Sony launches the SonyAlpha5000 – world’s lightest interchangeable-lens digital camera + built in Wi-Fi & NFC

Sony launched the A5000 recently and I’m one of the first few to take home a unit for play. 🙂

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The A5000 offers DSLR-style quality and creative power without weighing the user down. At 210g (minus lens), the A5000 is a serious step up from ordinary point-and-shoot cameras.
This baby puts pro-style picture quality in a beautifully designed body complete with the handgrip re-styled for sure, steady handling.
Its compact body also accommodates a built-in flash; handy for dimly-lit scenes.


Appearance-wise the #sonyAlpha5000 would be easily mistaken for its predecessors of NEX bodies. But just like every NEX model upgrade, there are solid improvements on its features:

  • Large 20.1MP Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor for beautifully detailed images
  • 180° tiltable LCD screen for easy self-portraits
  • Light, compact body with pop-up flash
  • NFC and Wi-Fi for One-touch sharing/remote control with smartphones & tablets
  • Support for PlayMemories Camera Apps™ and additional Photo Creativity options

Specifications Sheet


Camera TypeInterchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens compatibilitySony E-mount lenses

Image sensor

TypeAPS-C type (23.2 x 15.4mm) “Exmor™” APS HD CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective)Approx. 20.1 megapixels

Recording system

(still image)

Recording formatJPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image quality modesRAW/RAW+JPEG/JPEG Fine/JPEG Standard
Picture Effect13 type: Posterisation (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration

Recording system (movie)

Recording formatAVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant;MP4

Recording system

Media“Memory Stick PRO Duo”/”Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”/”Memory Stick XC-HG Duo”/SD memory card/SDHC memory card/SDXC memory card

Focus system

TypeContrast-detection AF
Focus point25 points (contrast-detection AF)

Exposure control

Metering type1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)Still images: ISO100 to 16000, AUTO (ISO100 to 16000), Movies: ISO100 to 6400 equivalent, AUTO (ISO100 to 6400 equivalent)

LCD screen

Type7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT
Number of dots460,800 dots (total)
Field coverage100%
Adjustable angleUp by approx. 180 degrees


View on smartphone


Send to computer


View on TV



Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible,

One-touch remote, One-touch sharing

PlayMemories Camera Apps


DriveSpeed (approx., max.)Continuous mode: max. 2.5 fps
Speed Priority Continuous shooting: max. 3.5 fps
PowerStill imagesApprox. 420 images (CIPA standard)
Dimensions(W x H x D) excluding protrusionsApprox. 109.6mm x 62.8mm x 35.7mm
WeightApprox. 210g (body only)Approx. 269g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included)


Ok, enough on the specs. Let’s see some actual images that was taken so far with the Sony A5000, shall we? 🙂
Seriously, if you’re a semi pro or pro, the possibilities are endless.
For the novice, the camera’s sensor and technology would provide you with the ability to snap fabulous images even on Auto mode.

This image got me runner up in the bloggers’ competition event last week. Too bad there weren’t any prizes for runner ups! 🙁

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I was thinking of submitting this one as well. But we were only allowed to submit ONE image.

What do you think? Is this image better than the earlier one?

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From inside the window pane of our room in Carcosa Seri Negara I was trying to capture the squirrel on the tree. Not sure if you could see it?
The moving squirrel was a challenge, but the swift auto focus of the A5000 did help.

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I love this image too. The clarity is amazing isn’t it?

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Here’s one that we took using one of the Picture Effects mode.
*Unique to Sony, Photo Creativity puts intuitive control over settings like Picture Effect and Background Defocus within everyone’s reach. Press a button and use the control wheel to instantly see the effect of picture adjustments on the LCD screen, with an on-screen description to guide less experienced photographers.

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I will be holding on my Sony Alpha 5000 for the next few weeks. Holla me if you’re interested for a photoshoot alright? Portrait, food, landscape. Anything goes! 🙂

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The Sony Alpha 5000/Sony α5000/α5000 interchangeable lens digital camera from Sony will be available in Malaysia from mid of February 2014 in pink, white and black. Co-ordinating beautifully with the 5000, the versatile SEL55210 (E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS) telephoto zoom lens will be available for twin lens package along with SEL1650 in matching black finish only.