Sony Alpha A5000 isn't a DSLR as the product name says. It is actually Mirrorless camera and that's why it's much smaller than a DSLR. I bought this camera for my elder sister who wanted to have a DSLR but as I'm using DSLR since last 5 years I know how difficult it is to carry them and if your purpose primarily isn't photography then you shouldn't buy a DSLR. What should you buy? THIS!! yes is small champ from Sony is no less than a DSLR though not a perfect DSLR but it's almost there. Though I couldn't get much hands-on with it but my 5 years of experience with DSLR helped to understand in little time what this could produce.
1) SMALL, Compact can be put in ladies' bag or travelers bag easily. 2) APS-C sensor. Usually this sensor is put in entry-level and mid-level DSLRs and is bigger than any sensor in compact cameras. Bigger the sensor better is your image quality. Sensor is heart of your camera. 3) INTERCHANGEABLE-LENS - World's smallest lens- interchangeable camera. Gives you a lot of scope to give new dimensions to your shots. you can put a prime lens or a zoom lens or a telephoto lens like DSLRs (Huge plus point)
CONS : (These cons are actually in comparison with a DSLR, for whom this is their first camera, these are not cons per se) 1) No electronic view-finder - You have to look on the screen while taking a picture which could be little difficult in bright sunny conditions 2) Same manual and zoom switch. 3) Little slow
Who should buy? 1) Those who want to but a camera equivalent to DSLR but are on short of budget or want a compact camera which takes less space and easy to carry around. 2) Those who want to upgrade from Point&Shoot but don't want to buy a DSLR for any of the above reason.
Who shouldn't buy? Those who have already used a DSLR for sometime. This is definitely not an upgrade in any manner.
The best I could ask for. Compact DSLR which is easy to carry, easy to click photos and also high definition selfies. Battery lasts for a day for someone who clicks mediocre amount of pictures. When charged with a power bank full battery charges within 1.5hr. The only misgiving by buying online is some of the sellers are not providing the carry bag and memory card that are usually provided if the product is bought from any Sony store.
Take my review with a pinch of Salt - This is my first proper camera apart from using smartphones. The camera and the settings are very easy to navigate, use and understand. Very compact and light. I remember my photographer friend suggesting me the best camera - "the best camera is the camera you always carry". That was the best piece of advice i could ever get. DSLRs are big, bulky and always forces you to think whether you carry everywhere you go or not. Not here. This is as light as a smartphone and very easy to carry around click pictures. Quality is stunning and videos are fantastic - even with auto settings. My very basic laptop is unable to play the recorded videos because of lack of processing power - beat that ! I watch the videos on a 60 inch TV screen and trust me, no less than life like. Battery backup is good. My only worry: Flipping the LCD very often for selfies and battery replacing and lens retraction - all seem a little flimsy build wise. Prolonged use will definitely loosen these things. But hey, Sony has more options, servicing and availablility and replacements for mirrorless camers much more than Nikon or Canon in India. When it comes to DSLRs, probably the other two rule, Mirrorless, go for Sony blindly. Got a great deal by the way when i bought this for 26K.