Today's Best Tech Deals
Picked by PCWorld's Editors
Top Deals On Great Products
Picked by Techconnect's Editors
Sony Alpha a5000
Sony’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera to date, the Alpha A5000 is worth flagging amongst rivals for featuring a physically large APS-C sensor that is well-endowed with 20 million pixels. That at least suggests image quality practically on a par with a DSLR camera.
Sony bundles the A5000 with an ultra-compact 16 to 50mm lens that’s operated by a switch rather than a twist of the wrist. The lens retracts into its housing when not in use to allow for a slim possible profile with attached lens in transit.
Keeping the tech bang up to date, Sony supplies the A5000 with Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, plus a 3-inch backplate LCD that, in lieu of any means of fitting a viewfinder, flips up to face anyone looking into the camera lens.
Since this is the budget model in Sony’s line up, the A5000 does not have touch-screen operation, even though the button and control layout has been pared back to the bare minimum. It feels like a touchscreen might have been a possibility if the A5000 wasn’t positioned as the baby of the range.
A zoom lever encircles the shutter release button, while a second zoom control is provided on the lens barrel itself for left-handed convenience. It takes about three seconds for the camera to power up and extend the lens to its maximum—not lightning fast but may be fine for what is a consumer model.
The A5000 might be small but it doesn’t feel compromised; everything is within reach and the body feels solid in the hands, despite its narrowish depth. Room has even been found to include a pop-up flash, hidden within the top plate.
A larger-than-average sensor for a compact, plus a high-quality kit lens, translats into sharply-defined, well-saturated, colorful results straight from the camera. Like the rest of the Sony Alpha range, rather than the usual 4:3 image aspect ratio of most digital compacts we’re here given the choice of 3:2 or 16:9, the latter at a reduced 17 megapixel resolution as it crops the image.
The A5000 provides one of the easiest and most accessible routes to achieving more professional-looking shots for anyone upgrading from a smartphone.
This story, "Sony Alpha A5000 review: Compact camera produces sharp-looking pics" was originally published by Macworld U.K..
Sony Alpha a5000
- Sharply detailed shots
- Tilting LCD screen
- Built-in flash
- No viewfinder
- No hotshoe
eBay Coupons for October 2019
Up to 20% off on Halloween decor at eBay
$10 off | 16 HP Coupon Codes and Sales | PCWorld
Take $10 off on $50 accessories order with HP coupon code
Microsoft sales & coupon codes for October 2019
Students & parents receive an extra 10% off sitewide at Microsoft
Newegg promo codes for October 2019
Save $20 with code on Ryzen 6-Core processor at Newegg
GoPro promo codes & coupons for October 2019
Extra 20% off all GoPro cameras, mounts & tripods
$10 off | 16 The Home Depot Coupons and Sales | PCWorld
Save up to $55 in cleaning items using Home Depot promo code