CES 2014: Sony Announces a5000 DSLR with Wi-Fi and 20MP Sensor
Sony Introduces the World's Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera with Wi-Fi Connectivity
α5000 Model offers DSLR Power in Compact Body
LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 6, 2014 – The
versatile new Sony α5000 camera (model ILCE-5000) is the world’s
lightest interchangeable lens camera to feature the convenience of Wi-Fi
connectivity.(1) Weighing in at less than 8oz., the new camera boasts a formidable amount of imaging power for its size.
“Packing DSLR imaging power into an incredibly small and light
package, our new α5000 is the ultimate ‘everyday shooter’ that will
appeal to a wide range of customers,” said Neal Manowitz, director of
the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony. “Its sleek,
user-friendly design will attract point-and-shoot users looking to
upgrade, while its impressive imaging credentials will appeal to photo
enthusiasts looking for a compact camera that can deliver the
performance, flexibility and results they crave.”
The new camera features a large 20.1 MP APS-C sized sensor that is
paired with a new-generation BIONZ® X processor – the same processor in
the award winning Sony α7 and α7R full-frame cameras. These key devices
work together to deliver crisp, high-quality still images and full HD
videos in all types of shooting conditions.
The BIONZ X processor uses detail reproduction, area-specific noise
reduction and diffraction reducing technologies to ensure extremely fine
color textures and low noise in images. Additionally, it allows for
shooting at extremely high sensitivity – up to ISO 16000 – for
impressive pictures in fading light.
On-board Wi-Fi capabilities give consumers one-touch connection with
Xperia® or NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones or tablets for instant
image transfer and sharing2. A single touch also activates
Smart Remote Control, linking the camera with a smartphone or tablet to
view shots, and fire the shutter from a distance.
For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly
transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control with the
α5000 camera through Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile™ application, available
for the iOS and Android platforms.
The new α5000 model has a comfortable new grip and intuitive tiltable
LCD screen that can flip upwards up to 180 degrees for easy
self-portraits. There’s also a conveniently placed lever on the camera
body for fingertip adjustment of the camera’s optical zoom3, which is especially useful for shooting HD video with the supplied 16-50mm power zoom kit lens (model SELP1650).
The camera’s “Photo Creativity” mode will help less experienced
photographers learn and experiment with creative settings. Unique to
Sony, this mode replaces complex photographic settings with more easily
understood phrases like “Background Defocus” and “Brightness,” giving
users direct access to many common manual settings. It also offers
quick and easy access to Picture Effects, which includes popular modes
like Pop Color, Selective Color, Toy Camera and Miniature Mode.
Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps™
The growing assortment of downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps adds a
range of exciting and powerful features to the α5000 camera. Shooters
can pick from a variety of free to nominal cost apps to broaden creative
options, experiment with new effects, learn new photography techniques
There are 11 apps currently available, including an upgraded version
of “Time Lapse Ver. 2.0,” which intelligently and automatically adjusts
exposure for changing lighting conditions over of the course of a time
lapse sequence. A new free “Sync to Smartphone” app automatically
transfers shots to a pre-registered smartphone or tablet each time the
camera is switched off.
More information on Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps can be found at www.sony.net/pmca/.
New Sony α Lenses and Accessories
The new camera is compatible with Sony’s ever-growing assortment of
E-mount interchangeable lenses, which now includes a new version of the
popular SEL55210 lens (E55-210mm, F4.5-6.3 OSS). Identical in optics to
the existing silver 55-210mm E-mount zoom lens, this new version has a
black finish to match many of Sony’s latest E-mount cameras.
In total, 22 different lenses (including converters) are now
available for Sony’s E-mount system with several premium models from
Carl Zeiss® and G Series Lenses.
Additionally, there is a new sleek designed body case – the LCS-EBB
model – that serves as a perfect travel companion for the α5000 camera.
Pricing and Availability
The Sony α5000 compact interchangeable lens camera will be available
in March 2014 in silver, black and white for about $600 in a kit with a
compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650).
The new, black-finish E 55-210mm (SEL55210) zoom lens will be available in March for about $350.