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Sony Announces New Mirrorless A5000 & 4K AX100 Camcorder

By Anthony Thurston on January 7th 2014

The CES show officially kicked off today, so every company & their dog is announcing new gear. One of them is Sony, which today announced a new mirrorless camera as well as a new 4k camcorder.

Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Camera

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Sony stuck to its word about dropping the NEX moniker from their mirrorless line of cameras, and this new Alpha a5000 is the first (besides the full frame A7/A7R) to have the new naming. Sony calls this new mirrorless a5000 “The word’s lightest interchangeable lens camera with Wi-Fi connectivity”.

Sony Alpha a5000 Specs:

  • 20.1 Mp Exmor APS HD APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 460.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Hand-held Twilight Mode and ISO 16000
  • 25-Point Contrast Detection Autofocus
  • Continuous Shooting up to 3.5 fps
  • Photo Creativity and Picture Effects
  • Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom Lens

You can already pre-order the new a5000 from B&H for only $598. It is expected to be available around March 18th of this year.

Sony AX100 4K Camcorder

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Sony also announced their new AX100 4K Camcorder, a surprisingly cheap video recorder that looks like a hit for anyone wanting 4K footage on the cheap (when compared to other 4K offerings). In addition to being incredibly cheap for a 4k camcorder ($2000), the AX100 boasts wifi connectivity and the ability to shoot at up to 120fps for slow motion shooting. This could very well become “the” camera for anyone who shoots events or even parents looking for amazing footage of their kids sports.

Sony AX100 Specs:

  • 4K Ultra HD Video at 30 fps
  • 1″ Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 15MP Still Images
  • XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4 Recording Options
  • Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* Lens
  • 12x Optical Zoom & 24x Clear Image Zoom
  • BIONZ X Processor / High Speed 120 fps
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • 0.39″ OLED EVF / 3.5″ XtraFine LCD
  • Wi-Fi / NFC Connectivity

Just as with the a5000, the AX100 is also available for pre-order though B&H. Availability has not yet been released at this time.

What do you think of these announcements from Sony? Do either the a5000 or AX100 tickle your fancy at all? Share your thoughts in a comment below.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. DavidO

    You can call it what you want, but what I’ll buy is a next-gen NEX-7. I don’t need a full-frame camera. If I did, I’d already have a Canon 5D. I won’t buy a small mega-pix APS-C, even with the desirable WiFi. And like lots of photographers, I couldn’t care less about movies.

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