- 12MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Tilting Display
- ISO 200 - 12800
- Sensor based Image Stabilization
- No Video
- Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
- 630g - 137 x 104 x 84mm
- Announced August 2009
- Replacement is Sony A560
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony A500 summary
Sony A500 is Sony's Entry-Level DSLR camera initially launched on August of 2009. The camera features a 12MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4272 x 2848.
Sony launched the more recent Sony A560 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to replace this camera.
The A500 places at #50 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and over-all #405 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check out our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your personal requirements.
The following is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.
Sony A500 family
The Sony A500 is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed range below.
A500 vs A6824MPAPS-C8.0 fps2015
A500 vs A5820MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
A500 vs A5716MPAPS-C12.0 fps2012
A500 vs A3716MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
A500 vs A6524MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
A500 vs A3516MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
A500 vs A58016MPAPS-C7.0 fps2011
A500 vs A3314MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
A500 vs A5516MPAPS-C10.0 fps2010
A500 vs A56014MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
A500 vs A39014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
A500 vs A29014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
A500 vs A45014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
A500 vs A55014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
A500 vs A38014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A500 vs A33010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A500 vs A23010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A500 vs A20010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
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A500 vs A30010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A500 vs A10010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Sony A500 Gallery
You can see the A500 from various angles in the gallery here.
Sony A500 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Sony A500 based on things that are often regarded as crucial in a camera.
Sony A500 Sensor specifications
The Sony A500 features the Bionz processor. The sensor dimension on the Sony A500 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor can capture 4272 x 2848 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and includes a native ISO range of 200 to 12800. RAW format is supported which means that you have wider margin for error.
The image below shows the A500's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The A500 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Sony A500 dimensions
Sony A500 is 1.39 lbs (630g / 22.22 oz) and the over all size of the camera is 137mm x 104mm x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g and the Sony A500 is heavier compared with various competitors.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The following is a photo of the Sony A500 next to a soda to help you to have a feel for its scale.
The top view here will highlight the button design on the A500.
Sony A500 Lens specifications
The A500 works with the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 145 lenses that are available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the A500.
Sony A500 Connectivity
The A500 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send photos and oftentimes adjust settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Certain applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Sony A500 Video specifications
Sony A500 doesn't record video. If you are wanting a camera to take only pictures, this is not a problem.
Sony A500 Weather Sealing
Sony A500 does not include environment proofing so damp conditions can easily damage the camera.
Sony A500 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony A500 features a 3 inch tilting display screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The ViewFinder details regarding Sony A500 are below:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- Coverage 95%
- Magnification 0.53x
In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders are pretty valuable.
Sony A500 Shutter specifications
Sony A500 continuous shooting speed is 5.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Sony A500 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sony A500 boasts both built-in flash plus external flash support. The max flash sync speed is 1/160 seconds.
Sony A500 Autofocusing specifications
Sony A500 boasts both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & exact compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be handy for portrait photography.
The Sensor features 9 focus points to select from. Sony A500 can use manual focusing if required for low light scenarios or you want to have more accurate control on focusing.
Sony A500 Battery life
The battery life (NP-FM500H) for the Sony A500 is fashioned to last for 520 shutters based on the CIPA benchmarks making it lower as compared with its competition. The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has got the best (1900) battery life for this group of cameras.
Following is a number of Entry-Level DSLR cameras with the strongest battery life:
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Sony A500 for various forms of photography
The following graph shows a rundown of the Sony A500 for various forms of photography. To read more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Portrait photography with Sony A500
The Sony A500 receives a points total of 63 which is above average, meaning that it is a respectable pick for portraits. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the option to use off-camera lighting.
Sony A500 Street photography info
Having a very good points total of 74, the Sony A500 is a fine fit to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.
Sony A500 Sports photography advice
A reasonable sports photography points total of 51 suggests the Sony A500 is relatively acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs good tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony A500 Travel photography highlights
Portability is extremely critical in picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony A500 gets a terrible 43 for a travelling camera which makes it not suitable to take with you on your vacations.
Landscape photography with Sony A500
For anybody planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Sony A500 at it's moderate score of 60 for a landscape camera is fairly acceptable amongst its competitors.
Vlogging with Sony A500
A camera for vlogging should really have a moving screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Sony A500 is not suitable for vlogging as it receives a terrible rating of 9.
Sony A500 Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the A500, here is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall into the category of Entry-Level DSLR.
The chart followed below offers you a bird's eye view of the A500 compared to it's top scoring competitors listed earlier.
There are more cameras you may take a look at as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.