Sony α 5000

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82
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

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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7.9
Average Critic Score

Battery life

8.0
 

Design and form factor

8.2
 

Ease of use

7.7
 

Video quality

8.0
 

Durability

7.0
 

Image quality

8.8
 

Speed (start-up time, lag)

6.4
 

How It Stacks Up

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86
 

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79
 

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