Channel 5

Sony Alpha A35

Thursday 29 March 2012


Rating of 3

The basics

The Sony Alpha A35 is a mid-entry level digital SLR camera with a 16.2-megapixel sensor and Sony’s BIONZ processor. It has a 3.5-inch screen, a 3D sweeping panorama mode and an ISO between 100 and 12,800. The Sony Alpha A35 shoots at 5fps in standard mode and 7fps in Tele-Zoom mode.

The good

The Sony Alpha A35 offers up plenty of features for intermediate and even beginners to get stuck into. There are lots of automatic modes and settings including vivid portrait, landscape, sunset, and for that aged look, black & white. There’s also the option to customise your shots, letting you change contrast, saturation and the sharpness for a more professional look for your photos. Image quality all-round is very good. Photos depict bright colours and excellent contrasts. Considering the Sony Alpha’s status as mid-entry shooter, picture quality is very good indeed. A fast autofocus also means you’ll be able to shoot moving objects with little hassle, and lets you take some great outdoors shots. A Sweep Shooting mode also lets you assemble some nice panoramic shots.

The bad

As good as image quality is there are times when the Sony Alpha A35 will sometimes underexpose. On the odd occasion will you notice a lack of brightness in some shots when pointing and shooting. So it could perform better in darker conditions to begin with. Otherwise the Alpha 35 offers great noise control. Photography fans will also bemoan the lack of optical viewfinder on place of an electronic one. The build quality is also a bit on the plastic side.

The bottom line

For its price the Sony Alpha A35 offers great value for money. It takes some great shots capable of rivalling more expensive digital SLR cameras, and is therefore well worth checking out. Be sure to look online for the best bargain before heading to the shops.
Currys Top Products

Sony Alpha A35 is tagged with Sony, Alpha A35, DSLR and camera 16.2MP. Select a tag (Sony, for example) to find everything on The Gadget Show about the subject.

User comments

Be the first one to leave a comment.

Join Channel 5

Creating an account is free, will only take a few moments and will allow you to enjoy the full benefits of 5FWD and Channel 5:

  • Create lists of your most wanted and owned products
  • Leave article comments without having to re-enter your login details
  • Get updated with all the latest gadget and car news

Leave a comment

Please note that we will not expose your email, but we might use it to email you back. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.
* mandatory field

The Gadget Show

Entry-level DSLR Cameras

  • Vodafone Smart 4

    Vodafone's no stranger to the budget blower arena, with last year's Smart III providing fairly…

  • Tonino Lamborghini Antares

    If you thought your brand new iPhone 5s in gold was the cream of the crop when it comes to luxury…

  • Gigabyte P34Gv2 gaming laptop

    When you think of gaming laptops, your mind usually goes towards hulking behemoths that more…

  • Nokia Lumia 930

    Meet the Nokia Lumia 930, the latest 4G flagship from the now-Microsoft company, and the first…

  • USB iShaver

    It seems like you can get practically anything powered by USB these days, and now the humble…

  • Nokia Lumia 635

    Nokia's currently on a Windows Phone 8.1 roll, unleashing the budget-friendly Lumia 630 back in May,…

  • Heimplanet ‘The Cave’ tent

    How do you solve a problem like tent poles? In a bid to make its £435 ‘The Cave’ the fastest…

  • Singtrix karaoke machine

    Love it or hate it, karaoke is an absolute riot - even if you can't sing to save your life. You…

  • LG G Watch

    Google's vision of the smartwatch is finally with us, but can Android Wear succeed where so many of…

  • Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20

    Creative surprised us last month with the Sound Blaster AXX 200, a Bluetooth speaker that packs in…