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Sony Alpha SLT-A35

alaTest has collected and analyzed 194 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the portability and usability are on the whole positive. The value for money and image quality are also appreciated. The size and battery get mixed reviews. Many are less positive about the flash and screen.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sony Alpha SLT-A35 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony SLT-A35


The format of this review has been slightly shortened as the Sony SLT-A35 is in terms of operation and image output very similar to the Sony SLT-A55 that we reviewed in August 2010. To learn everything about the SLT-A35 we recommend reading not only...

Reliably good image quality at lower sensitivities ; Versatile and capable (for its class) 15-point AF system ; Accurate metering and focus ; Excellent LCD and good EVF, with efficient automatic switch ; Compact dimensions ; Auto+ mode makes the...

Higher RAW noise levels than some competitors ; Comparatively strong noise reduction at higher ISOs ; Little control over high ISO noise reduction in JPEG mode ('auto' or 'weak') ; Limited control in 7 fps continuous shooting and movie modes ; No live...

The Sony SLT-A35 is an excellent all-round performer that gets all the basic stuff right and is fun to shoot with. The feature set is great for a camera at this price point and if you can live without an optical viewfinder the SLT-A35 is a very good...

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Sony Alpha SLT-A35 (Body Only)


As Sony's replacement for its SLT-A33, the current entry-level model in its line of interchangeable-lens cameras with a fixed translucent-mirror design, the A35 looks like only a modest update, but it is also merely marginally different than the...

If you're looking for a model with fast performance, decent video capture, and the benefits of an electronic viewfinder, those are the Sony Alpha SLT-A35's strong suit

Even compared to a dSLR it's a bit dowdy-looking and it's bulkier than competitive ILCs, with a couple of awkward control placements

A solid camera for point-and-shoot upgraders who want to be able to shoot action and video, the Sonly Alpha SLT-A35's bulk may still be a turn-off for some.

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Sony SLT-A35 Preview


With the overwhelming popularity of the SLT-α55 and SLT-α33 from 2010, Sony continues to build new dSLRs featuring their acclaimed Translucent Mirror Technology. The all new SLT-α35 builds off of the foundations laid by its predecessors, with various...


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Camera Test: Sony Alpha SLT-A35


When we first saw Sony's semitransparent-mirror Alpha A55 and A33 DSLRs, we were intrigued. Then, when we saw how they performed in our tests, we were impressed. Now, Sony has released the A35 ($600, street, body only), a follow-up to the...

Super speedy AF for both stills and video

EVF makes some burst shooting difficult

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Sony Alpha SLT-A35


If you're not alert, life can quickly pass you by. Now, thanks to the a35 DSLR camera, you will always be ready to capture and preserve those special moments. We enjoyed reviewing this DSLR because of its exciting list of features and technologies that...

Small and lightweight, you should have no trouble carrying this camera around wherever you go

This camera does not have a flip-out monitor

The Sony a35 is an entry-level DSLR camera with professional styling and features.

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Sony Alpha SLT-A35 Review


You'll find this model on Sony's Web site by looking in the DSLR department. But a DSLR it ain't!

The entry level Sony Alpha A35 has no flipping mirror! Instead, it has a fixed, semi-reflective mirror placed in the light path that transmits 66.66 per cent of the light to the CMOS sensor in the back of the camera — and 33.33 per cent of it to a tiny...

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"Top DSLR for the newbie that wants to shoot like a Pro."


Truly the best camera I have bought. Abilities, design & Price all vastly superior to the Cannon line of TDi's

Sony really has outdone themselves with their line of DSLR camera's. In particular, the A35-A37, for the enthusiast who is ready for DSLR control and quality, while still learning about ISO's shutter speeds and aperture settings.

The stock flash (as with most DSLRs) lacks brightness, i suggest you get a mounted flash when you purchase!

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"Great upgrade from my old film SLR a Maxxum 7000!"


Over all very pleased with the camera. Don't know why people feel the need to get a Nikon except for the name.

The biggest pro I found is that my old Maxxum lenses fit this along remote control. The manual perfect to get me started with point and shoot and then on to changing the ISO, Aperture and Shudder speeds.

Biggest problem I have found is the location for the aperture setting when shooting in manual mode. I think the controls would have been better placed on left side of lens bayonet, allowing control of both at once.

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"Great entry level DSLR, especially for the price!"


This is an amazing camera for the price. It isn't a Pro-level camera, but they don't presume to be. However it has enough features to keep someone new to DSLRs happy for a long, LONG time.

1)Price - The price is amazing for all of the features that you get.

1)Status - Camera snobs will look down their noses at you since it's not a Nikon or Cannon

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Beats Canon and Nikon entry level rivals in all aspects


Much faster than Nikon D3100 and Canon 1100d when focuisng and taking the shot. Great HD video that actually focuses properly unlike the two aforementioned models

Slight juddery delay when looking through EVF / LCD after taking a shot, but one gets used to this, very temporary, visual delay

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:23.4 x 15.6 mm
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-FW50
Battery Type:Sony NP-FW50


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes