Sony Alpha A5000 review: Compact camera produces sharp-looking pics
23 May 2014
Conclusion: The A5000 provides one of the easiest and most accessible routes to achieving more professional-looking shots for anyone upgrading from a smartphone. Gavin is a Macworld U.K. contributor who has written about digital photography since 1997 and was editor of a slew of photographic titles including Which Digital Camera. There is little about the subject Gavin doesn't know.
Summary: The Sony A5000 is an upper entry-level compact system camera with a 20.1 Megapixel APS-C sensor. It replaces the NEX-3N, the company having now dropped the NEX label. Sony describes the A5000 as being the World's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with built-in Wifi - that's the case for models with an APS-C sized sensor, and impressively it also has NFC for hassle-free connection with compatible smartphones.
Conclusion: Another decent, well performing camera from Sony here. The A5000 is a good buy for those looking for their first compact system camera, offering a decent range of options for both beginners and those who are a little more experienced.
Summary: For an entry-level interchangeable-lens camera, the α5000 has a lot of advantages; it's small and light, takes nice-looking photos and movies and comes with a reasonably competent lens. On the downside, the lack of a viewfinder is a big disadvantage for anyone who shoots still pictures or movie clips in outdoor environments. Point-and-guess shooting is imposed by the camera in such situations.
Excerpt: Sony’s smallest and lightest CSC to date, the A5000 is another Sony NEX-type camera re-branded as an ‘Alpha’, the name shared with Sony’s DSLR range. In effect the A5000 is a follow up to the likes of the NEX-3N and NEX-5T, and continues their flat-fronted rather utilitarian design, even though the A5000 sports a nicely rounded handgrip this time that we were able to clasp with two fingers.
Large 20.1-megapixel resolution from an equally big APS-C sensor results in sharply detailed shots, tilting LCD screen, built-in flash, fairly priced kit with Power Zoom
Even with compact zoom lens this is still a squeeze for all but a roomy jacket pocket, no viewfinder or hotshoe via which to affix such an accessory
Summary: Although the Alpha 5000 is effectively a rebrand and refresh of the NEX-3N, Sony has made noticeable improvements in previously contentious areas, such as noise reduction, white balance and metering, as well as a significant jump in resolution.
The features of Sony's entry-level compact system camera have been brought in line with much of the competition thanks to the addition of Wi-Fi and the increased functionality that comes with its inclusion, such as apps and...