Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A5000 vs E-M5

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com and 1 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Sony Alpha A5000 

Camera Rocket recommends the Sony Alpha A5000  based on its image quality.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha A5000 vs OM-D E-M5

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha A5000
1,089 ISO
OM-D E-M5
826 ISO

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha A5000
22 ms
OM-D E-M5
56 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha A5000
3.5 fps
OM-D E-M5
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha A5000
420 photos
OM-D E-M5
500 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Alpha A5000
23.8 bits
OM-D E-M5
22.8 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Alpha A5000
13.0 ev
OM-D E-M5
12.3 ev

Features Key features of the Alpha A5000  vs OM-D E-M5 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha A5000
19.8 MP
OM-D E-M5
15.9 MP

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Alpha A5000
18.5 microns
OM-D E-M5
14.1 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Alpha A5000  vs
OM-D E-M5 
Type CMOS LiveMOS
Megapixels 19.8 MP 15.9 MP
Resolution 5456 x 3632 4608 x 3456
Size APS-C Four Thirds
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 2.1x
Pixel size 18.5 microns 14.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO 200 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Focus points 25 35
Supports continuous Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None Opaque
Viewfinder No Yes
Type N/A Electronic
Coverage N/A 100%
Magnification N/A 0.92x
Display type N/A LCD

performance

Max continuous shooting 3.5 fps 9 fps
Battery life 420 500
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
3.5 fps
Shutter lag 22 ms 56 ms

video

Alpha A5000  vs
OM-D E-M5 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps (17 Mbps, AVCHD, MPEG-4) 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes No
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None Proprietary
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD OLED
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 460 k dots 610 k dots
Has a touch screen No Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 60 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7 mm 122 x 89 x 43 mm
Thickness 35.7 mm 43 mm
Weight 210 g 425 g
Is weather sealed No Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images No Yes
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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