Sony Alpha A5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera Review with Video and Picture test. The link to the Sony Alpha A5000: http://amzn.to/1MeP7mK
In our review of the Sony Alpha A5000 Camera we look at video quality, build quality, image quality and usability.
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Today we’re looking at Sony Alpha A5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera. This part of Sony’s Alpha line of mirrorless cameras that crams a very large sensor into an extremely compact camera body.
Before we take a closer look at the Sony A5000, I want to show you just how compact this camera is, as compared to an entry-level DSLR, in this case, the Canon T5i. And as you can see its extremely compact. The canon has its stock 18-55mm kit lens while the Sony Alpha A5000 has a 16-50mm kit powerzoom lens. And the most impressive part about the Sony is that it has the same exact size sensor as the APS-C sensor on the canon. The Powerzoom lens on the sony A5000 has a zoom rocker button on the side with manual focus controls on the front. The lens mount is made from metal and covers the 20.1 MP APS-C sensor. The Sony Alpha A5000’s grip isn’t very deep, but is pretty comfortable, considering the weight and compactness of this camera. And because of its low weight, you can also shoot single handed.
The buttons on the top are pretty well laid out and easy to access. There’s a dedicated movie record button, a main on-off button that hinges on the shutter button, which is surrounded by the zoom toggle button. It has a pop-up flash which can be adjusted to vary the flash bounce angle and a pair of stereo microphones on the left and right of it.
On the rear face of the Sony Alpha A5000, you have a Thumbrest, next to the Menu button, a control dial with a selector button in the middle and buttons for playback and image deletion on the bottom. The 3.0” LCD screen isn’t the best and is probably one of the A5000’s biggest drawbacks. The resolution is much lower than the screens on some of its competitors and even its newer sibling the Sony Alpha A5100. This makes composing images a bit more difficult. Its usable, but Sony could definitely have done a better job. The screen isn’t a touchscreen and does not articulate fully. It does however flip up for selfies and vlogs, which is actually pretty useful.
The right hand edge has a flip-open door that conceals a full sd card slot, a micro-hdmi and micro-usb port, which can also be used to charge the battery. The Sony Alpha A5000 does not come with a standalone charger. As for batteries, we do recommend getting an aftermarket charger to be able to pull the battery out of the camera and charge it. This lets you swap out batteries while your first battery charges. The battery life is pretty impressive, so you might not be needing all that many spares. There’s also a ¼-20 female tripod mount on the bottom.
The menus are all well laid out and navigation is pretty easy, even without a touchscreen. The buttons all have a good amount of tactile feel to them and the camera is very easy to operate overall.
The Sony Alpha A5000 can take upto 16MP stills in the JPEG format and can also store both the JPEG and RAW image simultaneously. And for folks looking to use still images directly in videos, the camera also has the ability to shoot stills in the 16:9 aspect ratio.
The large sensor size produces some extremely impressive images. The color reproduction is very accurate, pictures are correctly exposed and the kits lens is surprisingly sharp, as you can see in these test shots. A really good camera for both beginners and pros- the auto modes work really well for beginners and it also gives pros full manual control over exposure, white balance and focal points. The built-in panorama mode also works marvelously, producing some stunning wide-angle scenery shots.
So our overall thoughts about the Sony Alpha A5000? If you’re looking for an entry-level mirrorless camera, you just can’t get any better than the Sony Alpha A5000. It packs a huge sensor in an extremely compact body, takes impressive stills and video and is packed with features that will appeal to both casual users and seasoned pros. Definitely one of the best entry-level mirrorless cameras on the market. Hope this review was useful. If it was, please hit that LIKE button and subscribe for more reviews.