Sony NEX lives on in the new Alpha 5000

The compact system camera may not sport the familiar moniker, but it does continue on its legacy

The Alpha 5000 may not sport the NEX branding anymore but it everything about it just screams NEX, with some tweaks of course.

Sporting the distinctive NEX design, the Alpha 5000 comes with a slightly more pronounced grip reminiscent of the NEX-5T. The look and feel of it isn’t the only thing that it’s inherited from the NEX either. It still maintains the impressive specs that have made the NEX line popular with users.

It has a 20.1 Megapixel sensor, a 16,000 top ISO and 1080p shooting at 60i, 30p and 24p. There’s also a built-in flash, perfect for those who are stepping up from their basic point and shoots and just want something a little more. There’s also 4K Image support and like the its NEX siblings of yore, built-in Wi-Fi is available, so remote shooting from your mobile and easy image transfers to your mobile devices is going to be available. And if you have a slight touch of narcissim, you'll just love the 180 degree flip LCD. It may not be a better way to selfie, but it sure makes it easier.

Of course the Alpha 5000 will still maintain compatibility with the existing E-mount lenses as well as the A-mount lenses via adaptor, so don’t go selling off your old lenses yet. The camera itself comes with a 16-50mm power zoom lens.

The Alpha 5000 is slated for a March release and should be coming to our shores pretty soon as well. No local price has been revealed yet but it is expected to retail around US$600 (RM1974).