Sony A5000: how does the prototypical Alpha camera hold up?

Sony A5000
(Image credit: Sony)

The Sony A5000 was the pioneering APS-C Alpha camera. Launched way back in January 2014, it's fascinating to see just how far ahead of its time this trailblazing mirrorless camera really was. 

While the original Sony A7 and A7R were unleashed on the world in 2013, it was the release of the Sony A5000 the following year that kickstarted the APS-C tidal wave that Sony has been surfing ever since. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.