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 – Live view, LCD and video

The Alpha 5000’s 3in, 460,800-dot LCD screen stands out because its resolution is significantly lower than the 921,000-dot displays common in rival models, it’s disappointing to not see an improvement in this area. Even the NEX-3 had a 921,000-dot screen, and that was released in 2010.

The tiltable screen’s ability to flip up and face forward is perfect for composing ‘selfies’ and group photographs. However, its built-in pop-up flash sits awkwardly in the middle of the screen when in use, obscuring your view of the composition.

Using the LCD screen in direct sunlight can be difficult, but Sony has attempted to combat this by including a ‘sunny weather’ screen-brightness option in the set-up menu. However, it can still be difficult to compose shots because the supporting grid lines themselves can be hard to see, especially when shooting night scenes.

Full HD video in MP4 and AVCHD formats with stereo sound is available via a movie button, and it performs to a good standard that will satisfy most applications, such as filming family occasions, holiday shots and video blogging. The SteadyShot feature adds smooth filming capabilities, while colours and highlight detail are rich and satisfying.

  1. 1. Sony Alpha 5000 at a glance:
  2. 2. Sony Alpha 5000 review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Sony Alpha 5000 review - Metering
  4. 4. Sony Alpha 5000 review - Dynamic range and white balance and colour
  5. 5. Sony Alpha 5000 review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Sony Alpha 5000 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Sony Alpha 5000 review - Live view, LCD and video
  8. 8. Sony Alpha 5000 review - Our verdict
  9. 9. Hands-on review
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