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Sony Alpha a5000 Kit
20.1-megapixel mirrorless camera with 16-50mm lens (White)
Item # 158E5000W | MFR # ILCE5000L/W
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Our take on the Sony Alpha a5000 Kit by Crutchfield's Eric Angevine
The LCD screen on the Sony Alpha ILCE5000 tilts 180 degrees for easy framing of self-portraits.
Photo magic in the palm of your hand
How can something so small do so much? The Sony Alpha a5000 can literally sit in the palm of your hand, and it weighs less than 8 oz. That lightweight chassis is stuffed with useful features that can help you produce high-definition photos and video of all your memorable moments. The camera's large 20-megapixel image sensor captures crisp details in your photographs, and the included 16-50mm lens lets you bring your subject into full-frame clarity. Add in Sony's anti-blur technology and low-light sensitivity and you have a camera that's ready for anything.
The a5000 does wonders freezing action for still photos, but there will likely be times when you want to capture all of that glorious motion. That's where the camera's HD video function comes in. It shoots full 1080p resolution with the option to compress your files to the MP4 standard for easier uploading to the internet.
Super Wi-Fi connectivity
Uploading to the Internet with the camera's built-in Wi-Fi® gives you the instant gratification of sharing special moments with friends and family on the spot. The a5000's Wi-Fi® NFC capability lets you quickly connect to compatible smartphones and tablets. Simply download Sony's free PlayMemories Mobile™ App, touch it to your Android™ smartphone or tablet, and create a connection that lets you transfer photos, remotely control the camera's shutter release, and instantly receive images via Wi-Fi.
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What's in the Box:
- ILCE-5000 digital camera body (white)
- SELP1650 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens (attached)
- 40.5mm Lens cap (attached)
- NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V 1020mAh 7.3Wh)
- 23" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB on other end)
- AC-UB10C AC adapter (DC output: 5V 05A)
- Neck strap
- Instruction Manual (English)
- Instruction Manual (French)
- Warranty sheet
- Wi-Fi Connection/One-Touch (NFC) Guide
- Online Product Registration sheet
- Lenses & Accessories brochure
- 20.1-megapixel Exmor® APS-C sensor for highly-detailed images
- Wi-Fi® connectivity to smartphones via NFC
- included E-mount 16-50mm lens lets you zoom in on your subject
- ultra-fast autofocus with BIONZ® X processing engine
- up to ISO 16000 sensitivity for superior low-light imaging
- easy self-portraits via 180° tilting LCD screen
- full HD 1080/60i/24p video
- built-in pop-up flash
- compatible with downloadable PlayMemories™ camera apps that help shoot, share and save photos using Wi-Fi
- up to 4 frames per second for shooting continuous action
- rechargeable NP-FW50 battery included
- make external connections to computers and monitors with included micro USB cable
- 4-11/16"W x 2-1/2"H x 2-1/2"D
- weight: 13.6 oz.
- warranty: 1 year parts and labor
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-75mm|
Memory Stick XC-HG Duo + PRO-HG Duo
|Image Stabilization||With included lens|
|Highest Resolution||5456 x 3632|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080/60i|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||9.5|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Play And Print Functions
Overview: The Sony α5000 (ILCE-5000L) alpha series camera kit contains the α5000 camera body and the E16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens (SELP1650), along with a rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, and USB cable. The α5000 has built-in Wi-Fi, an APS-C-sized image sensor, and is compatible with Sony E-mount lenses. With the LA-EA 4, LA-EA3, LA-EA2 or LA-EA1 Mount Adapter, the camera can also use Sony A-mount lenses, and select Minolta/Konica lenses.
3" Tiltable LCD Screen: The α5000 uses a 3" LCD screen with 460,800 dots. You can tilt the LCD up approximately 180° for low angle shots or to see self-portraits as you take them. The brightness of the LCD monitor can be adjusted in 5 steps from -2 to +2. The camera does not have a separate viewfinder.
Display Options: You can choose how much information appears in the LCD monitor. There are four options for the LCD screen: Graphic Display, Display All Info, No Display Info, and Histogram.
Live View: The α5000's Live View lets you use the LCD screen to frame your photos as you shoot. When the Live View display is set to "Setting Effect On", the LCD will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance, exposure compensation, creative style or picture effect. With the "Setting Effect Off", you can check the image composition without the effects of the exposure settings.
Image Sensor: The α5000 features an APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS image sensor (23.2 x 15.4mm). It has approximately 20.4-million total pixels and 20.1-million effective pixels.
Still Image Recording Formats: The α5000 can record still images JPEG file format in Standard and Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the downloadable Image Data Converter software. You can set the α5000 to record a RAW and a JPEG image (Large, Medium, or Small) at the same time. You can select the following image sizes:
|Large||5456 x 3632 (20M)||5456 x 3064 (17M)|
|Medium||3872 x 2576 (10M)||3872 x 2176 (8.4M)|
|Small||2736 x 1824 (5M)||2736 x 1536 (4.2M)|
|RAW (L)||5456 x 3632 (20M)||5456 x 3064 (17M)|
Panorama Photos: The Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856 (15M)
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160 (12M)
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856 (23M)
Movie Recording Formats: The α5000 can record 16:9 Full High Definition movies with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. Movies can also be recorded in MP4 mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2-channel audio. You can select from the following bit rates/image quality:
|File Format||Average Bit Rate||Resolution|
|AVCHD 60i 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 60i 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 24p 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|AVCHD 24p 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|MP4 1440 x 1080 12M||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080 (30fps)|
|MP4 VGA 3M||3 Mbps||640 x 480 (30fps)|
Dual Media Options: The α5000 camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, plus SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media.
Clear Image Zoom: Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of the lens by up to 2.8x (Medium images) or 4x (Small images) by digitally magnifying the center of the image. Combined with the camera's Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom, you can increase magnification up to 8x over the lens' maximum focal length.
AF System: The α5000's highly accurate contrast-detection AF provides lightning fast auto focusing with 25 focus points, resulting in sharp images. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
- AF-S (Single-shot Auto focus): The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down. Recommended for use with motionless subjects.
- AF-C (Continuous Auto focus): The camera continues to focus when you press and hold the shutter button halfway down. Recommended for use when the subject is in motion.
- DMF (Direct Manual Focusing): After focusing automatically, you can make fine focusing adjustments manually.
- Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. This mode allows you to set the distance of a subject by rotating the focusing ring to achieve a sharp focus.
AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 4 settings:
- Wide: The camera focuses automatically on a subject using all 25 focus points.
- Zone: You can select a zone (consisting of 9 focus areas) on the monitor on which to focus.
- Center-Weighted: The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively.
- Flexible Spot: You can change the size of (small, medium, large) and move the focusing area in order to focus on a small subject or narrow area.
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject. The AF illuminator has a range of 3'-4" to 9'-9".
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
- Single Shooting: Default setting for standard picture taking.
- Continuous Shooting: At full resolution, the camera can record continuously up to 2.5 frames per second. In Speed Priority Continuous, the frame rate increases to a maximum of 3.5 fps.
- Self-Timer: You can set the camera to three different self-timers:
- 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
- 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
- 10 Seconds/3 or 5 Images: The camera records 3 or 5 images continuously after a 10 second delay. You can choose the best shot from the shots taken.
- Bracket Shooting: Bracket shooting allows you to shoot 3 or 5 images, each with different degrees of exposure (base exposure, under exposure, and over exposure). You can select the bracket step value from 0.3EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV, or 3.0EV. After shooting, you can select an image that suits your intention.
Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following shooting modes:
- iAuto (Intelligent Auto): This mode allows easy shooting with settings adjusted automatically.
- iAuto+ (Superior Auto): The camera recognizes and evaluates the shooting condition and sets the appropriate settings automatically. The camera saves one appropriate image by combining or separating images as necessary.
- Program Auto: For shooting with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while allowing you to adjust other settings manually.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
- Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
- Movies: You can record movies in Full HD or standard definition in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. When selected on the Mode Dial, you can select the desired movie settings, including Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual Exposure.
- Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject: Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait, and Anti-motion Blur.
- Sweep Panorama: Shoot expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
Picture Effect: In Intelligent Auto or Superior Auto mode, you can select Picture Effect to get one the following effect filters to achieve more impressive and artistic expression: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, or Yellow), High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
Creative Style: The Creative Style function lets you select the desired image processing. You can adjust exposure (shutter speed and aperture) as you like with Creative Style. You can choose from: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, or Sepia. You can also adjust Contrast, Saturation, and Sharpness.
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure) The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-3.0 EV in 1/3-step increments. When shooting movies, the exposure can be adjusted in a range of +/-2.0 EV.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
- Multi Segment: This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
- Center Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors: Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Flash, Color Temperature, Color Filter, Underwater, and Custom.
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode. The manual ISO range is 100 to 16000 in 1 EV increments. For movies, the ISO sensitivity is 200-3200, selectable in 1 EV steps.
Built-in Flash: The α5000 has a pop-up flash. When using the flash, the camera offers several Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, and Wireless. Red-eye Reduction can be turned on or off for each Flash Mode. You can adjust the amount of flash light in a range of -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV with the Flash Compensation feature. Flash Bracketing is also available.
Connections: The camera has the following connections:
- Micro HDMI: The Micro HDMI (Type D) connection outputs video and audio via a Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable (not supplied). You can set the output resolution of the camera to 1080i or 1080p. When connecting to a Sony Bravia Sync-compatible TV via HDMI, you can operate the camera using the TV's remote control.
- Micro USB: The camera's Micro USB port lets you connect the camera to a computer for transferring photos and movies via the supplied USB cable. The camera also connects to the supplied AC adapter via the USB cable.
Wi-Fi Overview: The Sony α5000 has built-in Wi-Fi so you can interface the camera with your smartphone or Wi-Fi-enabled laptop computer and wirelessly perform various shooting and playback functions. The camera also supports NFC (near field communication).
PlayMemories Mobile: To interface with the Sony α5000, your smartphone must have the PlayMemories Mobile application. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 5.0 or later. It is also compatible with Android smartphones and tablets with the Android 2.3 - 4.4 operating environment.
NFC (Near Field Communication): By touching an NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet to the "N" mark on the right side of the camera, the smartphone will be connected automatically via Wi-Fi, and the PlayMemories Mobile app will be launched. The two devices must touch for approximately 1-2 seconds to make the connection.
Wi-Fi Functions: The following wireless functions can be performed with the α5000:
- Smart Remote: You can use a smartphone as a remote controller for the camera. Still images shot via remote control are automatically sent to the smartphone's memory. You can also change some of the camera's settings, including EV, Self-Timer, and Review Check.
- Send to Smartphone: You can transfer still images to a smartphone for viewing. Images can be transferred in its original image size, or resized to 2M or VGA. RAW images are converted to JPEG format before being transferred.
- Send to Computer: You can transfer images stored on the camera's memory card to a computer connected to a wireless access point or wireless broadband router in order to easily make backup copies.
- View on TV: Images can be viewed on a network-enabled TV.
Lens Overview: The ILCE-5000L kit includes the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens (SEL1650).
Power Zoom (PZ): The 16-50mm lens features a powered zoom control. To zoom in and out, a spring-loaded slide control can be moved in one direction or the other. When the camera is turned off, the lens retracts to less than 1-1/2" in length.
Optical Steady Shot (OSS): When the SEL1650, or another "OSS" lens is mounted to the camera, you can activate the Optical SteadyShot image stabilizer in the menu. Optical SteadyShot compensates for camera shake without sacrificing image quality by internally shifting lens elements. OSS gives you more flexibility when shooting in low light situations, or when zooming in on distant objects.
- Lens Type: Sony E-mount
- Focal Length: 16-50mm (24-75mm in 35mm format)
- Filter Diameter: 40.5mm
- Angle of View: 83° - 32°
- Minimum Focus Distance: 9.84" (W) - 12" (T)
- Maximum Aperture: f/3.5 (W) - f/5.6 (T)
- Minimum Aperture: f/22 (W) - f/36 (T)
- Maximum Magnification: 0.215x
- Aperture: 7-blade circular
- Lens Construction: 9 elements in 8 groups
- Dimensions: 2.549" (Diameter) x 1.402" (Length)
- Weight: 4.1 ounces
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index View, or as a Slide Show. During Index View mode, you can view 12 or 30 images at once.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Slide Show: You can automatically play back still images continuously in a slide show. You can set the interval to 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
View Mode: There are four View Modes to choose from for playing back images and movies: Date View, Folder View (Still), Folder View (MP4), and AVCHD View.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
4K Still Image Playback: The α5000 can output images in 4K resolution to an HDMI-connected TV that supports 4K. The 4K playback function can be selected in the Playback Menu only when the camera is connected to a 4K-compatible TV via HDMI or Wi-Fi.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
- DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
- Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
- Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the available downloadable software and print the images.
InfoLithium Battery: The α5000 is powered by the NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. Approximately 420 still images or 150 minutes of movies can be recorded with the supplied battery using the LCD monitor.
Charging: The NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery requires approximately 5 hours 10 minutes for a full charge, using the supplied AC-UB10C AC adapter and USB cable.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway.
Downloadable Software: The α5000 does not include software in the box. Instead, Sony offers software for Windows- and Mac-compatible computers for importing still images and movies recorded with the camera to your computer. The software is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X v10.6 - v10.8 operating systems. You can download the software to your computer using the appropriate URL provided in the supplied Instruction Manual. The following downloadable software is compatible with the camera:
- PlayMemories Home: With PlayMemories Home, you can view your images, and use various convenient features to enhance the images you have shot. PlayMemories Home is required for importing AVCHD movies to your computer.
- Image Data Converter: Image Data Converter software is needed for playing back and editing images recorded in RAW format with various corrections, such as tone curve and sharpness. With Image Data Converter, RAW images can be adjusted with white balance, exposure, Creative Style, and converted into JPEG or TIFF formats.
- Remote Camera Control: Remote Camera Control can be used to control the camera from your computer. You can also change the camera's settings, perform interval timer shooting, and record images directly to the computer.
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Have heard/read good things about sony cameras, particularly their sensors. Picked this based on the features and small frame for portability. [ Adam Sep 04, 2016 ]