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Sony Alpha a5000

Estimated Street Price: $499 (with 16-50mm kit zoom)


The new Alpha a5000 upgrades Sony’s entry-level NEX-3N mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with the excellent 20.1-megapixel Sony Exmor APS-C sensor introduced in the a3000, the BIONZ X image processor used in Sony’s flagship a7 and a7R full-frame mirrorless models, and built-in WiFi with NFC (just tap to connect to a compatible Android device). You can also use WiFi to wirelessly transfer images to or control the camera remotely from an iOS device.

Sony bills the new a5000 as "the world’s lightest APS-C interchangeable-lens camera with Wi-Fi capability," and it is; but for practical purposes, it’s the same size as the NEX-3N it replaces (the NEX-3N doesn’t have WiFi). For the record, the world’s smallest (in volume) APS-C interchangeable-lens camera is the aforementioned Sony a3000 (which lacks built-in WiFi and is some 5 ounces heavier than the new a5000).

Along with improvements to image quality and WiFi capabilities, the a5000 offers most of the NEX-3N’s good features: ISOs from 100-16000, shutter speeds from 30 to 1?4000 sec., 1200-zone metering, 25-point contrast-detect AF, 4 fps shooting (2.5 fps with AF for each shot), AVCHD 1080 full HD video at 60i and 24p (plus MP4 1080 at 30p for easier uploading) and a tilting 3-inch LCD monitor. Images are saved on SD/SDHC/SDXC cards or Sony’s Memory Stick PRO Duo/PRO-HG Duo and Pro-HG HX media. The NP-FW50 InfoLITHIUM battery is CIPA-rated at 420 shots per charge (with LCD).

Photo Creativity mode helps less experienced photographers make better images. The camera also has Sony’s simple Sweep Panorama mode, plus a good range of built-in special effects.

The a5000 uses Sony E-mount ("NEX") lenses, and via LA-EA adapters, Sony A-mount and legacy Konica Minolta Maxxum lenses. E-mount lenses currently number 22, providing focal lengths from 10-18mm through 55-210mm. Dimensions are 4.3×2.5×1.4 inches and 7.4 ounces.

STANDOUT FEATURE: The most compact mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with built-in WiFi.

1.The Alpha a5000 is really tiny.

2.There’s a single card slot that accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC media, as well as Sony Memory Sticks.

3.The 3-inch LCD monitor tilts 180° for easy self-portraits.

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