Sony has shrunk its interchangeable lens camera again with the introduction of the 20-megapixel a5000 (model ILCE-5000, also known as the Alpha 5000) digital camera, weighing under 8 ounces. The new interchangeable lens camera features DSLR-like performance, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a large 20.1 MP APS-C sized sensor that is paired with a new-generation BIONZ X processor – the same processor in the award winning Sony Alpha 7 and 7R full-frame cameras. These key devices work together to deliver crisp, high-quality still images and full HD videos in all types of shooting conditions.
The BIONZ X processor uses detail reproduction, area-specific noise reduction and diffraction reducing technologies to ensure extremely fine color textures and low noise in images. Additionally, it allows for shooting at extremely high sensitivity – up to ISO 16000 – for impressive pictures in fading light.
On-board Wi-Fi capabilities give consumers one-touch connection with Xperia or NFC-compatible Android smartphones or tablets for instant image transfer and sharing. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera with a smartphone or tablet to view shots, and fire the shutter from a distance.
For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control with the a5000 camera through Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application, available for the iOS and Android platforms.
The a5000 model, has a comfortable new grip and intuitive tiltable LCD screen that can flip upwards up to 180 degrees for easy self-portraits. There’s also a conveniently placed lever on the camera body for fingertip adjustment of the camera’s optical zoom3, which is especially useful for shooting HD video with the supplied 16-50mm power zoom kit lens (model SELP1650).
The camera’s “Photo Creativity” mode will help less experienced photographers learn and experiment with creative settings. Unique to Sony, this mode replaces complex photographic settings with more easily understood phrases like “Background Defocus” and “Brightness,” giving users direct access to many common manual settings. It also offers quick and easy access to Picture Effects, which includes popular modes like Pop Color, Selective Color, Toy Camera and Miniature Mode.
The a5000 is compatible with Sony’s ever-growing assortment of E-mount interchangeable lenses, which now includes a new version of the popular SEL55210 lens (E55-210mm, F4.5-6.3 OSS). Identical in optics to the existing silver 55-210mm E-mount zoom lens, this new version has a black finish to match many of Sony’s latest E-mount cameras.
In total, 22 different lenses (including converters) are now available for Sony’s E-mount system with several premium models from Carl Zeiss and G Series Lenses. Additionally, a new sleek designed body case, model LCS-EBB, is available.
- 20.1MP Exmor APS-C sensor
- DSLR-quality in about half the size and weight
- Wi-Fi connectivity to smartphones via NFC
- Ultra-fast AF with BIONZ X processing engine
- Up to ISO 16000 sensitivity
- Easy self-portraits via 180° tilting LCD screen
- Full HD 1080/60i/24p video
- Built-in pop-up flash
- PlayMemories Camera Apps
- Up to 4 FPS shooting
Pricing and Availability
The Sony a5000 compact interchangeable lens camera is expected to ship March 19, 2014 for $599 in black, white or silver, in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650).
A new, optional, black-finish E 55-210mm (SEL55210) zoom lens will also be available in March for about $350.