Sony A5000

mherne

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Any one have any experience with this model. It will be my first camera. Any suggestions?

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I have a good bit of experience with the A6000, which isn't really that much different. Great little cameras that that will take some great images. My only drawback on the A5000 is that there is no optical viewfinder (just a personal preference). And the big deal to me is that there aren't any easy manual operation controls for your shutter/aperture, which are pretty handy features when you're trying to take pictures in low light scenarios. All in all, I'd say it's a dandy first camera that will capture some great images, but as you get more experienced with it and its capabilities, you may find yourself desiring a camera with some more features.
 

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I have a good bit of experience with the A6000, which isn't really that much different. Great little cameras that that will take some great images. My only drawback on the A5000 is that there is no optical viewfinder (just a personal preference). And the big deal to me is that there aren't any easy manual operation controls for your shutter/aperture, which are pretty handy features when you're trying to take pictures in low light scenarios. All in all, I'd say it's a dandy first camera that will capture some great images, but as you get more experienced with it and its capabilities, you may find yourself desiring a camera with some more features.

For someone interested in a camera would you recommend going straight one that has more features as you described? If so what would you recommend.
 

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I highly recommend the A6000, it is an amazing value and has more capabilities then a lot of us will use.
 

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For someone interested in a camera would you recommend going straight one that has more features as you described? If so what would you recommend.

I would tell you yes, go for a camera with more features. I definitely agree with dotman recommending the A6000. It's feature packed little cam that can capture some amazing images. I run it primarily in full manual mode, which allows me the freedom to make quick adjustments to get the brightness and depth of field just right. HOWEVER, if you're new to running a camera, don't worry. The A6000 has a couple auto modes that work well and all you have to do is point and shoot. It takes some time to learn how to utilize some of the other shooting modes, but nothing a little googling can't teach ya!
 

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I would tell you yes, go for a camera with more features. I definitely agree with dotman recommending the A6000. It's feature packed little cam that can capture some amazing images. I run it primarily in full manual mode, which allows me the freedom to make quick adjustments to get the brightness and depth of field just right. HOWEVER, if you're new to running a camera, don't worry. The A6000 has a couple auto modes that work well and all you have to do is point and shoot. It takes some time to learn how to utilize some of the other shooting modes, but nothing a little googling can't teach ya!

Any recommendation of what camera you would get instead of the A6000?
 

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I would go with either the Sony A6000 or RX100M3. I don't think you could go too wrong with the a5000 but I would prefer the others for the money. Both of these and most of the cheaper Sony cameras in general have one major drawback: the automatic features kinda suck (focus and full auto). If you want something to work better on auto you should probably be looking at Canon. That being said, the Sony cameras are better and will produce better results if you take the time to learn how to use them IMO.

These were taken with my RX100M3



 

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Also, Check eBay. There are a lot of good deals to be had by people that bought the camera for one trip and haven't used it since.
 

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The major downside to the RX100 is the zoom. I had a golden eagle in the top of a tree on shore and we were only 30 feet out and I couldn't get a good picture. Part of it was that it was only my 3rd trip out with the camera and didn't get the settings right and I think I could get an acceptable picture now, but nothing as cool as some of the guys could get with interchangeable lenses and a 200mm zoom.

 

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I ask this pretty much to anyone looking to get into photography. What type of photos are you wanting to take (I.E. how will you use the camera? Are you doing landscapes? Candid shots? Wildlife? Sports? )
What do you want out of it? (Internet and email posts? Small prints or large wall prints?)

The a6000 is a GREAT camera at a great price right now, but Sony's dedicated apsc lenses are complete garbage, luckily they have really filled out the Emount full frame line and sigma and Tamron are making great lenses as well.
Buying cameras are about the lenses and the systems, bodies are a consumable for most.


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The a6000 is a GREAT camera at a great price right now, but Sony's dedicated apsc lenses are complete garbage, luckily they have really filled out the Emount full frame line and sigma and Tamron are making great lenses as well.
Buying cameras are about the lenses and the systems, bodies are a consumable for most.

This is what I found to be true after purchasing a 6300. I was finding a lot of mixed reviews regarding the lenses (10-18 / 16-70) which left a bad taste in my mouth. Its not like the apsc lenses were that much cheaper then the FF versions ($850ish for a wide angle zoom). So i returned it and moved on to something else.
 
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