Sony Alpha range is one of those quiet but exemplary series of cameras that possess all the essential features that bring brilliantly composed images with the best possible quality and great handling. The Alpha series has various other cameras in its range and it keeps increasing with the demand. While players like Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, and Samsung are a few popular brands, Sony offers the same top notch features as well as the best possible options with a promise to deliver highest standards in all its electronic goods. The Alpha range has various cameras and the A5000 is one among them, this is an update to Sony’s NEX-3N camera and is claimed to be one of the smallest APS-C sensor mirror less cameras with a built in flash along with the incorporation of the latest must have technology in today’s gadgets. Intriguing isn’t it?
Let’s find out more about the A5000.
The Alpha A 5000 comes with a stunning 20.1 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor along with the latest technology put at task such as Wi-Fi (Inbuilt) Near Field Communication (to allow it to connect to devices such as smart phones or tablets) and a BIONZ image processor designed to produce clear, detailed, low noise images shooting up to ISO16000. Users can now upload their images directly on Facebook by using the Direct Upload app from the camera or use the other available apps. There are plenty of available apps, including one that allows users to use their smart phones as a remote control and shoot high quality images. There are hence, plenty of apps to download on the Play Memories Camera App website (this includes both free and paid apps). This camera gives rise to the creative person in you with number of picture modes such as poster effect, miniature and selective color, the camera also automatically crops portrait photos creating a second copy of the photo.
The Alpha A5000 is available with the 16-50mm Power Zoom lens, which goes back into its den when switched off and this makes the camera quite compact and desirable. The lens on this camera is an equivalent of the 24-75mm in 35mm terms and has the added benefit of image stabilization. The camera has great high quality full HD video recording capability as well and records stereo sound, the power zoom lens on this camera doesn’t let you lose focus of your subject. This is the world’s lightest interchangeable-lens digital camera that is compatible with A-mount and E-mount lenses. You can also directly view your images /videos on HDMI compatible TV. Other features include electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse and focal-plane type shutter, 1/4000 to 30 second shutter speed, face detection up to 8 faces, smile shutter, 4x digital zoom, shooting tips and help guide.
Display, Design and Handling:
The Sony Alpha A5000 shares a very compact body that is made out of plastic, there is a very comfortable rubberized hand grip on this camera along with a plastic square on the back for users to place their right-hand thumb well. This camera weighs just 210 grams (without the lens) and there is an inbuilt flash (pop up) that can be activated with a small button that resides right next to the flash. The power switch as well as the shutter release button is placed on the top plate of this device and this is surrounded by a zoom-rocker lever that controls the power zoom and helps users to zoom into photos while users activate the playback mode. There is a rear scroll wheel that makes it quite simple to cycle through the menus; this camera has the Sony Alpha styled menus rather than the otherwise complex NEX menus.
There is a 3 inch tilt screen (up to 180 degrees) to shoot from various angles. When tilted, the camera automatically switched to self-portrait mode and starts a countdown before taking the photo. The screen has a 460k dot resolution and makes it easy for the viewer to see high quality images even under direct harsh sunlight. The camera homes a memory card slot that can be found on the left hand side under the HDMI/USB flap, and the camera will take either Sony Memory Sticks or SD memory cards. Overall, the build quality of this camera is quite pleasing. The cameras are available in 3 different body colors, Black, White and Silver.
Performance and Filters:
The Camera’s superior quality helps it maintain a natural tone, detail and quality of the image and video with low noise. The ISO varies from 100 to 16000 supported by various flash modes and it is up to the users to experiment with the various modes and create beautiful looking images. Users can click high quality images irrespective of the setting with is the advanced noise reduction feature in this camera. The 16 mm flash coverage with pre-flash TTL control, 5 flash modes, red eye reduction and 3 second recycling time are also very essential additions to ensure the best quality images are delivered to the user.
Recording full HD videos / movies is also quite possible on this camera and that too with a press of a button. It can record full HD movie in AVCHD format at fast 60i or 50i setting or slow 24p or 25p resolution, you can also record in fast /slow motion and record videos based on your creativity and the built-in stereo microphone and monaural speaker supports high quality sound. The camera also has a few extra modes and effects, creative styles, dynamic range, color space, focus system and exposure control as well as the other modes (13 in total) such as pop color, miniature, and soft high-key etc.
The Battery life of the Aloha A5000 ILCE is rated at 420 shots (according to Sony and CIPA results) The Info-Lithium rechargeable battery on this camera points out exactly how much battery juice is left with a percentage display.
The Sony Alpha A5000 is a great and affordable mirror less camera that has a Tilting rear display, a sleek and compact body with Built in flash, Quick Auto Focus with Good high ISO images as well as the addition of the new prevalent technology all in all with a great price tag. However, this camera is Slow to start, it has a Slow burst rate and it lacks an Electronic Viewfinder and finally, there is no external charger for this camera. A great camera for amateurs, but advanced photographers will feel that this camera lacks a few controls.
Sony ILCE 5000 Rivals:
Canon EOS M
Sony ILCE 6000