Sony Alpha A5000 video review (exclusive footage)

Sony was kind enough to send us an early sample camera from its latest Alpha range, the new A5000 (from that point on, all Sony cameras will be marked as “Alpha”. NEX no longer exists).
Like its predecessors, this APS-C interchangeable E-mount lens photo camera, can shoot video in different frame rates. (region dependant:  24 to 60 fps  in NTSC countries, 25-50 fps in PAL territories).

As this is Sony’s most modestly priced Alpha camera, I was very curious to check “how well does it shoot video” and if there are any (significant) improvements when it comes to “video picture quality” with this new model. If you are in the rush and have no time to read on, the answer is no and yes….

There is no improvement regarding sharpness (soft image), codec (AVCHD) or aliasing/moire.

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Yes, camera will not shut off during recording because of overheating (at least during my extended indoor shooting day it did not happen – but it’s winter after all)!

As this is an entry level model, Sony chose to leave out some of the features which are much needed for serious hobbyists and advanced users. Gone are the headphone/mic jacks, manual audio level controls and hot/cold shoe. Those are of course only significant if you are after serious creative work and better camera control (like we are).

Personally, any camera that does not come with an EVF or the possibility to attach one, is already a “no go” for me as I find it nearly impossible to work outdoor with LCD only. An attempt to attach Zacuto’s Z-finder was not successful either as the magnified image on the LCD is very pixelated.

As you can see on the photo below, I ended up building a “mini rig” that will help me work comfortably.

Please note that interview audio was recorded externally. All other ambient audio was recorded in camera.

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All in all, let’s stay realistic with expectations as this camera is not targeted at advanced users. It will do JUST FINE as a “home video” camera and a fun compact travel companion to shoot video and stills with.

Camera settings used for this short video:
AVCHD 1080/25p
Creative style: Portrait (-3 -3 -3)
ISO: mostly 800

All was edited on Adobe Premiere Pro. 20% sharpness was added in post. Colour correction done with FilmConvert.

Equipment used:
Sony 18-105mm f/4 lens
Sachtler ACE L
Cineroid Retina EVF
Sennheiser ew112 G3
Senal SMH-1000 Professional Headphones
Tascam dr-60d
Cineroid L2C-3K5K On-Camera LED Light 
SIX pro rig
Wooden camera UVF mount V2 kit

Highways of the Heart Tony Anderson
Louder – Instrumental Secret Weapons
Back to Where I’m From – Instrumental Joshua Radin

Many thanks to:
Filius de la croix. If you want to learn more about his art work, please click here
– cafe Korb for allowing me to film inside

Johnnie Behiri is a freelance documentary cameraman/editor/producer working mostly for the BBC and other respected broadcasters. He is also co-owner of

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Christof G. Dertschei January 31, 2014

Oh, very nice film Johnny!

Johnnie Behiri January 31, 2014

Dear Christof, thank you!

Please stay in touch.


Rafael Odalis Castillo January 31, 2014

Wonderful video – I love how this artist paint with Shadows… Wonderful Piece of art

Johnnie Behiri February 3, 2014

Dear Rafael, thank you! Indeed Filius is a very talented artist!.

Konstantin "Costa" Konstantinou January 31, 2014

Nice video, but not really a “Sony Alpha A5000 video review” or?

Johnnie Behiri February 3, 2014

Hi Konstantin. Sure it is a “video review” It is not “about the camera” as in presenting it.
It is about It’s video and audio capabilities.

Thank you!


Mika Puska February 2, 2014

I really like these Sony’s small mirrorless cameras.
Completely different way of working than big and heavy shoulder mount cameras. Frees your mind :)

Btw… Is Nikon D5300 review coming any time soon? :)

Johnnie Behiri February 3, 2014

Dear Mika.

Thanks for taking the time watching the video and commenting!.

The Nikon D5300 is on my desk. I hope to execute a short review soon.

Thank you again!


eddie February 3, 2014

hi – so i actually bought the a5000 (its out in asia) and i have a question about your audio setup. so i wanted to shoot some interviews with the camera but like you mentioned above there is no mic jack. i’m pretty novice at this stuff but how exactly did you set up an external mic then? do you just record audio separately and manually sync it up in a video editor later? are there any good consumer level solutions for this? thanks!

Johnnie Behiri February 4, 2014

Hi eddie.

Indeed the interview part was recorded on an external audio device. In my case I used the Tascam dr-60d, but if you are looking for more modestly priced solution please take a look at other Tascam (and zoom) audio recorders devices.

Thank you!


Josh Davey Reply
Josh Davey November 19, 2014

How do you plug in a microphone to the sony a5000 when there is no input? can you use the other usb style plugins instead? or did you actually record on the tascam and the camera separately and then try and mix together?

Johnnie Behiri November 19, 2014

Josh. How did you get the idea I was “plugging in” a microphone to the camera?

Please see my answer to Eddie just above your question.



James February 5, 2014

Excellent film Johnnie! You really showed what the Sony
Alpha A5000 is capable of. Great choice of music.

What mount did you use to attach the Cineroid EVF?

Johnnie Behiri February 5, 2014

Dear James.
Thanks for your kind warm words. Appreciated!:

I own and use “Wooden camera UVF mount V2 kit” (

Thanks again!


Bill Koehler February 6, 2014

Delightful piece. Home videos indeed – you are being very funny. The artistry of the content without fail crushes the deficiencies of the tool.

FYI: The link to Filius de la Croix’s website doesn’t work. The fix appears easy.

Johnnie Behiri February 6, 2014

Hi Bill. Thanks for taking the time watching the video and commenting!.

Link to Filius’s site is fixed.



Chris Gibbs Reply
Chris Gibbs February 13, 2014

Hi Johnnie,

Lovely piece! That’s what many of us stills guys aspire too – find a talented interesting subject and make a motion study as well as you did here! I don’t think kit matters as much as talent does both sides of the lens!!!


Robin March 1, 2014

Awesome little camera. I have placed a pre-order, because if these are the results such a tiny camera can produce, who needs a DSLR.

Johnnie Behiri March 3, 2014

Hi Robin.

Good luck and have fun with your new camera. Hope you took some time to read my concerns too.

Take care.


NoNo April 19, 2014

I love this color so bad! Never seen any DSLR’s color like this before. Flat but not boring, and dymantic range is great in my eyes.

One question, for sony’s new alpha camera, like a5000,a6000,a7/a7r… Use FilmConvert, which camera profile to choose? There are only F55 FS700 EX1 models. Which you picked up for this little film?

Johnnie Behiri April 22, 2014

Dear Nono.

Will try and answer your “filmconvert question” as soon as i get my laptop back towards the end of the week. Need to open the editing project to answer that.



Simon August 15, 2014

Hi, how to record with A5000 in 50/60 fps? I record and still fps is only 25. Any solution how to set up more fps?

Dan November 27, 2014

Ironically, your excellent short film proves that the camera is capable of much more than just home movies. You can accomplish quite a bit as long as you use a double system sound arrangement to get around the cameras limited audio capabilities.