Overall Rating:

3

Sony Alpha 5000


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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 – Dynamic range and white balance and colour

Dynamic range

Dynamic range at ISO 100 is 12.2EV, which is average for a camera in this class. When faced with a mix of colours and high contrast, the Bionz X processor in the Alpha 5000 works hard to deliver an image that is representative of the overall scene in front of you. Despite the challenge of extremely high-contrast conditions, I saw very little blown-out highlight detail or areas that were completely black.

Image: The vibrant colour reproduction of this image shows how the Alpha 5000 shines when capturing everyday/travel pictures. The camera’s small size means that it is not too intrusive when taking pictures in public

White balance and colour

Auto white balance on the Alpha 5000 functions well, producing natural tones without a noticeable bias towards any one colour. I was particularly impressed with results produced from cityscape images, in which the Alpha 5000 rendered deep and vibrant blues, avoiding oversaturation and without leaving a yellow cast on the rest of the image.

However, when I selected the appropriate white-balance preset for the conditions in which I was photographing, the results were more accurate. In general, I would describe the performance of the Alpha 5000’s white balance as faithful and consistent.

  • 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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