Sony Adds the A5000 Hybrid Camera, its Lightest Addition to the Alpha Line

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Sony A5000 Product Images (6 of 9)After the Sony A7 we didn’t expect to ever see another E-mount camera variant to come out, but in a completely unexpected surprise Sony announced a new A5000 camera. With a name like the A5000 it might seem like A3000 successor or another addition to the NEX series with that body, but it’s neither. Sony is positioning the A5000 as a new, lightweight entry to its Alpha line featuring an APS-C 20.1MP sensor and E-mount for lenses.

Despite being the new hybrid camera in the Alpha series, it’s no slouch packing the same BIONZ X image processor tucked inside the Sony A7 and A7R. It can take 5456 x 3632 pixel images across an 100 to 16000 ISO range, plus 1080p HD video at 30fps. The sensor is also backed up with pin point accuracy through a 25 point AF system. On the back users will be able to see their photos displayed on a 3in, 460,800 dot LCD display. It also comes in black, white, and metallic silver colors.

The Sony A5000 will be available starting in March for $600 when packed in a kit with the PZ 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 lens. Don’t forget to hit the jump for more specs and images of the Sony A5000

Sony A5000

  • 20.1 effective megapixels
  • 5456 x 3632 maximum resolution
  • 25 point contrast-detection autofocus
  • 1200-zone evaluative metering Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
  • ISO range 100-16000
  • Image modes: RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
  • AVCHD 1920 x 1080 30fps and MP4 1440 x 1080 30fps video recording
  • 1/4000 to 30 sec shutter speed range
  • 7.5cm/3in 460,800 dot LCD display
  • Media formats: Memory Stick XC-HG Duo and SDXC memory card
  • Built-in stereo microphone
  • Built-in, monaural speaker
  • Rechargeable NP-FW50 battery pack for 420 shots
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7mm (4 3/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 7/16 in)
  • Weight: 7.4oz/210g camera body only

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Kevin Lee is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn.