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From NEX to Alpha: Sony introduces 20 megapixel a5000

By dpreview staff on Jan 7, 2014 at 01:00 GMT
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Sony has taken the wraps off the a5000, a mirrorless camera that features a 20.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor, Bionz X processor, and built-in Wi-Fi. Sony bills the a5000 as 'the world's lightest interchangeable lens camera' because it weighs 210g (7.4 oz.) without battery, card, or lens. As promised last year, the new naming scheme leaves the NEX label behind, though the a5000 seems a natural extension of the NEX-5 line.

Additional features include NFC for easy Wi-Fi connectivity; a 3" 460K-dot LCD that flips forward for easy self-portraits; a built-in pop-up flash; and a zoom control built into the body to control power zoom lenses. The a5000 can also use Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps, which work similarly to smartphone apps to make adding features to the camera a simple option.

Expected to ship in March, the Sony a5000 will include a 16-50mm kit lens for $600, and come in black, silver and white.

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Press Release:

Sony Introduces the World’s Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera with Wi-Fi® Connectivity

New a5000 Model offers DSLR Power in Compact Body

LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 6, 2014 – The versatile new Sony a5000 camera (model ILCE-5000) is the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera to feature the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity.1 Weighing in at less than 8oz., the new camera boasts a formidable amount of imaging power for its size. 

"Packing DSLR imaging power into an incredibly small and light package, our new a5000 is the ultimate 'everyday shooter' that will appeal to a wide range of customers," said Neal Manowitz, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony. "Its sleek, user-friendly design will attract point-and-shoot users looking to upgrade, while its impressive imaging credentials will appeal to photo enthusiasts looking for a compact camera that can deliver the performance, flexibility and results they crave."

The new camera features 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 a7 and a7R 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 sharing2.  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 new 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.

Sony PlayMemories™ Camera Apps

The growing assortment of downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps adds a range of exciting and powerful features to the a5000 camera. Shooters can pick from a variety of free to nominal cost apps to broaden creative options, experiment with new effects, learn new photography techniques and more. 

There are 16 apps currently available, including an upgraded version of "Time Lapse 2.0," which intelligently and automatically adjusts exposure for changing lighting conditions over of the course of a time lapse sequence. A new free "Sync to Smartphone" app automatically transfers shots to a pre-registered smartphone or tablet each time the camera is switched off.

New Sony Alpha Lenses and Accessories

The new camera is compatible with Sony's ever-growing assortment of E-mount interchangeable lenses, which now includes a new version of the popular SEL55210 lens (55-210mm, F4.5-6.3).  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, 20 different lenses are now available for Sony's E-mount system with several premium models from Carl Zeiss® and G Series Lenses.

Additionally, there is a new sleek designed body case – the LCS-EBB model – that serves as a perfect travel companion for the a5000 camera. 

Pricing and Availability

The Sony a5000 compact interchangeable lens camera will be available in March 2014 in silver, black and white for about $600 in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650).  

The new, black-finish E 55-210mm (SEL55210) zoom lens will be available in March for about $350.

The new camera and all compatible lenses and accessories will be available at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Please follow #SonyAlpha on twitter for the latest Alpha camera news.

Notes:

1 Among interchangeable lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C size image sensor. As of Jan. 6, 2014, based on Sony survey.

2 Only for smartphones or tablets with Android OS (Version 4.0 or later). The latest PlayMemories Mobile application must be installed on the mobile device.

3 With any power zoom lens attached.  When other lenses are attached, Digital Zoom (including Clear Image Zoom) is adjusted.

Sony Alpha a5000 specifications

Price
MSRP$600 (with 16-50mm power zoom lens)
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialComposite
Sensor
Max resolution5456 x 3632
Other resolutions5456 x 3064, 3872 x 2576, 3872 x 2176, 2736 x 1824, 2736 x 1536
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors20 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorBionz X
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100 - 16000
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File format
  • JPEG (DCF v2.0, EXIF v2.3)
  • RAW (ARW)
Image parameters
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • Sharpness
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2X)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points25
Lens mountSony E
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots460,800
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD with 180 upward tilt
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • iAuto
  • Superior Auto
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Scene selection
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Movie
Scene modes
  • Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashNo
Flash modesFlash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction
Flash X sync speed1/160 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Speed priority continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Bracketing
Continuous drive4 fps
Self-timerYes (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 BracketingYes (3-shot)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60i/24p), 1440 x 1080 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerNone
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11 b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA)420
Weight (inc. batteries)269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions110 x 63 x 36 mm (4.33 x 2.48 x 1.42)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (requires downloadable app)
GPSNone
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Comments

Total comments: 155
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Droidie69b
By Droidie69b (2 months ago)

The only reason I'd upgrade from my 5N will be when it includes twin dials, a better navigation system, inbuilt image stabilization, built in flash, built in view finder and weather sealing. Ie the GX7 with APS sensor. Then hopefully other 3rd party lens manufacturers will include the e-mount in all their lens offerings. ie sigma 18-35 1.8

0 upvotes
Juraj Lacko
By Juraj Lacko (2 months ago)

Why don't you just buy the GX7 and put your 5n sensor in it. <facepalm>

0 upvotes
Strikeroot
By Strikeroot (3 months ago)

The sort of person who would buy this camera does not need 20MP with which to clog up the internet.

1 upvote
Black Box
By Black Box (3 months ago)

So Sony is burying Minolta-A mount that's been in circulation since 1965 for the E-mount who nobody knows and nobody wants. According to Sony, millions of Minolta (and Sony!) lenses worth billions of dollars must now go to trash and people should fully convert to E-mount.

I swear, of ALL electronics manufacturers, Sony is easily the stupidest. They bury idea after idea spending an enourmous amounts of money on both spinning off new ideas and then burying them. Sony products used to be more expensive because they were better quality. Now they are expensive because Sony just needs to somehow cover all this travesty.

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3 upvotes
chj
By chj (3 months ago)

NO TOUCHSCREEN?

1 upvote
JonathanFV
By JonathanFV (3 months ago)

Yeah, it's totally the successor of the NEX 3, not the 5...

2 upvotes
Un dbutant
By Un dbutant (3 months ago)

no touch screen
no hotshoe
screen does not tilt downwards
and the price is USD 600?
i am glad i bought NX300

2 upvotes
Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (3 months ago)

It's not really a successor to the NEX-5 series as it only has 60i video. The NEX-5 series had 60p; it was the NEX-3 series that had interlaced 60i.

In this regard, I certainly find this camera a bit on the expensive side.

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Ale1210
By Ale1210 (3 months ago)

I woud like to suggest everybody had a look to Clayton Christensen best seller "The Innovator's Dilemma" before to comment on Sony strategy.
Same is valid also for having a different (wider) point of view about Nikon and Canon sustaining innovation approach.

0 upvotes
stevez
By stevez (3 months ago)

So now Sony will have 5 NEX cameras - commendable. I ask though, how is it that Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji, Leica and Samsung clearly see that the future is in mirrorless cameras while Canon and Nikon for the most part have their heads buried in the sand? I'd love to be a fly on the wall at one of their marketing meetings to understand their logic.

3 upvotes
JF69
By JF69 (3 months ago)

You could learn a thing or two if you do……maybe more than two ;-)

0 upvotes
markprincess
By markprincess (3 months ago)

It's about time! Now I don't have to hire a sherpa to lug my Micro 4/3 camera and lenses for me!

1 upvote
Black Box
By Black Box (3 months ago)

But don't fire the sherpa just yet - you'll still need him to carry Sony E-mount lenses!

1 upvote
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (3 months ago)

It is interesting to see how Sony changes directions often and running in various directions like a headless chook, from DSLR to SLT, NEX, A, fixed lens cameras, ... and in various formats APS-C, 1-inch and FF mirrorless but not really advancing at all its bleeding camera business in spite of all such brave efforts and its vast resources and engineering know-how, its great sensors and electronics, the access to variuos technology/support (Minolta, Zeiss, Tamron, Olympus), and in spite of advantages like manufacturing capability, and outlets, when compared to other smaller camera makers.

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LukeDuciel
By LukeDuciel (3 months ago)

Sony really needs to focus. It is a giant with a teenager's brain.

5 upvotes
Sergey Borachev
By Sergey Borachev (3 months ago)

A giant size teenager should hang on to the coattails of the older and more experienced but it apparently is not making use of what Minolta and Olympus know, if it continues to "innovate" and experiment with different approaches.

The best thing Sony can do is to buy Olympus and LISTEN and LEARN, or just join M43, than continuing a wild goose hunt.

1 upvote
Frenetic Pony
By Frenetic Pony (3 months ago)

So what exactly, besides "focusing" would you suggest? "Look we made a pro DSLR level camera that's a lot smaller, lighter, and cheaper!" Except the average consumer is ignorant enough to just think "big camera = better" like it's the early 90's still or something. They try to ditch outdated tech like SLT and then fanboys whine and complain to no end. Maybe pro SLR style cameras are dead anyway. In the near future 1% of the market will want 4k+ video, 1% a medium format still camera, 97.8% there phone will be good enough. Heck, eventually phone cameras might be good enough for the .2% of us left as well.

2 upvotes
kadardr
By kadardr (3 months ago)

@ Frenetic Pony: Message to SONY: focus to improve UX, focus to innovate AF (A7r reviews talk about leisurely AF - shyly at best), focus to protect consumer investment in the system (A mount lenses). If they can make a better UI than Olympus, Fuji, and Canikon, than make it. If not: follow them. Is it enough?

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Ale1210
By Ale1210 (3 months ago)

I woud like to suggest everybody had a look to Clayton Christensen best seller "The Innovator's Dilemma" before to comment on Sony strategy..

1 upvote
kadardr
By kadardr (3 months ago)

@Ale1210: Disruptive innovation appears to me as a retrospective term, cannot be used in planning or setting strategies. If its is applicable to Sony, it is applicable to their own products.

2 upvotes
Tom Caldwell
By Tom Caldwell (3 months ago)

Price point camera for those that want one cheap. A big prize for the first one to post up a to die for image using one of the new FE mount lenses - just to prove that all cameras are pretty well adequate and that it is really lenses that make the image.

0 upvotes
springsnow
By springsnow (3 months ago)

This is not an extension of the NEX-5 line. It's an overpriced refresh of the NEX-3 line. I mean it doesn't even have the top dial that is standard from the 5R onward.

4 upvotes
DT200
By DT200 (3 months ago)

'the world's lightest" = lots of plastic.
The 5N is still the best NEX "5" camera.

4 upvotes
Old Baldy
By Old Baldy (3 months ago)

Agree! Plastic body and a crappy 460k non-touch screen and ISO max of 16000? That's a significant downgrade from the 5N.

4 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (3 months ago)

This is the replacement for the NEX-3N, not for the NEX-5T, even if the model name A5000 implies otherwise. They should have called it A3000 (or even better, keep the NEX designation), but unfortunately, they already used that name for their DSLR-shaped entry-level model.

3 upvotes
JamesD28
By JamesD28 (3 months ago)

This numbering system (a3000 & a5000) implies that larger numbers are for lower-end cameras. But with the SLT alpha range higher numbers are allocated to higher-end cameras? Make up your mind Sony!

2 upvotes
Juraj Lacko
By Juraj Lacko (2 months ago)

Does the technical name of the cameras even matters to anyone? Everybody who has a little of the brain left will buy a new camera based on its IQ, handling price and reviews! No one care for name. I advice you to buy anything you want and call it Julliet! You can use gaffer tape for that. Done

1 upvote
rsf3127
By rsf3127 (3 months ago)

My 5N has no substitute so far.

4 upvotes
superstar905
By superstar905 (3 months ago)

No Touchscreen? lol. Thanks Sony, making me feel great about my EPL5 purchase!

1 upvote
probert500
By probert500 (3 months ago)

If touch screen is your main criteria you could've just used your phone and saved some scratch.

12 upvotes
Derek Midgley
By Derek Midgley (3 months ago)

As an olympus user (E-M5, E-M1), I agree: no touch screen, not worth looking at. Now if Sony would add an Olympus-like touch screen to R1 - I'd consider it. It's like using a phone on serious steroids!

0 upvotes
larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (3 months ago)

Nice to see the rangefinder style of NEX lives on. Good. That's the whole reason I dumped my Nikon D5100 and lenses--my smaller C3, and now F3, gave the same image quality anyway, in a smaller package. (Plus neither Nikon nor Canon make an optically-stabilized 50mm 1.8 as Sony does with their 50mm 1.8 E OSS, and I think the in-body image stabilization of Pentax is probably inferior to lens-based.)

And while the 16mp sensor of the F3 (same as the Nikon D7000 and D5100) suits me fine, it's also nice to see them going with the 20mp. Now if only Sony would quit going so cheap on the 460k LCD, and would allow you to use the command dial & not just the 4-way when selecting the active AF point, it would be really good.

3 upvotes
Marla2008
By Marla2008 (3 months ago)

Count me in on this one, to go along with the 7's successor. People tend to overlook the super useful built-in flash, superb sensor only previously accessible in the crappy A3000, Bionz X processor having probably more positive impact on AF speed than the useless PDAF. 430K screen is a bit lowish res, but quite acceptable, and we also get the new revamped menus, woo hoo. Over priced at launch, but street prices will take of that ;)

2 upvotes
Karroly
By Karroly (3 months ago)

Useless PDAF ? It depends what you do with your camera...
The biggest advantage of PDAF over CDAF is, when the lens is out of focus, the processor knows which direction to move the focusing group to. With CDAF, the processor has to move the focusing group back and forth to detect the maximum of contrast. So, even with the fastest processor, focusing will always be a little bit slower than with PDAF and jerky. It does not really matter when shooting stills of still subjects, but it does matter when shooting stills of fast-moving subjects (continuous/tracking AF) or when shooting video.

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Marla2008
By Marla2008 (3 months ago)

Except in real life scenarios (I have several NEX 7 and 6 units) I never saw any difference...

1 upvote
DT200
By DT200 (3 months ago)

Right, the Sony PDAF at this moment is useless. Focusing works the same for video (where PDAF is always disabled) as it does for images. In bright light there is almost no wobbling of focus. In low light both are slow and often start chaning focus the wrong way.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

" People tend to overlook the super useful built-in flash, superb sensor only previously accessible in the crappy A3000"

It is just as crappy as A3000, only no EVF at all, even the crappy one, or a possibility to use an external one.

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sarit
By sarit (3 months ago)

460k lcd at $600 ? Seems like Sony is getting more greedy.

1 upvote
d10694
By d10694 (3 months ago)

As an ex-Sony Nex and Alpha-77 owner, this just adds to the utter confusion regarding what is what, what will fit with what, APS-c, FF, numbering systems, what will survive, what will not survive, does Sony even care ? I don't. That's why I dumped Sony, individual cameras fine, as for range, direction and continuity, hopeless. At least with a 5D3 I know where I stand.

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Crixus
By Crixus (3 months ago)

Glad to see the NEX line still breathing, I couldn't care less about the confusing naming policy. I just want good quality products, thus waiting for the nex 6 and nex 7 replacements. Nex 3 never interested me, so... I wouldn't buy a5000 either.

My hopes for next NEX6'ish body: solid construction like NEX7, VF placed in the corner not on a hump; tri navi; quality touchscreen NOT RESISTIVE. The other components like sensor, menu, custom buttons, I'm sure will be an upgrade.

3 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (3 months ago)

So A5000 what will they call the nex-5 successor A6000? Nex-6 A7000 and NEX-7 A8000? Or will they go with A600 A700 and A80?

0 upvotes
captura
By captura (3 months ago)

Cheap, cheap, cheap in every way except the price. No hybrid PDAF, lower resolution screen and plastic body. Sony PLEASE bring back the NEX!

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

They did. It is just a NEX-3N with slightly higher-res sensor.

3 upvotes
More On
By More On (3 months ago)

Not a dealbreaker but what's with USB2 in 2014?

0 upvotes
ehisforadam
By ehisforadam (3 months ago)

Probably because USB 3.0 micro connects are pretty big for a camera where they're trying to keep size down.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

a3000, same thing but with EVF, sells for $280 with lens now. This thing should be $199.
Seems to me they are switching to Canon's naming scheme, where bigger numbers indicate LOWER level cameras? Or just totally lost their minds and mess with their buyers.
BTW, NEX-5t and 3N were the biggest Sony ILC sellers of 2013, it is their core.

7 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (3 months ago)

No. Since CANIKON is trying to brainwash us into believing larger is better, Sony intentionally does the opposite, smaller is better, therefore more expensive.

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kadardr
By kadardr (3 months ago)

NEX series gets abandoned. Nice learning about Sony.

2 upvotes
Eleson
By Eleson (3 months ago)

So, what did you learn?

1 upvote
Juraj Lacko
By Juraj Lacko (3 months ago)

It uses e mount even it is not called nex. Not a big deal to me really. But what snoy will achieve with this naming is confused buyer.

1 upvote
Eleson
By Eleson (3 months ago)

Actually, I think this will be clearer than the F/R/N/T-whatever naming that plauged the NEX series. Atleast I hope so.

But if a name change is to big to grasp for kadarkr, then of course it is a problem for him/her.

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (3 months ago)

But if a mature non-sarcastic comment in proper English is " to" big to grasp for @Eleson, then of course it is a problem for him/her...

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Eleson
By Eleson (3 months ago)

Wot?
Do you mean that my response wasn't a response with a similar sarcastic tone as the tone and (lack of) content from the OP?
Please explain!
As for proper English, I'll take that seriously when you write ONE sentence in my language. Correct or not.

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kadardr
By kadardr (3 months ago)

It means Sony left buyers with cognitive dissonance about an established brand, plus they also left behind a lot of investment in NEX image etc. In strategic marketing it is more than a sin: it is a serious mistake. Confused buyer may leave the system altogether. Anyway, I will.

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Greynerd
By Greynerd (3 months ago)

It is a pity they did not make the camera a bit higher to match the lens. There is still that traditional Nex look of a camera designed by creative people sipping cappuccino in a artistic design studio coupled with a lens designed by a team in a converted Bavarian lager canning factory.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

" The versatile new Sony a5000 camera (model ILCE-5000) is the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera to feature the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity.1"

Of course they lie, Panasonic GM1 is smaller, lighter and has WiFi.

7 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (3 months ago)

Yes, Pana is smaller in all, also in the sensor.

9 upvotes
antares103
By antares103 (3 months ago)

and see the "1" that you quoted. it is a footnote indicator. The footnote explains that it is among APSC cameras. So. not a lie.

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Ulfric M Douglas
By Ulfric M Douglas (3 months ago)

Using a footnote to link to extra information not available in the initial statement : LIE, but technically allowed ... by slimy lying gits.
Although, is the GM1 lighter? Personally I do not like cameras that feel 'lightweight', despite their size.

0 upvotes
klopus
By klopus (3 months ago)

@Shamael - Yes, GM1 sensor is smaller but so are lens

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (3 months ago)

@klopus Not the 42.5. It's bigger and also more expensive too ;)

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (3 months ago)

Of course I just got a 3n weeks before the replacement. Still at almost twice as much I'll just enjoy the 3n for a year then pick up one of these when they are on clearance next year.

Power zoom ... slow? Yes but as a dad with kids having an APS-C sensor with a nice zoom range that I can operate one handed (including zoom) is priceless. Love it.

Wow ISO 100????? Maybe there is hope sony will enable this in the 3n after it is discontinued and no longer a threat to pricier models?

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boogieboogie
By boogieboogie (3 months ago)

You expect sony to support previous models with updates. Ha! dream on!!

1 upvote
Miwok
By Miwok (3 months ago)

A new NEX-3 with ISO-100 and possibility of Remote control... COOL!
Now, just need to wait than the price goes a little bit down.

2 upvotes
Diopter
By Diopter (3 months ago)

The 16 - 50 "power" zoom is a big mistake: slow, noisy, imprecise and power consuming. No hood provided.
It should not be offered with the successor of the NEX 5 or at least "regular" 18 - 55 should be an equal option..
That is what I know for sure.

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bigstu
By bigstu (3 months ago)

So in summary: 29 -ve comments, 9 neutral (or information based) and 1 +ve because it's light enough to hang off a drone {thx Alan :) } But since cameras with an Android OS and SIM would be better for remote control that leaves a grand total of ZERO good things to say about this release.

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Zeisschen
By Zeisschen (3 months ago)

how is an android camera good/better for remote control, really just interested?
The positive thing is, this is a good sensor upgrade and WIFI functionality is important nowadays. The rest was already good in the previous model. Nobody is hurt buy an upgrade, it's there to attract new users, no need to upgrade for anyone who already owns a NEX.

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bigstu
By bigstu (3 months ago)

Android/iOS with a SIM enables phone/camera networking via the mobile 3G/4G/LTE network using a compatible phone app beyond the range of wireless. If a drone is airborne at distance you could still have zoom, shutter, exposure control via app-phone-3G network-camera w Android or iOS & SIM. All simpler to implement if you use an operating system and chipset that is already built around mobile communications.

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Eleson
By Eleson (3 months ago)

If lack of Android/iOS now is a reason to dismiss a camera, many cameras suddenly became obsolete.
Good thing is, if it is that important to you, you can still get a camera.

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bigstu
By bigstu (3 months ago)

With respect you haven't read the threads. If you did you would know that the discussion was tongue in cheek about a very specific application suggested in a post by Andy - that being the ability to be mounted to a drone and controlled at distance, most likely in built up areas serviced by a mobile network. In that very narrow application it is a no brainer to use established infrastructure for communication and control beyond the limits of wi-fi. Have a great day, enjoy the ride.

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bigstu
By bigstu (3 months ago)

No hot shoe/acc.mnt. (pop-up only 4m?), no viewfinder, no mic socket, no speaker (AT ALL??) - No audience, no sales. Why did they bother? I hope they write to purchasers of a NEX-5T in the last 3 months to apologise. So much for 24MP++ NEX-7 successor rumours. a7 & a7R are too expensive to find a market and this is too under spec'ed to find a market either. Any person keen enough to gather a few primes will out grow this camera almost immediately and the needs of those that don't are better met by the latest Super zooms w Zeiss guts. Bad product overlap. Sony don't need directors in charge of camera types who think success is expanding their range to impractical uses, they need directors of market segments delivering the best products with greatest practicality and value. Proof of this is the way the recent dpReview shootouts were structured. C'mon Sony, give me something to buy!

6 upvotes
roomnoxii
By roomnoxii (3 months ago)

um.. this is the nex-3 successor.

7 upvotes
Gorpalm
By Gorpalm (3 months ago)

Totally the 3n successor - Saw the article and said to self, Hang On, that's my dinky 3n, which of course at the time was billed as "the smallest interchangeable lens camera w APSC sensor" - Now add "...with wifi and nfc". Their refresh rate seems to have stepped up, I bought the newly launched 3n in March '13.

0 upvotes
bigstu
By bigstu (3 months ago)

um.. my point exactly.

0 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (3 months ago)

20 mp? new sensor!

0 upvotes
Zeisschen
By Zeisschen (3 months ago)

A3000 sensors, good one.

http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Sony-A3000-review-Entry-level-body-high-performance-sensor/Sony-A3000-sensor-performance-Leading-edge-performance

4 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (3 months ago)

Thanks for the link. ;)

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

A58 sensor, only no semitransparent mirror to rob it of light.

0 upvotes
kirintea
By kirintea (3 months ago)

It is smallest and lightest ASP-C camera, but not smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera, Panasonic GM1 is smaller and lighter...

4 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (3 months ago)

And Pentax Q is even smaller. So what?

2 upvotes
Peter 1745
By Peter 1745 (3 months ago)

Panasonic GM1 is smaller than the Q7
Check out the image comparison here:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-dmc-gm1/4

5 upvotes
jennyrae
By jennyrae (3 months ago)

bigger mp resolution,but crippled again. very uninspiring.

0 upvotes
ozgoldman
By ozgoldman (3 months ago)

It's not an A it's an a. How confusing.

2 upvotes
Thorgrem
By Thorgrem (3 months ago)

It's an Alpha without an Alpha mount.... It has a higher number (and sits higher in the line?) than the A3000 but lacks EVF. It is called the A5000 but isn't the successor of the NEX-5 series but the successor of the NEX-3 series.

O joy, Sony is really messing up with it's type numbers. And I think it will get worse when the other NEX camera's will be replaces by Axxxx types.

6 upvotes
captura
By captura (3 months ago)

They were all Alphas all along. Even the late lamented NEX models had an Alpha symbol on the body.

3 upvotes
greypixelz
By greypixelz (3 months ago)

This alpha bs is getting a bit tiring. It's clear they are using it to confuse the users. The fact they made the a5000 similar in look to the NEX 5 series shows intention on sony's part to confuse the new adopters. Wonder what they will call the NEX 5 line now.
Is the 20Mp sensor better than the 16Mp sensor in terms of dynamic range and noise performance?

2 upvotes
Tahir Hashmi
By Tahir Hashmi (3 months ago)

*I jumped the trigger. Never mind.*

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (3 months ago)

I think they merged NEX-5 and NEX-3 lines to become a5000.

2 upvotes
greypixelz
By greypixelz (3 months ago)

@new boyz: that would be truly awful.

1 upvote
Zeisschen
By Zeisschen (3 months ago)

it's clearly a NEX-3 successor, NEX-5 has better specs (FPS, Display, metal body etc). But the sensor seems to be on par.

DXO-mark:
"Compared against other Sony models, the color depth matches that of the earlier full-frame Alpha 900, as well the current NEX-6. DR is slightly better than the full-frame A900 and A850 DSLRs but marginally behind current Alpha SLTs and NEX APS-C mirrorless models. Without the SLT beam splitter, low light capabilities remain on a par in real world terms with the more expensive NEX-6 and NEX-5T. "

2 upvotes
captura
By captura (3 months ago)

It's more like a NEX-F3 successor, with a lower resolution screen Similar all-plastic body but flimsier/lighter. Low light good but with no hybrid PDAF in the sensor, it should be slower focusing than the 5R, 5T and 6 NEX models.

0 upvotes
antares103
By antares103 (3 months ago)

"The fact they made the a5000 similar in look to the NEX 5 series shows intention on sony's part to confuse the new adopters."

If one was a new adopter, would you be confused by the similar looks to an old model you would not be familiar with, since you are a new adopter?

0 upvotes
greypixelz
By greypixelz (3 months ago)

@anatres103: Well, I look at it this way...
1)new adopter buys camera without going into the history of the mount.
2)new adopter looks at camera and compares with former NEX models observing it looks "identical" to the NEX 5 series further associating the 5 in the 5000.

Let's keep in mind that both the A3000 and now A5000 are aimed especially at new adopters; the former to attract those more geared towards dSLR-shaped bodies and the latter for those looking for a more compact form.
Let me put this one out there: is it an accident the F3 was released at the same time the NEX7 was making headlines?

1 upvote
Xentrax
By Xentrax (3 months ago)

What type of menu does it have? NEX or RX?

0 upvotes
greypixelz
By greypixelz (3 months ago)

Supposedly, it has the RX-type menu.

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (3 months ago)

It's not an RX-type menu, it's Alpha A-mount type menu. RX inherited A-mount menus just like new NEXes do.

0 upvotes
Xentrax
By Xentrax (3 months ago)

Yes, but RX menu is not that convenient as A65's or A580's let alone A700's. A700's FN button full screen menu + wheel(s) allowed very fast setting modification.

0 upvotes
nickthetasmaniac
By nickthetasmaniac (3 months ago)

Take care to read footnote #1 - this is NOT the smallest or lightest interchangeable lens camera...

4 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (3 months ago)

Their statement is incredibly misleading.

5 upvotes
SunnyFlorida
By SunnyFlorida (3 months ago)

It's the lightest amognst APS-C cameras, that's what the foot note states

6 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (3 months ago)

With those low specs, this seems more like a NEX-3 replacement rather than NEX-5 replacement. Low res LCD, 1/4000 shutter, 1/160 X-Sync, all what you get from the bottom of the range DSLRs these days. No mention of shooting speed either. Would made more sense to call this the a3000

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

a3000 is already out, and it has EVF in addition to everything this thing has. And is sold for something like $280 with lens now. This thing, without EVF, should be like $199.

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (3 months ago)

this is a bottom of the range camera, the 20 mpix replacement for the NEX3, and there is nothing extra on it, a cheap camera for tourists with an amazingly good sensor. If you need higher specs, wait the new models to come, there will be new types Nex6 and Nex7 like and they all will come insimple and in R type as well. I need a NEX-7 or A7 type camera with this 20 mpix sensor. The NEX-7 24mpix is a top sensor, but lacks clean shots beyond 400 ISO, and somewhat better skills, let's say up to 3200 Iso would be nice, A58 performs here quiet good. Also, I hope to see 1/8000 coming.

0 upvotes
captura
By captura (3 months ago)

Even my original NEX-3 camera has a 920,000 pxl resolution screen, compared to this one's 460,000.

1 upvote
Pdf Ninja
By Pdf Ninja (3 months ago)

I hope the A6000 will have a hot shoe, or an accessory port like the one on the NEX-5 series, which can accept a wireless flash trigger.

0 upvotes
Rob Sims
By Rob Sims (3 months ago)

Assume as this is CDAF only this could be the same sensor as from the A3000 - not necessarily a bad thing as it's one of the best APS-C sensors on the market currently... despite being placed in Sony's most entry level mirrorless.

Would be interesting to see what sensors the NEX-6/7 replacements will end up using... and anyone willing to hazard a guess as to what bizarre naming convention Sony will come up with for them?

0 upvotes
Anfernee Cheang
By Anfernee Cheang (3 months ago)

I don't like aXXXX. I like NEX-XX
I don't like 460K LCD.
I don't like no touch screen.
I don't like no scroll wheel.
I don't like USB 2.0.
I don't like no in body IS.
I don't like no all of above but price is still high.
I don't like no replacement for F20AM flash with new shoe.
I don't like Sony made NO innovation, made NO step forward.

Sony made no innovation, it doesn't mean the world come to the end, but means I need to wait more time.

I am using NEX-6.
I am using NEX-C3.
I am using 1018, 1650, 18200, 35/1.8
I want 85/1.8
I want 1650/2.8
I want 70300G
I want more and more and more.

Sigh.....................

11 upvotes
Zeisschen
By Zeisschen (3 months ago)

it's the entry level NEX-3 successor, you can stay happy with your NEX-6.

4 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (3 months ago)

You don't like this because:

It has no touch screen? Your cameras have no touch screen.
It has no IBIS? Your cameras have no IBIS
It has USB 2.0? Your cameras have USB 2.0
Which replacement of the F20AM? This flash is available in ALL the Sony shoes.
No innovation? This is the entry model, it gets 'trickle down' features.
I just do not get people... I really don't.

Sigh......................

6 upvotes
antares103
By antares103 (3 months ago)

So, does every camera need to be an upgrade to what you already have?

0 upvotes
Anfernee Cheang
By Anfernee Cheang (3 months ago)

Come on guys, you can't read my point. I want Sony to become stronger. Since 6 years ago I switched all gears to Sony because I can see his future VS Nikon and Canon. I want everything improved from Sony. Some basic features should not go back. Is 921K LCD special? Is touch screen special? Is USB 3.0 special? Not at all...... Is IBIS special? Even the lowest grade a37 equips with it. What's the reason of degrading on all these, with the fact that price does not drop?

For that replacement of F20AM, come on, adapter is a work around, not a solution, OK? Sony changed the hot shoe for a period of time already. I totally agreed that it should be changed because new hot shoe can provide more functionalities. But Sony should make responsible move on providing sufficient products, right?

To be frank, what I said is not my business. I am going to switch to A7R soon. But again, I WANT EVERYTHING IMPROVED, SONY!! DO YOU HEAR ME?

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (3 months ago)

Sony couldn't have shouted any louder that they are feeling the competition from the low end of Samsung's NX series (NX1100/NX2000)...
surprising, coming from Sony, that they would so blatantly acknowledge the legitimacy of a competitor's product (especially Samsung, of all), right down to matching the resolution (setting aside the 16mo and 24mp sensors they already use in the nex lineup).

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 11 minutes after posting
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Zeisschen
By Zeisschen (3 months ago)

the sensor is out since last summer in A3000 entry level body, nothing to do with Samsung.

here is what DXO-Mark writes about it the sensor:

"Compared against other Sony models, the color depth matches that of the earlier full-frame Alpha 900, as well the current NEX-6. DR is slightly better than the full-frame A900 and A850 DSLRs but marginally behind current Alpha SLTs and NEX APS-C mirrorless models. Without the SLT beam splitter, low light capabilities remain on a par in real world terms with the more expensive NEX-6 and NEX-5T."

5 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (3 months ago)

It's always about Samsung with you. Sony haven't 'copied' one damn thing from them. 'Blatant acknowledgement of competition'... Sure, whatever.

5 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (3 months ago)

Samsung? Hahahahaha. Sony doesn't give a crap about Samsung. NOONE IN A WHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY WORLD cares what Samsung does.
Stop living in a world of illusions.

8 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (3 months ago)

This sensor is almost a year old, first seen in A58, not A3000. I bet it s the cheap 12-bit one.

0 upvotes
DaveE1
By DaveE1 (3 months ago)

@Timmbits : Being a Samsung fanboy is a thankless job. I don't envy you, but fair play for giving it a go if the mood moves you. lol

5 upvotes
mario GTI
By mario GTI (3 months ago)

I thought A5000 will be a nicer version of the A3000

4 upvotes
reenc
By reenc (3 months ago)

pretty much the same as Nex-3N but with a huge increase in the price

5 upvotes
captura
By captura (3 months ago)

It's a cheap plastic camera. No way as good as the NEX -5N/R/T. About like an F3, with a better sensor, but no PDAF.

1 upvote
BlueBomberTurbo
By BlueBomberTurbo (3 months ago)

Sigh. Waiting for a6000...

5 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (3 months ago)

This is CES, Sony historically announces their most basic camera equipment at this show. I'm sure they'll drop a bomb in summer.

3 upvotes
wherearemyshorts
By wherearemyshorts (3 months ago)

now to go even lighter, no sensor, plastic, metal or anything

zero ounces.

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