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Sony Alpha 5000


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£419.00

The NEX branding may have gone, but what else is new about Sony’s 20.1-million-pixel Alpha 5000 – its latest APS-C-format CSC on the market? Read the Sony Alpha 5000 review...

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Sony Alpha 5000 review – Introduction

As Sony looks to consolidate its cameras under the Alpha branding, the Sony Alpha 5000 arrives to replace the NEX-3N, adding Wi-Fi functionality, an improved image processor, and benefiting from its lightweight construction and portable size. With the inclusion of the new Bionz X processor, also featured in the high-end Sony Alpha 7/7R and Cyber-shot DSC-RX10, the Sony Alpha 5000 is vying for the attention of enthusiasts looking to upgrade from a digital compact to an entry-level DSLR or compact system camera.

Sony Alpha 5000 review – Features

The Sony Alpha 5000 has the same 20.1-million-pixel, APS-C-sized (23.2×15.4mm) sensor we saw in last year’s DSLR-styled Alpha 3000, although the Alpha 5000 also has Near Field Communication (NFC) and Wi-Fi connectivity so users can connect and control the camera using the Sony PlayMemories app via a smartphone or tablet.

The Sony Alpha 5000’s compatibility with Sony’s E-mount lenses will appeal to enthusiasts with existing optics they would like to use on a highly portable camera, as well as to entry-level photographers or those new to Sony who want to invest in a system. The Alpha 5000 has the same 3in, 460,800-dot LCD screen as featured on the NEX-3N, and as such it can be flipped 180° to face forwards. Weighing only 269g, including battery and memory card, the Alpha 5000 is a good everyday camera, that fits into a jacket pocket even with the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens mounted.

As expected, raw+JPEG image capture is included, while full HD video recording can be activated using the dedicated record button that is situated on the rear of the camera below the shutter. The Bionz X processor brings with it detail-reproduction software, diffraction-reduction technology, area-specific noise reduction and 3x faster image processing than the previous Bionz processor in the NEX-5.

Sony has also included a number of modes, tips and apps, such as free download Photo Retouch and the paid-for time-lapse application, to help inexperienced photographers and enthusiasts alike get the most out of the camera.

  • External mic: Built-in stereo mic only
  • Video: 1920x1080 pixels (at 50fps, 25fps or 24fps), 640x480 pixels (at 25fps), AVCHD 2 with MPEG-4 AVC H.264 compression
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, Kelvin, plus custom setting
  • Built-in Flash: Yes (GN 4m @ ISO 100)
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo
  • Viewfinder Type: None available
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes, 3 exposures
  • AF Points: 25-point, auto or manual selection
  • LCD: Articulated 3in LCD with 460,800 dots
  • Output Size: 5456 x 3632 pixels
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • Sensor: 20.1-million-effective-pixel, APS-C-sized (23.2x15.4mm) CMOS sensor
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion NP-FM500H battery, up to 550 shots
  • Weight: 269g (with battery and card)
  • Exposure Modes: iAuto, Superior Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, scene selection, sweep panorama, creative exposure selection
  • Drive Mode: 12fps in tele-zoom mode, 10fps in continuous advance priority AE, continuous 8fps high or 3fps low, single-shot, self-timer
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw+JPEG simultaneously
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1⁄3EV steps
  • RRP: £419 with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens
  • Lens Mount: Sony E mount
  • ISO: 100-16,000
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Focusing Modes: Contrast detect (sensor), manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF, face detection, tracking, live view, multi-area
  • Dimensions: 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7mm
  • Metering System: 1,200-zone evaluative metering, multi-segment, centreweighted and fixed centre spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Bravia Sync via HDMI cable
  • Tested as: Entry-level CSC

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