SONY A5000 is the Next Generation Mirrorless Compact

Sony claims the title, "The World Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera" with its latest addition to alpha series - A5000.  Panasonic has already claimed to spot for "the world smallest interchangeable lens camera" with Lumix GM1 not too long ago.

Suprisingly A5000 is only slightly larger than GM1 even though it houses bigger APS-C sensor. This mirrorless camera features a 20.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor, Bionz X processor, and built-in Wi-Fi, and only weighs 210g (7.4 oz.) without battery, card, or lens.

One of the hugely welcome addition is the Wi-fi functionality which allows for a range of applications - both free and paid-for - to be downloaded to the camera such as Photo Retouch app and app tailored for Time-lapse capture.

The new naming scheme leaves the NEX series behind, a risky but potentially rewarding endeavor in the long run for the company.

Additional features include NFC for easy Wi-Fi connectivity; a 3" 460K-dot LCD that flips forward for easy self-portraits; a built-in pop-up flash; and a zoom control built into the body to control power zoom lenses. The a5000 can also use Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps, which work similarly to smartphone apps to make adding features to the camera a simple option.

From Sony's official press release:

LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 6, 2014 – The versatile new Sony α5000 camera (model ILCE-5000) is the world’s lightest interchangeable lens camera to feature the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity.1 Weighing in at less than 8oz., the new camera boasts a formidable amount of imaging power for its size.
“Packing DSLR imaging power into an incredibly small and light package, our new α5000 is the ultimate ‘everyday shooter’ that will appeal to a wide range of customers,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony.   “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...
You can read the full press release here: Link

The A5000 will be available for sale in about a week from today, but you can actually pre-order it right now for $100 below MSRP.

Lowest Price - Sony Alpha a5000 20.1 MP SLR Camera, $498
SONY A5000 is the Next Generation Mirrorless Compact Reviewed by Brandon on 3/15/2014 Rating: 5

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