• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A5000 advantages over Sony A6000

  • Less expensive
    $398 vs $648
    Save money for lenses or accessories

Sony A6000 advantages over Sony A5000

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,347 vs 1,089 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Less shutter lag
    0.15 vs 0.30 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    47 vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 3.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    22 vs 9 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 2.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Amazing image quality for the price; Blazing-fast hybrid autofocus; Swift burst shooting with generous buffer depths; Good battery life with LCD monitor; More compact than a DSLR; In-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Continuous autofocus can't match its burst rate; High-ISO JPEGs can look overprocessed; Sluggish startup; No touch-screen display; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-7

Sony A5000
Sony NEX-7
  • $386
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A6000
Sony NEX-7
  • $532
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony A5000
Samsung NX1100
  • $386
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe
Sony A6000
Samsung NX1100
  • $532
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $497
  • APS-C

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Sony A5000
Samsung NX3000
  • $386
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $343
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Hot shoe
Sony A6000
Samsung NX3000
  • $532
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $343
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Slow-motion videos

Compared to Sony A5100

Sony A5000
Sony A5100
  • $386
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $338
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A6000
Sony A5100
  • $532
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Less shutter lag
  • $338
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung NX500

Sony A5000
Samsung NX500
  • $386
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $680
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
Sony A6000
Samsung NX500
  • $532
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $680
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
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