It's no secret the point of mirrorless cameras is to pack big imaging power into small packages. Sony is one of the leaders in this area, and they seem to introduce a "smallest yet" camera every year. The 2014 Sony a5100 takes that "smallest yet" title for cameras with both an APS-C sensor and built-in flash. Small body and big sensor isn't the only thing the a5100 has to offer, however, and you can find it for less than $700 with a kit lens.
The Sony a5100 gets a bump up in speed over the older a5000. The a5100 reaches a respectable yet not astounding 6 fps. You can shoot over 50 frames in a row at that rate, however, and over 20 when shooting RAW files. Shutter speed hits a maximum of 1/4000. Autofocusing is fast as well, with the same hybrid system as the Sony a6000 that allows the camera to choose a focus point in as little as .07 seconds.
There's no viewfinder on the a5100, but Sony has beefed up the LCD screen, perhaps so the missing viewfinder is less noticeable. The screen is a touch-style interface. Perhaps even more interesting is that such a tiny camera still offers a tilting screen--one that can tilt up to 180 degrees for a selfie.
The Sony a5100 includes manual modes and RAW shooting, plus auto and scene modes for the less advanced. There's a good handful of digital filters as well, plus the popular panorama option. The camera also includes wi-fi.
The Sony a5100 has a lot of features in a small package. Perhaps even more enticing, however, is the price--under $700 for the kit is a competative price for the features inside. The camera ships on September 2 and is available for pre-order.