Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Released January, 2008
  • 14 MP
  • APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD
  • 2.7" LCD
It lacks in-body image stabilization and the A350's intelligent Live View implementation, but it does have the mode, and Canon offers better comparable kit lenses and a better selection of budget lenses, as well as better photo quality and performance.
by c|net (Apr, 2008)
8.4 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Alpha DSLR-A350
8.3
Nikon D90
9.1
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Alpha DSLR-A350
8.0
Nikon D90
7.7
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Alpha DSLR-A350
8.4
Nikon D90
8.7
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Alpha DSLR-A350
8.6
Nikon D90
9.5
Reviews from dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.4

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Alpha DSLR-A350
8.4
Nikon D90
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha DSLR-A350
595 ISO
D3200
1,131 ISO
Pentax K-50
1,120 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A350
188 ms
SLT A58
326 ms
EOS 600D
283 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha DSLR-A350
88 ms
SLT A58
54 ms
D3200
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha DSLR-A350
1,000 ms
SLT A58
1,900 ms
Nikon D90
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A350
2.5 fps
SLT A57
12 fps
SLT A58
8 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha DSLR-A350
730 photos
Pentax K-50
410 photos
EOS 600D
440 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Alpha DSLR-A350


7.2
The rest of the specs are typical for its class: sensitivity up to ISO 3200; sensor antidust protection measures; shutter speeds from 1/4000 second to 30 seconds with 1/160 second flash sync; various white-balance presets plus manual and color-temperature chooser; spot, multisegment and center-weighted metering; and spot, selectable spot and wide-area AF.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

The conversion from RAW using Adobe Camera Raw doesn't drastically change the earlier impression that the two cameras are pretty well matched.
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)
At their lowest sensitivity settings, the A350's more densely populated sensor seems to give the resolution advantage that the spec-sheet implies.
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)
RAW files converted using Adobe Camera Raw with noise reduction set to 0, saved as a quality 11 JPEG for cropping.
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)

Live view

As well as providing a large preview that can be viewed from many angles, thanks to its tilt/flip LCD, the A350's Live View implementation offers the ability to preview the exposure and white balance of the shot you're about to take (though there's no option to stop the aperture down and preview the depth-of-field).
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)
The advantage of this layout is that, unlike any other current Live View system, the camera can offer live view with the reflex mirror down.
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)
The provision of an exterior switch makes it clear that live view is a technique for using this camera, rather than simply an option, or mode that you might consider using.
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)

Image quality

Each of the Creative Style modes (Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, Black and White, and Adobe RGB) you can adjust contrast, saturation and sharpness.
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)
There is still some noise reduction clearly being applied to the JPEG results (the size and smoothness of the chroma noise blotches being a distinct give-away).
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)
The Sony also takes a less enthusiastic approach to saturation but this is easily tuned in both cameras.
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)

Screen

The screen has been well designed so that the articulation mechanism is as discreet as possible.
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)
In addition, Sony incorporates a flip-up LCD, which makes the feature not just practical, but actually useful (predominantly for overhead and from-the-hip shooting).
by c|net (Apr, 2008)
Again, this is a wasted opportunity because it's another thing that takes you away from the information screen, preventing it becoming a consistent, familiar part of shooting.
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)

Iso

Pressing the ISO, drive mode or exposure compensation buttons on the top of the camera brings up a dedicated menu for that function - you cannot directly change settings from the information screen as you can with the Alpha 700.
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)
The differences in performance between the three cameras are visible at ISO 400 with both luminance and chroma noise appearing in the Sony and Pentax crops.
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)
As you can see, it has no effect up to ISO 800 where the plots overlap each other almost exactly, before kicking-in at ISO 1600 and 3200.
by DPReview (Jun, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CCD
Megapixels 14 MP
Resolution 4592 x 3056
Size APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 26.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

display

Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 2.5 fps
Battery life 730 photos
Continuous shooting 2.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 188 ms
Shutter lag 88 ms
Startup delay 1,000 ms

video

Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.74x
Viewfinder size 0.49x

form factor

Size 131 x 99 x 75 mm
Thickness 75 mm
Weight 674 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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