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MILC 20.1MP CMOS 4x Mar 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
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37 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

This camera received a "Recommended" from Digitaltrends.com, Camera Labs and Vido.com.ua all of whom concluded that this Sony digital camera was good.

This MILC digital camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by both Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com, both of which decided that this digital camera was very good.

This camera received an "Editor's Choice" from both Photoreview.com.au and Reviewed.com, both of which thought that this Sony camera was marvellous.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Thirty-seven experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews have rated this Sony camera on average 79 out of 100.

Excellent User Reviews

Owners have rated this MILC digital camera as fantastic on average.

Good Quality Lens

Some Sony Alpha A5000 reviewers who bought this digital camera agreed that it had a good lens. Three years ago expert review site Macworld.com wrote “Sony's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera to date” in their Sony Alpha A5000 review. Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A5000 on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au “Sony's a5000 (model ILCE5000LB) is one of the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras that you will find”. Digitalone.com.sg wrote “The entry-level a5000 is Sony's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens mirrorless camera”.

A number of customers who purchased the Sony Alpha A5000 agreed that it had a good zoom. Expert website Digitalone.com.sg mentioned in their review “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 Sony Alpha A5000 reviewer considered that it had a good autofocus.

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Good Quality Pictures

Several customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com said “There are many photographers looking to step up their photography by moving to a” and scored this digital camera 4 stars. Three years ago expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “Stunning image quality for the price.”.

One Sony Alpha A5000 owner who reviewed the Sony Alpha A5000 thought it had a good image sensor.

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

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Good Size

A few people who bought the product reckoned that it was compact. Sanjay gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Compact, Small and Awesome” in their Sony Alpha A5000 review. Expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned “The A5000 is the new entry-level model in Sony's range of compact system cameras” in their review. Expert website Trustedreviews.com said “The Sony A5000 is a very good everyday compact system camera that offers a lot for its entry-level price”.

Several customers who bought the Sony Alpha A5000 considered that it was lightweight. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com mentioned “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 and rated this digital camera 80 out of 100.

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Good Product Quality

Several customers who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. One buyer mentioned “High quality photos from a tiny package”. Three years ago S. S. Yuen mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Compact in size, DSLR quality” and scored it very highly. Sarah said in her review on Amazon also three years ago “Great camera, lightweight and amazing quality”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of Sony Alpha A5000 owners agreed that the product was mirrorless.

Good Connectivity

Several people considered that it was wifi compatible. Three years ago expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “It's also currently the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with built-in wi-fi connectivity”. Also three years ago Digitalcameraworld.com said “Sony's beginner CSC adds Wi-Fi and a better processor.”.

One customer who purchased the product considered that it was good in terms of connectivity. Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned on expert website What Digital Camera “Although the addition of Wi-fi and NFC connectivity are certainly welcome” in their review of this digital camera.

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Robust

Some Sony Alpha A5000 owners concluded that it was well made. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on Ephotozine “Is one of the smallest APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras with a built in flash”. Ephotozine.com also said “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 Flash

Several Sony Alpha A5000 reviewers said in their reviews that it had a good flash.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony cameras and also specifically for Sony MILC cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

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Reasonably Priced

A few Sony Alpha A5000 owners who purchased it reckoned that it was good value for money. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote “The Sony Alpha 5000 is an affordable mirrorless camera that delivers excellent images.” and rated the product 4 stars. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com gave the product a score of 4 stars and wrote “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”. Expert review site Macworld.co.uk scored the product 4 stars and said in their review “With the Power Zoom the price seems fair too”.

Nice Design

One customer who reviewed it thought it was good looking. Three years ago expert review site Photoreview.com.au gave it a score of 4 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “The α5000 has a lot of advantages; it's small and light, takes nice-looking photos and movies”.

Good Video Capture

One Sony Alpha A5000 reviewer considered that this digital camera was good for video recording.

Good Support

One Sony Alpha A5000 reviewer who purchased the product said that it had good technical guidance. Three years ago expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au wrote “It can be used in manual mode.” in their Sony Alpha A5000 review.

Easy to Use

One customer who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use. Armenio Manuel mentioned in their Sony Alpha A5000 review on Amazon “Excellent camera, amazing, small and practical”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camera is Full HD, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Alpha A5000 supports video capability, which is unusual. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A5000 do not support video capability.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support video capability that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Alpha A5000 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this age and type do not have a built-in flash.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider include the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price] which is cheaper.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other digital cameras of this type and age, the Sony Alpha A5000 supports Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price].

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Alpha A5000 supports wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Alpha A5000 also support wi-Fi.

Alternative cameras which support wi-Fi currently available which you might also want to consider include the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price] which is cheaper.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price] is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

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

If you want a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Very Light

The Alpha A5000 is quite light (only 210 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A5000 have weights of between 150g and 590g.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The number of supported image formats on the Sony Alpha A5000 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a similar age and spec to the Alpha A5000. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Alpha A5000 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Sony digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha A5000. The white balances "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The Alpha A5000 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on digital cameras of this type and age. The photo effectss "Black&White" and "Sepia" are also found on this Sony 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 (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most similar spec cameras that have been available for more than a year. In addition, this camera have a ±2EV (1/2 and 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A5000 the best flash exposure correction is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) and the worst is ±3EV (1/3 EV step).

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BIONZ X Image Processor

This camera has a BIONZ X image processor, which is the most frequently found image processor on cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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420 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most digital cameras of this spec and age take between 230 and 749 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the Alpha A5000 which takes 420 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that have been available for 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 Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Sony Alpha A5000 is more than most MILC cameras that were released more than a year ago. This Sony digital camera has an Aperture priority AE light exposure modes, which is the most frequently found light exposure modes found on MILC cameras that came out more than a year ago. The light exposure modess "Auto", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Supports Three ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Sony Alpha A5000 is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 6,400, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Sony digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 100, 200 and 3200 are also supported by this camera.

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TFT Display

The Alpha A5000 has a TFT display which is better than most MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have an LCD display. 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.

This camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display amongst all MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A5000.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst display is LCD.

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Very Short Flash Recharging Time

At only 3 seconds, the Alpha A5000 has a fairly short flash recharging time compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A5000. Cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha A5000 have flash recharging times of between 0.0055s and 10s, and the average flash recharging time is 6s.

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9 Reasons Against

Not Waterproof

Most MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than a year are not waterproof. The Alpha A5000 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Alpha A5000 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than a year also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Not 3D

The Sony Alpha A5000 is not 3D. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for more than a year are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Alpha A5000 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Alpha A5000 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 38 millimeters) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A5000. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha A5000 is 38mm and the longest is 280mm.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The Alpha A5000 has a greater number of flash modes than most MILC cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras of this type and age. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity

Across all the cameras of this age and type the battery capacitys range from 680mAh to 2,400mAh. The Alpha A5000 has one of the smaller battery capacitys (only 1,080 milliampere * hour) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

With an ISO sensitivity (max) of only 16,000, the Sony Alpha A5000 has one of the lower ISO sensitivity (max)s amongst similar spec cameras of this age. MILC cameras that came out more than a year ago have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 6,400 and 410,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 43,000.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Digital cameras of this age and type have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 24mm and 83mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28.5 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A5000 has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Alpha A5000.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A5000

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this MILC digital camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

The Sony Alpha A5000 has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen cameras currently available including the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price] which is cheaper.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 20.1 megapixels, the Alpha A5000 has a pretty average megapixel compared to most of the other MILC cameras that came out more than a year ago.

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to look at the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price] (20.8MP) which is also cheaper.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Alpha A5000 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of this age and spec.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think cheaper digital cameras such as the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price] is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Sensor Format
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Live View
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Carrying Case
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
Technical Details
Image Processor
Built-In Speaker(s)

7 Awards

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

Expert Reviews

(68)
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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