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

Model #ILCE5000L/S

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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


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

Kit Lens

Angle of View 83° - 32°
Focal Length 16 - 50 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 24 - 75 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
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)


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

Focus Control

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


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

Exposure Control

Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec, Bulb Mode
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
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
What digital camera.32818507
11 May 2014

While the A5000 does feature a host of improvements on the camera it replaces – namely the NEX-3N – there are still areas at which it is slightly let down.

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    Wi-fi addition; Improved metering; Low price tag

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    Poor LCD screen; Noise reduction too aggressive at times

Camera labs.32824899
1 May 2014

The Sony A5000 is an upper entry-level compact system camera with a 20.1 Megapixel APS-C sensor. It replaces the NEX-3N, the company having now dropped the NEX label. Sony describes the A5000 as being the World's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with built-in Wifi - that's the case for...

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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.

13 May 2014

With its 20.1MP APS-C sensor and $499 kit price, the Sony Alpha A5000 is a no-brainer recommendation. This would be an excellent move for those of leaving the land of compacts for an interchangeable lens camera. That said the A5000 does have its limitations as we’ve detailed.

17 April 2014

The A5000 provides one of the easiest and most accessible routes to achieving more professional-looking shots for anyone upgrading from a smartphone. Gavin is a Macworld U.K. contributor who has written about digital photography since 1997 and was editor of a slew of photographic titles including...

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    Sharply detailed shots, Tilting LCD screen, Built-in flash

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    No viewfinder, No hotshoe

16 May 2014

Sony a5000 review: Sony’s beginner CSC adds Wi-Fi and a better processor, but is it enough? Find out in our Sony a5000 review video. The Sony a5000 was the fourth compact system camera from Sony to appear after the company decided to drop its NEX name for E-mount cameras.

22 October 2014

Sony's A5000 targets entry-level users for the mirrorless bandwagon.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
30 June 2015

I bought this for my 14 year old daughter thinking she might get bored with it so I could then use it as a back up to my Nikon gear.. so that finally happended and I find myself carrying the Sony around daily. Its light, easy to use and has great battery life.

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    Easy to Use, Good Battery Life, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Small / Compact

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    Lag / Shutter Delay

Rc willey.33726516
29 June 2015

Fast and reliable camera with great image quality and features. Basic lens is limited in it's ability to zoom, but it's great knowing we can purchase a different lens if needed. We're very happy with this purchase.

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    Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small/Compact

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    limited zoom with standard lens.

Review buydig com.33956271
2 March 2015

I love all the little extras but dig threw in with the camera. 3 different filters to choose from, a carrying bag, and microSB to hdmi cable, lens cleaning ♥♥♥♥, screen covers, a 32 gb memory card and more !

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    Amazing quality.

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    Hard to get used to. There are many different modes that will change your picture a lot. Also little settings to change make your picture a lot different.

29 December 2014

Great camera that takes awesome quality photos and has a ton of options. Purchased for my mom who is not the most tech savvy person but this cameras easy to use functions and large display screen and easy menus has her excited about photography and she can't put it down

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    Easy to use, quick to learn, great for entry level or people wanting a small powerful unit

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    No view finder, screen only aiming, which isn't so bad unless it's really bright outside or you catch a glare on the screen. Stock lens could use a little more zoom.

22 November 2015

Fantastic camera and I love that you can have a camera with a flip up lcd. It is great for the price and being you can find many lenses out there, it is tough to be for the price. Fantastic photos and great for picking up audio as well.

Trailspace com.33860555
13 August 2015

Great camera for backpacking! Not much heavier than my point-and-shoot, but takes pictures like an SLR.

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    Small, Lightweight, Dependable, Veratile

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    Not waterproof, Extra lenses add weight

23 December 2015

Excellent camera. Easy to learn. Great focus, fast shooting, good zoom, perfect skin tones. A light, compact yet powerful camera. It does everything I need.

Dp review.33575663
2 December 2015

I like my ilce-5000. Good choice. Light weight, easy use. With two battery pack I use to long time. Pix quality is very nice in this category. My ex cam a Sony HX300 is pure quality to my ilce5000. HX300 and a5000 dame are 20Mpixel.

16 June 2015

Much more lightweight camera than I anticipated! Excellent!

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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