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3

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...

Sony Alpha 5000 review – Our verdict

Although the Alpha 5000 is effectively a rebrand and refresh of the NEX-3N, Sony has made noticeable improvements in previously contentious areas, such as noise reduction, white balance and metering, as well as a significant jump in resolution.

The features of Sony’s entry-level compact system camera have been brought in line with much of the competition thanks to the addition of Wi-Fi and the increased functionality that comes with its inclusion, such as apps and remote-shooting functionality.

People upgrading from a standard compact camera, or photography newcomers, will do well to consider the Alpha 5000 with a view to one day upgrading again within Sony’s E-mount system. The ability to invest in a system with a good selection of lenses, at an entry-level price point, makes the Alpha 5000 an attractive first compact system 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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