Sony A5000: the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens digital Wi-Fi camera

Sony announced the previously rumored A5000 - the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens digital Wi-Fi camera. Sony already eliminated the NEX brand and future models will be called Alpha. The price is $598 and the cameras is currently available for pre-order at Amazon and B&H. The released date is March 23, 2014. Key camera specifications:

General Camera Type Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens compatibility Sony E-mount lenses
Image sensor Type APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4mm) "Exmor" APS HD CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 20.1 megapixels
Recording system(still image) Recording format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image quality modes RAW/RAW+JPEG/JPEG Fine/JPEG Standard
Picture Effect 13 type: Posterisation (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration
Recording system (movie) Recording format AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant;MP4
Recording system Media "Memory Stick PRO Duo"/"Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo"/"Memory Stick XC-HG Duo"/SD memory card/SDHC memory card/SDXC memory card
Focus system Type Contrast-detection AF
Focus point 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Exposure control Metering type 1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) Still images: ISO100 to 16000, AUTO (ISO100 to 16000), Movies: ISO100 to 6400 equivalent, AUTO (ISO100 to 6400 equivalent)
LCD screen Type 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT
Number of dots 460,800 dots (total)
Field coverage 100%
Adjustable angle Up by approx. 180 degrees
Wi-Fi View on smartphone Yes
Send to computer Yes
View on TV Yes
NFC Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible,One-touch remote, One-touch sharing
PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Drive Speed (approx., max.) Continuous mode: max. 2.5 fps
Speed Priority Continuous shooting: max. 3.5 fps
Power Still images Approx. 420 images (CIPA standard)
Dimensions (W x H x D) excluding protrusions Approx. 109.6mm x 62.8mm x 35.7mm
Weight Approx. 210g (body only)Approx. 269g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included)


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  • Sony’s definitely on a roll!

    • BdV

      Like… toiletpaper?

  • is that really smaller than the GM1? it doens’t look like.

    • Jer81

      It isn’t, the GM1 is smaller in every dimension. So this statement of Sony is false.

  • Larger than Canon’s EOS M2, sorry.

  • Also heavier.

  • BP2012

    Interesting but GM1 is smaller in every dimension except price 🙂
    Btw is there any picture of the back side?

    • preston

      Back view on dpreview

  • shinnn

    looks like a fusion of the nex3 and a gf3/5….

  • dgr

    Who cares how much you can shrink the camera if you can’t shrink the lens. IMO, it would be better to NOT have an interchangeable lens and have a lens that can be retracted. This is all just MY opinion but I never understood the point of small ILC cameras that didn’t have the lenses to match the size. The Pentax Q is better executed than this.

    • Boooe

      Dude. I own Pentax Q with 5-15 lens, and it is NOT small. Its 5-15 lens is longer than aps-c 16-50 lens. The Q body is cute, but quite unwieldy. With 3rd party lenses you have only electronic shutter with X-sync of 1/13 second. The only reason I have the Q camera is because I was able to buy it for under $200.
      This A5000 weights 269 grams. The 16-50 lens it comes with weights 116 grams (more than TWICE less). The 35/1.8 is 155 grams. The 20/2.8 is 69 grams (FOUR times less than A5000 body). No, seriously, kill yourself.

      • dgr

        The point you try to make becomes discounted when you come across as clinically insane for suggesting someone should commit suicide for having an opinion.

  • CRB

    with the worst mirrorless lens manufacter in the

  • preston

    I know it’s already been mentioned, but it really rubs me the wrong way when press releases contain blatantly wrong info. This is lying to the customer to try to get their business. It is NOT the smallest lightest IL WiFi camera! See GM1

    • BdV

      I also don’t understand. Sony also had commercials on TV claiming the A7(r) was the first full frame mirrorless camera. As if it’s OK to just lie.

  • Frank Cava

    APS-C? No thanks; I’m a full-frame kind of guy. Not that I need the pixel count, but I want the perspective and DOF that FF provides and that is impossible to get from a smaller sensor.

    • elf11

      Perspective is a function of your position relative to the subject. Sensor size has nothing to do with it.

      • Frank Cava

        So if you take an image at a specific spot with a 20mm and then take another image with a 300mm, you’re saying that the two images will have equal depth compression? I’m assuming that’s not what you mean. And if so, what’s preventing that 300mm on an 8×10 view camera from having the same depth compression while providing a wider angle of view? Or am i completely confused on the matter?

        • elf11

          If you only consider objects that appear in both the 20 and 300mm images (i.e. crop the 20’s image), yes, they’ll both have the same depth compression.

          If you’re considering how the whole image looks, the 300mm looks more compressed because it only includes the things that you’re far away from. It hasn’t changed your perspective, it has only excluded the near things from view.

        • Boooe

          More precisely, DOF depends on angle of view under which your object sees the lens’ aperture.

  • Remedy

    Gotta love the retarded ergonomics of NEX line (only NEX 6 and 7 were OK… and only OK) and it’s successors. World these days…

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