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Sony Alpha A5000 Digital Camera

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MILC 20.1MP CMOS 4x Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Count Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
The black Sony Alpha 5000 Compact System Camera with 16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom Lens lets you discover professional image quality in a small camera that packs large capabilities. A compact camera... More
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39 Reasons For

Seven Industry Awards

This camera received a "Recommended" from Digitaltrends.com, Camera Labs and Vido.com.ua all of whom concluded that this MILC digital camera was good.

This digital camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by both Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com, both of which thought that this MILC digital camera was great.

This camera received an "Editor's Choice" from both Photoreview.com.au and Reviewed.com, both of which decided that this MILC digital camera was outstanding.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this camera is 79% based on thirty-eight expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Alpha A5000 owners on average rated this digital camera as superb.

Good Quality Pictures

A few Sony Alpha A5000 owners who reviewed the Sony Alpha A5000 thought it was able to produce good images. Expert website Digitaltrends.com mentioned “There are many photographers looking to step up their photography by moving to a”. Expertreviews.co.uk said on expert website Expert Reviews “Stunning image quality for the price.” in their review and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars.

One Sony Alpha A5000 reviewer who purchased the product reckoned that it had a good image sensor. One customer who bought it concluded that it had a good picture resolution.

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Good Quality Lens

Some customers said in their reviews that the Sony Alpha A5000 had a good lens. Macworld.com said in their review of the Sony Alpha A5000 on expert review site Mac World “Sony's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera to date” and gave the product a score of 4 stars. Goodgearguide.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera on Good Gear Guide.com.au “Sony's a5000 (model ILCE5000LB) is one of the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras that you will find” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Digitalone.com.sg mentioned two years ago “The entry-level a5000 is Sony's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens mirrorless camera”.

Some Sony Alpha A5000 owners considered that the product had a good zoom. Expert website Digitalone.com.sg wrote in their Sony Alpha A5000 review two years ago “The review unit came in pink with the E-mount PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens, which has a powered zoom mechanism” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

One Sony Alpha A5000 reviewer concluded that it had a good autofocus. Dxomark.com said “Although it lacks the on-chip PD-AF pixels required for faster autofocus of t”.

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Good Size

A number of Sony Alpha A5000 owners who reviewed the product concluded that it was compact. Sanjay wrote on Amazon “Compact, Small and Awesome” in their review. Expert review site Ephotozine.com scored the product 5 stars and wrote “The Sony Alpha A5000 is one of the more compact mirrorless cameras available with built in flash, particularly considering it has an APS-C CMOS sensor”. Photographyblog.com said on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The A5000 is the new entry-level model in Sony's range of compact system cameras”.

Two customers agreed that this digital camera was lightweight. Trustedreviews.com mentioned in their review on expert review site Trusted Reviews “What is the Sony Alpha A5000? Sony continues to consolidate its cameras under the Alpha branding with the launch of the new lightweight Sony A5000”.

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Good Product Quality

Four customers who purchased the Sony Alpha A5000 said that it was good quality. Two years ago one purchaser said on Amazon “High quality photos from a tiny package”. S. S. Yuen wrote in their review of the Sony Alpha A5000 in the same month “Compact in size, DSLR quality”. In the same month Sarah wrote on Amazon “Great camera, lightweight and amazing quality”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of Sony Alpha A5000 owners considered that the product was mirrorless.

Good Connectivity

A few Sony Alpha A5000 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was wifi compatible. Ephotozine.com gave it a score of 5 stars and said on Ephotozine “The updated A5000 adds built in Wi-Fi and NFC, as well as a new 20.1 megapixel sensor, instead of the 16.1”. Expert website Photographyblog.com gave the Sony Alpha A5000 a score of 5 stars and said “It's also currently the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with built-in wi-fi connectivity”. Expert review site Digitalcameraworld.com wrote “Sony's beginner CSC adds Wi-Fi and a better processor.” in their review.

One Sony Alpha A5000 reviewer concluded that this digital camera was good in terms of connectivity. Whatdigitalcamera.com gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars and wrote on expert website What Digital Camera “Although the addition of Wi-fi and NFC connectivity are certainly welcome”.

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Robust

Three customers who reviewed the Sony Alpha A5000 thought it was well made. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of the Sony Alpha A5000 “Is one of the smallest APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras with a built in flash” and rated it 5 stars.

Good Brand

On average Sony MILC cameras have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all digital cameras produced by Sony.

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Good Flash

Two people who purchased it mentioned that it had a good flash.

Nice Design

One Sony Alpha A5000 reviewer reckoned that it was good looking. Photoreview.com.au said in their review of the Sony Alpha A5000 two years ago “The α5000 has a lot of advantages; it's small and light, takes nice-looking photos and movies” .

Good Video Capture

One Sony Alpha A5000 owner wrote in their reviews that it was good for video recording.

Good Support

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Two years ago Goodgearguide.com.au said on expert review site Good Gear Guide.com.au “It can be used in manual mode.” in their Sony Alpha A5000 review.

Easy to Use

One person thought it was easy to use. Armenio Manuel wrote “Excellent camera, amazing, small and practical” in their review of this digital camera.

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Unlike most of the other MILC cameras that were released in the last 12 months which do not support video recording, the Alpha A5000 supports video recording.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Alpha A5000 has a built-in flash. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha A5000 do not have a built-in flash.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony Alpha A5000 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year do not support Full HD video.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Sony Alpha A5000 supports WiFi connectivity. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha A5000 also support WiFi connectivity.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80[plb_3905461_price].

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80[plb_3905461_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Light

When compared to other cameras that came out in the last year, the Sony Alpha A5000's weight of only 210 grams is one of the lightest. The lightest MILC digital camera that was launched in the last year is 210g and the heaviest is 630g.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that have been around for the last year.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on digital cameras that were launched in the last year.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Alpha A5000 is more than most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a RAW image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by MILC cameras that have been around for the last year. The image format "JPG" is also supported by this camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of 36, the Alpha A5000 has a fairly small maximum aperture compared to most of the other latest MILC cameras. Across all the digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A5000 the maximum apertures range from 2.7 to 40.

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5456 X 3632 Still Image Resolution

The Alpha A5000 has a 5456 x 3632 still image resolution which is higher than the 2736 x 1824 still image resolution found on most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera also have still image resolutions of 5456 x 3064, 3872 x 2576 and 3872 x 2176 and 2736 x 1536. Comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Alpha A5000 still image resolutions range from 384 x 480 to 6016 x 4000.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Alpha A5000 is more than most cameras that came out in the last year. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for the last year. The white balance modes "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Shade" and "Underwater" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Alpha A5000 is more than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for the last year. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A5000. The photo effects "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Alpha A5000 has a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most latest cameras. This digital camera also have a ±2EV (1/2 and 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all similar spec digital cameras that came out in the last 12 months the best flash exposure correction is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) and the worst is ±3EV (1/3 EV step).

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420 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Alpha A5000 is a digital camera that takes 420 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha A5000 take between 230 and 529 shots per battery charge.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Alpha A5000 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most MILC cameras that were released in the last year. This camera has an Aperture priority AE light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on MILC cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha A5000. The light exposure modes "Auto", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Supports Three ISO Speeds

The Alpha A5000 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 25,600, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Sony digital camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200 and 3200 are also supported by this camera.

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Very Narrow

The widths of MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A5000 range from 100mm to 150mm. The Sony Alpha A5000 is fairly narrow (only 109.6 millimeters) compared to most of the other new digital cameras.

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Very Thin

The average depth of MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Alpha A5000 is 50mm, and the depths range from 29mm to 91mm. At only 35.7 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A5000 is fairly thin compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha A5000.

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Very Short

Across all the MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A5000 the heights range from 61mm to 96mm. The Alpha A5000 is fairly short (only 62.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha A5000.

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TFT Display

The Alpha A5000 has a TFT display which is better than most latest MILC cameras. Most recently released MILC cameras have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is in fact the best display across all new comparable spec cameras.

The worst display amongst comparable types of digital camera is LCD.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

At only 24 millimeters, the Alpha A5000 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other cameras that came out in the last year. The shortest minimum focal length of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A5000 is 18mm, the longest is 53mm, and the average minimum focal length is 27mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Not Waterproof

Most MILC cameras that were released in the last year are not waterproof. The Alpha A5000 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Alpha A5000 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other new comparable spec cameras also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony Alpha A5000 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other recently released digital cameras are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Sony Alpha A5000 does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha A5000 also do not have a GPS.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The Alpha A5000 has a greater number of flash modes than most MILC cameras that came out in the last 12 months. This Sony camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on new cameras. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Four Flash Guides

The Alpha A5000 is a four flash guide camera.

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Only 25 Auto Focus Points

The Alpha A5000 is a 25 auto focus point digital camera. Most of the other latest MILC cameras have between 9 and 799 auto focus points.

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Very Low Display Resolution

At only 460,800 pixels, the Alpha A5000 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for the last year. The lowest display resolution of newly released MILC cameras is 460,000 pixels, the highest is 1,700,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 1,000,000 pixels.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The average maximum ISO speed of digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year is 42,000, and the maximum ISO speeds range from 6,400 to 260,000. The Sony Alpha A5000 has one of the lower maximum ISO speeds (only 16,000) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 30 seconds, the Alpha A5000 has a quite short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other latest comparable spec digital cameras. The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of new MILC cameras is 0.04s and the longest is 60s.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony Alpha A5000

Released Eleven Months Ago

This digital camera was released eleven months ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Alpha A5000 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other recently released cameras.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 20.1 megapixels, the Alpha A5000 has a relatively typical megapixel count compared to most of the other new digital cameras.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Alpha A5000 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the Alpha A5000.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
3D Compatible
GPS
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
Wireless LAN Type
Other Features
Interface
Dimension
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100)
E-Mount Lens Compatible
Multi Point Auto Focus (AF)
Accessories
USB Cable
Aspect Ratio
Technical Details
Apps
Image Processor
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting Speed (max)
Display Diagonal
Battery Life
Built-In WiFi
Other Features
Auto Focus
Lens Cap Included

7 Awards

vido.com.ua Recommended Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product reviewed.com Editor's Choice Camera Labs Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(68)
9 January 2015

Updated as on January 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.Mirrorless cameras are the new cool things in the world of photography. Recently, almost every... Read more…

19 November 2014

The entry-level a5000 is Sony's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens mirrorless camera.The review unit came in pink with the E-mount PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens, which has a powered... Read more…

22 October 2014

While Sony still isn't the first name most people think of when it comes to digital cameras, it is making waves with its robust camera lineup. While it isn't common knowledge for most consumers,...

Reviewed.com

8 August 2014

Like its predecessors, the ILCE-?6000 is a nice little camera with plenty of adjustable functions and a worthwhile range of upgrades and enhancements that make it better than the earlier...

Photoreview.com.au

8 July 2014

Stunning image quality for the price, but the controls might prove to be frustrating...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 16 September 2014 by Christhet

I wanted a camera which enabled me to determine aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc which the A5000 does. However, to my amazement - and disappointment - the camera takes better pictures when just... Read more…

Reviewed 29 December 2014 by Beth1998

I bought this camera for home use and it provides me everything I need and more. The quality of the pictures are honestly better than I expected and there are many filters to play around... Read more…

Reviewed 10 March 2015 by Chris1981

The photo quality is excellent and the camera is extremely easy to use (especially for me as I consider myself to be a bit of a novice)...

Reviewed 12 February 2015 by MSBandCo

I wanted a high quality camera at a reasonable price but something that was not overly technical - I think I got exactly what I had hoped for. Would highly recommend it...

Reviewed 3 February 2015 by Ladyfromlytham

Well easy to use and clear well focused pics every time. Wireless tx of data to computer quick and easy. Can't fault this little gem. Recharging easy and Bought a nice compact case cheaply.... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony e1650, sony w1650, sony a5000, sony w1650m, sony e1650m, sony n094485, sony e1650mm, sony w1650mm, sony ilce5000, sony 9sd5za00, sony 9sd5zs00, sony n094485w, sony ilce5000l, canon ilce5000, sony ilce5000lb, canon ilce5000y, canon ilce5000l, sony ilce5000lw, canon ilce5000yb, canon ilce5000lb, canon ilce5000lw, sony ilce5000lbc, sony ilce5000lbce, canon ilce5000ybc, canon ilce5000lbc, canon ilce5000lwc, canon ilce5000ybce, canon ilce5000lbce, canon ilce5000lwce, sony ilce5000lbcec
Barcodes 00845251067217, 00845251067224, 00845251067231, 00845251067248, 00845251067323, 00845251067330, 00845251067347, 03355830057067, 03662362032876, 03662362032883, 03662362032982, 03662362032999, 03662362033002, 03662362033019, 03662362033064, 03662362033071, 03662362033101, 03662362033118, 04905524958102, 04905524958263, 04905524958287

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