Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Camera with PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (Black)

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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

4.25 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

Help choosing between Nikon 1 V1 and Sony a5000

Hi, I am looking at buying a compact syst camera. I have 2 options i am looking at at the moment. A used nikon 1 v1 (with regular lens) for about $400 or a used sony a5000 (with regular lens) for about $450. Both are hardly ever used. I've done some research and it feels like the sony is the better buy, but i would like to get some feedback from anyone of you. Or maybe a completely different camera in the same price range. Thanks in advance! Matt

Matt DYRM asked
20 days ago

ANSWERS

Both seem a little expensive used. Henry's Canada currently has the A5000 with lens for $450 (Canadian) new. I think I got my V2 with lens for $400 new (though they're sold out now). The Nikon V1 autofocus is much faster and better than that of the A5000.. but I view the Nikon1 as an 'outdoor camera', for shooting in good light. The Sony is much better for low-light shooting (indoors and at night). Based on features and price I think the Sony offers more bang for the buck. You might also consider the Sony RX100 which should be in that price range as well. Continue Reading

MarsObserver answered
19 days ago

Nikon V1 has better AF, but the low light and shallow Depth of Field are a lot better on the A5000. If you're shooting outdoor sports, Nikon is better. Everything else, the A5000 will be better. Continue Reading

saintz answered
19 days ago

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Jerry R answered
19 days ago

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 ...

1 month 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
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

QUESTION

Is a5k a good upgrade to f3?

I've NEX-F3, is Alpha 5000 a good upgrade? My main problem with F3 is slow SD card record times. Does A5K use UHS-I? How fast can it write to the card? I also want more megapixels and a smaller camera. ANd I hate F3's menu system. Does a5k has the A7/a6k menu system? Is it true that a5000 has a smaller APS-C sensor than F3? 1.55x crop instead of 1.5x? My F3 has 900k pixel screen resolution whereas the a5k has 400k pixels... would this be a problem? I don't consider A6k an upgrade to f3 because it's larger, so I consider it a different class of camera. I might get a6k too, but it's also more expensive. No matter whether I get a6k or not, I will still want the a5k for its small size.

Ozyxy asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

There is rumoured to be an A5100 coming soon which will be more like an A6000 without the EVF. If the rumour is true, that would be a significant upgrade from the F3. Continue Reading

D Cox answered
1 month ago

I hope it will be smaller than a6000! I wonder whether the 20 megapixels of a5000 show any real difference. Can someone post a picture taken with a5000 and a Sigma 19mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 or Sigma 60mm f/2.8 lens? Continue Reading

Ozyxy answered
1 month ago

The more seldom you upgrade and the bigger the upgrade the more likely it will be worth it to you. F3 is 2 years old. Not much has happened. after 5 years you start seeing material differences, and mostly if you also take a step up in segment. Continue Reading

Aasmund G answered
1 month ago
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