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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.
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