Sony NEX lives on in the new Alpha 5000

The compact system camera may not sport the familiar moniker, but it does continue its legacy
Sony NEX lives on in the new Alpha 5000

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 aren't the only things that it’s inherited from the NEX either, as it still maintains the impressive specs that have made the NEX line popular with users.

It offers up 1080p shooting at 60i, 30p and 24p courtesy of its 20.1 megapixel sensor and a 16,000 top ISO. There’s also a built-in flash, 4K image support and built-in Wi-Fi like the its NEX siblings of yore, so remote shooting from your mobile and easy image transfers to your mobile devices is a choice if you want it. And should you have a moment of narcissim, you'll love the 180 degree flip LCD. It might not turn out better selfies, but it sure makes the task 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 sell your old lenses yet. 

The Alpha 5000 comes with a 16-50mm power zoom lens and is slated for a March release. No local availability and price has been revealed as yet, but it is expected to retail around US$600 (S$763).