The first photo of the Sony A5000 has been leaked on the company’s Australian website ahead of the mirrorless camera’s announcement.
Sony is expected to launch a new ILCE camera in the near future. Its name has been spotted recently on the website of an Indonesian agency, revealing that the device will be called ILCE-5000.
Sony Australia leaks ILCE-5000 / A5000 photo ahead of its launch event
Only a few days have passed since the name leak and the first Sony A5000 photo has showed up on the web in the least likely of places: on an official website of the company.
Sony Australia’s image has also “confirmed” that the shooter will be marketed as A5000, similar to the ILCE-3000, which is sold as A3000.
Sony A5000 photo reveals presence of 16.1-megapixel sensor
The Sony A5000 image has been leaked among the photos of the NEX-5R. By taking a closer look at the two mirrorless cameras, it gets obvious that this might not be a coincidence.
The reason for that consists of the fact that the A5000 does look a lot like the NEX-5R, with just a few minor differences. The two devices might be related somehow, as they share the same button placement on the back, the big dial on the top right and the screen appears to be tiltable.
Furthermore, the back of ILCE-5000 says something about 16.1 megapixels, which refers to the quality of the image sensor – the same as the one found in the NEX-5R.
What’s the deal here? A5000 is similar to NEX-5R which is similar to the NEX-5T
It would be pretty weird for Sony to relaunch the same camera with a different name, especially considering the fact that the NEX-5R has already been replaced by the NEX-5T.
Moreover, the NEX-5T distinguishes itself from the NEX-5R by the addition of NFC technology. Other than that, they are pretty much the same cameras. It is possible that the NEX-5T could be rebranded into A5000, but this is just speculation and you should take it with a pinch of salt.
For what it is worth, the NEX-5R is packing a 16.1-megapixel APS-C sensor, Fast Hybrid AF technology, built-in WiFi, full HD video recording, and 3-inch tilting screen. It is available at Amazon for only $438.
The Sony A3000 is a much more exciting shooter with a 20.1-megapixel APS-C sensor, built-in electronic viewfinder, 3.5fps burst mode, and Panorama / Auto HDR modes among others. The reason why people are excited about it is its price which stands at merely $398 with an 18-55mm lens included in the package.