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
|Sensor||Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor||Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor|
|Effective Resolution||20.1M||24.7 M|
|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|
|Number of Still Images||Approx 420 with LCD||Approx 360 with LCD|
|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 6000
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.
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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