The Alpha 35 features a refined version of the 16.2-million-pixel sensor that we loved in the Alpha 55, yet it is Sony’s new entry-level SLT camera

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The most notable of the Alpha 35’s features is the updated imaging sensor, containing 16.2 million pixels. This marks a 2-million-pixel increase over its immediate predecessor, the Alpha 33, and is equal in number to the Alpha 55.

However, Sony assures us that the sensor is a refined version and is not the same as that used in the Alpha 55. Last time round we were impressed by the Alpha 55’s sensor and its image-quality, so I expect very good things here. As before, the Alpha 35 uses Sony’s Bionz processor for JPEG and raw files, while the sensitivity range remains at ISO 100-12,800.

Images can be viewed on both the 3in, 921,000-dot LCD screen and the 1.15-million-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF). A sensor just below the EVF detects whether the user has their eye held up to it, and will automatically switch the view between the two screens.

After the fixed LCD, a second key difference between the Alpha 35 and the more expensive Alpha 55 is that the shooting rate is 5.5fps in the Alpha 35 rather than 10fps. A new shooting mode is available in the form of tele-zoom high-speed, which applies a 1.4x magnification to the frame for a more responsive 7fps high-speed burst with continuous AF.

Several new picture effects can now be applied to still and moving images pre-capture. When set before shooting, both live view and the EVF can display the effect, which provides a useful reference. The seven new effects include retro photo and high key.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Noise, Resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Autofocus
  8. 8. LCD, Viewfinder and video
  9. 9. Dynamic range
  10. 10. Verdict
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