Sony Alpha A5000 is a new entry-level mirroless camera that announced in January 2014. This camera is the successor to the NEX 3N with improvement in its performance to capture high quality image even in low-light situations. Sony Alpha A5000 has a 20.1 Mp Exmor APS HD APS-C CMOS Sensor that combined with BIONZ X Image Processor to capture still images and Full HD 1080p Video at 60 fps. It also features 3.0-inch 460.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor, 25-Point Contrast Detection Autofocus, Continuous Shooting up to 3.5 fps, Hand-held Twilight Mode and ISO 16000. This camera also lets you express creativity by offering Photo Creativity and Picture Effects then built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC for instant sharing. The camera is expected to be available on March with price of $598.00. We’ll update this review soon.
Features & Design
Sony Alpha A5000 is launched as the successor of NEX-3N with similar body design as that series but with the style and grip features similar to the NEX-5T. Sony A5000 comes with a built-in popup flash like the NEX-3N with a similar control buttons on the top and back of the camera. At the top of the camera, you’ll find the shutter button and control dial to adjust the zoom lens. Video record button is located slightly behind the shutter button very easily accessed by your finger.
Moreover, on the back there is a 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD monitor with a resolution of 460.8k-dot and can be tilted up to 180 degrees. On the right side of the screen there are control buttons that consists of a Menu button, Navigation, View, and Delete. With a large screen and intuitive, you can access the various menus and camera features easily using only the touch of your fingertips.
Sony Alpha A5000 is also equipped with shooting mode such as Picture Effects, Auto HDR mode, and Auto Framing Object. In addition, there is also a camera apps (PlayMemories Home) which lets you do image editing directly on the camera such as viewing, organizing, editing, retouching, printing, and more.
Meanwhile, for users of smartphones and tablets will be quite happy with the connectivity features NFC (Near Field Communications) which allows users to transfer photos and videos directly on the gadget. While the WiFi feature allows users to directly upload their photos and videos to various social media.
Performance & Image Quality
Sony Alpha A5000 using 20.1-Megapixels Exmor APS HD APS-C CMOS Sensor and powered by the BIONZ X Image Processor which is the same as Sony’s full-frame camera A7 and A7R. Besides being able to produce images with high resolution and quality, the combination between the sensor and the processor also allows ISO sensitivity range of 100-16000. The processor is also quite effective in minimizing image noise and gives high-speed recording of up to 3.5fps in Speed Priority Continuous mode.
For autofocus, Sony A5000 has a contrast detection autofocus system with 25 focus points. Perhaps the system was not as good as what is offered by the NEX-5T, where the camera offers two autofocus system, the phase detection and contrast detection autofocus autofocus.
Meanwhile, video recording capabilities owned by Sony A5000 allows users to record Full HD 1080i/p video at frame rate of 60 and 24fps. Video can be recorded in AVCHD format and is supported by the built-in stereo microphone for recording video sound in a format Dolby Digital AC-3. Users can also record video in sizes 1440 x 1080p, 1280 x 720p, 640 x 480p and can be saved in MP4 format.
Should I buy the camera?
Sony Alpha A5000 to be one of new interesting mirrorless camera features WiFi and NFC connectivity. Maybe this camera is not enough to be an upgrade option of mirrorless camera at this time, but enough to be one of the great choice if you want to buy a mirrorless camera because the price is quite affordable and better features than the previous camera as the sensor and its new processor.
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
+ Actual: 20.4 Megapixel
+ Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
Max Resolution 20MP: 5456 x 3632
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.2 x 15.4 mm
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
+ Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch
Bit Depth 14-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory, Stick PRO HG-Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
+ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
+ 1440 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps
+ 1280 x 720: 30 fps
+ 640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 25
Display Screen 3″ Rear Screen Tilting LCD (460,800)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-16000
+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec, Bulb Mode
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
+ Metering Range: EV 0.0 – EV 20.0
+ Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
+ Up to 3.5 fps at 20.1 MP for up to 15 frames
+ Up to 2.5 fps at 20.1 MP for up to 27 frames
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-in, Off, Rear Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 13.12′ (4 m) ISO100
Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 sec
Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Continuous Shooting Up to 3.5 fps
Self Timer 10 sec, 2 sec
Number of Shots: 3-5
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Included Software Requirements
+ Windows: 7 (SP1), 8
+ Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
Type: 1x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.7VDC, 1080mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-PW20 (Optional)
Weight & Measure
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.4″ / 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm excluding protrusions
Weight 9.49 oz / 269 g
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