Sony a5100 16-50mm Mirrorless Digital Camera
While the Sony a5100 is not technically a DSLR, it is worth adding to a DSLR list due to its ability to match the performance of many DSLRs for much less money. This mirror-less camera replaces the previous NEX-5T, continuing the trend of performing like a camera much more expensive than itself. The a5100 uses a full APS-C sensor like those found in less expensive traditional DSLRs, Sony’s Bionz X processor, and a hybrid autofocus system that is fast and accurate even in low light conditions.
This camera is similar to the a6000, but without an electronic viewfinder, hotshoe, extended ISO range, and fast continuous shooting. However, the a5100 still excels in low light conditions, and offers enough advanced features to suit relatively novice shooters who are looking to step up to a camera that offers DSLR-like performance.
The camera feels good in the hands, with a rubberized grip and a more expensive-feeling texture; this is despite the camera not making much of an attempt to look like a DSLR. If you’re looking for a camera that allows you to get the most performance you can out of a limited budget, the mirror-less Sony a5100 may be a good option.