LAS VEGAS u2013 Sony claims its new Alpha 5000 is the smallest and lightest Wi-Fi-enabled system camera.
The A5000 carries a 20.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS imaging sensor and a 180° tiltable screen for ‘easy self-portraits’ and ‘single-handed selfies’.
Speaking at a press conference in Las Vegas, Sony president
Mike Fasulo said the camera is aimed at step-up users and those seeking
an alternative to a DSLR.
Boasting DSLR image quality, the E-mount camera includes Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, plus a lever to control zooming.
It is said to weigh 210g, body only.
The A5000 incorporates 25 contrast-detect AF points and a 3in screen, in addition to a Bionz X imaging processor.
The new Alpha compact system camera will go on sale in March, at a price yet to be announced.
Spec, as supplied by Sony Europe:
Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Sony E-mount lenses
APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4mm) “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective)
Approx. 20.1 megapixels
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image quality modes
RAW/RAW+JPEG/JPEG Fine/JPEG Standard
13 type: Posterisation (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration
Recording system (movie)
AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant;
“Memory Stick PRO Duo”/”Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”/”Memory Stick XC-HG Duo”/SD memory card/SDHC memory card/SDXC memory card
25 points (contrast-detection AF)
1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Still images: ISO100 to 16000, AUTO (ISO100 to 16000), Movies: ISO100 to 6400 equivalent, AUTO (ISO100 to 6400 equivalent)
7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT
Number of dots
460,800 dots (total)
Up by approx. 180 degrees
View on smartphone
Send to computer
View on TV
Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible,
One-touch remote, One-touch sharing
PlayMemories Camera Apps
Speed (approx., max.)
Continuous mode: max. 2.5 fps
Speed Priority Continuous shooting: max. 3.5 fps
Approx. 420 images (CIPA standard)
(W x H x D) excluding protrusions
Approx. 109.6mm x 62.8mm x 35.7mm
Approx. 210g (body only)
Approx. 269g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included)