For years, Sony has made the best cheap compact, interchangeable-lens cameras. With the new A5000 it's most beginnerist in the line camera is getting an impressive guts overhaul as well as a new name. Here's what hasn't changed: It's hard to find a better buy for $600.
First of all, let's talk names. As Sony hinted when it announced the A7 and A7r full frame mirrorless cameras in the Fall, the company is leaning away from the NEX branding that it's used on its E-Mount interchangeable lens cameras for years. It seems everything will simply have "A" model numbers now. The A5000 is the successor to the NEX-3N, although, because of its slightly higher price tag and better feature set, you could argue it's more of a NEX-5T successor. Blah, blah, blah, let's get to the details.