Sony A5000 Review - The Sony A5000 replaces the NEX-3N in Sony's growing Alpha range of CSCs.
Although the might seem quite different, the Sony A58 and A5000 are generally roughly comparable in most factors including price.
These features are added without the A5000 breaking the bank, as the model features a price tag that places it firmly in the entry-level category. The Sony A5000 inherits some of the same features that were present on its predecessor, although it combines these with a selection of new technologies. The A5000 also inherits some of its features from other cameras in Sony’s line-up, and not all of them are entry level. The processor aids noise reduction and image processing, with Sony claiming that it delivers speeds around three times that of the previous generation processor.
One of the eye-catching new additions, and one that’s sure to please the entry-level market, is the addition of Wi-fi and NFC connectivity as standard. This enables photographers to simply share their images with smartphone and tablets through a Wi-fi network after installing the model’s Sony PlayMemories App. The Sony A5000 is certainly on the compact side, weighing in at a little over 250g with battery and SD card included, meaning that it’s not that much heavier than some compact cameras. The D-Pad offers direct access to the more common shooting adjustments including ISO, Display mode, Exposure compensation and Drive mode. That being said, it’s certainly the case that the camera has been built with a view towards keeping cost down as opposed to winning any awards for a luxury and high-end finish. Unlike some other recently released cameras that now sport Hybrid AF configurations, the A5000 is solely equipped with a contrast detect AF set-up.
This is particularly noticeable when it comes to continuous focusing, as when trying to keep up with fast moving subjects the A5000 really struggles to keep pace. In contrast, however, the fact that the A5000 sports some 25 AF points mean that the frame does have good coverage so once the camera have achieved focus it normally does so accurately.
The model features the 1,2000-zone Evaluative multi-segment metering system first seen in the Alpha 77.
It’s worth noting that the LCD screen found on the rear of the camera is of a lower specification than some competing model, at just 460k-dots. The screen does benefit from its tiltable design, however, and if you’re an avid selfie taker then it might pique your interest. The Sony A5000 can be relied upon to deliver even colours accurate to the scene at which you’re aiming the camera.
The camera’s auto white balance setting is also reliable, with very little noticeable bias to either end of the scale and in any lighting conditions. As mentioned previously, the metering system inherited from further up the range delivers even exposures in both bright and dark conditions.
This is also a sign that the camera delivers a decent dynamic range, although closer technical inspection reveal that it’s not hugely ahead of other cameras in its class.
Thanks to the camera’s relatively high megapixel count, you can rely on the A5000 to resolve a reasonable amount of detail at the base ISO setting, measuring in at around 30 lines per mm (lpmm) on our test charts.
Thanks to the addition of Sony’s Bionz-X processor, the A5000 handles noise well throughout the ISO range.
However, this noise reduction does come at a cost, and towards the top of the scale fine detail can appear a little smudged and painterly. Although the addition of Wi-fi and NFC connectivity are certainly welcome, the rear of the camera could have done with some attention in the form of a higher-specified LCD screen. However, the fact that Sony has paid some attention to improving the camera’s noise reduction performance, as well as the reliability of the white balance system, is certainly welcome.

On the whole, while it has its flaws the A5000 serves as a good entry point to the growing Sony E-mount set-up and is worthy of consideration as a first CSC. But seriously, Nikon and Canon always have announcements scheduled just few days apart and it seems that this will also be the case this month: Canon will present new products on September 15th and 27th. Animal print (cheetah, zebra, tiger) lenses — and fuzzy dice to hang off your camera strap clips. Why do you think so many Canon shooters are doing just the opposite—using their Canon bodies and using Nikon lenses to shoot video? So, if we can find out when Cannon is going to update their Pro DSLRs, then we know when the D800 will come out!
Yes, on several occasions I asked for English only – do you think all readers should bother translating your comments? Whenever Nikon gets around to a new FX DSLR then Canon will counter, and maybe with a reduced price on their Mark 5D according to the above Canon Rumor’s link? If Canon goes along with 32MB FX sensor, and Nikon pulls the same-sized thing out of their hat first, plus if Canon reduces the price too it’s going to be an ugly war of the pro cameras. I doubt if their will be a D800 soon if Best Buy has a warehouse full of the D700 bodies and you can get one out of your local BB in 2-3 days now. I just saw the new limited edition red pentax 645D yesterday (on the net), not junk, but why do they need a red one? If the Canon announcement on Sept, 27th is about new printers (what’s postet on Canon rumours)… with what kinda product will Nikon follow then?? Josh, behave yourself online or we’re taking away your water pistol and your Instamatic. Joking aside, I agree with tdots sentiments that if Nikon doesn’t come out with a new body soon people are going to start jumping onto the Canon bandwagon and they may end up losing more footing in the camera wars that could cost Nikon in the long run more than what they gain in short term by making color coded cameras. I understand the these companies want to make their introductory DSLR look friendly so that consumers, new to the DSLR world, are more willing to invest on a more expensive camera but I think that the correct way to attract those consumers is by giving them more product at a low cost than by giving them a color choice. Of course I know that companies don’t like to loose profit and that these companies are trying to recover from the natural disasters that messed up their world. When consumers are looking to buy a product as costly as a DSLR they tend to compare price point first to see if they can even purchase the new toy and then they tend to see if brand Y gives them more bang per buck than brand X and I understand that many times brand Y and X have practically the same product, though some features are better on one than the other, and that’s when you should use silly gimmicks like color choices to win customers over. We all know people become brand loyal quickly, just look at the lessons that Apple has given us. I thinks this gimmick is a waste of time for Nikon…they should have just 1 up-ed Canon by dropping the cost of their started DSLR body, or essentially lower the cost to give the starter kit for free. Perhaps I’m just really naive and fail to see how awesome this strategy really is in marketing.
Unfortunately, the way most new (generally, photographically naive) DSLR buyers go, is onprice, Megapixel count, and the zoom range of the supplied kit lens(es), or a combination of the three. Most of these people will continue to take their happy snaps, same as they did with their P&S cameras. It is not a rumor, and there will be many other posts in the future that are not going to be rumors, just like in the past 4 years… the same way Reuters is not a rumor site but they still like to report on Nikon rumors.
The model sports a host of new features including the addition of Wi-fi functionality and the introduction of the Bionz-X processor previously featured in the Sony Alpha 7. Clearly aimed at those who have an eye for a selfie, the 3in 460k-dot LCD is capable of being flipped about 180-degrees so as to face the person taking the photograph. For example, the A5000 sports Sony’s latest Bionz-X processor that first featured in the high-end Sony RX10 and Sony Alpha 7.
The centre of the scroll wheel, meanwhile, offers direct access to the camera’s scene modes which are most likely to be used for the target market.

Furthermore, a textured hand grip aids the handling of the camera and gives it a secure hold when shooting, especially when combined with the camera’s matt finish.
As a result, it’s safe to say that you can rely upon the A5000 to deliver even exposures in a host of different lighting conditions. Of particular note is the depth of the vibrancy of the blues captured, although all colours appear with an even and pleasing saturation. As ever, choosing from one of the many presets can deliver a more accurate colour setting, although you can rely on the auto white balance should the need arise. If anything, there is a slight tendency to retain detail in the shadows by slightly overexposing, although the sensor is more than capable of retaining that highlight detail. The processor is capable of applying area-specific noise reduction, so even at the higher end of the scale noise is noticeable by its absence. But it looks as if both Nikon and Canon outsourced the darkred paintjob to the same factory!
Yeah, OK, Nikon aims for women too, understand, but isn’t yellow the true Nikon color?
Anyway where I am here in PA Champagne is more like $60 a pop, are you sure you’re buying Champagne and not sparkling piss Invisible? You can’t walk into a Best Buy store and pick one up nor can you have one shipped directly to your home. Maybe Canon ought to consider a limited edition Red Mustang version of the Rebel and license it through Ford.
I admit to not having much knowledge of economics other that what little I’ve taken in college as a requirement so maybe someone could explain to me why color change seems like such a great move to gain customers than giving customers more in order to get them hooked on the brand name. Yet I believe that those gimmick really only work for the low up to 300 USD range in consumer products. You can read the most in-depth reviews, ratings and feedbacks from people who have bought and used them. After iPad (not saying it’s the first tablet), many other companies released tablets as well.
Nikon thinks it over, discreetly checks up on how the Canon version is selling, and decides to release a red D3100. It could be interesting to research if they use the same sources for some parts in their products.
Why didn’t they make yellow AND another shade of red (not the same Canon has for months) as well? We have real consumer reviews of different types of compact travel tripod, including compact tripod reviews, compact travel reviews and more. The NR crowd is bitching about D700 replacement and anything else Nikon does is not what they wanted and so they will jump up and down to criticize. The bottom line for these companies is to create value for their shareholders and not just satisfy a very small (and perhaps insignificant) portion of their users. But I guess, there will just be room for one more big cameramanufacturer under Sony in a few years.. Nikon has been too focused on Coolpix Crap and mirrorless gimmick cameras to focus on the pro-DSLR’s where it made its name in camera quality.

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