When I first began this blog way back in January 2014 I had no clue about photography and also no real camera. Any photos I took came from my trusty iPhone 5, and things continued this way all the way up until January of this year.
But one of the most enjoyable parts of this blogging journey has been improving my photography, and whilst they say a good picture is down to the photographer and not the camera, if I wanted to take the next step I would need to invest.
Enter the Sony a5000*. Light, compact and powerful I now rarely leave the house without it. And all for under £250!
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Six reasons why the Sony a5000* is the perfect travel camera for solo travellers
1. The price
For less than £250 (that’s less than 400 in USD and EUR) the Sony a5000 is an incredible bargain for budget solo travellers looking for their first decent interchangeable lens camera.
I was determined to make a proper step away from my iPhone 5 in order to produce better quality images for you in my hostel reviews but whilst I love sharing the hostel world with you… well it doesn’t pay so well.
In my opinion, this camera is a bargain!
2. The size
Even with the addition of the lens, the camera is so compact that it even slides snug in to my city break bag along with my bulky purse and other essentials.
Another bonus – it’s also pretty light which is a dream when I have so many electronics to lug around. Whilst I would love a camera as light as my iPhone, I’m aware this is near on impossible when it comes to quality of equipment so I’m content enough knowing that I’m not carrying a heavy DSLR everywhere whilst still getting great quality shots.
3. The LCD tilt screen… aka the selfie screen!
Yes… the Sony a5000 has it’s very own selfie screen! I’m very aware this isn’t the technical term but I’m not a technical person.
This is by far the most useful part of the camera for solo travellers everywhere. And I’m not saying this because I am a selfie queen. I promise…
It’s just incredibly useful. Not only for hand-held ‘selfies’ but also for setting up a shot from a distance with the 2 or 10 second timer. I rarely have someone else around to take the picture, so for solo travel it definitely helps to be able to see the shot in the screen before it’s taken.
I have a confession guys. Sometimes I post photos taken on my Sony a5000 to Instagram rather than using my iPhone 5 camera.
Why? Because this camera makes it so damn easy!
I hope every camera has wireless transfer now because it’s one of the best features I’ve ever come across.
I had to install a free app on my phone (Sony PlayMemories app) but now all I have to do is choose the photos I want to transfer on the camera, link my phone wifi to the camera wifi name… and bingo!
The big upgrade I noticed from shooting with the Sony a5000 was the detail. The standard image size is 5,456 x 3,632 which is far larger than I would need but lets me edit the image without losing any of the clarity.
Much to the displeasure of this Moroccan stall owner…
6. High video quality
Thanks both to the selfie screen and the auto-focus in video mode, I’ve found the Sony a5000 to be the perfect camera for recording video and Youtube vlogs.
The camera is great at auto-focusing on the foreground and blurring out the background, and whilst I think the stabilisation could be a little better when I’m recording without a tripod, all in all its so good at everything else I need it for that I don’t really mind!
Here’s a sample of the vlogging quality below, just click play!
If you want to see the quality without a tripod, take a peak at this video: Learning to surf in Morocco.
A few more travel photography samples from the Sony a5000
Sony a5000 Camera Specifications
- Camera type: Interchangeable lens camera
- Lens mount: Sony E-mount
- Shutter speeds: 1/4000 to 30 seconds
- Self-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
- Focus features: Auto-focus, focus Lock
- Video format: AVCHD / MP4
- Weight of camera: With battery and without lens approx. 270g
- Dimensions: Approx 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7mm
Where to buy the Sony a5000
As I knew near to nothing about cameras, I visited my local London Camera Exchange store where the staff were fantastic at talking through all the pros and cons of the cameras I had my eye on. If you’re from the UK it’s worth checking out their website as you might be able to find the Sony a5000 on their secondhand stock page.
Alternatively, and as I’ve told you pretty much everything I was told plus my own personal experience, you can head straight to Amazon* where they have great deals on this camera.
So I hope this has helped a few of you who have been asking questions about my photography gear! I’m in no ways an expert on the topic, but I searched high and low for the perfect travel camera for budget solo travellers and I really think this one has so much to offer!
Lots of love,
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