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class="cnetReview row" section=""> Shop for Sony Alpha ILCE-A5000 (with 16-50mm PZ lens)
See all prices $320 at Amazon LAS VEGAS -- Piling on the interchangeable-lens models at the low end, Sony adds to its ILCE line of cameras with the Alpha ILCE-5000 (A5000). That gives the compay 5 models with kit prices between $350 and $600. And if it's not confusing enough, the older, similarly priced NEX-5T has notably better specifications almost all around.

Sony's current offerings less than $600:


Sony Alpha ILCE-3000
(A3000) Sony Alpha ILCE-5000 (A5000) Sony Alpha NEX-3N Sony Alpha NEX-5T Sony Alpha SLT-A58

Sensor effective resolution 20.1MP Exmor HD CMOS 20.1MP Exmor HD CMOS 16.1MP Exmor HD CMOS 16.1mp Exmor HD CMOS 20.1MP Exmor Corvette411.com HD CMOS

23.5 x 15.6mm 23.2 x 15.4mm 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.2 x 15.4mm

Focal - length multiplier 1.5x 1.5x 1.5x 1.5x 1.5x

Sensitivity range ISO 100 - ISO 16000 ISO 100 - ISO 16000 ISO 200 - ISO 16000 ISO 100 - ISO 25600 ISO 100 - ISO 16000

Burst shooting 2.5fps
5 raw + JPEG/ 13 JPEG
(3.5fps with fixed exposure) 2.5fps
n/a 2.5fps
5 raw/9 JPEG
n/a 3fps
11 raw/15 JPEG
(10fps with fixed exposure) 5fps
6 raw/7 JPEG

Viewfinder (mag/ effective mag) EVF
0.5 inch/ 201,600 dots
100% coverage
0.70x/0.59x
None None Optional OLED EVF
0.5 inch/ 480,000 dots
100% coverage
0.88x/0.59x

Autofocus 25-area contrast AF 25-area contrast AF 25-area contrast AF 99-point phase detection, 25-area contrast AF 15-pt phase-detection
3 cross-type

AF sensitivity 0 - 20 EV 0 - 20 EV 0 - 20 EV 0 - 20 EV -1 to 18 EV

Shutter speed 1/4,000 to 30 seconds; bulb; 1/160 x-sync 30-1/4,000 sec.; bulb; 1/160 sec x-sync 30-1/4,000 sec.; bulb; 1/160 sec x-sync 30-1/4,000 sec.; bulb; 1/160 sec x-sync 1/4,000 to 30 seconds; bulb; 1/160 x-sync

Metering 1,200 zone 1,200 zone 1,200 zone 1,200 zone 1,200 zone

Metering sensitivity 0 - 20 EV 0 - 20 EV 0 - 20 EV 0 - 20 EV n/a

Best video AVCHD
1080/60i @ 24, 17Mbps, 1080/24p @ 24, 17Mbps; H.264 MPEG-4 1440 x 1080/30p @ 12Mbps AVCHD
1080/60i/30p @ 24, 17Mbps, 1080/24p @ 24, 17Mbps AVCHD
1080/60i @ 24, 17Mbps, 1080/24p @ 24, 17Mbps AVCHD 1080/60p @ 28, 24Mbps, 1080/ 24p @ 24, 17Mbps AVCHD 1080/60i/ 50i/25p/24p @ 24Mbps

Audio Stereo Stereo Stereo; mic input Stereo, mic input Stereo; mic input

Manual aperture and shutter in video n/a n/a Yes n/a n/a

IS Optical Optical Optical Optical Sensor shift

LCD size 3-inch fixed
230,400 dots 3-inch fixed
460,800 dots 3-inch tilting
460,800 dots 3-inch tilting touch screen
921,600 dots 2.7-inch tilting
460,800 dots

Memory slots 1 x SDXC 1 x SDXC 1 x SDXC 1 x SDXC 1 x SDXC

Wireless flash No No No No Yes

Wireless connection No Wi-Fi, NFC Wi-Fi Wi-Fi, NFC No

Battery life (CIPA rating) 480 shots 420 shots 480 shots 430 shots 690 shots

Size (WHD, inches) 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.5 4.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 4.3 x 2.4 x 1.4 4.4 x 2.4 x 1.6 5.1 x 3.8 x 3.1

Body operating weight (ounces) 14.2 9.5 (est.) 7.4 (est.) 9.7 (without flash) 17.4 (est.)

Mfr. price n/a n/a n/a $449.99 (body only) n/a

$349.99 (with 18-55mm lens) $599.99 (with 16-50mm PZ lens) $399.99 (with 16-50mm PZ lens) $599.99 (with 16-50mm PZ lens) $499.99 (with 18-55mm lens)

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Release date September 2013 March 2014 April 2013 September 2013 April 2013
At this price, the camera competes with dSLR models like the Nikon D3200. The superior performance of the phase-detection autofocus and the faster startup of dSLRs makes them much more appropriate for typical kids-and-pets photography.