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We love to snap photos and share them – so much that even our country became the selfie capital of the world. More than a million photos were uploaded DAILY (from the Philippines ONLY) to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

So, how can we justify the love we have for taking photos if we (or you didn’t) take quality and great ones? Though most photos today are taken by smartphones with powerful snappers, however, there’s still the urge for more professional-grade, high-quality Instagram-able photos.

So many cameras are out in the market right now, ranging from lower-end point-and-shoot cameras, to mid-range SLR’s and mirrorless ones, and to the high-end cinema/pro-grade snappers and video capturers. However, for those who don’t know which category you want to pick on for your first, or next camera, you might want to check out the Sony Alpha α5000 – a mirrorless camera that exceeds boundaries.

As a content creator, a blogger/vlogger and a YouTuber, I need a camera that is portable yet can give you great photos and footages at the same time, and I think the α5000 can serve the job – doing all of these using a single camera.

Being a blogger requires me to take photos of almost everything related to my niche (in this case, tech stuffs). Time, quality and portability is necessary for this kind of job, so having a camera that was easy to setup is really the best one to bring. Additionally, a vlogger also requires all things portable, which you can use without making any larger footprint – or simply, fire it up and you’re ready to go.

Feature-wise, beginners and photography enthusiasts will love the α5000 – surely because of its basic yet innovative features which you can find mostly on high-end DSLR cameras only such as interchangeable lenses, articulating LCD screen, WiFi & NFC and much more (see this for full list of features) [and more on that later]

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Now, let’s go to the reasons why you’ll love the Sony Alpha α5000.


I love shooting close-ups, and a macro lens for this is essential. Thankfully, the α5000 has interchangeable lenses – I can use a macro lens or a zoom lens, or whatever I can buy if I’m shooting a subject further (which most mirrorless cameras in this price range won’t offer).

A Sony G-lens (image retrieved from Sony's website)
A Sony G-lens (image retrieved from Sony's website)
An example of a close-up shot (image retrieved from Sony's website)
An example of a close-up shot (image retrieved from Sony's website)
Some of the available lenses for the α5000 (image retrieved from Sony's website)
Some of the available lenses for the α5000 (image retrieved from Sony's website)

I also usually shoot by myself, so having a view of the frame on my own is actually helpful on composing the actual shot for videos – and it happened that the α5000 also has an articulating 3” LCD screen (180-degree articulation) which helps, not only on taking selfies, but also shooting videos on your own – with you facing the camera. Most mirrorless cameras also within this price range doesn’t have screen articulation, or if they do have, they’re just limited to a certain angle, and they suck.

A sample of the articulating LCD capabilities - using it to compose selfies (image retrieved from Sony's website)
A sample of the articulating LCD capabilities - using it to compose selfies (image retrieved from Sony's website)
The camera with the LCD screen articulated (image from Sony)
The camera with the LCD screen articulated (image from Sony)

Having WiFi on most cameras is becoming an essential, especially for those that are dubbed as “smart cameras”. However, NFC is a new and great technology, and having a one-touch solution for sharing / transferring photos from your camera to a NFC-enabled device (most newer smartphones and computers have this feature) is definitely helpful. No need to pull out the memory stick/card or any USB connector just to transfer your precious photos and videos for you to EDIT or to UPLOAD ON INSTAGRAMjust tap and go. Not to mention that you can also use the WiFi capability to control your camera from your smartphone (remote viewfinder, shutter and much more)

Photo shows a NFC-enabled smartphone fetching content from the α5000. (image from Sony’s website)

It’s worth mentioning that most mirrorless cameras within that price range only offers WiFi and no NFC at all.


Next is the picture modes. Yes, we all know that there’s Adobe Photoshop (or whatever photo editor you use), but, it’s definitely cool if you can do the desired effects straight from the camera itself.

Soft High-key (which can make your picture/video more dreamy and cinematic)
Soft High-key (which can make your picture/video more dreamy and cinematic)
Miniature (making your picture/video a wholly new perspective from the one you’re actually seeing)
Miniature (making your picture/video a wholly new perspective from the one you’re actually seeing)
Pop Color (that emphasizes color tones, making colors more vibrant than the default)
Pop Color (that emphasizes color tones, making colors more vibrant than the default)
Partial Color (equivalent to Selective Color on Photoshop and other editors – which allows you to highlight one hue) - Blue
Partial Color (equivalent to Selective Color on Photoshop and other editors – which allows you to highlight one hue) - Blue
Partial Color - Yellow
Partial Color - Yellow
Partial Color - Red
Partial Color - Red

Note that you can use the effects on both photo and video mode. It’s fun to experiment, and enjoy the results.

Soft Skin effect (image retrieved from Sony's website)
Soft Skin effect (image retrieved from Sony's website)
Auto Object Framing feature
Auto Object Framing feature
Face Detection feature
Face Detection feature

Additionally, the Soft Skin effect, that smooths away wrinkles or dullness (like the Beautify feature that came with some smartphones), is also present here. It’s useful especially when you are capturing selfies, making you more confident, on sharing your selfies. (Of course, it also saves your time from photo-shopping your wrinkles and pimples.)

And not to forget, some features such as Auto Object Framing and Face Detection – which I won’t explain much because it is already “self-explanatory”.

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Now, for shooting modes, the α5000 is capable of doing Auto and Manual shooting modes, multiple exposure shots & time lapses (via the PlayMemory app) and recording videos in Full HD.

Auto and Manual shooting modes works like every other camera out there. In (Full) Auto, you just point it out, and the camera will do the focusing, setting the exposure levels and aperture, as well as ISO and other essential things for you. All you have to do is to fire it up and start capturing your subject.

E 50mm F1.8 OSS (SEL50F18) M mode, 1/200 sec, F2.5, ISO 200, Manual white balance (image from Sony's website)
E 50mm F1.8 OSS (SEL50F18) M mode, 1/200 sec, F2.5, ISO 200, Manual white balance (image from Sony's website)
E 50mm F1.8 OSS (SEL50F18) M mode, 1/60 sec, F2.0, ISO 200, Manual white balance (image from Sony's website)
E 50mm F1.8 OSS (SEL50F18) M mode, 1/60 sec, F2.0, ISO 200, Manual white balance (image from Sony's website)
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS (SELP1650) A mode, 1/3200 sec, F4.0, -0.3EV, ISO 200, Auto white balance (image from Sony's website)
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS (SELP1650) A mode, 1/3200 sec, F4.0, -0.3EV, ISO 200, Auto white balance (image from Sony's website)
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS (SELP1650) A mode, 1/25 sec, F8.0, ISO 3200, Manual white balance (image from Sony's website)
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS (SELP1650) A mode, 1/25 sec, F8.0, ISO 3200, Manual white balance (image from Sony's website)

On the other hand, Manual shooting mode gives the full control over the camera – adjust the elements on your own while the MF assist feature can help composing the focus for that shot as well.

Multiple exposure shots work in a way that even I can’t figure out yet, but seeing the sample photo below of a multiple exposure shot that looks promising – it will be a challenge for me to figure out the best way how to compose one, so if you figured out how does a multi-exposure shot work, it will be rewarding. (see photos and video below)

Multiple Exposure shot sample (image from Sony's website)
Multiple Exposure shot sample (image from Sony's website)
Multiple Exposure shot sample (image from Sony)
Multiple Exposure shot sample (image from Sony)

Time-lapses, on the other hand, is a trend that nowadays, done by vloggers as well as cinematographers. Since I’m a fan of doing time-lapse videos as well, having a small camera like this which you can apparently mount on a tripod or a time-lapse rig is great, so having this feature is a bonus (see video below)

For recording videos, you can choose between 1080i/60p/24p and 1080p/30p for the video resolution saved in AVCHD (MP4) format. (most video editing software / NLEs today can handle that for easy editing (like Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas)) – so no need for me to convert these videos before editing which can save my time, and be more creative.

(image retrieved from Sony’s website)

The A5000 also has a 20.1MP APS-C effective sensor, which I won’t give much details about because how does it work can be seen from the sample photos attached.

Of course, ISO sensitivity also matters. With an ISO of 100-16000, you can set it up according to the situation to get the best exposure for your subject, because – lighting and exposure matters when it comes to everything about capturing photos and videos.

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My final words regarding this camera and why do I think that you’ll love it is:

  • This camera is very easy to use – you don’t even need to read the manual to fire it up.
  • This camera is portable – you can even fit it in your pocket unlike DSLRs and it is lighter than any cameras I’ve ever got a hold of (even Sony claims that it was their most lightest camera equipped with the APS-C sensor)
  • This camera offers a WIDE RANGE of HIGH-END features – from interchangeable lenses to pro-grade parameters & effects, you’ll definitely ran out of your options yourself before you ran out of options on this camera. Just don’t expect the features from the pro-grade cinema camera at all to be present on this one.
  • This camera is AFFORDABLE – with its SRP of Php22,999.00, this camera is definitely a BANG-FOR-THE-BUCK.
  • This camera is made by Sony – a brand known for its quality, innovation before everything else, meaning that you can trust your investment to last for a long time. No other words here, tho.
  • You can use a wide-range of Sony and third-party accessories as well
  • You can even add some apps to the camera with its PlayMemory feature – adding of editing or other enhancement apps is rarely seen on a camera like this.

 

“Definitely a bang-for-the-buck mirrorless camera that exceeds boundaries” – Bryan Snow for Sony Alpha A5000 Mirrorless Camera, 2017.

More information about the Sony Alpha A5000 here: LINK

Thank you for reading!

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DISCLAIMER: For humanitarian, business and transparency purposes, we should tell you – readers, that this is actually a post for a contest organized by YugaTech & Sony Philippines. Moreover, if you have questions regarding the post, wag mahiyang magtanong (just kidding) – by sending the author an email (bryansnow@snowtechstuff.com)