Sony A5000 mirrorless camera, coming in March for $600

Sony is killing off its NEX camera brand, but don't think there'll be a gaping hole in its camera line up. At CES 2014 the  company announced a new A5000 mirrorless camera with a 20-megapixel APS-C sensor.

In typical Sony fashion it's a small camera, cutting down on the extras and focusing on what matters most: taking pictures. That means you avoid the bulk of some other models, resulting in a camera that's easy to slip into your pocket.

The A5000 features both Wi-Fi and NFC, and Sony claims it's the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera with Wi-Fi on the market, measuring 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7mm and weighing 210g (body only).

On the rear of the camera you'll find a 3-inch 180-degree tilting LCD display with 460k-dot resolution for those weirdly situated shots. On top there's an integrated pop-up flash.

The A5000 will accept Sony's E-mount lenses and with the new generation of Bionz X processor, found in the A7 and A7R, will give you ISO up to 16,000. The frame rate looks a little low, however, at 3.5fps. It promises 420 shots from the battery, which is pretty impressive.

"Packing DSLR imaging power into an incredibly small and light package, our new A5000 is the ultimate 'everyday shooter' that will appeal to a wide range of customers," said Neal Manowitz, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony. 

The Sony A5000 will be available in March 2014 in silver, black and white for about $600 (£366) in a kit with a 16-50mm motorised zoom lens. The new, black-finish E 55-210mm zoom lens will be available in March for roughly $350.