Sony Alpha 5000 Review (ADV)

After the blogger preview tea party at the Carcosa Seri Negara, we each get to keep the Sony Alpha 5000 temporarily to test out in our daily life. And in the past couple of weeks, I’ve brought the camera with me everywhere I go. It happened to be a rather hectic period so I guess I have a few interesting shots to show you.

Of course as I’m obviously much more interested in taking pictures of food, let’s start off with a couple of shots from Villa Danieli where I did a food review. If you have been there you’d know the lighting is super tricky there. I did what I could without using flash and these are some of the ones I like.

A mushroom dish against the wood fired oven in the background.

This was shot using the “Intelligent Auto” mode which identifies the scene’s characteristics then automatically switches to the best mode available for the photo. Could be better with the foreground but I really liked the background which captures the mood.

Lamb Ribs.

Once again using the “Intelligent Auto” mode which automatically switched to macro settings for this pic. This is much clearer and the details on the lamb ribs makes it look appetizing.

Let’s look at some daytime food photos. I went to my favourite restaurant Café Café and had my favourite dish (which made me a very happy girl that day).

Pan Fried Foie Gras

Pan fried foie gras, shot using Program auto or P mode which automatically set the aperture and shutter speed – very useful if you don’t have time to go full manual.

Of course I had to test the camera on home-cooked food, as that’s what my blog is mainly about.

Chicken Green Curry 1

Chicken Green Curry shot using “Intelligent Auto” mode.

Chicken Green Curry 2

And this one with Aperture Priority, which allows me to adjust the aperture to achieve background defocus which acts to focus the viewer’s attention to the foreground/ subject.

A shot using the Handheld Twilight mode from The Roof on top First Avenue Bandar Utama. The camera managed to capture the lighting from as far away as Damansara Perdana!

And a sweeping panorama shot also from The Roof.

Those of you who are more creative would appreciate the various Picture Effect in the camera. Firstly here’s what a normal pic would look like.

And here’s what it looks like using the Watercolor effect! Makes a normal photo look so artistic!

And here’s the same shot using the Illustration effect as if it was in a comic book.

This few months have been quite crazy in terms of performing gigs as Mad Sally has reformed with new members and I have become somewhat of a permanent member. This was our first gig together, back in March.

Mad Sally and I

At Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa after our performance. This photo was shot in Portrait Mode which gave us all soft and flawless skin!

Selfie time!

I was invited to perform at the EMCO Lunar New Year Celebration. Frank was playing nanny. Shot this picture in Portrait mode utilizing the 180 degrees tiltable screen. There’s even a 3 second countdown after you press the shutter button giving you time to readjust yourself if you need to.

Before the famous Gu Yue Tien (GYT) Chinese Restaurant closed for good, we managed to squeeze in a visit and I finally got to have some of their signature dishes.

GYT’s Soft Boiled Egg with Foie Gras

GYT’s Soft Boiled Egg with Foie Gras, shot using Program Auto, without flash. The lighting in the restaurant wasn’t very bright but the camera managed to compensate for that even with the F3.5 lens and this was probably due to the camera’s large APS-C sensor which captures greater details than micro 4/3 sensors.

The camera is also equipped with a built-in pop up tiltable flash which is of course needs to be used in very dim situations, and being tiltable is really handy for bouncing light off the ceiling to give not so harsh, and more natural lighting in photos.

GYT’s Famous Iberico Ribs, shot using the same mode. How glorious!

I was caught using taking a selfie the 180 degrees tiltable screen during a food review at Le Midi, BSC.

Picture shot with Umei’s phone.

And here’s the result.


Potrait mode, using the tiltable screen.

Here’s a shot of me taken with Programme Auto mode with direct flash.

And another also using Programme Auto with direct flash. The camera really reproduces the colours very beautifully.

A photo of the busy Bintang Walk this time using Hand Held Twilight mode. The camera’s SteadyShot managed to help keep the photo from getting blurry and this was not an easy shot as I was holding the camera above my head to avoid capturing the pedestrians.

As I only carry a very old Samsung S2, I no longer use the camera function of the phone. Usually I take the photos and the only upload later when I get home. But with Sony Alpha 5000 I could transfer it to my phone straightaway and upload the photos to instagram. This is by far the most convenient feature for me. And if we need to fit more people in the frame, I could turn my phone into a ‘remote control’ and just press the button from a distance, cool huh?

Transferring the photo (or multiple images) with via PlayMemories Camera App which is available for both Android and Apple OS.

Lastly, a picture of Frank’s favourite toy when I was mucking about with the camera at home. Look at the impressive details on the model car against the defocused background. Probably my favourite shot from this camera so far. Shot using Program Auto.

In summary, here are the key features (and attractions) of the Sony A5000 Camera:

–          Large 20.1MP Exmor™ APS-C HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X™ processor for beautifully detailed images

–          180° tiltable LCD screen for easy selfies with smooth skin effect for beautiful skin

–          Light Compact Body with pop-up flash

–          NFC and Wi-Fi for One-touch sharing/remote control with smartphones and tablets

–          Support for PlayMemories Camera Apps and additional Photo Creativiy options.

I found this camera to be user-friendly enough even for someone who has only been using point and shoot cameras. Its compact size is convenient for daily use, and the Wi-Fi feature is definitely a bonus as I no longer take photos using my phone due to the quality. Lastly, who doesn’t love a good selfie? I sure wouldn’t mind.

The Sony Alpha 5000 will be available in Malaysia from 21 February 2014 onwards with the suggested retail price:-

Single Lens Package (Body + 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens) at RM1,999

Twin Lens Package (Body + 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 + 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3) at RM2,799

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