Photography: Amanda Wong
I’ve been using SONY’s latest camera, the 5000, for the past couple of weeks, and here’s sharing how I feel about it! If you’ve been reading my blog, you’d know that I’m a huge fan of SONY’s compact digital cameras. I’ve done a review on the SONY NEX 3N on the blog before, so check that out if you are interested in knowing more about the camera behind some of my instagram and travel pictures! (:
What is the 5000?
It is dubbed the world’s lightest interchangeable-lens digital camera with a 20.1 effective-megapixel APS-C image sensor for superb image quality.
Built in Wi-Fi
The 5000 comes equipped with built in Wi-Fi and NFC, the built-in wifi is god sent, especially for one like me who’s always on-the-go and wants to share photos instantaneously without having to transfer the photos from SD card, to laptop, to phone, and finally to instagram or Facebook. The process is cut-short by half with the built-in wifi in the 5000, as you can transfer photos to your smartphone directly.
180 Degree Rotatable LCD Screen
Like the NEX 3N, the 5000 has a 180 degree rotatable LCD screen that when flipped upwards, allows you to take a “selfie” immediately without having to touch the settings. Once it’s flipped, it automatically knows it has to go on selfie mode!
If you’re not satisfied with just the kit lens that comes along with the 5000, SONY offers a diverse range of lenses for compact cameras for you to choose from. So if you’re a person that values convenience, you can do away with DSLRs and bulky lenses, and opt for a 5000 and buy the additional lenses, which are equally lightweight as well!
5000 versus NEX-3N
Having a NEX 3N myself – I’m extremely loyal towards it! – how does the 5000 compare then? I honestly prefer the automatic functions on the 5000, it comes with two Auto functions – the “Superior Auto” for low-light conditions, and “Intelligent Auto” perfect for scenic locations. The 5000 auto-functions are incredibly smart and its results are so much better than when produced from the manual mode.
However, if you are more old-school and prefer to shoot via the manual mode like myself, I would recommend the NEX-3N instead. In fact, the NEX-3N is actually an older model, the NEX-5N is the latest member in the NEX family that comes complete with built in Wi-Fi, while the NEX-3N doesn’t.
The NEX-3N and 5000 are both amazing cameras that are lightweight and deliver. The 5000 has better automatic functions, and has a built-in Wi-Fi. The NEX-3N is better at manual mode, but does not come equipped with built in Wi-Fi (NEX-5N does!)
I hope this mini-review helps if you are looking at getting a compact camera for yourself, I own both DSLRs and Compact Cameras, I use the former for photoshoots, while compact cameras are my preferred choice for travel and events!
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