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:

Camera Type

Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash

Lens compatibility

Sony E-mount lenses

Image sensor


APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4mm) “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor

Number of pixels (effective)

Approx. 20.1 megapixels

Recording system

(still image)

Recording format

JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)

Image quality modes


Picture Effect

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)

Recording format

AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant;


Recording system


“Memory Stick PRO Duo”/”Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”/”Memory Stick XC-HG Duo”/SD memory card/SDHC memory card/SDXC memory card

Focus system


Contrast-detection AF

Focus point

25 points (contrast-detection AF)

Exposure control

Metering type

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)

LCD screen


7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT

Number of dots

460,800 dots (total)

Field coverage


Adjustable angle

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


Still images

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)