Sony Alpha a5000 20.1 MP SLR Camera

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Key Features

  • 20.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-16000 selectable in 1 EV steps, Auto (100-3200)
  • Full HD 1080/60i/24p video AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
  • Up to 3.5 FPS continuous shooting
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • 3-inch 180-degree tilting LCD with 460,800 dots
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Focus peaking
  • Compatible with Sony NEX E-Mount lenses and Sony/Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses via optional LA-EA1/LA-EA2 adapter
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo Memory

Product Description

The Sony a5000 is Sony’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera to date. Included in its compact body is a 20MP APS-C image sensor and a convenient built-in flash. The LCD can tilt 180 degrees – ideal for self-portraits – and a zoom lever on the body of the camera for easier one-handed operation. There is also intelligent a new Auto Object Framing mode, which helps the user compose more aesthetically pleasing photos. Built-in wireless sharing with one-touch NFC connectivity lets you upload to Facebook and more, directly from the camera.


Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 5456 x 3632
Other resolutions 5456 x 3064, 3872 x 2576, 3872 x 2176, 2736 x 1824, 2736 x 1536
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 20 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz X
ISO Auto, 100 - 16000
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2X)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 25
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,800
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD with 180 upward tilt
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash No
Flash modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction
Continuous drive 3.5 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
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 Bracketing Yes (3-shot)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i/24p), 1440 x 1080 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker None
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11 b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 420
Weight (inc. batteries) 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions 110 x 63 x 36 mm (4.33 x 2.48 x 1.42)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (requires downloadable app)
GPS None


User Reviews

4.29167 out of 5 stars
  • Denis of Whidbey Island, Jul 10, 2014 GMT:
    Lotta bang for the buck

    With excellent image quality in a compact camera, I'm favorably impressed with my first day shooting the a5000. I chose this to replace my first gen DSC-RX100. That camera has served pretty well, but there are times with the 1" sensor just can't give me what I need. I'm a pro and use a D800 as my primary camera, D7100 converted to IR for fine art stuff. But I don't always have them with me, so it's important to carry something good enough to get opportunistic shots I can sell in galleries or ...

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  • kenwoodpm1, Jul 28, 2014 GMT:
    Best Camera I've ever had !!!!!

    I will start by saying that im not a pro photographer, this camera has impressed me alot for the size, looks and features. The only problem that i encounter is that it lacks alittle bit of speed in dark seens and sometimes on the sun the pictures come out kind of bright but there is ways to adjust the brightness before taking pictures. other than that, the pictures that this camera takes are unbelievable. i would say that this is a great buy for the amount of money that i pay for. I would ...

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  • kelt0004, Aug 10, 2014 GMT:
    A great camera.

    I am not a pro photographer but over the last 15 years have owned a bunch of point and shoot digital cameras.  In the last few years I have been shooting event with my iPhone to much disappointment.  Although it is incredibly handy, my Wife and I needed something that could better document our lives and work. The Sony Alpha a5000 is a great performer.  The E 3.5-5.6/PZ 16-50 OSS lens a sufficiently quick with enough speed to catch our kids running around.  There are times when I wished it ...

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  • Photoman, Sep 18, 2014 GMT:
    Love This Camera!

    This was a stray that come in to my life and now I'm in love with it! It is fun to use and offers pretty good quality around the centre with the PZ 16-50 lens. The extra Sony apps makes it a bit more pro, where you don't have those options on other brands. Pros: Fun! Small Good AF Selfies! Cons: Flash exposure Grip a bit small

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Questions & Answers


Newbie questions about a5000/a6000 (upgrading from p&s)

Hello, I'm a point and shoot user interested in upgrading to a Sony mirrorless camera. I would love to take pictures with better image quality (mainly use for vacations and pictures of family) and eventually I'd like to learn about the more advanced features the cameras offer. The a5000 is in my price range with the current sale price of $400, but I have some questions about the autofocus system to see if it would be better to wait for the price of the a5100/a6000 to drop. I had a chance to use a Nex 3n for a day and the pictures that were focused looked amazing, but many of the indoor pictures were out of focus (in fact one low light portrait photo was focused on the background and not the person). Does the a5000 offer better auto focus accuracy than the Nex 3n due to the upgraded processor or does this only affect the speed? In reading about the hybrid af system of the a5100/6000, I mainly hear about speed benefits, but does it also give better accuracy than the a5000? Are there ...

brandon10 asked
7 days ago


Autofocus with the E-mount cameras in lower light conditions can be tricky. When you use the focus assist light often a large green box goes arround almost all the frame. This is when you hardly ever get good infocus pictures. To avoid this you can swithch of the focus assist light in the settings menu. I do not think that there will be a big difference I would not expect lot of difference in the accuracy, but the speed will be a lot faster. There are a lot of advantages for every camera: A5000: Price, tilting screen goes to "selfie mode" (but not down), better battery life, 3.5fps, 20MP A5100: Tilting screen goes tp "selfie mode" (but not down), better screen, touch screen (good for selecting focuspoints), fast AF with tracking, best video mode, 6Fps, 24MP A6000: EVF, tilting screen goes Up and down, no "selfie mode" screen like the A5100, but no touchscreen, Fast AF with tracking, videomode inbetween A5000 and A5100, 11 FPS, 24MP sensor. better battery life, more dials and buttons. ... Continue Reading

nevercat answered
7 days ago

In bright light photos you won't see much difference between modern P&S and any larger sensor camera such as A5000 (if you are looking at photos that are not heavily cropped at normal viewing distance.) In dim light the larger sensor will work much better and produce a noticeable improvement. This isn't enough information to know why you had a problem, but it is not the camera. I used a lot of P&S cameras of different brands before and after using the first Nex cameras and focus accuracy was not worse with the Nex line. I don't think there is any substantive difference between these two. If you know how to use it, I do find that you can get it to focus quickly and accurately in lower light than was possible with the earlier generations, but having used essentially all the earlier generations of Sony mirrorless for many 10s of thousands of photos, I don't think there was any focus accuracy problem with them. The main advantages of the 5100/6000 generation is speed of focus acquisition. ... Continue Reading

wb2trf answered
7 days ago

Thank you both for your responses, that is really great information! I'll have to stop by a place that sells them to test them out as suggested before I make my decision, but leaning towards getting the a5000 while it is still $400. Continue Reading

brandon10 answered
5 days ago


sony a5000 display

Has sony a5000 display TruBlack layer? after few hours of usage i got one scratch and then second one after cleaning, any advise how to remove or at least minimize scratches?

iHofus asked
2 days ago



Interested in object photography, thinking about a a5000 as my first real camera

Hi everyone. I've become increasingly interested in photography the last years, and especially object/macro photography, but I'm currently only shooting with my phone (xperia Z). I went through my dropbox camera folder recently and was totally dejected by what I saw there. Every picture is grainy, lacks colour-depth and has "too much background". I got a lightbox a few months ago, hoping it'd give me more hours of the day to take pics, but it seems the phone's sensor is "corrupted" by the lighting conditions outside the lightbox (and it can't handle the white or black background). Here's 2 unedited pics from my 2 latest shoots: Bunny taken during a sunny morning: (and one of the few pics from that shoot that's not too bright/washed out by too much light) Figma taken during the night: Edited version of last pic where I've compensated more than enhanced (:S): I'm kinda in a position now where I want to either ...

1 month ago


So you'll be shooting stuff that stays still, maybe even in a studio environment? Not surprising. Phone cameras, apert from their technical limitations, are designed to get as much into the picture as possible with a wide angle. Definitely a studio environment.! Surprisingly good considering your equipment and lack of experience. For your studio-style shooting you don't need 'a camera that's good at low-light' but some simple lights and a tripod. Similarly you need to be able to focus manually and control the exposure effectively. If your outside shooting has any special requirements then tell us about them. Is that likely to be in low light? Are we talking social pictures (parties, evenings in the bar....) or stuff like landscapes, architecture... So that's for non-studio shooting. Do you have any particular subjects in mind? Choose the camera you need in terms of its photographic capabilities. If you also get wifi then it's a bonus. Transferring from an SD card to a computer -- ... Continue Reading

AlbertInFrance answered
1 month ago

There is an almost infinite choice with a Sony mirrorless camera. That includes all the classic Nikon macro equipment, such as the PB-4 bellows. I have used mainly Nikon lenses with my Sony 5N. The AI lenses work extremely well. As Sony seem to bring out an updated camera every week, I think development of the E mount range is not a worry. The A mount reflex cameras may have a more limited future. Continue Reading

D Cox answered
1 month ago

And I use Nikkors with my Fuji X-E1. That doesn't mean that it is as easy to work with as having native kit. Just the small matter of having automatic stop-down to shooting aperture rather than either focusing stopped down (less good for critical focus) or stopping down manually after focusing (time you can't afford if shooting live subjects) makes a big difference. Maybe not a worry this year. The owners of A mounts probably thought the same way. I don't know how long Fuji will support the X mount that I use, but Nikon have about the best track record of any manufacturer for maintaining compatibility. Continue Reading

AlbertInFrance answered
1 month ago
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