• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.5 megapixels
  • 7.30mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony A5000 advantages over Ricoh Theta V

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 420 vs 300 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 14.5 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Ricoh Theta V advantages over Sony A5000

  • Less expensive
    $349* vs $498
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 35 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    17 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/25000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-3N

Sony A5000
Sony NEX-3N
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More pixels
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Ricoh Theta V
Sony NEX-3N
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony A5000
Samsung NX1100
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe
Ricoh Theta V
Samsung NX1100
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony A5000
Sony NEX-5T
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
Ricoh Theta V
Sony NEX-5T
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Sony A5000
Samsung NX3000
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Hot shoe
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Ricoh Theta V
Samsung NX3000
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A5100

Sony A5000
Sony A5100
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
Ricoh Theta V
Sony A5100
  • $363
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Focus peaking
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