Sony Alpha 5000
Price as Reviewed:£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...
Sony Alpha 5000 review – Build and handling
The Alpha 5000 is a step up from a point-and-shoot digital camera, but lacks much in the way of physical controls, leaving you with just a control wheel/D-pad and one customisable button for accessing its various settings and shooting modes. It is also missing a hotshoe, but at this level of camera it is not uncommon for this to be excluded.
The textured grip makes the camera comfortable to hold in one hand, but while the Alpha 5000’s matt-black plastic build is attractive and solid, it is designed to be affordable rather than rugged.
Display mode, ISO, exposure compensation and drive mode are included as options on the D-pad, with the scene mode positioned in the centre of the selection wheel. A question mark denotes the custom function button that can be reassigned to a commonly used feature, such as focus type, white balance or metering. This is a useful feature that I mostly used for easy access to the white-balance options, but a second customisable button would have meant less diving into the menu to access the autofocus mode, which is another feature I use regularly.
However, the compact size and simplicity of the Alpha 5000 mean that it is very easy to use, although people with larger hands or gloves may find it a little fiddly.
- 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