March 27, 2017

Last year, I blogged about being torn regarding which camera to buy. Not only am I taking blogging much more seriously now, but I’m also in that phase where I want to preserve each memory beautifully and print out my best travel pictures. With that said, I need a camera that does the job perfectly for me without breaking the bank. As a student still depending on her parents for pretty much everything, I always have to be conscious about the quality of every huge purchase that I’m going to make. I finally narrowed my four choices down to one.

This camera has been suggested by bloggers who came across my post. I checked it out, and I knew right then and there that the Sony A5000 is the camera for me. All my previous point-and-shoot cameras were from Sony and I know that it’s a brand that I can always trust. I’ve been a fan of how clear and sharp my photos turn out when I use their units which sealed the deal for me in choosing the A5000.

With its 20.1MP, I can shoot confidently knowing that my pictures are going to have the details that I want it to have. Having an interchangeable lens is also a huge plus for me because I can switch up the range/focus that I want for my photos. It is also Wi-Fi capable with NFC  which means that I can transfer my photos directly from the camera to my phone! It’s a feature that’s important to me because I like keeping my Instagram updated especially when I travel. I no longer have to worry about waiting until I get home to transfer my pictures to my laptop before being able to upload it to my social media accounts. I’m not quite sure yet if I want to start a vlog but it’s good to know that the A5000 is capable of shooting HD videos at 1080/60i/24p or MP4 at 1080/30p. I won’t have to buy a separate camera should I decide to start video recording my travels or day to day life.

Most of the time, I only go out at night with friends because the Manila heat can be such a hassle. A downside in going out at night is it can be quite difficult to take quality photos. But with this camera, low light situations can be managed with its high ISO capability ranging from 100-16000 ISO as well as its Hand-held Twilight scene selection to minimize the blur and noise. It also has a convenient zoom lever which makes it easier for me to get up close to a subject that I can’t get closer to, and I don’t have to worry about my zoomed in pictures being of low quality because the unit comes with a Compact Power Zoom 16-50mm kit lens making it the ideal camera for when I go out. I can also take 420 shots with one fully charged battery which is already A LOT for a day of exploring. If I do decide to take portraits of myself or someone else’s, I know that I can do it with ease because Sony A5000’s tilt LCD screen makes taking selfies much more easier. Its Auto Object Framing makes portrait shots look professional along with its Scene Selection modes that includes Sports Action, Portrait, and Macro. It also has different modes (that includes Automatic and Manual) that I can shoot with so I can really maximize my creativity, and its Peaking Function helps confirm if I have to adjust manual focusing by colorizing the most sharply focused area/s of my image. And with the help of MF Assist, the accuracy of my manual focusing can be improved.

It’s also nice to know that it has a Superior Auto Mode so I can take pictures easily without having to worry about difficulty in adjusting brightness, color, background defocus, and vividness. Taking local transportation wherever country I go to means that I’m always on the look out for whatever scenery is waiting for me outside the window and with the camera’s anti-motion blur, I can be confident that I was able to take clear pictures of the view, and with the Sweep Panorama function, I know that I can take a picture of the whole place in one single shot. I always like my pictures with muted contrast and A5000’s D-Range Optimizer makes sure that high-contrast scenes are tamed so I can have more natural looking pictures.

I’m really convinced that this is the camera that best suits my need as a blogger and traveler. It’s light, Wi-Fi capable, it has interchangeable lens, different shooting modes, and so much more features that I am yet to play around with. Everything that I want to produce in a picture can be done with the Sony A5000. With its functionality, I’m surprised that it doesn’t come with a hefty price tag. What more could I ask for?

For more information about the Sony A5000, visit their website: Sony Philippines.

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  • Reply Jhanz March 27, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Interesting review! I’m using Canon M3 and it’s almost the same (flip screen etc) but I guess it all boils down to your preference anyway. Love how insightful this is! 🙂

    • Reply Pia March 27, 2017 at 6:31 am

      Thanks, Jhanz! Canon M3 was one of my choices but it’s pricier than I expected. 🙁 Love your blog pictures! 😀

  • Reply Joyce c March 27, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Would love to see video vlogs using this camera! I’m low key looking for a good but affordable vlog cam but most of the “recommended” vlogging cameras are pretty expensive!

    • Reply Pia March 28, 2017 at 4:44 am

      I think this camera would be good for beginner/amateurs because it’s easy to use and not too expensive. 🙂

  • Reply Richel V. March 28, 2017 at 2:43 am

    I have a Sony A5000. I’m a total beginner so I just shoot at auto mode and I love how nice the photos are. I don’t even have to use filters when uploading it online hehe.

    • Reply Pia March 28, 2017 at 4:43 am

      I looked into the Sony A5000 because you suggested it to me last year. Hehe. Your blog photos are super sharp! <3

  • Reply Hafsa April 3, 2017 at 8:19 am

    If you dont mind, how much is it?

    • Reply Pia April 3, 2017 at 9:17 am

      22, 999PHP 🙂

  • Reply Anne July 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I’m planning to buy this camera, what can you say about it’s video quality? I really wanted to make travel videos with it. Is it really worth it? Thank you!

    • Reply Pia July 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

      I haven’t really tried it for videos yet but I read that it’s pretty decent if you’re just starting out. If you’re going to be focusing on videos, perhaps you can look into other brands or models? 🙂

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