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MILC 20.1MP CMOS 4x Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Count Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
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41 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

The writers at Digitaltrends.com, Camera Labs and Vido.com.ua all concluded that concluded that they would endorse this MILC camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The editors of Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com both strongly endorse this camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The editors of two more expert review sites both said that this Sony camera was brilliant and gave it their highest award. Photoreview.com.au and Reviewed.com both gave this camera an "Editor's Choice" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on thirty-eight expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews the average expert rating of this camera is 79%.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 167 owner reviews the average owner rating of this MILC camera is fantastic.

Good Quality Lens

Six people who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had a good lens. Two years ago expert review site Macworld.com gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “Sony's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera to date”. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review “Sony's a5000 (model ILCE5000LB) is one of the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras that you will find”. Digitalone.com.sg wrote two years ago “The entry-level a5000 is Sony's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens mirrorless camera”.

A number of customers who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good zoom. Expert review site Digitalone.com.sg wrote “The review unit came in pink with the E-mount PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens, which has a powered zoom mechanism” .

One person concluded that it had a good autofocus.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some Sony Alpha A5000 owners who reviewed this digital camera said that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Digitaltrends.com said two years ago “There are many photographers looking to step up their photography by moving to a” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk said “Stunning image quality for the price.” in their review.

One Sony Alpha A5000 owner mentioned that it had a good image sensor.

One Sony Alpha A5000 owner wrote that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Dxomark.com wrote two years ago “Although it lacks the on-chip PD-AF pixels required for faster autofocus of t” in their Sony Alpha A5000 review.

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Good Size

Some customers who reviewed the Sony Alpha A5000 agreed that it was compact. Sanjay mentioned in their Sony Alpha A5000 review “Compact, Small and Awesome”. Photographyblog.com scored the Sony Alpha A5000 5 stars and said “The A5000 is the new entry-level model in Sony's range of compact system cameras”. Two years ago Trustedreviews.com said on expert website Trusted Reviews “The Sony A5000 is a very good everyday compact system camera that offers a lot for its entry-level price”.

Several Sony Alpha A5000 reviewers mentioned that this digital camera was lightweight. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on expert review site Trusted Reviews “What is the Sony Alpha A5000? Sony continues to consolidate its cameras under the Alpha branding with the launch of the new lightweight Sony A5000” in their review.

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Good Product Quality

Several customers who purchased it concluded that it was good quality. Two years ago one reviewer mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “High quality photos from a tiny package”. S. S. Yuen gave it an excellent review score and mentioned on Amazon “Compact in size, DSLR quality” in their review. Sarah mentioned “Great camera, lightweight and amazing quality” in her review of the Sony Alpha A5000.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several people who bought it agreed that it was mirrorless.

Good Connectivity

Three Sony Alpha A5000 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was wifi compatible. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review on PhotographyBlog.com “It's also currently the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with built-in wi-fi connectivity”. Expert website Digitalcameraworld.com wrote “Sony's beginner CSC adds Wi-Fi and a better processor.” in their review of the Sony Alpha A5000.

One Sony Alpha A5000 owner who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote “Although the addition of Wi-fi and NFC connectivity are certainly welcome” .

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Robust

A number of customers agreed that it was well made. Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Ephotozine two years ago “Is one of the smallest APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras with a built in flash”. Ephotozine.com also mentioned “The updated A5000 adds built in Wi-Fi and NFC, as well as a new 20.1 megapixel sensor, instead of the 16.1”. Ephotozine.com also said “The Sony Alpha A5000 is one of the more compact mirrorless cameras available with built in flash, particularly considering it has an APS-C CMOS sensor”.

Good Brand

Sony is one of the better rated digital camera brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Sony also has good reviews for its MILC digital cameras.

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Good Flash

A few Sony Alpha A5000 reviewers wrote that this digital camera had a good flash.

Reasonably Priced

A number of Sony Alpha A5000 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good value for money. Expert review site Pcmag.com wrote “The Sony Alpha 5000 is an affordable mirrorless camera that delivers excellent images.”. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com said “The new 20.1-megapixel Sony Alpha A5000 mirrorless compact system camera (CSC) is very affordable and amazingly light, with a list price of $499 that includes a starter lens” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Macworld.co.uk wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A5000 two years ago “With the Power Zoom the price seems fair too”.

Nice Design

One customer reckoned that the product was good looking. Two years ago expert website Photoreview.com.au said “The α5000 has a lot of advantages; it's small and light, takes nice-looking photos and movies” in their review of the Sony Alpha A5000.

Good Video Capture

One Sony Alpha A5000 reviewer reckoned that the product was good for video recording.

Good Support

One Sony Alpha A5000 owner who purchased it considered that it had good technical guidance. Two years ago Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au “It can be used in manual mode.”.

Easy to Use

One Sony Alpha A5000 owner concluded that this digital camera was easy to use. Two years ago Armenio Manuel rated the Sony Alpha A5000 5 stars and wrote “Excellent camera, amazing, small and practical” in their review of the Sony Alpha A5000.

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Sony Alpha A5000 supports video recording, unlike most of the other recently released MILC digital cameras which do not support video recording.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony Alpha A5000 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months do not have a built-in flash.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Alpha A5000 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A5000 do not support Full HD video.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Sony Alpha A5000 supports WiFi connectivity. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A5000 also support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80[plb_3905461_price].

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many new cameras. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80[plb_3905461_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Light

Latest comparable spec cameras have weights of between 210g and 630g, and the average weight is 370g. The Alpha A5000 is fairly light (only 210 grams) compared to most of the other new digital cameras.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for the last year.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Alpha A5000 has a greater number of supported image formats than most new MILC digital cameras. This digital camera supports a RAW image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by MILC digital cameras that have been around for the last year. The image format "JPG" is also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of 36, the Alpha A5000 has one of the smaller maximum apertures amongst MILC digital cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A5000 the maximum apertures range from 2.7 to 40, and the average maximum aperture is 20.

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5456 X 3632 Still Image Resolution

The Sony Alpha A5000 has a 5456 x 3632 still image resolution which is higher than the 2736 x 1824 still image resolution found on most cameras that were released in the last year. In addition, this Sony digital camera have still image resolutions of 5456 x 3064, 3872 x 2576 and 3872 x 2176 and 2736 x 1536. Across all cameras that were released in the last year the worst still image resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4000.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony Alpha A5000 is more than most comparable spec cameras that came out in the last 12 months. This camera has a Shade white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year. The white balance modes "Auto", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Underwater" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Alpha A5000 has a greater number of photo effects than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Sony camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on digital cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A5000. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Alpha A5000 has a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera also have a ±2EV (1/2 and 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. The flash exposure correction of all comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for the last year ranges from ±3EV (1/3 EV step) (worst) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) (best).

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420 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Alpha A5000 is a digital camera that takes 420 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other recently released cameras take between 230 and 529 shots per battery charge.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Sony Alpha A5000 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most MILC digital cameras that were released in the last year. This Sony camera has an Aperture priority AE light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on MILC digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. The light exposure modes "Auto", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The Sony Alpha A5000 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 25,600, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200 and 3200 are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Very Narrow

The widths of MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha A5000 range from 100mm to 150mm, and the average width is 120mm. At only 109.6 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A5000 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A5000.

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Very Thin

At only 35.7 millimeters, the Alpha A5000 is fairly thin compared to most of the other recently released MILC digital cameras. The depths of latest digital cameras range from 29mm to 91mm, and the average depth is 50mm.

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Very Short

At only 62.8 millimeters, the Alpha A5000 is fairly short compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for the last year. The average height of MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A5000 is 78mm, and the heights range from 61mm to 96mm.

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TFT Display

The Alpha A5000 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most recently released MILC digital cameras. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is actually the best display amongst all recently released comparable spec cameras.

The worst display amongst comparable types of camera is LCD.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The average minimum focal length of MILC digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A5000 is 27mm, and the minimum focal lengths range from 18mm to 53mm. With a minimum focal length of only 24 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A5000 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths amongst MILC digital cameras of this age.

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Very Short Flash Recharging Time

The Sony Alpha A5000 has one of the shorter flash recharging times (only 3 seconds) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The average flash recharging time of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A5000 is 5.6s, and the flash recharging times range from 3s to 10s.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a GPS

Most MILC digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A5000 do not have a GPS. The Alpha A5000 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony Alpha A5000 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha A5000 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Alpha A5000 do not have an image stabiliser. The Alpha A5000 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most MILC digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Alpha A5000 are not 3D compatible. The Alpha A5000 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Sony Alpha A5000 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on recently released MILC digital cameras. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Only Four Flash Guides

The Sony Alpha A5000 is a four flash guide digital camera.

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Only 25 Auto Focus Points

The Alpha A5000 is a 25 auto focus point digital camera. Most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha A5000 have between 9 and 799 auto focus points.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of latest MILC digital cameras is 460,000 pixels, the highest is 1,700,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 1,000,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 460,800 pixels, the Alpha A5000 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other latest MILC digital cameras.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

At only 16,000, the Sony Alpha A5000 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other latest comparable spec cameras. The average maximum ISO speed of digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A5000 is 39,000.

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Comparable spec digital cameras that came out in the last year have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.04s and 60s. The Sony Alpha A5000 has a quite short maximum camera shutter speed (only 30 seconds) compared to most of the other newly released cameras.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A5000

Released Eleven Months Ago

It was eleven months ago when this MILC camera was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Alpha A5000 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other MILC digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A5000.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Alpha A5000 has a pretty average megapixel count (20.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A5000.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Alpha A5000 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other latest MILC digital cameras.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Live View
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Carrying Case
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Near Field Communication
Bluetooth
Wireless LAN Type
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
HDMI Port
Interface
Dimension
Focal Length
Aperture Range
USB Connectivity
Panorama Mode
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100)
E-Mount Lens Compatible
Multi Point Auto Focus (AF)
Manual Focus
HDMI Out
USB Cable
Aspect Ratio
Technical Details
Apps
Image Processor
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting Speed (max)
Display Diagonal
Battery Life
Built-In Speaker
Built-In WiFi
Other Features
Auto Focus
Lens Cap Included
USB Port

7 Awards

PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended Camera Labs Recommended reviewed.com Editor's Choice photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product vido.com.ua Recommended

Expert Reviews

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9 January 2015

Updated as on January 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.Mirrorless cameras are the new cool things in the world of photography. Recently, almost every... Read more…

19 November 2014

The entry-level a5000 is Sony's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens mirrorless camera.The review unit came in pink with the E-mount PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens, which has a powered... Read more…

22 October 2014

While Sony still isn't the first name most people think of when it comes to digital cameras, it is making waves with its robust camera lineup. While it isn't common knowledge for most consumers,...

Reviewed.com

8 August 2014

Like its predecessors, the ILCE-?6000 is a nice little camera with plenty of adjustable functions and a worthwhile range of upgrades and enhancements that make it better than the earlier...

Photoreview.com.au

8 July 2014

Stunning image quality for the price, but the controls might prove to be frustrating...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 16 September 2014 by Christhet

I wanted a camera which enabled me to determine aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc which the A5000 does. However, to my amazement - and disappointment - the camera takes better pictures when just... Read more…

Reviewed 29 December 2014 by Beth1998

I bought this camera for home use and it provides me everything I need and more. The quality of the pictures are honestly better than I expected and there are many filters to play around... Read more…

Reviewed 10 March 2015 by Chris1981

The photo quality is excellent and the camera is extremely easy to use (especially for me as I consider myself to be a bit of a novice)...

Reviewed 12 February 2015 by MSBandCo

I wanted a high quality camera at a reasonable price but something that was not overly technical - I think I got exactly what I had hoped for. Would highly recommend it...

Reviewed 3 February 2015 by Ladyfromlytham

Well easy to use and clear well focused pics every time. Wireless tx of data to computer quick and easy. Can't fault this little gem. Recharging easy and Bought a nice compact case cheaply.... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers sony w1650, sony a5000, sony e1650, sony e1650m, sony w1650m, sony w1650mm, sony n094485, sony e1650mm, sony ilce5000, sony 9sd5za00, sony vp766689, sony n094485w, sony 9sd5zs00, canon ilce5000, sony ilce5000l, sony ilce5000lw, sony ilce5000lb, canon ilce5000y, canon ilce5000l, sony ilce5000lbc, canon ilce5000yb, canon ilce5000lb, canon ilce5000lw, canon ilce5000lwc, sony ilce5000lbce, canon ilce5000ybc, canon ilce5000lbc, canon ilce5000lwce, sony ilce5000lbcec, canon ilce5000ybce
Barcodes 00006509704583, 00845251067217, 00845251067224, 00845251067231, 00845251067248, 00845251067323, 00845251067330, 00845251067347, 03355830057067, 03662362032876, 03662362032883, 03662362032982, 03662362032999, 03662362033002, 03662362033019, 03662362033064, 03662362033071, 03662362033101, 03662362033118, 04905524958102, 04905524958263, 04905524958287

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