Sony α5000 ILC Preview

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Today at CES 2014, Sony announced its latest interchangeable lens camera, the α5000 (or a5000). Yes, gone is the NEX model designation, so both E-mount ILC camera systems and A-mount Sony DSLRs are all under the Alpha umbrella.

The new α5000 is (currently) the world's smallest and lightest ILC to feature Wi-Fi (more on that in a moment. The a5000 also boasts a 20.1 megapixel APS-C type CMOS image sensor (23.2 x 15.4mm) and BIONZ X image processor (straight out of the α7/α7R), which provide Full HD Video recording a 1920 x 1080 resolution, an extended ISO range of 100 - 16000, Noise Reduction, 9 Exposure Modes ranging from full iAuto to full Manual, 13 Picture Effect Mode, 11 Creative Styles, and 4 Dynamic Range Functions. Basically, you can take photos and HD videos with the α5000, and customize them infinitely.

Continuing the trend from 2013, the Sony α5000 includes Sweep Panorama for instant and east ultra-widescreen photography, as well as Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication capabilities. Both Wi-Fi and NFC allow the α5000 to communication wirelessly with PCs, certain Sony televisions, and iOS or Android enabled devices. Once connected, it's easy to uses your smartphone as an external display or remote control, or to simply transfer images and movies from the α5000 to your tablet for sharing online. There are even more features when you purchase a compatible Sony Xperia smartphone.

Sony α5000 Features
  • 20.1 megapixel APS-C type CMOS image sensor (23.2 x 15.4mm)
  • BIONZ X image processor
  • Full 1920 x 1080 HD Video Recording (60i, 30p, 24p)
  • 3.0-inch LCD display (adjustable up to 180 degrees)
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction (NR)
  • WiFi Compatible (with Sony's PlayMemories Camera apps)
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) compliant
  • 9 Exposure Modes
    • iAUTO
    • Superior Auto
    • Programmed AE (P)
    • Aperture Priority (A)
    • Shutter-speed Priority (S)
    • Manual (M)
    • Scene Selection
      • Portrait
      • Landscape
      • Macro
      • Sports Action
      • Sunset
      • Night Portrait
      • Night Scene
      • Hand-held Twilight
      • Anti Motion Blur
    • Sweep Panorama
    • Movie
  • 13 Picture Effect Modes
    • Posterization (color, b&w)
    • Pop Color
    • Retro Photo
    • Partial Color (R, G, B, Y)
    • High Contrast Monochrome
    • Toy Camera
    • Soft High Key
    • Soft Focus
    • HDR Painting
    • Rich-tone Monochrome
    • Miniature
    • Watercolor
    • Illustration
  • 7 Creative Styles
    • Standard
    • Vivid
    • Portrait
    • Landscape
    • Sunset
    • Black & White
    • Sepia
      • Contrast -3 to +3 steps
      • Saturation -3 to +3 steps
      • Sharpness -3 to +3 steps
  • 4 Dynamic Range Functions
    • Off
    • Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Levels 1-5)
    • Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto Exposure Difference
    • Exposure Difference Level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0 EV step)
  • HDMI (type D) out
  • BRAVIA Synic (with compatible Sony displays)
  • Photo TV HD
  • 4K still image playback (with compatible displays)
  • Rechargeable NP-FW50 Battery
  • Capable of up to 420shots or 95mins of movie recording.
  • RAW & JPEG image capture

The Sony α5000 -- available in silver, white, or black -- will hit streets in March (2014) as part of a $600 kit that includes a 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (SELP1650). Another lens, the 55-210mm zoom lens (SEL55210), will also be available in March for about $350.

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