Canon EOS R vs Sony Alpha 5100 Compare

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Cameras which are being compared are Mirrorless cameras.

EOS R vs Alpha 5100 - Side by side

Learn more about compared cameras specifications below.

Canon EOS R vs Sony Alpha 5100 Specs

EOS R

  • Introduced in September 2018
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Full frame
  • 31 megapixel
  • 5 frames/second
  • 100 - 40000 ISO
  • 3840 x 2160 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount R Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm³ (5.3" x 3.9" x 3.3")
  • 660g (21.3 oz.)

All specs: Main page for EOS R

Alpha 5100

  • Introduced in August 2014
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 6 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • No viewfinder
  • 75.00mm (3.0") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount E Mount
  • WiFi built-in
  • 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7mm³ (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4")
  • 270g (8.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for Alpha 5100

EOS R vs Alpha 5100 Sensors

On the pictures below the sensor areas of cameras are highlighted.

This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Infographic: EOS R and Alpha 5100 sensor area comparison

Better choice: Canon EOS R

Canon EOS R VS Sony Alpha 5100 Other Specs Comparison

Why is Canon EOS R a better choice

EOS R

Alpha 5100

Larger sensor (5)Full frameAPS-C
Wider resolution (5, megapixel)31.3024.30
Auto Focus points (4)5955179
Better sensibility (4)100 - 40000 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)2.100.92
Touch screen (2)
Better Video (2)3840 x 21601920 x 1080
External microphone (2)
USB 3.0 (2)
Environmental sealing (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS R are the larger sensor, the higher resolution and the faster and more accurate auto focus. Additional pros for the Canon are the larger sensitivity, that the display has a higher resolution and the rather comfortable touch screen. A recommendation of the EOS R is made easy by the superior video recording, the connector for an external microphone and the support for USB 3.0. HArdly a luxury, given today's image size and the requirements of 4K video.

The EOS R scores 28 points.

Otherwise why to choose Sony Alpha 5100

EOS R

Alpha 5100

Higher speed (4, frames/second)56
Larger lens selection (3)450
Built-in flash (2)
Longer battery life (3, photos)370400
Weighs less (2)660g
(21.3 oz.)
270g
(8.7 oz.)
More portable (2)1127cm³
(71 cu.in.)
246cm³
(15 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the Alpha 5100 are that the camera is faster, the larger selection of lenses and the built-in flash. A nice touch is that the battery has more stamina, the lower weight than the EOS R and the more compact size.

Yields 16 points for the Alpha 5100.

Common Specs for both cameras compared

EOS R

Alpha 5100

Sensor cleaning
Articulated screen
WiFi
Canon EOS R VS Sony Alpha 5100 Dimensions

Look at front view of the EOS R and Alpha 5100

EOS R und Alpha 5100, front viewEOS R und Alpha 5100, front view

Top view of cameras

EOS R und Alpha 5100, view from aboveEOS R und Alpha 5100, view from above

Total scores

Here's the total score according to comparison above:

Canon EOS R

Sony Alpha 5100

28
16

We recommend Canon EOS R as better choice.

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