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

(based on 132 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (83)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 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!

VS

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.

Reviewed by 132 customers

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5.0

Compact and powerful

By Raven

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is my first 'nice' camera (aka not a point and shoot). My fiancé is very experienced with photography and helped me choose this model as my starter camera. The camera is surprisingly lightweight and compact but produces beautiful quality photographs. The kit lens was not functional when it arrived but I wasn't planning on using it anyway. B&H has been a great company to deal with for my fiancé though so I'm sure it wouldn't have been an issue to get a replacement. i like that this camera has wifi so that I can easily transfer to my phone (for Instagramming purposes). The weight of the camera has also been great because I was interested in macro photography. I can tilt the camera almost straight down without toppling my mini tripod. I'm really glad I went with this model.

 
5.0

Great camera technology for the price

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love it! Easy to use. Intuitive right out of the box.

 
5.0

10/10 Sony did well

By Maciej

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Amazing camera for vvloging as well as shooting videos, haven't used it to shoot too many photos yet but I'd recommend it to anyone using it for same reason as I am.

A+

 
3.0

Good value, but there are better options

By Michael

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I took a chance on the a5000 because of the low price. It's not necessarily a bad camera, but it's not great. The plastic feels very cheap and brittle. On the plus side, it's compact and light. However, for a hundred bucks more, I think a Canon with a kit lens would be a better rig. Returned.

 
5.0

Nice little camera...

By Nathaniel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great little camera. I'm a fine arts student and needed a camera to photograph my work and eventually make videos. The best features are the changeable lenses and the ability to send photos to my phone. This is great for all you instagramers. The only downside in my opinion is that there is no manual focus with the lens that is comes with. Not a huge deal, but it is frustrating when trying to take close up photos. Hopefully other lenses will allow manual focus.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Camera Takes Outstanding Photographs

By Nicolas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This camera is outstanding. I used to shoot on a vintage Pentax ME with a 50mm and that took amazing shots. I recently purchased this camera, and an adapter for all of my K-mount lenses, and I can proudly say that I am taking the clearest photos I have ever taken. This camera has an amazing sensor that captures light and colour to produce rich and vibrant photographs. If you are looking for something that shoots unique photos and offers a broad range of settings, this is the camera for you. This has been one of the best investments I've made in a long time. And you just can't beat the price. This is a stellar piece of equipment for anyone interested in photography. Simply put, buy this camera.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent camera

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this camera for my wife. She loves it so much she doesn't use the camera on her phone anymore. The best feature is the move able display so you get the perfect angle without have to stoop to the ground or lay down. She thinks having three options for zoom is a little exreme, but this is her first good camera. She also likes the fact that you can change the lenses to your needs. Thanks B&H.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great product!

By Miles

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great product! Very intuitive to use. Flexible and with great results.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great deal! Best value camera!

By Quynhchi

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

A great camera for on-the-go. I mainly use it to record videos so I'm just going to speak on behalf of my experience with it thus far. It does well in low-light and the microphone is nice and clear. The flip up screen is great if you want to see yourself and check if you're in shot and the whole camera is pretty lightweight. The only thing is that if you don't use the neck strap like me you'll get the metal loops on the side rattling against the camera body but you can always remove that. I just wish that the place for the neck strap was stable and not removable so that it doesn't make sounds when I walk without using the strap.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Product!

By Lorraine

from Undisclosed

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

Loved my new camera and fast shipping!!!! Super satisfied! ??

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good beginner camera.

By Su

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

the learning curve for this camera is steep, especially for someone like me that is only used to a point and shoot camera. however, playing around with the camera without looking at the manual was sufficient enough for me get the hang of it. It is a beautiful camera and fits well in your ahnd.

 
5.0

Good reliable camera

By Kevin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good camera and best price I could find on this site for it.

 
4.0

Sony

By Dale

from New York,NY

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

Good camera although pricy.

 
5.0

i recommed it worth the price

By Martin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Wow it is a nice camera for passing from beginner to more advance settings. Nice all in one, i enjoy using it. It is compact, great for travelling, excursions. It is very fast and the picture are fantastic. the video are awesome ,great for amateur production.

 
5.0

In the works photographer

By alid

from Boulder, CO

Verified Buyer

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

I'm on the verge of taking my photography skills a step up from my i-phone. This camera is so easy to use and takes beautiful shots!

 
5.0

great price for first non-point and shoot

By April

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I could not find this camera in stock in this white color on any other website and it wasn't at my local best buy. Best price you can find, no tax and free shipping, it was worth waiting a couple days to get it in the color I wanted. This is my first non-point and shoot camera and I have always loved Sony, my last camera was a cybershot. It is such a gorgeous and cool looking camera, very unique. It comes with a charger and a strap. I was looking for something smaller than a DSLR without compromising picture quality and not being overwhelmed by a million buttons, I don't think there is a better choice out there along those lines. There are so many fun settings on this outside of the normal black and white, sepia, etc. I am learning to shoot in manual pretty quickly with this but all of the automatic settings do an incredible job as well. I can tell I will be wanting another lens with this fairly soon because the kit lens just doesn't have the zoom for the landscape photography I want to get more into but I also feel this was a good starting point for me and there is still so much I can learn with it. I don't think you can beat this price and with it being compact it is great for travel, especially with the screen that flips and the smile shutter and timer built in. I did my research and know I will be loving this camera for years to come.

 
4.0

Nice pictures.

By Barry

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Nice pictures and video, a bit awkward to turn the video button on and off without jarring the camera, having fun learning what the camera can do. Would recommend for travel, easy to stow, buy a spare battery.

 
4.0

Advanced camera coming from point and shoot

By point and shoot novice

from KC, MO

Verified Buyer

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

I haven't had much time to play around with it, but so far the camera is nice. Compared to my last camera, a point and shoot, this camera is way more advanced. I love how fast it can take pictures, especially between pictures. Pictures do seem a bit yellow, but I haven't delved into things to see if I can adjust it. Overall, I'm very impressed with the camera.

 
5.0

Surprisingly good camera

By Juan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Surprisingly good camera

 
4.0

Great 35mm digital camera that will fit most situations.

By Ed

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This camera provides a variety of functions for amateur photos for a reasonable price. It provides excellent quality. The camera feels comfortable to hold and easy to operate.

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