The Blogging Camera: Sony A5000 Review

Monday, December 01, 2014
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I’d been after a new camera for a while, My SLR felt too bulky to be running around with and my trusty compact digital canon just didn’t quite cut the mark when it came too using additional shooting modes to create effects. But after a good few months trying to seek out the best camera for my needs and the researching like crazy to make sure I chose the right one, I finally settled on this little beauty... the Sony A5000 Compact System Camera. 


There are 5 main reasons why I chose the Sony A5000 Compact System Camera:

1.     It has a 180 degree 3 inch flip screen which is perfectly suited for when I’m creating blog posts that require physical close ups or beauty shots. It also means that I can pop the camera onto a tripod and using the self-timer or your PlayMemories App as a remote, I can take my own photographs. Not only that but if you’re taking selfies of vlogging/ creating videos it couldn’t be more useful to reassure you that you’re in focus and ‘in shot’.

2.     It is the world’s lightest compact camera with interchangeable lenses making it ultimate hybrid of a both a compact and digital SLR camera. It has all the best physical features of a compact camera (lightweight, portable and hands on) with all the much needed features of an SLR (interchangeable lens capability, shooting modes and higher quality full HD photographs) The Sony A5000 comes with a 16-50mm lens which provides Full HD high resolution images of 1080p and an APS-C image sensor for fast focusing.

3.     It has Wi-Fi. I use social media on a daily basis and having a camera in which I can instantly transfer images to and from my phone, computer or TV is a must. Sony have even created a user friendly App called PlayMemories in which you can send your images with the press of a button to your device in which is delivers stunning Blue-ray picture quality. The App also lets you edit your photos/videos with features that can enhancing portraits/ close ups and creating time lapse and stop motion shots.

4.     It has a built in pop-up flash with ISO. This makes shooting in just about any lighting situation a breeze, ensuring people and subjects are perfectly lit and help you to capture higher quality exposed shots. It’s also ideal for those who are out and about ‘vlogging’ as there is a feature to enable the flash to stay active throughout filming.

5.     The camera itself comes with a ton of features.  I’ve yet to use them all but the features include: Posterisation (Color B/W), Pop color, Retro Photo, Partical Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contract Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-Key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Minature, Watercolour and illustration. The biggest advantages of this camera is that it on the back of the body it has a “?” symbol. This can be pressed at any time when you don’t quite understand a certain feature and it will provide you with a short but detailed explanation. I’ve used this a lot as it’s a much needed feature that can help you to explore and understand the ins and outs of your camera and how to use it to its full advantage.

I’ve yet to jump into the YouTube world but I've been dabbling in the idea of possibly starting to do some ‘Vlogging’. Which leads me onto another feature this camera holds (aside from filming in full HD) it contains two microphones at either side of the lens which enables the camera to capture sound more clearly with a crisp clear outcome to your video content. 

The Sony A5000 itself retails at the reasonable (or I think impressively cheap price) of £269. The box comes with a charger, lens, battery, shoulder strap and micro USB cable.

If you like the physical feel of a compact with the all the features of an SLR then this is what you’re looking for. I’ve had it for a good few months now and I’m still learning to use the features to my full advantage but its honestly the best camera I’ve owned!  

Beki Xo
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15 comments:

  1. We're on the market for a new blogging camera and this one looks very promising! We own a sony cybershot now and it's served us well, but we think it's time to upgrade! We'll definitely be looking into this one. The flip screen is genius

    M + K

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    1. The flip screen is the best feature! X

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  2. This review is great! I'm in the market for a new travel blogging camera and this was definitely on my list. Thanks for the info - great blog! (o:

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    1. It's lightweight too so perfect for travelling around x

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  3. How do you like it in white? Does it get dirty easily or feel different?

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    1. It's great! Doesn't show marks up or dirt at all and looks more sleek. X

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  4. Thanks for the review I have been debating getting this camera.

    http://followinmyfabulousness.blogspot.ca

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  5. Why you didn't buy olympus e-pl5?? Which is better?? Sony a5000 vs olympus e-pl5??

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  6. Ah this is a little beauty, I just bought the A5100 and I'm in love! So good for uploading to social media quick! The only think I find with mine is that it takes an age to charge the battery so I'm going to invest in a spare battery for sure.

    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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  7. Great post! :) I ordered this camera (in white of course) over the weekend and it's good to hear such rave reviews on it! I assume the photos in your blog posts since this one have been taken with this camera?

    I can't wait to get using mine :D

    Kate xo
    katiecharlotteblogs.co.uk

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    1. Its a great camera its currently what i use to take all my blog photo's, i'm just on the hunt for a new lens! x

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  8. Beki thanks so much for alerting me to your review. Despite reading loads of great things about this camera, I really wanted to hear it from a bloggers perspective as I know we'll have similar needs! Totally sold x

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  9. beki, i would like to ask, does this camera suit for beauty vlogger?

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  10. What brand is the ladybug perfume? :)

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