The Sony a5000 was introduced in March 2014. It features a 20.1 megapixel APS-C sensor and weighs 255.5 grams with battery and memory card. The Sony a5000 is an entry level mirrorless camera from Sony trying to bridge the gap between point-and-shoot and full featured mirrorless. The most annoying thing about this camera for me is the zoom switch. Sony must have assumed most people purchasing this camera would not change out the kit lens that uses this feature. The only redeeming quality about the zoom switch it’s use when zooming in to pixel peep on the back LCD.
The camera does not have a viewfinder. The LCD is ok but can be hard to see in direct sunlight. Video quality is not great and I would only recommend this camera for Youtube or vlogging if you are on an extremely tight budget. I would recommend stepping up to the a5100 for an entry level camera for video. The flip up back LCD screen is very convenient and will allow you to take a selfie or to see if you are in frame when recording video.
This entry level mirrorless camera takes good photos and is just right for a family on a budget. If your budget is tight, picking up this camera used may be a smarter option as it is priced very close to the Sony a5100 and Sony a6000 brand new. If you already own this camera you should get out and start taking photos. This camera is very capable and suits a beginner well.
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