matter what you do.
I bought an Atomos Ninja to keep the A5100 from overheating- it can feed the HDMI signal for hours on a single battery. No shut off from heat or recording limits… but the darned skin smoothing plugin won’t go away, which makes this whole thing fall apart.
I’m pretty sure the Sony rep you spoke to above was making up excuses because Skin Smoothing is actually *supposed* to be disabled in video mode. Why do I think this?
Well, for starters, the option is grayed out in the menu, whereas you can toggle it in any mode other than video. Secondly the A7S and RX100 had this problem as well when it launched. When people complained, they released a firmware update that GOT RID OF IT. I’m happy to say my A7s no longer does this in HDMI out, but my A5100 and A6000 STILL DO. My theory is actually that the other modes on the camera will let you disable skin smoothing because the toggle exists in the menu. In video mode, because the toggle doesn’t exist, I think it just defaults to ON, and only checks and respects your settings once you hit record in the camera.
Third, when I contacted Sony support about it, they claimed to not even be aware of it. When I described and showed them an example, they opened a ticket. If it was a feature, they would have been aware of it. Its not a feature, ITS A BUG. I think that not enough people pointed out the issue that they did anything about it, as opposed to the A7s (geared towards filmmakers so it was noticed earlier) and RX100 (has a lot of chatter about the problem on the Sony Community website before it got fixed).
I’d actually like to spread the word on this bug, as maybe if enough people pointed out that they are unhappy with it (like they did the RX100 and A7s), Sony would DO something about it! IF not the A5100, than at least the A6000, as there aren’t any current APS-C models that don’t suffer from this bug right now.

Johnnie Behiri December 17, 2015

Hi Mordy.

Your above written message was sent to Sony. I have no idea how they will handle it but it is important for me that your voice will be heard. (If I ever get a response, I’ll share it with you).

Thanks!

Johnnie

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cafe December 18, 2014

I like the footage. Thanks for sharing. What softwear did you use for editing? I cannot open my XAVC S files on latest Premiere Pro.

Thanks

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Johnnie Behiri January 8, 2015

Hi cafe.

I’m editing natively in Adobe Premiere CC 2014

Thanks

Johnnie

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Jack December 25, 2014

Hi Johnnie!

I have a question about the HDMI output. I’ve found two kinds of info and I’m a bit confused.

“Additionally, using the integrated HDMI type D output, both 1080i60 and 1080p60 uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2 video can be recorded to an optional external recorder.”

“…as well as the uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2 output via hdmi in up to 60p”

Which is right? Is 60 the only option or can I record 24 and 30 fps too?

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Johnnie Behiri January 8, 2015

Hi Jack

The Atomos Ninja/star can record up to 60P from this camera, so 24 and 30p are doable too.

Thanks!

Johnnie

Jonas Frankenreiter Reply
Jonas Frankenreiter December 30, 2014

Good review! I’m considering the a5100 to shoot video and it seems farely well. Would you recommend any other camera in that price range, up to 700 Dollars?

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Johnnie Behiri January 8, 2015

Hi Jonas.

Not an easy question you’ve asked!.

If you after video only, this camera might serve you well, but if audio is needed too, be aware there is no audio input.

BTW, there is a good deal on the old NEX 7 at B&H (including 18-55 lens). although an old camera, maybe it’s worth a second look!:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/817843-REG/Sony_NEX_7K_B_NEX_7_Digital_Camera.html

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boan m August 6, 2015

please tell me if g6 is better than a5100. My opinion is that panasonic g6 can produce a better video. What do you think?

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boan m August 6, 2015

I have the a5100 and I do not like the video it produce.(didn’t try XAVC S because my sd card sandisk expreme pro 32gb u1 it is not alowed for that). I’ve had panasonic g6 and I was pleased by the video quality. It is the 16-50mm that bad lens? Do you recomend g6 over a5100? Why should I stay with a5100? Thanks and please help me to decide!

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Johnnie Behiri August 6, 2015

Hi boan.

I have no experience with the Panasonic G6 so I can’t compare it to the Sony A5100.

I’m not so sure why you’ve changed your G6 if you were happy with it, but maybe before you change again just order a 64 GB fast card to record to a XAVC S codec and see if it makes any different in picture quality for you.

You are the only one who can make the final decision with which camera to stay as you know best your needs. For my needs the A5100 is not sufficient as it has no connectivity for an external microphone. Also, I do prefer the full frame look so I opted for the Sony A7s.

I guess the right thing to do is first to decide what’s the most important thing for you in a camera (picture quality, light sensitivity, audio, additional features like S LOG.), then match it to what you do with it (Is it work, paid work, or a hobby), then determine your budget and buy the best you can afford.

Thanks and hope that helps.

Johnnie

 Anshul Gumber Reply
Anshul Gumber October 18, 2015

Hi Johnnie , Your video is awesome and gr8 work . But i still confused which one to buy the a6000 or a5100 . My purpose is to make reviews on mobiles and tablets + blogs so i want gr8 video and also my budget don’t allow me to go beyond that. I am from India here i am getting best price in sony world for a6000 Rs.44000 and for A5100 Rs.40000 .
so what you think which one would be better . I know i have to finally decide better for me but please help as i am unable to get hands on anyone of them so have no idea here i have to place order to buy one . And now even XAVC S codec is available for a6000 in update so what you think about that. Any kind of help and suggestions would be appreciated