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Sony ILCE5000L Compact System Camera with SEL-1650 Zoom Lens (20.1 MP, 180 Degrees Tiltable LCD, Wi-Fi and NFC) - Black
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- Refined images with BIONZ X processor
- 20.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and SEL-1650 lens
- 180 degrees tiltable LCD display screen
- Easy sharing with Wi-Fi and NFC
- Delivers the speed and capacity you need to capture 4K ultra HD video
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Sony ILCE5000L Compact System Camera with SEL-1650 Zoom Lens (20.1 MP, 180 Degrees Tiltable LCD, Wi-Fi and NFC ) - Black.
Micro USB cable
Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50)
AC-UB10 AC charger (in-camera charging via USB)
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20.1 MP Exmor HD APS sensor
Get detail and enlargements. Thanks to the large 20.1 megapixel APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution and DSLR quality images with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.
BIONZ X image processing engine
Expect high quality results with Sony’s processing engine: truer color rendering, better noise reduction and fast burst mode shooting.
Low light situations not a problem
Built-in pop-up flash in a compact camera body is appropriate when an extra burst of light is needed to get the shot. Combine with high ISO sensitivity - from 100 to 16000 ISO - to enable shooting in just about any setting.
Face detection/Smile shutter
Set the α5000 to recognise faces and smiles. Face Detection locates up to eight faces in a composition then adjusts exposure, white balance and other settings based on these faces. Smile Shutter — adjustable in three levels — automatically takes a shot when smiles in the scene are detected.
Full HD 1080/60i/24p or 1080/30p MP4 movies
Record high quality Full HD video in either 60i or 24p frames per second. Records in your choice of 60i/24p Blu-Ray quality AVCHD format or in PC-friendly 1080/30p MP4 format.
Convenient Power zoom lens w/ motor zoom lever and body control
A convenient zoom lever on the body of the camera allows for effortless one-handed operation and smooth zooming even when shooting self-portraits, bringing compact camera convenience to the realm of interchangeable-lens models.
Auto Object Framing fills the frame with your subject
Give your photos a professional look with Auto Object Framing. Featuring advancements like two-person portrait capability along with Face Detection and Tracking Focus, Auto Object Framing not only turns ordinary photos into stunning compositions but does so automatically recognising the scene then cropping accordingly.
Up to 420 Shots of battery life
Take up to 420 shots on a single charge with Sony lithium ion Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the per cent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.
Beautifully composed self-portraits made easy
The α5000’s tiltable LCD screen flips up 180 degree to make shooting self-portraits a snap. Include other people, experiment with interesting angles or shoot against famous landmarks. When you press the shutter, the camera does all the work.
|Sensor type||APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4 mm)||APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm)||APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm) Exmor CMOS sensor||APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6 mm) Exmor CMOS sensor|
|Megapixels||20.1 MP||24.3 MP||24.3 MP||Approximately 24.2 MP|
|ISO sensitivity||ISO 100–16000||ISO 100–25600||ISO 100–25600||Still images: ISO 100-25600 (expandable to 51200), AUTO (ISO 100-6400, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 100-25600 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 100-6400 equivalent, selectable lower limit and upper limit)|
|Maximum continuous shooting speed||3.5 fps (in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting mode)||11 fps (in High Continuous shooting)||6 fps (in High Continuous shooting)|
|Movie recording mode||AVCHD 2.0 / MP4||AVCHD 2.0 / MP4||AVCHD 2.0 / MP4 / XAVC S||XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4|
|Screen type||3.0 inch wide type TFT LCD||3.0 inch wide type TFT LCD||3.0 inch wide type TFT LCD||7.5 cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT|
|Viewfinder||Viewfinder 0.39 inch -type electronic viewfinder (color)||XGA OLED, 1.0 cm (0.39 type) electronic viewfinder (colour)|
|Battery life (Still shooting)||Up to 420 shots||Up to 360 shots||Up to 400 shots||Approximately 350 shots (viewfinder) / Approximately 400 shots (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)|
|Wireless and network capabilities||Downloadable Camera Apps, NFC One-touch functionality, Wi-Fi||Downloadable Camera Apps, NFC One-touch functionality, Wi-Fi||Downloadable Camera Apps, NFC One-touch functionality, Wi-Fi||NFC One-touch functionality|
|Interfaces||Multi/Micro USB Terminal||Multi Interface Shoe, Multi/Micro USB Terminal||Multi / Micro USB Terminal, PC remote|
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As this is an extremely long review, here is a shortlist of pros and cons. Continue reading for a more in-depth look and comparison. I've added headings to make it easy to get to the parts you care about
Lightweight and slim
Image quality is fantastic compared to smartphones and high MP makes it suitable for cropping and large prints
Software helps teach the user about it's different functions and has lots of features to make shooting photos easier
Flip up screen for selfies
NFC and Wi-Fi Connectivity for easy photo transfer on the go
Budget price with a premium feature set
No hot shoe
More expensive lenses compared to DSLR equivalents
A closer look at the A5000;
Mirrorless Benefits and Connectivity:
The mirrorless nature of the camera makes it extremely light and sleek which i adore. After using this as my main camera for the previous 2 months I can't go back to the bulky and heavy DSLR. The connectivity features are fantastic too, making it easy to transfer photos whether you're home or away. Wi-Fi and NFC make it a breeze to quickly transfer a image or 3 to my smartphone mere seconds after taking the photo while Micro USB makes it convenient to plug into a computer and mass copy photos I've taken for more serious post-processing. The Canon 1100d on the other hand uses an outdated Mini-USB which I lost the cable for and thus forces me to have to directly plug the SD card into a PC whereas i have countless Micro USB cables which work without a hitch on the A5000 and it had no way to transfer photos off the device without the use of a desktop or laptop over wireless signals.
The benefits of being able to quickly transfer photos to a smartphone in a day and age where you're constantly sharing your life on social media and the device using up-to-date standards for inputs/outputs can't be understated in my opinion.
Image Quality and Kit Lens:
Image quality is fantastic. All the details of are person's face are beautifully captured in portrait photos and this applies to close up nature shots too. My Xperia Z5 Compact has more megapixels yet this blows it out of the water when you crop and view the finer details. The phone's camera produces over-sharpened images and finer details like text becomes a mess but the A5000 remains crystal clear in all aspects regardless of how far you zoom in. So there's definite advantages to picking up a budget camera like this for your holiday photos vs using your mobile phone.
Comparing this to my Canon 1100d is a bit more difficult. Personally i can't see much of a difference between the two however due to the raw pixel count advantage of the Sony a5000 I'm sure this would be better if you are intending to crop your photos or use them for large canvas prints and the like, you can't really go wrong with either camera if you're just seeking good image quality. One advantage I would give to the 1100d is that I've personally found that it produces more "professional" and deeper colours where as the Sony A5000 has more muted and natural tones (possibly due to different processing methods between the cameras? I'm not sure why).
The kit lens for the A5000 is identical to the one on the A6000 and i would call it an adequate jack of all trades. It's autofocus is fast (if sometimes a bit finicky in dim light scenes or attempting to attain focus on small focal points) and can produce sharp results, It's widest focal length is wide enough for a group selfie photo of 3-4 people while holding the camera at arms length and the 50mm focal length is just about enough for any casual usage cases where zoom is necessary and the highest f-stop of 3.5 is just enough to get some decent low light shots and depth of field in your photos. It's without a doubt a good starting point and very versatile but if you specifically want to be taking bokeh filled portraits or wildlife photography then you'd be wise to look at lenses with higher apertures and higher levels of zoom.
Software and Shooting Modes:
The menus for the A5000 are somewhat cluttered and it takes a moment to learn where each option is and what buttons serve what functions however once you've learnt them they become extremely powerful tools. There's a vast array of options to optimize your shooting, recording and focusing experience such as zebra and peaking lines to help with adjusting brightness and focusing and an option to have the screen zoom in while you adjust focus so you can more clearly whether or not the subject is in focus. Panorama and HDR modes also make an appearance which takes out some of the more experienced post-processing knowledge needed for wide landscape shots or getting the perfect balance of contrast and brightness for your shot among other neat functions.
I would describe the interface as very "smartphone-y" and the camera also has a dedicated help button to bring up a text box describing what each settings means and does, which made it easy to come to terms with. However the Canon confused me for the longest time with the way you'd have to awkwardly press and hold one button then scroll a wheel and so on to change any of the settings and offered no explanation to what things mean. The Canon is in no way difficult to use and long time camera users would feel right at home however if you're just starting out in the world of photography then be prepared for a lot of manual consulting and googling.
If you're more interested in the prospect of using the camera as a point-and-shoot rather than tinkering with individual settings then this works superbly for that too. The A5000 has the usual array of modes designed for different situations; Shutter Priority for reducing blur on fast moving subjects, Aperture Priority for non-moving subjects and a heavy depth of field and so on, along with also having scene selection modes for night shots and portraits etc. There's 2 auto modes, one which intelligently picks a shooting and scene mode and a 2nd one which adds extra processing for noise and blur reduction. One important thing to mention on the subject of shooting modes is that the A5000 has no mode dial physically on the device where as the Canon does. This may bother some but personally i found it just as quick and easy to press the middle button on the Sony to go straight to the shoot mode menu as it is to swap modes on the dial.
Possibly the biggest selling point of the Sony A5000 is the flip up screen which is absolutely excellent for self portraits and group photos, it takes away absolutely all guess work of awkwardly pointing a camera at yourself and hoping the framing and exposure is correct and by default the camera auto-enables a shutter timer when the screen is flipped up. The hinge seems sturdy and so shouldn't fail or come loose and the screen wont ever flip up on it's own as it sort of clicks into place when pushed down to keep it secured. There's no viewfinder so the screen is the only way to line up your shot which has led to some complaints of it being difficult to take photos in bright daylight however I've yet to have any issues seeing the screen, at least when it's set to 'Sunny Weather' brightness.
The live view is excellent as it overlays the shutter speed, aperture and ISO over the top of the video feed and allows you to directly alter the values without having to go into any menus and it updates in real time so you always know what effect you're having on the image while changing the settings. This helps immensely as someone new to photography due to being able to see how different options affects the final image where as on the Canon 1100d there was constant guess work involved of changing values, taking a photo, seeing the outcome and then tinkering further. I'm sure as an experienced photographer this doesn't matter too much as you'd have a good understanding of what settings to use under different circumstances but it's definitely helpful for beginners.
This is another area where the A5000, and mirrorless cameras as a whole, tends to come under fire. It is true that battery life is particularly weak compared to something like a DSLR but in all honesty it's unlikely you'll be away from home for so long that the battery will run dry on you. (I think i once left the house for around 6 hours and came back with around 35-50% but it's been a while so take that with a grain of salt as i may be wrong). If you're a more serious photographer that goes on long trips and lengthy hikes to find the perfect photo spots then chances are you'll be packing extra batteries with you regardless of if you're using a DSLR or Mirrorless camera and if you're going to be out for a good whole day then it would be smart to buy something like a 5200mAh portable charger for very little money so that you can keep topping it up in the down time between photos (bare in mind that the camera cant charge while its turned on)
Disadvantages and missing features:
Unfortunately there are a decent amount of features cut back on this device so that it doesn't come too close in competition to it's older brother, the A6000. For one there's no hot shoe for external microphones, flashes or a OLED viewfinder which won't bother casual photographers but it may be a problem for more serious hobbyists or people looking to record video. Another cutback for people looking to use this for video is that it doesn't support Sony's newer video codec (XAVCS) and it doesn't support 60fps. 60i is an option but it's not quite as fluid as a progressive scan and has some nasty side effects of ghosting.
Also the E-Mount this camera uses means that lenses tend to be a lot more expensive than alternatives you can find for Canon DSLR's so that's also something to bare in mind.
You may notice that there are other cameras available on the market with similar model names such as the A5100, A6000 & A6300; all of which are upgraded models which are available at a higher cost. The A6000 & A6300 has the same type of sensor, but offers a lot more settings and extra ease of access customisable buttons plus control wheels and not to forget the multi-interface shoe which all are very handy indeed, though doesn't have the 180° flip screen. They all have their own perks, so if you are willing to splash out some extra cash, compare the different features to get the one tailored more to your needs.
The main features for the A5000 which make it an ideal camera to have is the following:
∙ 20.1MP APS-C Type Sensor.
∙ 180° Flip Screen (Great for selfie lovers or vloggers).
∙ Pop-Up Flash.
∙ Applications to assist with certain tasks (Available from the 'Playmemories Camera Apps' store: Some are free and others not).
∙ Compact & Lightweight.
∙ Compatible with a wide variety E-mount lenses.
♦ Box Contents ♦
∙ A5000 Camera.
∙ SELP1650 Lens (already attached to the camera).
∙ Body & Lens Cap.
∙ Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50).
∙ Micro USB cable.
∙ AC Charger.
∙ Shoulder Strap.
♦ Must Buys & Optional Extras ♦
A Memory Card (SD card) is a MUST! So make sure you grab one during purchase. I would recommend one with a decent capacity and read/write speed.
- Optional Accessories:
∙ Screen protector - If you scratch your screen, you're going to be annoyed you didn't get one sooner, so don't risk it.
∙ 40.5mm UV Filter - This screws onto the lens and offers good protection; it's easier cleaning a filter than lens, plus easier to replace a cracked UV filter than a lens also.
∙ Spare Battery (Official) - The price of the official batteries are stupidly high, so if too much, there are third party versions available, just use at your own risk (If using a non-official battery and something goes wrong because of it, it voids the warranty).
∙ Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod - Three of my friends and myself own this mini tripod, it's just so handy to have. Not only can you place it down on surfaces, when all legs are clamped in, it provides a very nice way to hold the camera sturdily (great when filming).
∙ Carry Case - I bought a generic one from my local supermarket, so am unable to recommend one here on Amazon.
- Optional Lenses:
Bare in mind that the APS-C sized sensor has a crop factor of "1.5", so if you're buying a lens which is a 50mm, you are actually a getting 75mm equivalent to a full-framed (35mm) sensor camera.
Now, the kit-lens that comes with this camera is actually very good for wide angle shots to tighter shots and can deliver sharp results; in-fact I think many people will be happy with the kit-lens, but if you want that little bit more, then an additional lens may be warranted.
- Here are some of my favourites:
∙ SEL30M35 (30mm F/3.5 Macro Prime Lens) - 45mm equivalent. If you want to get super close to subjects such as flowers and actually be able to focus, then this lens is needed. Although the minimum focus distance if stated as 9.5cm, I have focused MUCH closer. It can also take decent landscape shots that aren't of a wide angle.
∙ SEL50F18 (50mm F/1.8 Prime Lens - Being equivalent to 75mm, you will find yourself having to move further back from your subjects to get everything in frame, however can deliver some amazing portrait shots. With the 1.8 aperture, you can achieve an amazing level of shallow depth of field (very blurred background) and is decent in low-lighting conditions.
∙ SEL35F18 (35mm F/1.8 Prime Lens - Probably my most favourite lens for the APS-C size sensor cameras. This lens is equivalent to a 52.5mm, has a minimum focus distance of 30cm and has a wide aperture for better quality low-light shots. It was a lens I took with me most of the time. Only downside is the price is more premium to the previous ones just mentioned.
∙ SEL55210 (55-210mm F/4.5-6.3 Telephoto Zoom Lens - Equivalent to 82.5-315mm, this lens is going to give you much more reach for subjects afar. Obviously due to it's focal length, the lens is much longer in size.
♦ In-Use ♦
I'm used to using the A6000 and A7ii where they have a much accessible mode dial which is great for quick mode changes; unfortunately this one lacks such feature, so you have to go into the menu and in the first section and in tab 1, you will be able to select your shooting mode. The modes vary from different automatic and scene modes which do the job for you, to modes where you can adjust the settings yourself such as "Aperture Priority", "Shutter Priority" & "Manual"; oh and not to forget sweep panoramic and a mode to record video.
The menu system altogether I find to be well organised and easy to navigate and whilst some could argue that I'm used to the layout, I was actually fond of it when I jumped over to Sony cameras from the start.
That said, if you're one to like adjusting multiple settings yourself (focus & metering mode as well as white balance), you may find changing multiple settings to be a bit long-winded due to the lack of customisable buttons. ISO, shutter and aperture are easily accessible without having to go through the menu.
To access the flash, you need to push the flash button in yourself (it doesn't automatically pop out when required). The flash is flexible meaning you can pull it back to bounce the light off the ceiling.
One feature I'm a huge fan of is the 180° flip screen. When talking to the camera (or selfies if you're into that) it makes it so easy to ensure the camera is pointing the direction you want it to be.
If you're a fan of sharing photos through your phone, be it on Facebook or Instagram then you will be pleased to know you can send photos from the camera directly to your phone via WiFi using the "Playmemories Mobile" app. Once you've uploaded a couple of photos taken from this camera to the likes of Instagram, it's very hard to go back to your phone camera.
♦ Final Thoughts ♦
Whilst I do prefer the A6000 or A7ii, they are in a totally different league and is unfair to compare directly.
I think the A5000 offers more bang for your buck. For the price is a top-notch lightweight and compact camera that delivers quality photos and video.
I would recommend this over the more premium models if you don't want to splash out too much cash. A great buy indeed!
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