Sony a5000 review

Sony's entry-level CSC stays simple, but adds Wi-Fi and a top-end processor

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Sony A5000 with the Fuji X-A, the Panasonic GF6 and the Olympus E-PM2.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

JPEG signal to noise ratio

In this graph we can see that the A5000 puts in a relatively consistent performance which is pretty closely matched with the Panasonic GF6 and the Olympus PEN E-PM2. It is the Fuji X-A1 which really storms ahead here though, producing better results, by quite some margin, at every sensitivity setting.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Raw signal to noise

For the raw (after conversion to TIFF) files, it's a similar story here, with the A5000 putting in a decent performance. It is however beaten by the Panasonic GF6 and Olympus PEN E-PM2at the same sensitivities. At the very lowest sensitivity (ISO 100), it is almost exactly tied with the Fuji X-A1, but the Fuji takes over from ISO 400 and above.

JPEG dynamic range

JPEG dynamic range

For dynamic range, the Sony A5000 puts in a good performance in JPEG files across the sensitivity range. It is beaten by the Olympus PEN E-PM2 at every sensitivity, but it comfortably beats the Fuji X-A1, which has a much flatter dynamic range. In the Fuji's defence, this type of graph is borne out by warmly saturated, pleasing to the eye images, whereas the Sony's are more accurate.

RAW dynamic range

Raw dyanamic range

In terms of the raw files (after conversion to TIFF), the A5000 is very closely matched with the X-A1, demonstrating the processing that Fuji cameras apply to its JPEG images. This suggests that colours from the A5000 are very natural and true to life, something which I have found to be true in real-world testing. It is however the Olympus PEN E-PM2 which steals the show here, beating all of the cameras on test by a considerable amount, at every sensitivity.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.1 Megapixel
Product Familyalpha
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2)
Image StabilizationNo
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesLive View, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)210 g
Image Sensor Size23.20 mm x 15.40 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5456 x 3632
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height62.8 mm
Width109.6 mm
Depth35.7 mm
Focal Length16 mm to 50 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelILCE-5000L
Product NameILCE-5000L Body with Standard Zoom Lens
Product Linealpha
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberILCE5000LW.CEC
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Take pro performance anywhere

The world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera*, the ILCE-5000 features a 20.1 effective megapixel Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor and powerful BIONZ X image processor for pro performance. A 180° tiltable LCD screen lets you experiment with new angles and shots.

Package Contents
  • ILCE-5000L Mirrorless Camera
  • SELP1650 E-mount lens
  • NP-FW50 Battery