Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A35 vs DSLR-A580

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

SLT A35
9.6
DSLR-A580
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

SLT A35
7.0
DSLR-A580
6.6
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

SLT A35
8.2
DSLR-A580
8.0
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

SLT A35
9.1
DSLR-A580
9.1
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, photographyblog.com and dpreview.com

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

SLT A35
8.9
DSLR-A580
9.0

Winner
Sony DSLR-A580 

Camera Rocket recommends the Sony DSLR-A580  based on its image quality.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of SLT A35 vs DSLR-A580

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

SLT A35
763 ISO
DSLR-A580
1,121 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

SLT A35
3,000 LPH
DSLR-A580
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A35
223 ms
DSLR-A580
295 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

SLT A35
102 ms
DSLR-A580
84 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

SLT A35
900 ms
DSLR-A580
800 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A35
5.5 fps
DSLR-A580
7 fps

Features Key features of the SLT A35  vs DSLR-A580 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

SLT A35
16 MP
DSLR-A580
16 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

SLT A35
25,600 ISO
DSLR-A580
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

SLT A35
22.8 microns
DSLR-A580
22.9 microns

Reviews Word on the street

SLT A35  vs DSLR-A580 

7.3
7.5
The A580 feels comfortably weighty in your hands, the grip is of decent size and the rubberized surfaces feel quite pleasant.
DSLR-A580

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

SLT A35  vs
DSLR-A580 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP 16 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264 4912 x 3264
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.4 x 15.6 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 22.8 microns 22.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,000 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,000 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 15 15
Cross type focus points 3 3
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps 7 fps
Battery life 420 1,050
Continuous shooting
7 fps, JPEG
5.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 223 ms 295 ms
Shutter lag 102 ms 84 ms
Startup delay 900 ms 800 ms

video

SLT A35  vs
DSLR-A580 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Pentamirror

form factor

Size 124 x 92 x 85 mm 137 x 104 x 84 mm
Thickness 85 mm 84 mm
Weight 415 g 599 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

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