The Self-Improvement Camera

I’ve been single for a little less than a year now and since my last relationship ended, I promised myself that I’d spend my time improving being me before getting into a new one. I’ve looked for new hobbies and set new goals; started exercising frequently, read at least one book a month, try different kinds of food and go to places I haven’t been to before. The more I step out of my known world, the more I became aware of how small my little world was! There’s a whole other spectrum of people, sights, events, sensations that I wasn’t aware of. I found myself wanting to capture what I discover, no matter how mundane it is, as how I see it. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

This is where a decent camera comes into play. Part of my road to self-improvement involves getting a decent camera and taking pictures of what I find beautiful. I’ve taken pictures with my phone, but a phone camera’s quality can only get you so far before wanting buy the real deal — my real deal is the Sony Alpha A5000.

I admit, my skills are nowhere near the pros and my main use for a camera will be as a hobby camera. After some delicate snooping around the Internet doing research and asking some long-time photography-enthusiast friends as to what camera suits me, I’ve found and am currently crushing on (BIG TIME) the Sony Alpha A5000.

Fun fact about me: I’m a college student. Like most things I consider getting, how heavy they are matters a lot to me since I have books and miscellaneous school stuff to carry around throughout the day. The Sony Alpha A5000 is a mirrorless camera, which means it doesn’t have the heavy and bulky mirrors inside making it compact and lightweight. I managed to get a feel of one while walking around a mall and damn, despite its small size feels right inside my hand, which are pretty large.

The camera’s LCD is around 3 inches wide that shows a variety of information about the camera, from the different modes to settings using the manual mode, and it can be flipped 180 degrees upwards; perfect for future selfies taken the future bae. The buttons on the camera itself are pretty simple too — the on/off switch, zoom dial, a record button (for videos), and the pop-up flash button. There’s also a tripod mount, a rechargeable battery slot on the bottom and slots for the SD card on the sides

This little camera is equipped with the Bionz-X processor, which is present in the high-end Sony Alpha A7 and RX10 (this can seriously pack a punch!). You can save photos in both raw and .jpeg files at the same time! Since Sony made this, the details and colors are spot on, you know why? It’s because the sensor in the Sony Alpha A5000 is the 20.1-megapixel APS-C sensor, although it only comes with contrast AF which makes it slow but it isn’t really a problem for me, a hobbyist.

Not only can the Sony Alpha A5000 take pictures, but the videos it takes aren’t half-bad either! Lots of vlogger YouTubers use this as their main camera for making videos. This says a lot because YouTubers make a living out of their videos.

Overall, the Sony Alpha A5000 is a pretty solid camera. I’m looking at it as a step into self-improvement. I wouldn’t want to buy an expensive camera right off the bat, but I certainly want to upgrade from my old phone. Considering its price range, you are getting the most of your money when buying this. It’s basic enough for people just getting started into photography to have a good time with it, like me, and have enough control with manipulating the shots to make it a decent back-up camera for the pros. You should seriously consider buying this.

-Steven Lumen

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