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: With its 20.1MP APS-C sensor and $499 kit price, the Sony Alpha A5000 is a no-brainer recommendation. This would be an excellent move for those of leaving the land of compacts for an interchangeable lens camera. That said the A5000 does have its limitations as we’ve detailed. If you want a better LCD, faster burst mode, and 60p video, look elsewhere. Yet the price value equation here is a good one and the A5000 definitely achieves our Recommended status.
Pros: Very high-quality stills, Lightweight, good price, Selfie-shifting LCD screen
Cons: Not too many bells-and-whistles, Slow burst speeds, Relatively low-quality LCD, no touch, 1080/60i video, not 60p
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.
It's one of the smallest and lightest cameras of its type, and it has a heck of an auto mode
Good Gear Guide.au
7 July 2014
Summary: Go for the Sony a5000 if you like the idea of an interchangeable lens camera, but also want a camera body that's small and light. It can be used in manual mode, but it does good work in auto mode, too, which is just as well since changing manual settings on this camera isn't as easy as it is on a bigger camera.
Pros: Small and light, Works well in auto mode, Decent range of interchangeable lenses
Cons: No option for an EVF, Electronic zoom ring on lens is annoying, Learning the controls takes some time
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.