Sony Alpha A5000 - Review of a Compact Mirrorless Camera

Who wants a great camera but doesn't love the idea of hauling around a heavy bag full of lenses and a big' ol DSLR!? If you're in the market for an easier on-the-go option, today's post is for you. We're going to hear from another Mom who happens to be my lovely sister! She has sent me photos from this point-and-shoot camera and I am impressed. I never really LOVED previous point-and-shoot cameras I owned, so my first thought about them was always a big "no thanks"! Her experience with her Sony is definitely changing my mind. Check out her opinion and user review of the small but powerful Sony Alpha A5000. 


Hi! My name is Aarika and I wanted to share with you how much I have LOVED my Sony Alpha A5000. We got it for three hundred somethin' from Best Buy on Black Friday a couple years ago. It usually retails for $450 so we scored a good deal. 

Great Point and Shoot Compact Camera - Mirrorless Camera Sony Alpha Review

What I love MOST about it:

  • It is smaller than a standard DSL-R camera so I take it everywhere in my purse all the time. I know sometimes people get really nice expensive cameras and they hardly use them because they're bulky and hard to lug around. That's why we settled on a mirrorless camera.  

  • Although it is smaller, it has a great lens. I think the lens and camera quality give it the ability to take really great pictures that exceed the quality, depth and interest of a standard point and shoot. 

  • I use it on auto (always) and get great photos.  

  • I LOVE the videos it takes. The focus on the subject and the blurred background make the videos so interesting and beautiful.  

  • It has an awesome share feature where it can send photos and video right to your phone or computer.  

  • Although I don't own any other lenses, I like the idea that I could change out the lens if I ever became more interested in photography.

  • We purchased the three year warranty that covers drops, spill and loss and that gives me such peace of mind (especially having young kids).  

  • ALL the point-and-shoot cameras we used prior to having the sony never captured the kids in motion! So many shots were blurry. This camera can take pictures mid-sword fight that are clear and show the expression and detail of their faces (I usually I use the flash in those moments and am pretty happy with the outcome)!

Great Point and Shoot Compact Camera - Mirrorless Camera Sony Alpha Review
Great Point and Shoot Compact Camera - Mirrorless Camera Sony Alpha Review

Cons

  • I did have a hard time finding the right sized case for it and ended up buying one from a British seller on eBay which has been perfect!

  • My camera seemed slower to start up when I would turn it on after a year of owning it. I called SONY and learned the reason was that I needed to reformat my SD card. After doing that it is it back to it's usual snappy self.  

Great Point and Shoot Compact Camera - Mirrorless Camera Sony Alpha Review
Great Point and Shoot Compact Camera - Mirrorless Camera Sony Alpha Review
Great Point and Shoot Compact Camera - Mirrorless Camera Sony Alpha Review

To read more about mirrorless cameras, check out this great article. Here's a quote from that article explaining the benefit of mirrorless cameras: 

"Mirrorless cameras are interchangeable lens cameras that don't have the mirror and optical viewfinder that define a DSLR. In most other respects, they're extremely similar: with only a few exceptions, most mirrorless cameras these days are built around the same sized sensors as DSLRs, increasingly have similar lenses available, and can offer the same image quality."

If you're looking for a compact camera that quality-wise still packs a punch, the Sony Alpha models are definitely worth looking into! Check them out!

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