Getting into videography and photography means that you have almost no experience handling cameras. So it’s a better bet to start with an entry level camera that costs less and can help you understand the system. While juggernauts of the camera industry, like Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji etc. tend to advertise their higher end models, they have recently started to focus also on entry level cameras that are for beginners and people with low budget. If you are looking to start your own YouTube channel or are interested in making music videos you’ll want to know a little about the options you have. 

Sony A5100 a mirrorless camera that supports a 24.0MP APS-C sensor and Canon SL2 a budget DSLR which also has 24.0MP APS-C sensor, are great options that you can check out when you go out in the market. 

There are a few features that you’d want to consider before you make your choice, so to make it easier for you, here’s a little comparison of both the cameras. 

The Technology

Both cameras offer most of the same specs when you compare them, like shooting in 1080p 60fps, having flip screens and being 24.0 MP. 

However, when you look at the release date of both cameras, there is almost a three year gap. The Sony A5100 came out in 2014 while the Canon SL2 was released in 2017. 

Sony offers a flip up screen, that has touch autofocus, and the options can be navigated through hard buttons on the body of the camera. The menu setup when you look at it, is a real hassle. It’s hard to navigate through the features and as the technology is older it may feel out of date. 

However, the Canon has a fully immersive touch screen which you can interact with to change the settings. It offers easier usage, and a simple layout.

Shape and Body

The Sony A5100 is considerably smaller than the Canon SL2. It being a mirrorless camera, thus it is a lot lighter and can be easily carried along with your belongings. 

Even though, the Canon SL2 is one the smallest DSLRs ever made it is still bulky and a little heavier than the A5100. 

Battery Life

The Sony A5100 has a lesser battery life, averaging almost 250 frames less with a single charge than the SL2. It has also been reported that shooting for prolonged times in 1080p, it may become overheated. 

Microphone Port

While shooting videos, an external microphone is preferred. The Canon SL2 has a port for an external mic that’ll get the better audio quality. However, the Sony A5100 doesn’t have a microphone port which may be an inconvenience to some users. 

Low Light Shooting

The Sony A5100 has a higher image quality in low lights, with better high ISO performance. This gives it an edge in shooting videos indoors. 

The SL2 isn’t as good as the A5100 in low lighting. 

Auto Focus

The Canon SL2 offers dual pixel autofocus and it is one of its major selling points. This gets a better autofocus result than the A5100. 

The Argument

Both cameras are great options for starter photographers and videographers. However, if you want a smaller package that is easier to carry around you’ll want to go with the Sony A5100. And if you want a all in one starter package, and you don’t mind the slightly bulkier design then the Canon SL2 is the way to go. 

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