Full Specifications and Features



Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Lens Compatibility
Sony E-mount lenses
Sensor Type
APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4 mm)
Number Of Pixels (Effective)
Number of Pixels (total)
Approx. 20.4
Image Sensor Aspect Ratio
3 : 2
Anti-Dust System
Charge protection coating on Optical Filter
Recording Format (Still images)
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image Size (pixels), 3:2
L: 5456 x 3632 (20M), M: 3872 x 2576 (10M), S: 2736 x 1824 (5.0 M)
Image Size (pixels), 16:9
L: 5456 x 3064 (17M), M: 3872 x 2176 (8.4M), S: 2736 x 1536 (4.2M)
Image Size (pixels), Sweep Panorama
Standard: horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M), Wide: horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M)
Image Quality Modes
JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard, RAW, RAW & JPEG
RAW Output
Picture Effect
Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal / Cool / Warm / Green / Magenta), Soft High-key, Soft Focus (High / Mid / Low), HDR Painting (High / Mid / Low), Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature (Auto / Top/Middle (H) / Bottom / Right / Middle (V) / Left), Watercolor, Illustration (High / Mid / Low)
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, Sepia (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps))
Dynamic Range Functions
Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level (1-6 EV, 1.0 EV step)), Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level (1-5)), Off
Recording Format
AVCHD 2.0 / MP4
Video Compression
AVCHD Ver. 2.0 compliant / MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Audio Recording Format
Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator, MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Image Size (pixels), PAL
(16:9 mode) "L: 5456 x 3064 (17 M), M: 3872 x 2176 (8.4 M), S: 2736 x 1536 (4.2 M)", (3:2 mode) "L: 5456 x 3632 (20 M), M: 3872 × 2576 (10 M), S: 2736 x 1824 (5.0 M)"
Movie Functions
Auto Slow Shutter
Compatible Recording Media
Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards
Storage Media Slot
Recording Mode on 2 Memory Cards
Noise Reduction
High ISO NR: Normal/Low, Long exposure NR: available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
Multi Frame NR
White Balance Modes
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight), Flash, Underwater/ Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & color filter (G7 to M7 (15-step), A7 to B7 (15-step), Custom
AWB Micro Adjustment
YES (G7 to M7, 15-step) (A7 to B7, 15-step)
3 frames, H/L selectable
Focus Type
Contrast-detection AF
Focus Sensor
"Exmor®" APS HD CMOS sensor
Focus Point
25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Focus Sensitivity Range
EV0 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
Focus Mode
Autofocus, DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
AF Mode
AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
Focus Area
Wide (25 points (contrast-detection AF)), Zone, Center-weighted, Flexible Spot (S/M/L)
Other Features
Focus Lock
Built-in flash
AF Illuminator range
Approx. 0.3 – approx. 3.0 m (with E PZ 16-50 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
Metering Type
1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Sensor
"Exmor®" APS HD CMOS sensor
Metering Sensitivity
EV0 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
Metering Mode
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes
iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority, Manual, Movie (Programmed AE / Aperture priority / Shutter-speed priority / Manual ), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection
Scene Selection
Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti Motion Blur
Exposure Compensation
Still images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps); Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Auto (AE) Bracketing
3 Frames (1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV: only 3 frames) selectable, Bracket: Cont., Bracket: Single, With 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, 3.0 EV increments
AE Lock
Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway. (Auto/On/Off selectable)
ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100-16000
Viewfinder Type
Real-time Image Adjustment Display
Monitor Type
3.0 in wide type TFT LCD
Total Number of Dots
460,800 dots
Brightness Control (LCD)
Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
Adjustable Angle
Up by approx. 180 degrees
Display Selecter (Finder/LCD)
Real-time Image Adjustment Display (LCD)
Focus Magnifier
YES (6.8x, 13.6x)
Quick Navi
Peaking MF
YES (Level setting: High / Mid / Low / Off, Color: White / Red / Yellow)
Face Detection
Face registration, Face selection, On / On (Regist. Faces)/Off
Auto Object Framing
Clear Image Zoom
Approx. 2x
Smart zoom (Still Image)
M:Approx.1.4x, S:Approx. 2x
Digital zoom (Still Image)
L: Approx. 4x, M: Approx. 5.6x, S: Approx. 8x
Digital zoom (Movie)
Approx. 4x
PlayMemories Camera Apps™
Lens Compensation
Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Image Processor
YES (3 sec delay/OFF selectable)
Smart Teleconverter
Smile Shutter
YES (selectable from 3 steps)
Touch Shutter
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed
Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps), Still images: 1/4000 to 30 sec, Bulb,, Still images: 1/4000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode), up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter mode)
Flash Sync. Speed
1/160 sec. (With compatible Sony external flash)
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
Not supported (image stabilization supported on lens)
Flash Control
Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation
+/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Flash Range
16 mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)
Flash Modes
Flash Off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync
Wireless Control
Yes (Wi-Fi® Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band) )
Drive Modes
Single, Continuous, Speed-priority Continuous, 10 seconds and 2 seconds Self-timer, Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing: Single, Bracketing:Cont, WB Bracketing, DRO Bracketing
Continuous Drive Speed (approx. max.)
3.5 fps (in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting mode)
Playback Modes
Single (with or without shooting information), RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning), 12/30-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 15.1x, M: 10.7x, S: 7.6x, Panorama (Standard): 19x, Panorama (Wide): 29x), Image orientation (Manual/Off selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Date/Still/MP4/VCHD), Forward/Rewind (Movie), Delete, Protect, Auto Review (10/5/2 sec,Off)
PC Interface
Mass-storage, MTP, PC remote
One-touch remote, One-touch sharing
HD Output
4K Still Image PB, BRAVIA Sync (link menu), HDMI micro connector (Type-D), PhotoTV HD
PC Remote
Multi/Micro USB Terminal
Built-in stereo microphone
Built-in, monaural
Compatible Standards
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
Custom Function Type
Custom key settings
Memory Function
Supplied Battery
NP-FW50 W-series Rechargeable Battery Pack
Battery Life (Still Images)
Up to 420 shots
Battery Life (CIPA, Movies)
Approx. 150 min (continuous recording), Approx. 95 min (actual recording)
External Power
AC Adapter AC-PW20 (sold separately)
Internal Battery Charge
Dimensions (W x H x D)
2.47 x 4.32 x 1.41 in
Weight (with battery and memory card included)
7.41 oz (Body Only) / 9.49 oz (With battery and media)
2500 to 9900K& color filterG7 to M7(15-step), A7 to B7(15-step)/ Custom
View on Smartphone
Upload to PC
View on TV
Wireless & Network Capabilities
Downloadable Camera Apps, NFC One-touch functionality, Wi-Fi®, Wi-Fi®®
Compatible OS
Mac OS X (v10.6–v10.8), Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows Vista SP2 (Starter Edition is not supported)
  • AC-UB10 AC charger (in-camera charging via USB)
  • SELP1650
  • Lens cap
  • Rechargeable battery (NP-FW50)
  • Shoulder strap
  • Micro USB cable
  • *Items may vary by country and model


20.1 MP Exmor® HD APS sensor

Get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the large 20.1 megapixel APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor® APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution and DSLR quality images with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.

BIONZ X™ image processing engine

Expect superlative results with Sony’s latest processing engine: truer color rendering, better noise reduction, and faster burst mode shooting.

Low light situations not a problem

Built-in pop-up flash in a compact camera body is perfect when an extra burst of light is needed to get the shot. Combine with high ISO sensitivity—from 100 to 16000 ISO—to enable shooting in just about any setting.

Full HD 1080/60i/24p or 1080/30p MP4 movies

Record stunning high quality Full HD video in either 60i or 24p frames per second. Records in your choice of 60i/24p Blu-ray™ quality AVCHD™ format, or in PC-friendly 1080/30p MP4 format.

Convenient Power zoom lens w/ motor zoom lever and body control

A convenient zoom lever on the body of the camera allows for effortless one-handed operation and smooth zooming even when shooting self-portraits, bringing compact camera convenience to the realm of interchangeable-lens models.

Face Detection/Smile Shutter

Set the α5000 to recognize faces and smiles. Face Detection locates up to eight faces in a composition then adjusts exposure, white balance and other settings based on these faces. Smile Shutter—adjustable in three levels—automatically takes a shot when smiles in the scene are detected.

Up to 420 Shots of battery life

Take up to 420 shots on a single charge with Sony® lithium ion Stamina™ battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM® battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

Compact Power Zoom 16–50 mm kit lens

For the ultimate in portability, the α5000 includes the collapsible 16-50 mm power zoom (SELP1650) as the kit lens. Ideal when traveling or anytime a compact, lightweight camera-combo is desired.

Auto Object Framing fills the frame with your subject

Give your photos a professional look with Auto Object Framing. Featuring advancements like exceptional two-person portrait capability along with Face Detection and Tracking Focus, Auto Object Framing not only turns ordinary photos into stunning compositions but does so automatically recognizing the scene then cropping accordingly.

Beautifully composed self-portraits made easy

The α5000’s tiltable LCD screen flips up 180° to make shooting self-portraits a snap. Include other people, experiment with interesting angles or shoot against famous landmarks. When you press the shutter, the camera does all the work.

Superior Auto and Photo Creativity

The Superior Auto mode makes great photography as simple as pointing and shooting. It also lets you enjoy creative photographic expression by entering the Photo Creativity mode—for easy adjustment of Background Defocus, Brightness, Color and Vividness—or adding Picture Effect modes while viewing the results in real-time on the LCD screen.

Scene Selection

Optimize image quality for the type of scene you shoot by choosing one of nine Scene Selection modes, including Portrait, Sports Action and Macro.

Creative Style

Bring out the character of your scene by choosing the appropriate mode (Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White or Sepia).

P/A/S/M modes

These four modes make it easy to enjoy the creative freedom of manual shooting while prioritizing what is most important for the shot.

Hand-held Twilight (Scene Selection)

Create beautiful hand-held evening shots with minimal blur and noise by activating this advanced Scene Selection mode.

Anti-Motion Blur

This feature enhances clarity by reducing subject-motion blur, which tends to occur in dimly lit scenes or when shooting at telephoto settings.

Peaking function

This handy feature colorizes the most sharply focused areas of your image so you can quickly confirm whether manual focusing needs adjustment.

DRO (D-Range Optimizer)

DRO is another way to tame contrasty scenes for more natural looking images. Unlike Auto HDR, it can be used when photographing moving subjects, even during high-speed continuous shooting.

Sweep Panorama

Just sweep the camera when shooting to capture spectacular panoramic landscapes that can be enjoyed on the LCD screen or a wide-screen TV.

MF Assist

Improve your accuracy during manual focusing by magnifying the scene 6.8x or 13.6x on the LCD screen and fine-tuning what you see.

Picture of α5000 E-mount Camera with APS-C Sensor

One-touch remote and one-touch sharing

One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera, and one-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. Either way, by installing the PlayMemories Mobile app to your NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet, you can avoid complex setup sequences and establish wireless connection simply by touching your device to the camera. You are now ready to control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot, or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. No NFC? No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.

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Picture of α5000 E-mount Camera with APS-C Sensor

Supported in Capture One Express (for Sony)

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Picture of α5000 E-mount Camera with APS-C Sensor

Works with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X

This product is compatible with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie.