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SonyAlpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 99 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (60)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (51)
  • Compact (46)
  • Great resolution (39)
  • Good battery life (28)
  • Fast shutter speed (26)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (22)
  • Lag / shutter delay (8)
  • Limited zoom (7)
  • Complicated controls (5)
  • Short battery life (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (43)
  • Family photos (41)
  • Low light (25)
  • Video (18)
  • Wildlife (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (27), Photo enthusiast (23), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (48), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This made me feel like a professional!!

The Sony A5000 makes any beginner feel like a professional photographer. this camera is a basic point and click for all those newby camera wielders who want outstanding quality in their images that are...Read complete review

The Sony A5000 makes any beginner feel like a professional photographer. this camera is a basic point and click for all those newby camera wielders who want outstanding quality in their images that are captured. It has multiple settings and a question mark that basically summaraizes what each setting does making each option easy to understand. it takes a few seconds to cut on and off. and Allows you to record 720 hd - 1080 hd videos in over 8 recording settings. This camera also allows you to take wonderful pictures in horrible lighted areas such as a basement or outside at night. My favorite part about the camera is that the charger is your basic Android phone charger so if you lost your camera charger.. no Worries!! just use your Android phone charger to juice it right up!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I couldn't quite get it to work...

I think this camera has the ability to be great, but I just could not get it to work in low-light. I ended up trading in to the d3200 because I needed more...Read complete review

I think this camera has the ability to be great, but I just could not get it to work in low-light. I ended up trading in to the d3200 because I needed more control. This seems like a great camera if you are shooting outside and on the run, but did not work well for me when trying to shoot fast action and portraits.

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice small but powerfull camera

By Letoloke

from isla Mujeres, Mexico

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Resolution
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Complicated Controls
  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (White):

its a nice camera, be able to capture in a good raw its very nice, since i was using a big reflex camera this is a little uncomfortable, but this is still great, i shoot with a tripod all the time anyway

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sony a5000

By Bri

from Florida

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Great Resolution
  • Great Zoom

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Video

    Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (White):

    I got Sony a5000 for my Daugther first camera it was easy for her to understand the menu and shoot awesome photos

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Awesome deal!

    By Luis

    from Burlington

    Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (White):

    Awesome deal! If you are looking for a good camera at a great price, this is the way and the provider to go to! I got the camera with a few free items as a goft for my wife, she loved it! Also, in Jersey you don't get charged any taxes, that makes it an even better buy!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome

    By Giotheleo

    from Atlanta, GA.

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Battery Life
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

    I bought this camera for my sister as a wedding gift and She loved it. and as a bonus, I got to play around with it for a week and pretended I was a photographer. I'm a total newbie when it comes to photography, cameras, etc. First of all, the picture quality is amazing. It's easy to use right out of the gate and once I had some time to play with it, I was able to take some really cool pictures using some of the settings it offers.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Sony A5000

    By LgoldieNY

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

      I wanted to buy this camera before taking a vacation, and I'm very happy with the purchase. It didn't take long to figure out and adjust to, and it was my first real digital camera purchase. The focus and clarity is great, and it's compact enough to fit in a small case in my purse. Perfect for photographing friends and family events, and nature as well. I also love being able to wirelessly send my photos to my phone and laptop. After a whole day of site-seeing, I still had 98% battery life left!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (3 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Easy to use but no comparison to a real DSLR

      By TrafficGuy

      from Pasadena, CA

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos

      Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (White):

      I purchased this camera only becuase most sports venues don't allow professional grade camera gears. So far the picture qualities are ok. Since my expectation is not high, I am actually no disappointed at all.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Love it

      By Mom4duncan

      from Wappingers, NY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

        Awesome camera, takes amazing pics.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Really enjoying this camera

        By Fotosetbyjames

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

        I bought this for my 14 year old daughter thinking she might get bored with it so I could then use it as a back up to my Nikon gear.. so that finally happended and I find myself carrying the Sony around daily. Its light, easy to use and has great battery life.

        I use it mainly to a carry around, street photo machine. I purchased the Sony 50mm 1.8 which is a nice addition.

        Only negatives I came across right now is some limited functionality in easily enabling a center point selector for AF without multiple clicks. Ended up assigning the "?" button to help reduce the clicks to two.. thats a bigger issue when shooting video. Other issue is the LCD screen resolution.. its not great and many instances I've almost deleted what I thought was a poor photo that ended up great when viewing on another device with better screen resolution.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Camera in Low Price Range

        By Virginia

        from New York City, NY; Quito, Ecuador

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Video Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

        I use the product to take videos and photographs. It has an easy-to-use interface and still provides the basic MSAP controls to allow beginner access to traditional camera functions. The interface does not overwhelm with too many preset-options. Camera is light-weight and small- great for traveling. Can carry on hikes easily and can hide under your jacket well.
        Great image quality!
        Battery life is great for photographs, but not so great for video. I had to order many additional batteries in order to film for longer periods.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Nice camera

        By A Shut-R-Bug

        from Upper Sandusky, OH

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

          So far, this camera has met all of my expectations. Compact, easy to use and great quality of pictures. I plan on using the camera on a trip to Hawaii. I needed something smaller than my current SLR camera. This camera fits the bill.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great camera

          By Jessica

          from new york

          Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

          easy to use and great picture quality

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          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good camera Video Sony system

          By Arun

          from New york

          Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Silver):

          Pic is good
          Video is not transferred unless one uses Sony prgm

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          4.0

          Great Camera!

          By Josekroq

          from Norwalk Ca.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Battery Life
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

            Great pictures! the size is wonderful.. takes pictures just like a DSLR!

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            4.0

            Powerful camera in a sleek package

            By Marvin

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Average Lcd Resolution

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

            This camera was purchased for someone who wanted more than a point and shoot but intimidated by the bulk and complexity of a full dslr. The a5000 is easy to use for beginners, with plenty of manual and custom controls to keep the more experienced photographer engaged. Images look great right out of the camera and the built in wifi makes sharing photos quick and simple.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            The King of digital cameras.

            By Ralph593

            from Bronx

            Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (White):

            When it comes to the top of the line digital cameras this is it. The Sony a5000. Works just as a DSLR but without the bulkyness. And if you have a smartphone you can download the app and pair them together via wifi. Very easy to use and the pictures come out great.

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This made me feel like a professional!!

            By Boogie Smurf

            from Grayson, GA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

            The Sony A5000 makes any beginner feel like a professional photographer. this camera is a basic point and click for all those newby camera wielders who want outstanding quality in their images that are captured. It has multiple settings and a question mark that basically summaraizes what each setting does making each option easy to understand. it takes a few seconds to cut on and off. and Allows you to record 720 hd - 1080 hd videos in over 8 recording settings. This camera also allows you to take wonderful pictures in horrible lighted areas such as a basement or outside at night. My favorite part about the camera is that the charger is your basic Android phone charger so if you lost your camera charger.. no Worries!! just use your Android phone charger to juice it right up!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Good Camera for the price

            By Marco

            from Laveen Az

            Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

            I need it not to expensive great resolution camera. Easy to handle and easy to configure ,, got it

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            4.0

            Handy, fun to work with and good outcome

            By JR

            from Mosfellsbaer, Iceland

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Black):

            Walk-around camera, extra to my EOS 700d.
            Great to have in my pocket at hand when I see something interesting.
            Only drawback is getting used to look at the subject on the screen - but I am sure this will improve.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            small package big sensor

            By half in

            from MI

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Silver):

              The alpha 5000 is kind of a misfit but that's where demand sometimes lead. Sensor size and image quality rule the roost in my camera selection. I wanted a pocket camera that would deliver similar to my DSLR. The simple fact is that the 1" sensor although much better than any other pocket camera, still does NOT perform like an APSC sensor. So I compromised and decided to accept the larger size of the a5000 to gain sensor size. I considered some 4/3 cameras, but really given the overall "T" shape of those (as well as the a5000), they were NOT significantly more pocketable. The alpha 5000 does match my DSLR for image quality and is more portable for size. It has a more electronic "feel" rather than the mechanical satisfaction of a DSLR. I'm happy with performance! When I want to play with photography, I still use my DSLR. My alpha 5000 lives in a body bag in my backpack and goes everywhere with me. Durability is yet to be time tested?

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              • No

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              5.0

              CANNOT leave home without it <3

              By Amanda

              from New York City

              Comments about Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens (Silver):

              I love how small and compact it is. Amazing photo quality (20.1 MP - More than my Canon t3i), LOVING the flip screen (perfect for selfies and vlogs), CANNOT leave home without it. Just perfect for those picture-worthy moments. Better than my Canon dslr, but I wish it had a touch screen and more screen pixels. b&h service is just excellent, shipped within 2 weeks. :D

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