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Sony ILCE5000L Digital Camera Review

Sony has introduced the lightest camera with an interchangeable lens, the new Sony ILCE5000L. This is a combination of the Sony ILCE5000 or the A5000 with the Sony SEL-P1650 lens.  Just slightly bigger than a compact point-and-shoot camera, the ILCE5000 boasts of a remarkable imaging power, among others.

Model ILCE-5000L

Key Features:

–  20.1MP Exmor APS-C Sensor

–  BIONZ X Image Processor

– Wi-Fi/NFC Capabilities

–  Play Memories Camera Apps

–  Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens (24 – 75mm equivalent)

–  Shutter Speed 30 sec – 1/4000 sec

–  ISO 100 – 16000

–  3 inch, 460k dots Tilting LCD Screen

–   Built-in Pop-up Flash

–   Light Weight

Heart of the Sony ILCE5000

The Sony ILCE5000L comes with a 20.1-megapixel Exmor APS-C CMOS Sensor and paired with Sony’s new-generation Image Processor, the BIONZ X.  This is the same processor found in the award winning Sony Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R full-frame cameras.

The BIONZ X image processing engine improves tonal gradation and reduces noise to deliver sharp, high-quality still images and full HD videos in various shooting scenarios.  Additionally, it allows the Sony ILCE5000L to offer extremely high sensitivity of up to ISO 16000.  This works well when shooting in low light conditions.

The autofocus system of the ILCE5000L is still limited to contrast detection. Unlike most DSLRs and some Compact System Cameras it is trying to compete with, which uses the more reliable phase detection or a combination thereof. In terms of shooting performance, it is rated at 3.5 fps in Speed Priority Continuous Mode.

Sony SEL-P1650 Lens

The Sony ILCE5000L comes with a kit lens SEL-P1650 or also known as the Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens.  This is a collapsible designed E-mounted lens, making it compact when not in use. It has a zoom range of 16–50mm or an equivalent to 24-75mm. This gives you sufficient width for group portraits or to shoot landscapes and a telephoto range to shoot headshots. Aperture rating is F3.5-5.6 with an optical stabilisation system to assist in achieving sharp images at slow shutter speeds.

Wi-Fi/NFC Capabilities and Sony’s PlayMemories Camera Apps

Its built-in Wi-Fi allows the Sony ILCE5000 to connect directly to computers, tablets and smartphones.  Also with an NFC capability, it provides one-touch connection to compatible Android smartphones or tablets for direct transfer and sharing of images and videos.  Moreover, the camera can be remotely controlled with the use of the Smart Remote Control application.  This allows you to view and trigger the shutter from a distance using your smart device.

Other camera apps are downloadable, but some may come with a minimal fee.  These may range from a new photography technique to creative options such as time-lapse photography.

Tilting LCD Screen

The ILCE5000L has an articulated 3-inch, 460k dot display that can be tilted 180 degrees.  This allows you to take images in extreme angles and is designed for people who like to take self-portraits.

At almost half the weight and size of a regular DSLR, this camera will appeal to a broad range of clientele.  It aims to attract point-and-shoot users who want to upgrade to a higher level of equipment, and photo enthusiasts who are looking for a compact, lightweight camera that can be carried around daily — without sacrificing the image quality they require.

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