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Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

We have collected and analyzed 104 expert reviews and 848 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 80/100 and users rate it 89/100. The average review date is Feb 10, 2009. We have compared these reviews to 175560 reviews from other Digital SLR Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 92/100 = Excellent. Last update: Apr 24, 2014.

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Sony DSLR-A350

 

They both offer Sony's new "Quick AF Live View" technology so you can frame photos on the camera's LCD without sacrificing auto-focusing speed common to other live-view systems. Sony's innovative Penta-mirror Tilt mechanism directs light to a dedicated...

With its two sensor design, Quick AF Live View can even continuously focus-track the subject and provide live view during burst shooting, helping you capture that special moment. Taking further advantage of Quick AF Live View is the models' variable...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

 

Sony's first two DSLRs, the A100 and A700 showed clear signs of their Konica Minolta lineage - sharing a lot of DNA with the Maxxum (Dynax) 5D and 7D respectively. Its latest, the A350, still shows signs of that ancestry but also hints at the...

Good detail at lowest sensitivities, competitive with best in class ; Reliable metering ; JPEG output makes good use of the sensor's dynamic range ; Most seamless live view system of current DSLRs ; Probably the easiest DSLR to use for a compact camera...

Soft JPEGs with poor low-contrast detail ; Smallest viewfinder to appear on an APS-C DSLR ; Screen obstructs use of viewfinder ; Image quality suffers above ISO 400 (from both noise and excessive noise reduction) ; Long exposure noise reduction turns...

Both the greatest compliment and greatest criticism you can level at the Alpha 350 is that it's probably the most compact-camera-like DSLR we've ever reviewed. The secondary-sensor live view system is interesting: most modern DSLR designs are saddled...

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Sony alpha DSLR-A350

 

Jaded is my middle name—especially when it comes to new digital cameras. I mean how juiced can you get about another point-and-shoot just because the megapixel count increased? That said, manufacturers still have some great tricks up their sleeves...

Excellent image quality; Live View works great; loaded with features

Could be faster; noise above 800 ISO; forget the lens kit

the Sony alpha DSLR-A350 is a terrific camera for the price.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 (with 18-70mm lens)

 

With its 14-megapixel CCD, flip-up LCD, sensor-shift image stabilizer, and built-in wireless flash controller, the feature-packed Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 seems like a cornucopia of photographic goodness for the budget shopper. And you wouldn't be far off...

Sensor-shift image stabilization; useful Live View implementation with flip-up LCD

Kit lens could be better; mixed performance; small viewfinder; interface annoyances

Unless you're prepared to spend a disproportionate amount of money on a really good lens, the resolution bump offered by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 isn't worth the price.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

 

With easy-to-use controls, an innovative Live View system with an excellent tilting LCD, the 14.2-megapixel Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 has some nice features that make it stand out from the increasingly crowded entry-level D-SLR space. The biggest problem...

Great image quality in nearly all environments. Tilting LCD. Innovative Live View system. In-camera mechanical image stabilization. Fast autofocus. Handy function button provides easy access to settings.

Slightly overexposed flash. Cropping occurs when framing via Live View. Too few quick-access buttons. Similar model available for $200 less.

With some handy innovative features, the A350 is an easy-to-use, entry-level D-SLR that takes great pictures.

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Sony A350 DSLR

 

Whether you print off your photos at home or send them to the developer, one thing is certain, with the Sony DSLR A350, they will always come out looking great. There are over 24 lenses available, phenomenal battery life, USB transfer speed is very...

14.2 Megapixel resolutionLive View auto focus amazingly fastExtremely functional tilting LCD screenTabbed menu makes using functions a breezeTake professional photos without having to be a pro

Sony has brought photography to a whole new level with the DSLR A350...

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Sony A350 Review

 

Sony have aggressively attacked the DSLR market in 2008, introducing no less than three new models, with a full-frame, 24 megapixel professional camera also due out later this year. The Sony A350 sits bang in the middle of the range, above the...

Sony have certainly hit the ground running in 2008, with three new digital SLR cameras that really deserve to threaten the Canon / Nikon status quo. The

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

Perhaps it was a feint, perhaps it was just a matter of introducing the right camera to the right audience, but Sony's Alpha A200 introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show early this year was a very minor upgrade to the A100. The more buzz-worthy...

Articulated LCD screen allows more comfortable shooting from above or below ; Live View mode doesn't affect AF speed at all ; Good body size, solid feel ; Easy to learn and use ; Great grip ; No-nonsense design ; 14.2-megapixel sensor ; Function button...

Smaller optical viewfinder than A200 ; Kit lens is slightly soft in the corners ; Advanced DRO slows camera down when shooting rapidly ; Pop-up flash doesn't go very high ; Infrared sensor activates AF system when you don't want it to, like when you're...

Like the A200, Sony says that improvements to the A300 and A350's AF have made focus acquisition 1.7 times faster, thanks to the high-torque AF motor and improved AF sequence borrowed from the A700. Autofocus in Live View is also as fast as it is in...

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Sony A350 underwater housing review

 

The Sony A350, put in the market by Sony, is a digital reflex camera for the advanced photographer. Professionals will probably find the speed of 2.5 frames per second too slow. However, underwater photography does not require extreme speed since you...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 Review

 

When the 14.2 megapixel Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 was launched at PMA, I suspected Sony might be onto something with their new live view system...

Most integrated, best performing live view system on the market ; Superior flash metering means better flash shots ; Articulating LCD a nice touch ; Long list of picture styles, processing controls

Noise performance is middle of the pack ; White balance a bit of a mess ; Build quality feels unremarkable ; Tiny, dark optical viewfinder

If you're looking for a camera to ease the transition from a point-and-shoot, something with a live view system that you can use every day for every shot without compromising AF performance, the A350 is your camera. Those willing to settle for a...

Product Specifications

Two incredible lenses are included in this bundle, giving you even more ways to share your vision. Attach the included DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens or the 55-200mm telephoto lens and let your imagination take over. With incredible 14.2 MP detail, Sony's a (alpha) DSLR-A350 raises the bar. This model pushes the envelope, setting a new standard of excellence for step-up digital photographers shooting both family memories and fine-art photos. Live Preview in a large 2.7" LCD screen links you and your subject-and you'll have special features like super-quick AF response, continuous shooting at 2 fps while you see your subject in the viewfinder, Creative Style modes for quick recall of custom settings, and in-camera Super SteadyShot image stabilization that reduces blur for every Sony, Carl Zeiss and legacy Minolta a-mount lens.

Audio Input

Type: None

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM500H

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:3in
Height:3.9in
Weight:1.3lbs
Width:5.2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Folding
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Macro / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DSLR-A350/DSLR-A350K/DSLR-A350X
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony a (alpha)

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Sony DT 18-70mm and 55-200mm lenses/Sony DT 18-70mm lens
Max Focal Length:70mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3.9
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.7 x 23.5mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.7 x 23.5 mm
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:14.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot, CCD-shift mechanism)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level penta-dach mirror

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Landscape / Neutral / Night View / Portrait / Sunset / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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