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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

Dynamic range

While we do not have official dynamic range data, cameras with a similar sensor, such as the Pentax K-5, Nikon D7000 and Sony Alpha 55, are all able to capture more than 12EV. Looking over my images shows this to be the case with the Alpha 35, which is quite impressive for a camera at this level.

Underexposed images still maintain a lot of image detail in shadow areas, which is demonstrated when bringing back the levels during post-production. Coupled with its impressive noise control, the Alpha 35 can achieve detail recovery with minimal added noise, even up to ISO 800.

Image: Performance in low light is impressive, with good levels of image detail and well-controlled noise

  • 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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