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

(based on 145 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (92)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

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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5.0

Best Purchase

By Justin

from Philadelphia, PA

Verified Buyer

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

There are so many good things about this product. But it depends what you are using it for. If you are using it for a vlogging camera, it is great because of the flip up screen and see yourself. If it is a camera to take pictures of the kids, its also a great camera. If you have average size hands, it's very comfortable and is great. There is many more things I could list but there is definitely more positive things then negative. Plus the software is easy and simple compared to other camera brands.

On the other hand, if you have big hands, this might not be the camera for you because the camera is a
small DSLR. I would recommend a bigger camera. The quality when taking the picture actually doesn't look nearly as good when you transfer to the computer and watch it.

 
4.0

My experiences with my new Alpha a5000 Camera

By Ray

from Sewell, NJ

Verified Buyer

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

I enjoy the Alpha a5000 Camera so far. The picture quality is great and it is easy to use. It is definitely heavier and larger than the point and shoot camera that I used to use. However, it fits into my pocket which is important to me. I didn't want a large, bulky camera to lug around. I notice that this camera appears to take clearer pictures without using the flash compared to my old point and shoot camera. I let the camera automatically decide if the flash is necessary. I almost always used a forced flash with my old point and shoot to ensure that the pictures would turn out clear.

 
5.0

Great Camera so far!

By Emilio

from Buenos Aires

Verified Buyer

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

++ Best price/quality!
+Size
+Selfie
+good for amateurs

 
5.0

Great Picture Quality!

By Emily

from Undisclosed

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

Have already used this camera so much and can't put it down! The picture quality is perfect and its size makes it easily portable. Plus, the way the screen flips up makes it perfect for all your selfie needs. Great camera!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING

By Diana

from Long Island, NY

Verified Buyer

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

The quality of this camera for the price is outstanding. Video and picture quality are both equally amazing. I am so excited to take more pics!! So glad I bought it!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great camera for the novice

By Vern

from Tampa Bay area

Verified Buyer

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

With a short learning curve a novice can achieve some great pictures.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty good camera

By Corbin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is my first professional camera, and it's been pretty good so far. I wish it was possible to transfer photos to a smartphone over a home WiFi network instead of just an ad-hoc network, but that's my only complaint so far.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this Camera!

By Rob

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This camera makes a poor shooter actually get great photos.
Its fast, small enough to carry easily, and holds a charge.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

would buy again!

By Jazmine

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

great quality camera

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super easy & amazing quality

By Kristen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

i'm an amateur photographer i got this camera because of how simple it looked to use. it's super lightweight and the quality is excellent. the photos upload to your smartphone fast and easy and keeps the quality. the flip-up LCD screen is my favorite feature and the battery last very long. two thumbs up

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Exactly what I wanted and needed!

By Photo Mom

from Fresno, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased the Sony a5000 for a recent trip. I wanted to be able to take photos and video all in one place without filling up my phone. I love the size of the a5000. I also have a DSLR which I love, but its size was too much for my recent trip. The Sony turned out to be perfect. It did not get in my way and it took wonderful pictures. I did use the flip up screen a few times when I was taking pictures high and low. It was a neat feature. The only issue I had was using the wifi feature to transfer pictures. It would worked before my trip, but once I got home it will connect but not transfer. Not sure why just yet. All in all great camera and great price!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great

By K

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

May be considered somewhat basic, but it's what I wanted, so far works great & takes great pics.

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this Camera!

By Kaitlyn

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is my first professional camera and I love it. Very easy to use and I love the manual zoom lens.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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+

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

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