Two for the Price of One: An Evening out with the Sony A5000
In this epic…
- Two for the price of one? Or when two become one?
- Off to Manchester Airport on the edge of my seat…
- BA Domestic – BA1387 Manchester Airport to London Heathrow
- Heathrow Transit, American Airlines Flagship Lounge
- American Airlines – AA87 London Heathrow to Chicago, Main Cabin
- Streamlined Immigration?
- The Crowne Plaza O’Hare
- Evening adventures with the Sony A5000
- The Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Off to O’Hare, American Airlines Admirals Club
- American Airlines – AA1205 Chicago O’Hare to Boston Logan
- A Boston Omnishambles
- British Airways – BA202 Boston Logan to London Heathrow Terminal 5 in World Traveller Plus
- Transit and changes… from holiday to work, British Airways Galleries North Lounge
- British Airways – BA974 London Heathrow to Hamburg
- IBIS Budget St Pauli, Hamburg
- Trade Show 101 (or… don’t sleep on your glasses).
- Pounding the Halls of AIX – What you might had missed…
- A Walk around the Hamburg Dom
- Rushing back to Hamburg Airport
- British Airways – BA967 Hamburg to London Heathrow
- Homeward bound
- Mixing business with pleasure
An Evening Test with a Sony A5000
Time for some travel technology. Normally, I’d take a big DSLR with me (the Canon 6D or Canon 100D… my normal “Travel Sized” DSLR) when travelling to locations.
But how does a Compact Camera system camera like the Sony A5000 hold out… and more importantly – in ever decreasing light conditions? Let’s put it to the test and find out.
I’m taking the little camera out for a spin – mainly as I’m not in the mood to carry a heavy bag of kit after a long haul flight. Believe it or not, I value what remains of my back.
Let’s quickly remind you of what a Sony A5000 is. It looks at bit like this:
It’s a Compact System Camera System – meaning the lens can be changed if needed if I wanted to change, and there’s no tradition mirror that has been used to look at images before shooting them.
I was planning to vlog a lot on this trip… but… what’s the term? “The best laid plans of mice and men”.
Plans do fall through. Least of all when jet-lagged for a lot of a trip.
The camera itself is a light little unit, so it can fit in the pocket without too many issues. It does have a “proper” DSLR sensor with an APS-C style sensor.
So. How does a little compact mirrorless handle things when you’re suffering badly from jetlag? And how does it handle eveningtime?
Let’s find out.
We’ll start our adventure under Chicago O’Hare Airport nearing the CTA station.
And as you can see, our old friend barrel distortion has made an appearance. Here’s the correct version:
16mm on this lens is not good at all – as I keep on forgetting. Thankfully, software like Adobe Lightroom can make it a quick fix.
Inside the station, it can present a challenge with the differing lighting conditions
I’m liking this picture – there’s a lot of action going on showing how busy this station is. There is a fair amount of noise when you zoom in, but it’s not super-splotchy. It’s more than acceptable for a web image.
Let’s talk about noise in these pictures. I’ve limited the ISO speed of ISO3200… and the results are usable – if a little grainy (look at the stone wall, and you’ll notice it isn’t smooth). When scaling down the images – they’re acceptable.
Let’s try some moving targets with the Chicago L.
Again, there’s plenty of noise (not helped by the rain). The camera has caught the train moving and “froze” it in time nicely, and its done a nice job of catching the wet evening in Chicago.
Overall: The Sony A5000 continues to impress me in terms of lightness and chuckabity to put it into any situation, and gives reasonable results no matter the environment.
Combined with simple USB charging, easy file management and video taking, I like the camera body.
However, the kit lens is a pile of rubbish at the wide end – and to take advantage of the lens, you need to correct the images via software.
For those of you using Adobe Lightroom – consider clicking “Enable Profile Corrections” in the Develop module
You can also control other settings through here – I tend to stick to Enable Profile Corrections before applying any other lens correction.
For the photographer who hasn’t got time, I’d strongly recommending throwing away the kit lens and get another lens that is more corrected.
For me: to take advantage of this camera – I’ll be looking to switch the lens to something a bit more potent when I have time (and cash).
The Sony A5000 is a reasonable enough camera for those dipping their toes into photography with the ability to customise and control – I just wish Sony would spend some more money on developing a kit lens that takes advantage of the camera.
NEXT: The Hyatt Regency O’Hare
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