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The A5000 copes well when shooting in low light, producing bright, detailed images while keeping noise to a minimum.

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The 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens is a decent optic for a carry around lens, and seems likely to be the lens that most users will stick with.

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The A5000's metering system copes well in the majority of conditions, sometimes slightly under exposing meaning you need to dial in some positive exposure compensation.

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Creative Styles allow you to experiment with a different look for your images, without losing the ability to shoot in raw format. If you decide you want a colour version down the line, you'll be able to rescue it from the raw file.

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The A5000's sensor is capable of resolving lots of fine detail.

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Colours straight from the camera are bright and punchy, showing a nice level of vibrance and saturation without looking unnatural.

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There is a good range of lenses available for the Sony E mount. Since Sony has removed the NEX branding from its E-mount range of cameras, be careful which type of lens you're buying. This was shot with a 30mm f/3.5 macro lens.

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You can get attractive shallow depth of field effects from the A5000, thanks to its larger sensor.

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Another image shot with the 30mm f/3.5 macro lens. This kind of lens makes for a good second lens as it offers a 45mm equivalent focal length - a classic length for a variety of different subjects.

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Noise at mid-range sensitivities, like ISO 640, is hardly present at all - even when zooming in at 100%.

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At higher sensitivities, such as ISO 3200 here, noise is much more apparent when examining an image at 100%, but at normal printing and web sizes, it's much harder to see.

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The camera's automatic white balance system copes well in the majority of conditions to produce accurate colours.

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Another example of pleasingly saturated colours, straight from the camera.

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If you want to boost the saturation of images, you can alter Picture Styles to up the contrast. This has the advantage of being able to be shot in raw format, meaning you can view a "clean" version of the image.

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The 50mm f/1.8 lens for E mount is useful for shooting portraits, offering an equivalent focal length of 75mm.

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The 50mm f/1.8 lens also makes a good walkaround lens for street photography and so on, helping to isolate the subject from the background.

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The A5000 is suited to a wide range of subjects, including landscapes.