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Sony Alpha A5100 24.3MP Interchangeable Lens Camera with 16-50 Lens - Black
Sony Alpha A5100 24.3MP Interchangeable Lens Camera with 16-50 Lens - Black
Offered by beauty stores
Price: £384.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bargain, at Amazon Warehouse prices, 25 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Buying this camera via an Amazon Warehouse deal solved a problem for me. Basically, I wanted to upgrade my NEX 5 and still use the same e-mount lenses, but didn't like the price Sony were asking. The deal I chose was listed as very good with no cosmetic imperfections and tested as being in full working order. This is one below the 'as new' category, which as far as I can tell means that the box it comes in is also perfect. The box didn't matter so much to me, so I took the chance, trusting that the 30 day returns Amazon backing would allow me to test the camera very well. Sure enough, it arrived in great condition and I took it on holiday to Madeira, a sub-tropical paradise with plenty of things to photograph in a variety of conditions.

Initially, I found the camera less familiar than I'd expected. But, quickly came to terms with the changes, most of which were for the better. The frustrating menu system of the Nex series has gone, replaced by something much more intuitive, although occasionally still difficult to find the odd item. The kit lens that comes with the model I bought (prospective buyers should take care that they are buying a model WITH the lens included) soon proved to be excellent in general use. Since returning home I've also tested it with a Sony E-Mount Macro lens, with spectacular results. The BIONZ processing engine combined with 24 megapixels and a superior-auto setting really helps an enthusiastic snapper produce better results almost without effort. And if you do put in the effort, using manually tweaked settings, this little camera can produce shots that easily rival those of the much more expensive Sony DSLR's, and in some respects out spec them. The camera is also really light, conformable in small to medium sized hands, and feels well made. Carrying it on a strap around my neck was no effort at all. So, there's lots to like here, and for those upgrading from the NEX series, this model is the best of the bunch IMHO. I say that because the A5000 model has lesser features and the A6000 model not that much more, yet at a huge difference in price. The A5100 models use the same basic tech spec as the A6000, but with auto settings left intact for those who, like me, prefer them under most circumstances. The one thing that may be a deciding issue for some is this model's lack of a viewfinder. But, if you're happy to take the rear screen settings off manual, so that you can see it well in bright sunlight, then this isn't really a big problem most of the time. For sure, paying out a lot more for a model with a viewfinder was not something I was willing to do.

There are a few negatives. Firstly, Sony has scrimped on value by not supplying a lens hood and external battery charger, as it did with the NEX 5 model. This means that unless you buy your own, as I did, you'll need to plug the camera in to a power source every time the battery runs out. Obviously, this is no use at all in the field. As for the lens hood, this is what I consider to be a design flaw, which Sony has expanded throughout its recent range. It used to be the case that a filter, such as a UV shield, could be attached to help and protect the lens, and the lens hood attached via a separate fixing, which could be reversed for storage. Now, on the A5100 and other models, the only way to attach a lens hood and a filter at the same time, is to screw the lens hood into the filter. What this does is you are not VERY careful, is accidentally over tighten the filter thread, making is almost impossible to remove with finger pressure alone. If this happens to you a way out is to reattach the lens hood, and putting slight pressure on it an an angle, use the leverage to begin unscrewing the filter. But do take care, as too much pressure could easily crack the filter and possibly damage the lens. Proceed at your own risk.

So, in summary this is an excellent buy for those upgrading from a NEX camera, or wishing to buy into Sony's A series mirrorless compact cameras for the first time. But, only at Amazon Warehouse prices. I paid just over £259 for this with the kit lens. I would not have paid the £400 plus that Sony want for a brand new model.


Hoya 40.5mm UV(C) Digital HMC Screw-in Filter
Hoya 40.5mm UV(C) Digital HMC Screw-in Filter
Offered by Directory UK
Price: £10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Improves shots and protects the lens, 24 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
As any photographer with even a tiny bit of experience knows, a UV filter helps produce better pictures, and doubles up as a lens guard. So if by some misfortune you turn too quickly and the camera hits something hard, it's the filter that cracks not your expensive lens.The price here is fair, and the quality of the filter good.


Neewer Lens Hood Kit for Sony Alpha E PZ E-mount Power Zoom 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Essential Lens - Tulip Flower Lens Hood + Inner Pinch Lens Cap + Lens Adapter 40.5-52mm for Sony A5000, A5100, A6000, NEX-5T, NEX-6 Olympus Camera Kit Lenses
Neewer Lens Hood Kit for Sony Alpha E PZ E-mount Power Zoom 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Essential Lens - Tulip Flower Lens Hood + Inner Pinch Lens Cap + Lens Adapter 40.5-52mm for Sony A5000, A5100, A6000, NEX-5T, NEX-6 Olympus Camera Kit Lenses
Offered by Happy Sales UK
Price: £6.62

3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, mostly., 24 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
After discovering that Sony were too mean to include a lens hood with their A5100 camera (unlike the Nex 5 it replaced) I sourced this model. It does the job, screwing into the lens directly or into the thread of a filter. I came to regard this as a Sony design flaw, because it is oh so easy to over tighten the hood, thus making any filter attached below it very difficult to remove with finger pressure alone. If that happens to you, one option is to reattach the hood, and applying gentle pressure at an angle, twist carefully. The filter should then free up for removal/ cleaning. Proceed at your own risk, as too much pressure could crack the filter and possibly damage the lens. The hood itself does the job, but the supplied lens cap is way too big for a Sony A5100,and the supplied adapter is very easy to jam on the poorly made thread. I would've preferred a standard size lens cap, and better construction.


DSTE® 2x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery + DC107U Travel and Car Charger Adapter for Sony Alpha 7, a7, Alpha 7R, a7R, Alpha 7R II, Alpha a3000, a6000, NEX-3, NEX-3N, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-5T, NEX-6, NEX-7, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, SLT-A33, SLT-A35, SLT-A37, SLT-A55V, Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera
DSTE® 2x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery + DC107U Travel and Car Charger Adapter for Sony Alpha 7, a7, Alpha 7R, a7R, Alpha 7R II, Alpha a3000, a6000, NEX-3, NEX-3N, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-5T, NEX-6, NEX-7, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, SLT-A33, SLT-A35, SLT-A37, SLT-A55V, Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Digital Camera
Offered by photography_acce
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Shoot for longer, 24 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Shoot for longer, with this double power-pack. I bought this after discovering that Sony are too mean to supply an external charger with their A5100 camera. Unlike the Nex 5 it replaced. So, it was either get my own charger or continually have to charge the battery in-camera, which is obviously not always convenient. The unit itself works well, charges reasonably quickly, and having several batteries means I am now very unlikely to find myself without shooting power at a vital moment. The price is pretty good value, too, for the whole package, hence the 5 star review.

The one problem I had was with delivery. Next day paid for, but didn't arrive until three days later, when I was out of the country. I originally submitted a review explaining the details of this, but Amazon policy appears to be that when something is messed up by a third party, reviewers don't get to tell other prospective customers exactly what happened. Quite why this is I can't quite fathom, as I tried to make it clear that Amazon did all they could.


BBC iPlayer
BBC iPlayer
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality app, 9 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: BBC iPlayer (App)
This is how other on-line TV services should be; the product works smoothly and efficiently. Recommended.


TuneIn Radio
TuneIn Radio
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Interweb radio at its best, 9 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: TuneIn Radio (App)
Tune-In, familiar to me via my iPad, is an excellent app, which does what it say on the virtual tin. Essential, for lovers of radio on the Interweb.


VEVO - Watch HD Music Videos
VEVO - Watch HD Music Videos
Price: £0.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, and limited, 9 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: VEVO - Watch HD Music Videos (App)
This took an age to load, and then what was available free was incredibly poor. Deleted, and won't be back.


ITV Player
ITV Player
Price: £0.00

1.0 out of 5 stars A phantom product!, 9 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: ITV Player (App)
Does not even show up on my FireTV apps page. So presumably is as rubbish as others have said. Amazon and whatever third party maker is responsible really needs to do better. Okay, it;s all reasonably new territory, but apps for FireTv look like toy town when compared to the competition.


Battery--World Replace NP-FW50 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for SONY Digital Camera[7.4V 1500mAh]
Battery--World Replace NP-FW50 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for SONY Digital Camera[7.4V 1500mAh]
Offered by ATekCity
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Okay as emergency backup, 4 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I got this as a back up for the Sony made batter in my Nex 5 camera. Yes, it does work, but unfortunately it isn't so good at holding a charge. For a cheap item, this is good enough to keep you going when you accidentally run out, but I wouldn't rely on it as a main power source.


Remote Mouse for Fire TV
Remote Mouse for Fire TV
Price: £1.32

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely virtual mouse, when it works, 4 Jun. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Remote Mouse for Fire TV (App)
The virtual mouse worked well, for a while. Now it doesn't and I have no idea why. Tried re installing and it's just a mess. This is especially poor in YouTube, where letters can no longer be virtually clicked and added to search parameters, without the kind of delay that makes it useless and frustrating. Also, the drop down keyboard does not work at present in YouTube, and the left/right up/down controls also have no effect, even when trying to control the FireTV home screen.

So far, neither the developers and/or Amazon appear to have the slightest interest in fixing this app, and/or adding a virtual mouse to the FireTV software. It's really a no brainer, but it seems that actually delivering a device that is usable is a distant second to a device intended to sell more product.


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