20 February, 2014

Sony Alpha 5000 Bloggers Gathering

Disclaimer: Pictures are taken using Sony Alpha 5000 // More info at http://bit.ly/1ffJeVN

Hello! Do you know that the latest world’s lightest interchangeable-lens digital camera, Sony Alpha 5000 has just landed on the shore of Malaysia? I was recently invited to the Sony α5000 bloggers gathering for a hi-tea date at Carcosa Seri Negara. 

I used to have a Sony compact camera during high school, it was only 7.2 megapixels back then. Many years later, Sony has been improvising their products, and currently the Sony α5000 comes in a DSLR-sized 20.1MP Exmor™ APS-C HD CMOS sensor that boosts finer textures and lower noise. 

Nice chatting with Mr. Kikuo Okura, the Managing Director of Sony Malaysia!

Mr. Ishida Masahiko, the Head of Digital Imaging in Sony Malaysia mentioned that Sony Alpha 5000 is a cutting-edge innovation that has built-in WiFi and NFC-enabled "One Touch" sharing feature that transfers pictures to mobile devices in split seconds.

Comes in pink, white and black, Sony Alpha 5000 is incredibly lightweight yet able to produce beautifully detailed images of DSLR quality. I bet all girls will be more than delighted to own this camera because it has a 180° tiltable LCD screen for selfies!

I love how the case is exclusively styled for a sleek, elegant fit! This 'bag-in-bag' style soft carrying case comes with a stylish strap and allows the camera to stow neatly inside a rucksack. How I'd wish to get one for my baby Sony α5000 too!

It is compatible with a versatile range of Sony E-mount lenses.
Let's try out the camera! 

Pictures are taken with the camera LCD screen flipped up. 
It has Soft Skin Effect to beautify our complexion too... so perfect for selfies!

Under low light setting, most cameras give a yellowish tone and high noise which I hate alot. 
But with Sony Alpha 5000, I'm surprised with the bright, clear, cool-toned result!

Unique to Sony, one of the remarkable features is the easy control over different settings. The 
Background Defocus mode gives a clear focus on the object in front, leaving the background blurred.

Models were present during the bloggers gathering for us to test on various lenses for different effects.

 Here's the full specification of Sony Alpha 5000:

Camera Type
Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash

Lens compatibility
Sony E-mount lenses
Image sensor
APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4mm) "Exmor™" APS HD CMOS sensor

Number of pixels (effective)
Approx. 20.1 megapixels
Recording system
(still image)
Recording format
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)

Image quality modes

Picture Effect
13 type: Posterisation (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration
Recording system (movie)
Recording format
AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant;
Recording system
"Memory Stick PRO Duo"/"Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo"/"Memory Stick XC-HG Duo"/SD memory card/SDHC memory card/SDXC memory card
Focus system
Contrast-detection AF

Focus point
25 points (contrast-detection AF)
Exposure control
Metering type
1200-zone evaluative metering

ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Still images: ISO100 to 16000, AUTO (ISO100 to 16000), Movies: ISO100 to 6400 equivalent, AUTO (ISO100 to 6400 equivalent)
LCD screen
7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT

Number of dots
460,800 dots (total)

Field coverage

Adjustable angle
Up by approx. 180 degrees
View on smartphone

Send to computer

View on TV
Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible,
One-touch remote, One-touch sharing

PlayMemories Camera Apps

Speed (approx., max.)
Continuous mode: max. 2.5 fps

Speed Priority Continuous shooting: max. 3.5 fps
Still images
Approx. 420 images (CIPA standard)
(W x H x D) excluding protrusions
Approx. 109.6mm x 62.8mm x 35.7mm
Approx. 210g (body only)
Approx. 269g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included)

The camera has been with me for a week now, at the moment I'm still trying and testing with different modes and picture effects of the camera. Hopefully a full review on Sony Alpha 5000 will be up soon!

 Sony Alpha 5000 is now available nationwide from 21 February 2014 onwards.

Single lens (Body + 16-50mm Kit Lens) is priced at RM1,999. While twin lens package 
(Body + 16-50mm Kit Lens + 55-210mm Telephoto Zoom Lens) retails at RM2,799. 

For more information about the camera, visit http://bit.ly/1ffJeVN


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