Updated 25 Oct 2017

Sony

Alpha 5000 (with 16-50mm lens)

Snapshot: The Sony Alpha 5000 (with 16-50mm lens) compact system camera has an APS-C CMOS sensor, can shoot full HD video, but no viewfinder. But how's the image quality?

Alpha 5000 (with 16-50mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1049

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Test results

Overall score
65
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • OK screen.
  • Good video quality.
  • Has an articulated monitor.
  • Can shoot full-HD video and manually focus.

But

  • Just OK flash.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (40%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (40%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.

Prices are from a June 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1049

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
20
Sensor
APS-C CMOS
ISO range
100 - 16000
Optical zoom
3
Aperture range
3.5 - 5.6
Zoom range
25 - 79
Shutter range
1/4000 - 30
Dimensions (cm)
120 x 37 x 63
Weight (g)
274
Depth (mm)
37

Features

Water resistant
No
Raw support
Yes
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
Yes

Monitor

Size (inches)
2.9
Monitor pixels
460,800
Touchscreen
No
Articulated monitor
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
-
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Video
1920 x 1080
Microphone input
No

Memory

Memory card
SDHC, SDXC, MemoryStick Duo

Flash

Flash type
Switch on by hand
Connection for external flash
No

More info

Notes

Tested with a E 1:3.5-5.6 16-50mm PZ OSS lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.