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A very good camera for a perfect price
on 9 June 2015
The A5000, in terms of features and image quality is probably unsurpassed at this price point. It offers a large APC sized sensor in a very small package providing a high resolution, low noise solution that can fit in your jacket pocket.
The tilt screen is excellent for taking one’s own picture (I’m too old for the word selfie) and the A5000 feels good in hand despite its compact size. Focusing performs well for static/slow subjects and accuracy is very good even in low light. Usual mirrorless perks such as face recognition help matters even further. A nice little bonus is that the pop-up flash can be manipulated to bounce of the ceiling.
Digging deep into the camera's menus reveals many layers of function which I suspect some will find superfluous. While the A5000 is hardly difficult to use, it is pretty unsatisfying. Those who like to shoot manual and adjust for changing light won’t enjoy the A5000’s workflow and it is in this regard the A5000 feels much more like an electronic device than a camera. Some of the settings also feel a little dumbed down; even features that would only appeal to those who know what they are doing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for clever design that empowers people to get better results but that is not what is going on with the A5000.
The battery charges within the unit itself meaning you won’t be able to use the camera while charging a spare and you don't need to pack a charger. The kit lens is compact and has a useful focal range. It also has good ergonomics for video as well as a very quiet focus motor. Unfortunately, it’s also very soft with average contrast and will ultimately have to be upgraded if you want to make the best of the A5000’s excellent sensor.
For those who care about image quality without caring so much about actual photography – the A5000 is an absolute no brainer. It’s sharper, faster and smaller than anything else for this kind of money and will give you great photos at a press of a button. For those who like to roll up your sleeves and take control (perhaps, looking for a lightweight partner for a DSLR), the decision isn’t so clear. You’ll love the size, weight and outright image quality but the shooting experience feels more like navigating a smartphone and a cluttered one at that. Even for the pickiest of photographers – its bang for buck makes it hard to ignore.