Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A57 vs DSLR-A350

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of SLT A57 vs Alpha DSLR-A350

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

SLT A57
785 ISO
Alpha DSLR-A350
595 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A57
12 fps
Alpha DSLR-A350
2.5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

SLT A57
550 photos
Alpha DSLR-A350
730 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

SLT A57
23.4 bits
Alpha DSLR-A350
22.6 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

SLT A57
13.0 ev
Alpha DSLR-A350
11.5 ev

Features Key features of the SLT A57  vs Alpha DSLR-A350 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

SLT A57
16 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

SLT A57
25,600 ISO
Alpha DSLR-A350
3,200 ISO

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

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

SLT A57
0.72x

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

SLT A57
22.9 microns
Alpha DSLR-A350
26.6 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

SLT A57  vs
Alpha DSLR-A350 
Type CMOS CCD
Megapixels 16 MP 14 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264 4592 x 3056
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 22.9 microns 26.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 2.7"
Resolution 921 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 12 fps 2.5 fps
Battery life 550 730
Continuous shooting
12 fps, JPEG
10 fps, JPEG
2.5 fps, JPEG

features

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

video

SLT A57  vs
Alpha DSLR-A350 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps None
Shoots video in 24p Yes N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack 3.5mm N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection N/A
Autofocus type Phase detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Translucent Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 1.1x 0.74x
Viewfinder size 0.72x 0.49x

form factor

Size 132 x 98 x 81 mm 131 x 99 x 75 mm
Thickness 81 mm 75 mm
Weight 618 g 674 g
Is weather sealed No No
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