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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
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
Image
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
Autofocus
  • 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
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo
Connectivity
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)
Physical
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

Reviews

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

QUESTION

A5000 vs. A6000 AF tracking for moving objects

How much worse is the A5000? I was thinking about picking up the Sony, along with the 30mm f1.8 and the 16-70 f4, as a second camera strictly to take out with my two young children when I don't want to lug a dslr kit. I am looking at it because I can get aps-c DOF and low light capability when needed, and the A5000 has a screen for selfies, which although trivial to many, is the only way my children will be able to look back and see their father in a photo, as my wife just isn't into cameras. If the A6000 screen flipped around, I'd take that. Anyway, I've read up on the A6000 AF, but haven't found much on the a5000, except folks saying it's not as good. I am not sure where 'not as good' ranks for bust moving toddlers running in all directions on playgrounds, and expressions on faces that only last a second.

Cane asked
17 days ago

ANSWERS

If you were referring to the A5100, then no worries - the focus systems between the A5100 and A6000 are identical, and performance should be identical. For single focus acquisition, I personally feel there's very little difference between nearly any camera on the market today - they all rank in minimal milliseconds in good light, and the only differences come down to low light where some slow down a bit more than others.  Tracking focus is another category - continuous focus systems' ability to stay with the movement of a subject is where cameras will separate more significantly, with CDAF cameras mostly out of the game and PDAF cameras mostly keeping up - though mirrorless on-sensor PDAF has only recently stepped up to DSLR level with the A6000 and several models since.  Fortunately, the A5100 and A6000 will both be equally capable with tracking. On the 'flip screen' reference - both the A5100 and A6000 have 'flip screens' - that tilt up and down.  The difference with the A5100 is ... Continue Reading

zackiedawg answered
17 days ago

Bump. Anyone? Continue Reading

Cane answered
17 days ago

Hi, The A6000 doesn't have the flip up screen. The A5000 doesn't have the Sony's '4D focus' (marketing term ) technology how ever the A5100 has both of them i.e it has the Flip Up Screen and the 4D Focusing with the 179 PDAF points. (Please Note it is A5100 and not A5000). You are probably better of getting the A5100 for moving toddlers and if you want the flip up screen. You might miss out on some other features that the A6000 has that A5100 doesn't have like the EVF but on the other hand, for the moment the A5100 has a better Video than the A6000. I have a 1.5 year old and I am glad I have the A6000. I also have the NEX5N which can't keep up when he is are moving around. Regards Continue Reading

JunzInc answered
17 days ago

QUESTION

GPS from mobile phone

Can a5000 acquire GPS position from smartphone via wifi?

Hermann1871 asked
24 days ago

ANSWERS

QUESTION

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: https://flic.kr/p/oRPeW5 (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: https://flic.kr/p/oRR5NK Edited version of last pic where I've compensated more than enhanced (:S): https://flic.kr/p/oD4Yge I'm kinda in a position now where I want to either ...

3 months ago

ANSWERS

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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago
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