Finally – a compact mirrorless camera for less – the Sony Alpha a5000

With the influx of mirrorless cameras everywhere, the choices are definitely a lot. You might want to consider the Sony Alpha a5000 though. As one of the pioneers in the industry, Sony has surely made this camera a bang for the buck.


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It’s perfect for those who love taking portraits or selfies because it has a screen that you can flip 180 degrees! If you’re a blogger or you just want to up your Instagram game, you’ll find this feature really useful. 🙂

Among its best features is its Bionz-X processor. This processor is also what’s in Sony Alpha a7 – Sony’s more expensive and more sought-after camera. This makes the colors of the photos truer to life in color. It also better noise-reduction and high-speed processing.

Sony a5000 also has a 20.1 Exmor ™ APS HD CMOS sensor which has extreme dynamic range, low noise, and incredible detail. You can even rack the ISO up to 16000 and still get crisp images.

It did not skimp on its video recording features too. It can record a full HD video in either 60i or 24p frames per second (woaah). It can record in either 60i/24p Blu-ray (TM) quality AVCHD (TM) format or in 1080/30p MP4 format. See, this would be perfect if you also want to start vlogging!

It has a pretty good battery life as it can take 420 shots per full charge cycle. That’s just enough for a day’s worth travel. If you’re a heavy camera user then that might not be sufficient. Better buy an extra battery!


And one of my favorite features as a millenial is its Wi-Fi capability! I can just easily transfer photos from the camera to a smartphone. We can easily upload it on all of our social media accounts! LOL

It comes with a 16-50mm f3.5-.6 lens but you can easily change that because it has interchangeable lens system.

Its full specs are as follows:

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 5456 x 3632
Other resolutions 5456 x 3064, 3872 x 2576, 3872 x 2176, 2736 x 1824, 2736 x 1536
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 20 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz X
ISO Auto, 100 – 16000
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2X)
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 25
Lens mount Sony E
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,800
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD with 180 upward tilt
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash No
Flash modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction
Continuous drive 3.5 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3-shot)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i/24p), 1440 x 1080 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker None
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11 b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 420
Weight (inc. batteries) 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions 110 x 63 x 36 mm (4.33 x 2.48 x 1.42)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (requires downloadable app)
GPS None

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So yes, whether you’re planning to set up your own blog or vlog, or wanting to spend your life traveling light, this camera, with its entry-level price but superb features, is really worth the buy.




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