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conclusion:We like it

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Budding photographers looking to move beyond their smartphone who don't want to commit to a big DSLR will find that Sony's Alpha 5000 is a solid, entry-level choice. The 5000 is a compact camera that ePHOTOzine says is "comfortable to hold with a large rubberised grip." As implied by the name, the camera uses the Alpha menu system, which Photography Blog calls "more intuitive" than Sony's NEX menu. In use, Digital Versus says the Alpha 5000 delivers photos with "excellent results" and video quality is "clean and clear, with plenty of detail." Unfortunately, the camera's speed is far from class-leading, with PC Mag noting it's "slow to start" and has a "slow burst rate." With a $600 MSRP you should expect some trade-offs, and if you're okay with it being a tad sluggish, the Sony Alpha 5000 can be a good camera for beginners or ILC newcomers.

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8.0
Macworld May 23, 2014

The A5000 provides one of the easiest and most accessible routes to achieving more professional-looking shots for anyone upgrading from a smartphone.

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7.0
PC Mag Mar 10, 2014

The Sony Alpha 5000 is an affordable mirrorless camera that delivers excellent images, but advanced shooters are going to feel limited by its control system.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Mar 14, 2014

The Sony A5000 is a very good everyday compact system camera that offers a lot for its entry-level price. It's just a shame Sony has chosen to stick with a slightly underwhelming screen.

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8.0
TechRadar Mar 20, 2014

An excellent buy for those looking for their first compact system camera. Image quality is good, handling is great and there's a good solid system for E Mount cameras.

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8.0
What Digital Camera Feb 26, 2014

On the whole, while it has its flaws the A5000 serves as a good entry point to the growing Sony E-mount set-up and is worthy of consideration as a first CSC.

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8.0
T3 Mar 28, 2014

This is another competent and consistent Sony compact system camera that anyone looking to make their first forays into achieving better pictures would be wise to check out.

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Digital Versus Mar 31, 2014

The A5000 is a great camera for users looking to learn the basics of photography without weighing themselves down with a bulky camera. It's just a shame that Sony's 16-50 mm OSS power zoom lens is still so unreliable.

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ePHOTOzine Mar 11, 2014

The Sony Alpha A5000 shows that you don't have to break the bank to get a compact mirrorless camera with APS-C sensor and built in Wi-Fi.

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Digital Trends Mar 7, 2014

The Alpha A5000 is excellent for those of leaving the land of compacts for an interchangeable lens camera, but to achieve its affordable price, there are limitations.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 6, 2014

Despite the new name, the Alpha 5000 feels very much like an NEX. There's a more pronounced grip (think NEX-5T, not 3N), and the same tweaked (and improved) multi-page settings interface that we first met with the Alpha 7 and 7R back in October.

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Gizmodo Jan 6, 2014

What we've got here is a nice compromise between price and features—but it makes no sense to buy it if you're not going to use its key features.

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SlashGear Jan 7, 2014

The Sony a500 is one we’d strongly suggest you take a look at, should you be in the market for a really nice camera that won’t break the bank.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 10, 2014

The small scale of the A5000 is a giant benefit. Weighing a mere 210g, the camera is definitely lightweight in the hand, and yet doesn’t feel cheap and plasticky. The white model we saw on the Sony stand exuded quality for such an entry-level class model.

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Imaging Resource Jan 6, 2014

Were the NEX brand still extant, though, there's little doubt that the 20.1 megapixel Sony A5000 would sit squarely within its confines. It's a mirrorless camera just like its NEX forebears.

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ChipChick Jan 6, 2014

You can shoot at up to ISO 16000 in low-light conditions. There’s a new LCD monitor that you can tilt and flip 180 degrees, and a lever to control optical zoom. ‘Photo Creativity’ mode is basically an easy mode for DSLR novices, which puts simple explanations on settings presets.

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TechRadar Jan 21, 2014

A pixel count of 20.1 million compares well with much of the CSC competition, especially when it is on an APS-C format sensor. These sensors are bigger than those in Micro Four Thirds models like the Olympus Pen E-PM2 and Panasonic GF6.

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Forbes Feb 13, 2014

Inside the A5000 is one of Sony’s own CMOS APS-C-sized chips offering 20-megapixels of resolution. The backlit design of the sensor means the sensitivity of the A5000 can be racked up to ISO 16000 and still the results are usable

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ePHOTOzine Jan 20, 2014

There is a good size grip on the front of the camera, as well as a rubberised grip on the rear for your thumb, and the camera comes with the compact and collapsing 16-50mm lens, which also features optical image stabilisation.

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