Sony A5000 Review | with Video Footage Test and Picture Test

Sony Alpha A5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera Review with Video and Picture test. The link to the Sony Alpha A5000:
In our review of the Sony Alpha A5000 Camera we look at video quality, build quality, image quality and usability.

The newer sibling of A5000, the Sony Alpha A5100:

Link to some useful accessories for the Sony Alpha A5000 Mirrorless Camera:

Sony A5000 Battery and charger kit:

Sony A5000 Case:

Today we’re looking at Sony Alpha A5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera. This part of Sony’s Alpha line of mirrorless cameras that crams a very large sensor into an extremely compact camera body.

Before we take a closer look at the Sony A5000, I want to show you just how compact this camera is, as compared to an entry-level DSLR, in this case, the Canon T5i. And as you can see its extremely compact. The canon has its stock 18-55mm kit lens while the Sony Alpha A5000 has a 16-50mm kit powerzoom lens. And the most impressive part about the Sony is that it has the same exact size sensor as the APS-C sensor on the canon. The Powerzoom lens on the sony A5000 has a zoom rocker button on the side with manual focus controls on the front. The lens mount is made from metal and covers the 20.1 MP APS-C sensor. The Sony Alpha A5000’s grip isn’t very deep, but is pretty comfortable, considering the weight and compactness of this camera. And because of its low weight, you can also shoot single handed.

The buttons on the top are pretty well laid out and easy to access. There’s a dedicated movie record button, a main on-off button that hinges on the shutter button, which is surrounded by the zoom toggle button. It has a pop-up flash which can be adjusted to vary the flash bounce angle and a pair of stereo microphones on the left and right of it.

On the rear face of the Sony Alpha A5000, you have a Thumbrest, next to the Menu button, a control dial with a selector button in the middle and buttons for playback and image deletion on the bottom. The 3.0” LCD screen isn’t the best and is probably one of the A5000’s biggest drawbacks. The resolution is much lower than the screens on some of its competitors and even its newer sibling the Sony Alpha A5100. This makes composing images a bit more difficult. Its usable, but Sony could definitely have done a better job. The screen isn’t a touchscreen and does not articulate fully. It does however flip up for selfies and vlogs, which is actually pretty useful.

The right hand edge has a flip-open door that conceals a full sd card slot, a micro-hdmi and micro-usb port, which can also be used to charge the battery. The Sony Alpha A5000 does not come with a standalone charger. As for batteries, we do recommend getting an aftermarket charger to be able to pull the battery out of the camera and charge it. This lets you swap out batteries while your first battery charges. The battery life is pretty impressive, so you might not be needing all that many spares. There’s also a ¼-20 female tripod mount on the bottom.

The menus are all well laid out and navigation is pretty easy, even without a touchscreen. The buttons all have a good amount of tactile feel to them and the camera is very easy to operate overall.

The Sony Alpha A5000 can take upto 16MP stills in the JPEG format and can also store both the JPEG and RAW image simultaneously. And for folks looking to use still images directly in videos, the camera also has the ability to shoot stills in the 16:9 aspect ratio.

The large sensor size produces some extremely impressive images. The color reproduction is very accurate, pictures are correctly exposed and the kits lens is surprisingly sharp, as you can see in these test shots. A really good camera for both beginners and pros- the auto modes work really well for beginners and it also gives pros full manual control over exposure, white balance and focal points. The built-in panorama mode also works marvelously, producing some stunning wide-angle scenery shots.

So our overall thoughts about the Sony Alpha A5000? If you’re looking for an entry-level mirrorless camera, you just can’t get any better than the Sony Alpha A5000. It packs a huge sensor in an extremely compact body, takes impressive stills and video and is packed with features that will appeal to both casual users and seasoned pros. Definitely one of the best entry-level mirrorless cameras on the market. Hope this review was useful. If it was, please hit that LIKE button and subscribe for more reviews.


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38 thoughts on “Sony A5000 Review | with Video Footage Test and Picture Test

  1. In terms of video quality, what should do best. Akaso V50 Elite or this one? Mainly for daytime recording, where I just climb on a rock not higher than 5 meters. Exposure to sunlight would be important too. It's hard to compare both….

  2. i just received this camera and i am an idiot when it comes to camera, came here to see if it’s any good

  3. This camera is around 170-230 used on Ebay should I go for that? Also is there anyway to change out the mic? I'm new to cameras

  4. Thank you for considering photographs in this review! Almost every camera review I have found has been focused solely on vlogging and ignores photography altogether!

  5. I'm sony fan but mobile banau good look good future gatiya kisam ka look display body ratio sale karne nhi aatahe camera bananekeliye canon Nikkon he

  6. Sir I have this camera Sony a5100. It have a good low light videos but the main problem is with Sony a5100 is its very poor video stabilization. It makes so shaky videos. Even Sony HX 90V digital camera has very good video stabilization in low price but this camera don't have. Sir please ans my problem. What I can do.. Is there any setting in Sony a5100 to make smooth videos and stabilized videos. M waiting for your answer sir

  7. Nice review but i have a question. Im thinking about having a camera for my gaming channel, but i don't know if this camera can still record for atleast 30 mins? Can it?

  8. strange that nearly 4 years after this video I own 2 of these cameras and use the wifi capability all the time as the images are far superior to my Samsung S7 phone and only take seconds to transfer, in fact I sold my Sony A7 as I use the A5000 and an NEX5n more

  9. Is there a need for some Nd setting? I’ve never had to use it but my boyfriend says the song Nd don’t work for him now.

  10. When taking a photo does it take a few seconds or do I have it on timer? I can’t seem to work it out

  11. What's the lens that's on it? Im getting one without it so I need to buy a cheap yet good quality lens

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