updated 08:41 pm EST, Mon January 6, 2014
New camera improves shot quality, better Wi-Fi connectivity
At Sony's CES press conference, the company announced a refresh of the α5000 camera. The new Sony α5000 camera (model ILCE-5000) is what Sony calls the "world's lightest interchangeable lens camera to feature the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity." The new camera features a 20.1MP APS-C sensor, coupled with Sony's Bionz X processor.
On-board Wi-Fi capabilities give consumers one-touch connection with Xperia or NFC-compatible Android smartphones or tablets for instant image transfer and sharing. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera with a smartphone or tablet to view shots, and fire the shutter from a distance.
For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control with the α5000 camera through Sony's PlayMemories Mobile application, available for the iOS and Android platforms. The new model has a new grip, and tiltable LCD screen that can flip upwards up to 180 degrees. A lever on the camera body allows for fingertip adjustment of the camera's optical zoom.
The new camera is compatible with assortment of E-mount interchangeable lenses, which now includes a new version of the SEL55210 lens (E55-210mm, F4.5-6.3 OSS), identical in optics to the existing silver 55-210mm E-mount zoom lens. In total, 22 different lenses (including converters) are now available for Sony's E-mount system, with several premium models available from Carl Zeiss and G Series Lenses.
The Sony α5000 compact interchangeable lens camera will be available in March in silver, black and white for about $600 in a kit with a 16-50mm motorized zoom lens. The new, black-finish E 55-210mm (SEL55210) zoom lens will be available separately in March for about $350.