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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

White balance and colour

Those familiar with the Sony Alpha range, and indeed the first-generation SLT cameras, will know that the colours produced are punchy and vivid, especially in sunny conditions. This remains the case with the Alpha 35. Auto white balance also performs as expected and can be relied upon in most situations. It is a little warm in tungsten light and a tad neutral in warmer sunlight, but this is not unusual.

Image: Auto white balance is a little warm in tungsten light, so it is best to employ the dedicated tungsten white balance

Two of the more effective picture effects include partial colour and high-contrast mono. The former extracts all colours but one and can be applied for yellow, green, red or blue, while the latter mode gives punchy and very pleasant results.

Image: The partial colour shooting mode can work well in some situations, like here where the flower petals stand out

  • 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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