Sony Alpha a5000 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 20.1 megapixel APS-C sensor
  • BIONZ X processing engine
  • Wi-Fi and NFC
  • 180 degree tilting 3” LCD screen
  • Full HD 1080/60i/40p video
  • Burst shooting up to 4 fps
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • 25-point autofocus
  • RAW and JPEG
  • Manual modes
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 420 shots
  • Weighs 7.4 ounces (body only)
  • Release Date: 2014-03-23
  • Final Grade: 95 A

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Sony Alpha a5000
Sony introduces their smallest mirrorless yet, the a5000.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/19/2014

Sony's smallest interchangeable lens camera yet (at it's introduction in January 2014), the a5000 features a large APS-C size sensor in a body that weighs less than eight ounces. Sony is claiming the small shooter has features, including autofocus, that are closer to the performance of a DSLR. We haven't been able to test out that claim yet, but we were impressed by the Sony NEX-3N last year, a budget mirrorless camera that also uses the APS-C sensor found in entry-level DSLRs. The burst shooting isn't the best at just 4 fps at the maximum, but the a5000 seems to pack quite a bit of power in a small package. Plus the a5000 doesn't seem to suffer from the minimal point-and-shoot battery life with 420 shots per charge. Without a viewfinder though, consumers that don't need something super tiny should look at entry-level DSLRs like the new Nikon D3300 before making a decision.

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