The Sony Alpha A5000 was the fourth compact system camera from Sony to seem after the company made a decision to drop its NEX name for E-mount cameras. Rather it uses the Alpha brand, often shortened only to “A”.

The first model was the Sony a3000, an entry-level camera with a DSLR like design, more comparable to the A-mount entry-level Alphas provided by the next company. Another two had been the Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R, two high-end, full-frame digital cameras.

Sony Alpha a5000: Price

Sony Alpha a5000: In-Depth Review

Sony refreshes its selection of compact system cameras, especially those in the low – middle end of the ranges, roughly every 12 months. The a5000 was announced at CES and can be upgraded for the NEX-3N. It sits beneath the NEX-5T, which is however to be changed, and the A6000, the camera which now sits at the very top end of Sony’s enthusiast APS-C range.

Whereas the A7 and A7R are aimed at enthusiast and professional photographers, the a5000 joins the a3000 at the entry-level end of the line-up. This camera nevertheless takes the familiar NEX shape we have been used to for quite a while now, with a set, compact (body only) style.

That’s not to say this doesn’t feature a few of the features from those cameras higher up in the number. In the Sony Alpha a5000 can be an APS-C format Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with 20.1 million effective pixels and the same Bionz X processor chip as within the A7, A7R and the lately announced Sony A6000.

This mixture allows sensitivity to be set up to ISO 16,000, however the maximum continuous shooting rate is more modest at only 2.5fps, or 3.5fps in Speed Concern Continuous shooting mode.

Although targeted at novices, the Alpha 5000 has advanced exposure settings (program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual) furthermore to iAuto, Superior Car, Picture selection, and Sweep panorama for much less experienced photographers. This implies that users have room to grow because they find out about the camera.

Additionally, there are 13 Picture Effects such as High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera and HDR Painting that can be put on JPEG images. Raw files can also be documented, but not simultaneously as using the Picture Results.

There is absolutely no viewfinder on the A5000, but the 3-inch 460,000-dot LCD screen is a tilting unit which can be tipped up through 180 degrees to greatly help when shooting selfies. It’s worth noting that there surely is also no hotshoe or accessories port, so you can’t add any exterior add-ons to the camera.

Furthermore, NFC and Wi-Fi technology is on-plank, with the former allowing quick connections to be produced to NFC cellular devices such as Google android smartphones and tablets.

The Wi-Fi connectivity allows Sony’s PlayMemories Camera Apps to be downloaded to the A5000 to include extra functionality. Included in these are options such as for example Direct Upload that enables images to be uploaded to Facebook, PlayMemories Online or Flickr; Smart HANDY REMOTE CONTROL that allows the camera to become controlled by a phone or tablet; and Period Lapse to allow easy time lapse film creation.

The a5000 is very similar in proportions, style and form to the NEX-3N, which it replaces. Although the camera is certainly in the flat, compact style of other NEX CSCs, it includes a chunky grip which is normally textured and feels extremely secure in the hands. With heavy digital cameras, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll frequently end up being using it one handed, however the a5000 is quite light, so there’s a good chance you may – in which particular case that chunky hold really helps it be feel steady.

Additionally, the vast majority of the buttons on the a5000 are grouped on the proper hand side of the camera, making them simple to reach with the thumb, again an excellent indicator that the camera is made to be utilized one-handed.

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MSRP$600 (with 16-50mm power zoom lens)
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution5456 x 3632
Other resolutions5456 x 3064, 3872 x 2576, 3872 x 2176, 2736 x 1824, 2736 x 1536
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors20 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorBionz X
ISOAuto, 100 – 16000
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomYes (2X)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points25
Lens mountSony E
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots460,800
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD with 180 upward tilt
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashNo
Flash modesFlash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction
Continuous drive3.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3-shot)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60i/24p), 1440 x 1080 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerNone
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11 b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA)420
Weight (inc. batteries)269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions110 x 63 x 36 mm (4.33 x 2.48 x 1.42″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (requires downloadable app)
GPSNone
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