Best Camera For Travel?! – Sony Alpha A5000

Source: Digital Trends


Today, we are featuring the Sony Alpha A5000, one of Sony’s best entry-level cameras. It’s supposedly a rebrand/refresh of the NEX-3N with a few added features such as Wi-Fi functionality and an improved image processor. The Alpha A5000 is one of Sony’s most portable and compact cameras due to its small size. It is a great upgrade from a normal smartphone and a good start for professional photography.


Here are the features that you should know about Sony’s Alpha A500:

Improved Processor: BIONZ X brings out better results when it comes to processing images. This processor can also be found in Sony’s high-end cameras,  Alpha A7 and RX10. It gives truer color rendering, better noise reduction, and hyper-real detail via high-speed processing.

High Sensitivity:  The camera has an ISO setting ranging from 100 up to 16000. This gives you the flexibility and control on your images.

Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor: With over 20.1 million effective pixels, it gives you extreme dynamic range, unsurpassed detail, and low noise on your images.

Different Autofocus Modes: The camera comes with different Autofocus Modes, which includes multi-area, centre, selective single-point, tracking AF, face detection and continuous.

HD Video Recording: The camera can also record videos at full-HD (1080p 50fps).

Flippable Screen: It has a 3″, 460k-dot LCD screen that can be flipped 180 degrees forward, which enables you to take selfies while seeing yourself.

Wi-Fi/NFC Ready: It’s 2017 and Wi-Fi ready cameras are becoming the norm. The Alpha A5000 is also part of that group. This feature gives you the ability to control the camera using a smartphone or tablet through Sony’s PlayMemories App.

Lens Compatibility: The camera can also use Sony’s E-mount lenses which are perfect for people who has other Sony lenses from a different camera.

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Quick Specs

Body Type:  Rangefinder-style mirrorless

Max resolution: 5456 x 3632

Effective pixels: 20 megapixels

Sensor Size: APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)

Sensor type: CMOS

ISO: Auto, 100 – 16000

Lens Mount: Sony E

Focal Length mult.: 1.5x

Articulated LCD: Tilting

Screen Size: 3″

Screen Dots: 460,800

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

Video Format: MPEG-4, AVCHD

Picture Format: JPEG, RAW

Storage Types: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo

USB: USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)

Weight (inc. batteries): 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)

Dimensions: 110 x 63 x 36 mm (4.33 x 2.48 x 1.42″)


The Sony Alpha A5000 is currently priced at $498 on Amazon.


Scores in Detail

Design 80%
Features 75%
Image Quality 85%
Performance 80%
Value 95%


Excellent choice for people who are on a budget. Small and lightweight, makes it easier to bring to any occasion or places when travelling.


  • Small Size
  • Lightweight
  • Great value for its price
  • Wifi/NFC Ready
  • Flip-Screen


  • No Touchscreen
  • Limited Functionality
  • Flimsy Screen
  • Continuous AF is bad


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