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Sony Alpha 35 review

Lightweight Sony SLT camera packed with innovative features

Our Verdict

For

  • Responsive full-time AF
  • Simple control layout
  • Fast continuous shooting
  • 1080i HD movies
  • Manual controls

Against

  • Fixed LCD
  • JPEGs a little soft
  • EVF a touch low-contrast

As part of our image quality testing for the Sony Alpha 35, we've shot our resolution chart with a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens mounted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Sony Alpha 35 is capable of resolving up to around 28 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Sony alpha 35 full resolution chart image
Sony alpha 35 full resolution chart image

Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 100
Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 100

ISO 100, score: 28 (see full image)

Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 200
Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 200

ISO 200, score: 28 (see full image)

Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 400
Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 400

ISO 400, score: 26 (see full image)

Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 800
Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 800

ISO 800, score: 26 (see full image)

Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 1600
Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 24 (see full image)

Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 3200
Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 22 (see full image)

Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 6400
Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 22 (see full image)

Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 12800
Cropped sony alpha 35 resolution chart iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 28 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLT Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeNo
Product Familyalpha
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameSony
FeaturesLive View, Smile Detection, External Flash Shoe, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)415 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Minimum Focus Distance250 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate25 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.5 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height92 mm
Width124.4 mm
Depth84.7 mm
Autofocus Points15
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Flash Exposure Compensation, High Speed Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelSLT-A35
Product Namealpha SLT-A35 Digital SLT Camera
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberSLTA35L.CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Never miss another moment, however fleeting. Explore an exciting world of high-speed shooting responses and smooth, accurate auto focus tracking - even with moving objects. Capture beautiful videos in detail-packed Full HD. All in a light, compact camera that's easy to carry.

Battery Life480 Shot
Package Contents
  • alpha SLT-A35 Digital SLT Camera
  • DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Lens
  • BC-VW1 Battery Charger
  • Power Cord
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FW50
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Eyecup
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Packaging lid
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker