New Release: No more NEX? Sony Alpha 5000 and 6000

It seems like the NEX series are renamed to Alpha – x000 which started from the weird and bulky Alpha 3000, and the current more NEX-feel Alpha 5000 and the Alpha 6000. The Sony Alpha 5000 seems to be the replacement for the NEX-3 series while the Alpha 6000 combine the NEX-6 and the NEX-7. I made a quick comparison of both Alpha 5000 and Alpha 6000 here where I summarized from the Sony official website for Alpha 5000 and Alpha 6000. Unfortunately, I don’t have the chance to test out both of them so I can only give the details obtained from Sony official website and some of my personal thoughts.

Quick Glance of Specification

Alpha   5000

Alpha   6000

Sensor   Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor
Effective   Resolution 20.1M 24.7 M
Lens   Mount E-mount E-mount
Continuous Shooting Speed Continuous mode 2.5 fpsSpeed Priority mode 3.5 fps Continuous mode:Hi – 11 fps

Mid – 6 fps

Low – 2.5 fps

Flash   Sync Speed 1/160 sec 1/160 sec
Shutter   Speeds 1/4000 to 30 sec, bulb 1/4000 to 30 sec, bulb
Focus   System 25 points Contrast-detect AF 179 points (phase-detection AF)25 points (contrast AF)

Fast Hybrid System

ISO   range ISO  100-16000 ISO 100-25600
LCD   Type 3” 460K TFT LCD 3” 921K TFT LCD
EVF 100% Coverage1.44 M OLED EVF
Angle   Adjustment 180 degrees tiltable 90 degrees tilt up45 degrees tilt down
Battery   Type NP-FW50 NP-FW50
Number   of Still Images Approx 420 with LCD Approx 360 with LCD
NFC Yes Yes
Wifi Yes Yes
HDMI Micro Micro
Remote Via optional wired RM-VPR1 Via optional wired RM-VPR1
Price USD 499.99 USD 649.99 (Body only)USD 799.99 (Kit)

Sony Alpha 5000

Sony Alpha 5000
Sony Alpha 5000
Sony Alpha 5000 Back View
Sony Alpha 5000 Back View

Sony Alpha 6000

Sony Alpha 6000
Sony Alpha 6000
Sony Alpha 6000 Back View
Sony Alpha 6000 Back View

Highlights

Both Alpha 5000 and 6000 implement the new generation of BIONZ X processor which promise a better image processing speed and noise handling. Both of them are NFC and Wifi-enabled and finally come with an optional wired remote control. The “tiltable” built-in flash also remain in the camera body as usual.

The Alpha 5000 offers the more similar look and feel as the current NEX3 series ILC. It has a 180 degrees tilt-able LCD screen which is great for selfie users. It has an improved battery life of 420 shots for still image but its continuous shoot speed only hit a 4 fps.

The Alpha 6000 has a mixed appearance/functionality of the NEX-6 and NEX-7 while its “square-box” body design is more similar to the new Sony A7. It seems to have the better performance than the Alpha 5000 from the spec sheet. It implements the same gapless on-chip lens structure image sensor as the Sony A7 such that the image quality can be expected better than its predecessor and the light sensitivity had achieved a high ISO 25600.

The highlight of the Alpha 6000 shall be its Auto Focus system. It implements the enhanced Hybrid Focus System with 179 points phase-detection AF and 25 points contrast-detection AF which claimed to be the world fastest AF speed of 0.06 seconds among the ILCs. It also provides 3 customizable buttons which included 1 Fn button and 2 Cx buttons which allows you to be more flexible in controlling the camera.  A 100% coverage OLED EVF can also be found on the Alpha 6000 but it is smaller and has a lesser pixel of 1.44 M compare to the 2.36 M EVF found on the NEX-6. The battery life is a bit disappointed as it is still remained the same 360 shots for still images which is same as the NEX-6 but lesser than the 420 shots from NEX-7.

Bottom Line

Both new Alpha cameras look greats from their spec sheet. Sony Alpha 5000 may not bring too much impact as the new NEX-5T was just released for a while. However, the Alpha 6000 may be the NEX-6 and NEX-7 owners long waited upgraded camera (released since 2012 and 2011 respectively) as it combines the best from both of its predecessor while have some new design and functionality which found on the new A7.

So what do you feel about these two new cameras? Will you choose the NEX-5T/3N or the Alpha 5000? As a NEX-6/7 owner, are you happy with the new Alpha 6000 and willing to upgrade your gear to it? Welcome to leave your comments and discussion here.

All the images and information are summarized from Sony Official website.

That’s all for today post and hope you enjoyed it.

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