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Sony’s New Interchangeable Lens a5000 Is So Tiny and So Powerful

by Brandon Russell | January 6, 2014January 6, 2014 5:03 pm PST

Sony’s terrific camera lineup just keeps on shrinking. Case in point: the new a5000 is currently the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera. Seriously, at just 8oz, you’ll hardly realize it’s there—and it still has the features camera aficionados care about. Sony says this puppy is the ultimate “everyday shooter,” offering DSLR-like quality that “will appeal to a wide range of customers.”

“Its sleek, user-friendly design will attract point-and-shoot users looking to upgrade, while its impressive imaging credentials will appeal to photo enthusiasts looking for a compact camera that can deliver the performance, flexibility and results they crave,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony.

Just because the body is small doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful. Equipped with a 20-megapixel APS-C sized sensor, the a5000 is capable of putting up a fight against some of today’s cheap DSLRs. Size is a major concern for many consumers, and Sony is quite attune to what folks want in the camera realm. The shooter also comes with the same BIONZ X processor found in Sony’s latest a7 and a7R full-frame cameras, which uses detail reproduction, area-specific noise reduction and diffraction reducing technologies. This is the kind of quality you expect in expensive heavyweights, but stuffed into something no bigger than some point-and-shoots.

The a5000 also features a tillable LCD screen, Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, apps for iOS and Android, an ISO sensitivity of up to 16000, and a neat “Photo Creativity” mode, which guides less experienced photographers through more complex camera settings. There are plenty of things to like for both beginners and enthusiasts, making the a5000 the perfect companion during simple family vacations or out in the city. And since it supports multiple E-mount lenses—that’s up to 20 different lenses—you’re not confined by point-and-shoot limitations. If you care, Sony is also offering downloadable PlayMemories camera app, both for free and paid.

When this sucker goes on sale in March, it be available for $600 (in a kit) in silver, black or white.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...