“NEX” is no more. Sony just announced the A5000, which has a NEX form factor, a few nice improvements over the previous E mount models, and has caused in one mere day an impressive amount of whining in diverse web photo communities. As a fervent NEX user and advocate, I’ll give you my two cents on it.
A debate is raging as to whether it’s a NEX 3 successor, or NEX5 replacement. My opinion is : both. It actually merges those two models, and takes stuff from both. The squarish grip and 100 base ISO comes from the 5R. The straight bottom line, 460K, flips-only-up, LCD screen, built-in (genius) flash unit, electronic zoom lever, directly inherited from the “lowly” (and nevertheless super good) 3N.
So what improvements am I talking about ?? Namely, three. 1), it gets the awesome new 20MP sensor that was so far prisoner inside the infamous faux DLSR A3000. It’s a new and improved chip, that probably has the best IQ of the whole E mount line, A7 included (yes, you read that well). 2) as I said it gets a new base ISO of 100, and the new BIONZ X processor, hinting to better low light performance and increased AF speed. And 3) it also gets the brand new Alpha menus, launched with the A7/R. THAT alone in my view justifies the upgrade.
The whole package comes with the PZ 16-50, a lens I totally dislike for being horribly slow at all apertures, but that is nicely compact and extremely versatile, for 500€ or 600$. It’s a little overpriced for the bundle IMO, but street prices will drop immediately after release, as they often do. Big question. Am I getting one ? I very well might. Sure, I’m still waiting for the big upgrade, the next flasgship APS-C E mount, the true N7 successor. But liking to have two bodies alonside one another, I am very much considering this little guy as my back up camera. Availability is expected in late February. Stay tuned 😉