Sony A5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black)

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Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (460,800)


Battery 1x NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.7VDC, 1080mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-PW20 (Optional)


Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.4" / 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm excluding protrusions
Weight 9.49 oz / 269 g with battery and memory card


Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Software System Requirements Windows: 7 (SP1), 8
Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
Continuous Shooting Up to 3.5 fps
Self Timer 10 sec, 2 sec
Number of Shots: 3-5

Kit Lens

Weight 4.09 oz (116 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.63 x 1.19" (66.7 x 30.2 mm)
Filter Thread Front:40.5 mm
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Diaphragm Blades 7
Elements/Groups 9/8
Magnification 0.215x
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Angle of View 83° - 32°
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Focal Length 16 - 50 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 75 mm


Pixels Actual: 20.4 Megapixel
Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
Dust Reduction System Yes
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Bit Depth 14-bit
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.2 x 15.4 mm
Max Resolution 20MP: 5456 x 3632

Focus Control

Autofocus Points Contrast Detection: 25
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)


Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 sec
Guide No. 13.12' (4 m) ISO100 
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Modes Auto
Rear Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Slow Sync

Exposure Control

Burst Rate Up to 3.5 fps at 20.1 MP for up to 15 frames
Up to 2.5 fps at 20.1 MP for up to 27 frames
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec, Bulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-16000

AV Recording

Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
1440 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Expert Reviews
22 May 2017

With its 20.1MP APS-C sensor and $$450 kit price, the Sony Alpha A5000 is a good option for those looking for a budget mirrorless camera. This would be an excellent move for those moving up from a point-and-shoot or smartphone, but aren’t looking for anything too complicated.

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    Very high-quality stills, Lightweight, good price, Selfie-shifting LCD screen

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    Slow burst speeds, Relatively low-quality LCD, no touch, 1080/60i video, not 60p

Camera labs.32824899
28 May 2014

The Alpha A5000 is an entry-level mirrorless camera that's aimed at anyone upgrading from a point-and-shoot camera or a smartphone. It goes head-to head with entry-level DSLRs, sporting a similarly-sized sensor and the chance to swap lenses, but unlike most DSLRs at this price point, adds an...

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    Excellent image quality., Low sensor noise levels., Compact, lightweight body., Articulated screen., Built-in Wifi with NFC., Downloadable apps.

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    No built-in viewfinder or optional accessory., No touch-screen., No hotshoe / accessory port., Very limited customisation options.

22 October 2014

Sony's A5000 aims to convince entry-level users to board the mirrorless train.

Trusted reviews.33834858
12 July 2014

The Sony A5000 is a very good everyday compact system camera that offers a lot for its entry-level price. It’s just a shame Sony has chosen to stick with a slightly underwhelming screen.

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    Great value for money, Improved Bionz-X processor, Wi-Fi/ NFC, Good metering and white balance

  • -

    Poor continuous AF, Disappointing LCD

17 June 2014

For an entry-level interchangeable-lens camera, the α5000 has a lot of advantages; it's small and light, takes nice-looking photos and movies and comes with a reasonably competent lens.

Expertreviews co uk.33706088
13 May 2014

The Sony A5000 doesn't bear the NEX brand, but we're relieved to see that Sony hasn't abandoned the technology that we've admired so much over the last four years. Sony is one of the few camera manufacturers to use an APS-C sensor in its compact system cameras (CSCs) – most other CSCs' sensors are...

Techradar uk.32817471
20 March 2014

An excellent buy for those looking for their first compact system camera. Image quality is good, handling is great and there's a good solid system for E Mount cameras.

Photography blog.34420874
18 March 2014

The new Sony A5000 is a rather modest refresh of last year's NEX-3N cameras, ditching the NEX branding, upgrading the image sensor and processor, and adding wi-fi and NFC connectivity, a better handgrip and the more intuitive Alpha menu system.

11 March 2014

The Sony Alpha A5000 is one of the more compact mirrorless cameras available with built in flash, particularly considering it has an APS-C CMOS sensor. For a smaller mirrorless camera you could have a look at the smaller sensor Nikon 1 series, or the Panasonic Lumix GM1 with Micro Four Thirds...

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    Comfortable to hold, Compact with 16-50mm lens, Good image quality and colour, DRO and HDR modes, Quick focus and shutter response, Sony PlayMemories Apps available, Wi-Fi and NFC, Low noise

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    Have to pay for additional features as "apps" that are free with other cameras: Time-lapse, Multiple-exposure, Multi Frame NR etc, Strong noise reduction

Amateur photographer.32822919
27 February 2014

As Sony looks to consolidate its cameras under the Alpha branding, the Sony Alpha 5000 arrives to replace the NEX-3N, adding Wi-Fi functionality, an improved image processor, and benefiting from its lightweight construction and portable size.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
20 April 2017

i'm an amateur photographer i got this camera because of how simple it looked to use. it's super lightweight and the quality is excellent. the photos upload to your smartphone fast and easy and keeps the quality. the flip-up LCD screen is my favorite feature and the battery last very long.

Abt electronics.32817785
2 October 2015

Amazing camera in all aspects, and great value. This is a product I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a transition form a point and shoot to a professional camera. My only concern is the lens cap should come with a string to attach to the camera so its not easily lost.

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    Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact

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    Limited Zoom

5 August 2017

This camera was purchased as a gift for a 13yr old boy who is fairly new at using a camera. His only experience is the camera on his cell phone. He really likes the video quality and says that the camera has a great mic too. He likes how easy it is to operate this camera as well.

5 July 2017

The camera is very glitchy. I used it for a work project and within two hours the lens froze and it was unusable. I will be returning it. Very disappointed.

Dp review.33575663
9 February 2017

nice enough camera for beginner but beware of the back screen it scratches unbelievably easily only kept it for a month used about five times took care of it as I do with all my cameras only to see the back screen getting really scatched up with very little use not impressed at all sold it at a...

3 weeks ago

Good camera, arrived quick.

3 weeks ago

I was pleasantly surprised how good the video quality was, and the pictures are also great

B h photo.32817553
3 weeks ago

Great, small camera for travel.

3 weeks ago

Quality is very good, photos are automaticaly done like a pro

3 weeks ago

Great little compact with excellent picture quality. Key feature I bought this for was the interchangeable lenses (You don't often get this at this price). Menu sytem takes some getting used to on any Sony.

Product Highlights
  • 20.1 Mp Exmor APS HD APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 3.0" 460.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Hand-held Twilight Mode and ISO 16000
  • 25-Point Contrast Detection Autofocus
  • Continuous Shooting up to 3.5 fps
  • Photo Creativity and Picture Effects
  • Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom Lens
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