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Sony Alpha 35

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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

Build and handling

All SLT models are almost 30% smaller and lighter than Sony’s equivalent Alpha 560 and 580 DSLRs. This is achieved through the use of an EVF, so removing the need for an optical prism. At 124.4x92x84.7mm, the Alpha 35 is as impressively compact as its predecessor and its older stablemate.

However, it has shed a little weight and comes in lighter than the other two at 473g, including battery and memory card. I put this down to the fact that the LCD screen is now a fixed unit, which reduces the necessary circuitry.

Not only is the Alpha 35 the same in size, but its button layout is almost identical to Sony’s other SLTs. All key functions are within a finger’s reach on the camera’s exterior, and the textured handgrip fits the hand perfectly. The only distinguishable difference is the fixed LCD screen.

Image-hungry shooters – which will no doubt apply to anyone interested in the Alpha 35 – will appreciate the improved battery life. At 440 shots from a full charge, it is not only capable of 100 more shots than its predecessor, but also 60 more than the Alpha 55. Generally, then, the Alpha 35 handles very well indeed, and even users unfamiliar with Sony cameras will quickly get used to it.

  • Dioptre Adjustment: -4 to +4 dioptre
  • External mic: Yes
  • Video: 1920x1080 pixels (at 30fps, 25fps or 24fps), 1280x720 pixels (at 60fps or 50fps), 640x480 pixels (at 60fps or 50fps), MOV files with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, Kelvin, plus custom setting
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 10m @ ISO 100
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC or Memory Stick Pro Duo
  • Output Size: 4912x3264 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: 1.15-million-dot EVF
  • LCD: 3in LCD with 921,600 dots
  • Field of View: Approx 100%
  • AF Points: 15 points (3 cross-type), auto or manual selection possible
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes, 3 images over 2 steps
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/160sec
  • Sensor: 16.2-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual and 8 scene modes
  • Weight: 473g approx (including battery or card/s)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion NP-FW50 battery
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: 5.5fps (7fps in tele-zoom high-speed mode)
  • Lens Mount: Sony Alpha mount
  • ISO: 100-12,800 (extendable to ISO 25,600 in multi-frame NR mode)
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF
  • Dimensions: 124.4x92x84.7mm
  • Metering System: 1,200-zone evaluative metering, centreweighted, and fixed centre spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HMDI
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±2EV in 1⁄3EV steps
  • RRP: Expected to be around 700 Euros

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