Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Camera Kit with 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ Lens

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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 4 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

4.0 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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Questions & Answers


Samsung NX300 w/18-55 or Sony NEX-6L/B w/16-50

A few weeks ago at a conference I won a $500 Amazon gift card. I decided to buy a small interchangeable lens camera. I set a max budget of $550. I spent several weeks reading a lot of reviews and decided to get a Samsung NX300. I looked at several cameras in my price range, mainly Olympus and lower end Sony's a5000 and a few above my range (Fuji X-M1). I decided I did not want to go over my budget and I wanted one with a good kit lens. I purchased a NX300 last week and I think the price was pretty good $539 w/18-55 lens. One of the reasons I purchased the Samsung was the lens. Several reviews said the 18-55 was one of the best kit lenses. I like quite a few of the images I have seen. The one worry I had was the lack of view finder, but was not concerned I use my GS4 and my current P&S very successfully without a viewfinder. But my first long shoot last week made me a little concerned. I found the NX300 a little harder to use in bright light than I thought it would be, but granted it ...

Greenville asked
1 month ago


I thin EVF is very important. However Samsung has 2 unquestionable advantages: - excellent touch interface. if you use touch to shot then you know what I mean. if you don't - please try. - excellent lens collection incl. very good pancakes. Sony has nothing comparable. It has few good primes but bigger end much more expensive. I would say if you only see camera then go for NEX6. If you consider buying into a system and acquire more lenses, then stay with samsung. Continue Reading

arbuz answered
1 month ago

Thanks Allan, I read your post about the Vikuiti anti glare screen when researching the camera. I wish they were a little easier to get in the States. I am a little surprised on how reflective the screen is on the NX300. I get a lot more reflection than I notice on my older Canon P&S. I do like how the camera handles and I like the size. I was pretty sure it was the camera I wanted, I almost never return items. I am just not sure about the camera right now. Continue Reading

Greenville answered
1 month ago

As I think, if you want to use kit zoom only, NEX-6 is better, considering the lesser current cited price and the smaller size of the kit lens. If you are interested in acquiring additional primes then NX300 is better choice, but I consider 600$ to be unreasonable at the moment. Continue Reading

Xoden answered
1 month ago


A5000 EVF options

Does anyone know if the A5000 will accept the Sony optional EVF?

11 days ago


As the A5000 does not have the expantion port of the Nex5x cameras ther is:nonway you can use 4he optional EVF. You will findmthat the A5000 is:more like a Nex 3x then like a Nex5x. Continue Reading

nevercat answered
11 days ago


Sony a5000 question- stuck on B&W

Hello friends, I have a sony alpha 5000. It just recently started shooting in only black and white when in the manual modes. How do I switch it back to color shots? Thanks in advance

johnsonalexm asked
1 month ago


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