Conclusion: Sony Alpha 350 digital reflex camera Sony are betting on the lowest segment of the D-SLR market with no less than three models. The Sony A200, the A300 and the A350 offer the consumer sufficient choice. It also shows that Sony, after a timid start, are willing to conquer the photography market and aim at the top 3.
Conclusion: With some handy innovative features, the A350 is an easy-to-use, entry-level D-SLR that takes great pictures.
Pros: Great image quality in nearly all environments. Tilting LCD. Innovative Live View system. In-camera mechanical image stabilization. Fast autofocus. Handy function button provides easy access to settings.
Cons: Slightly overexposed flash. Cropping occurs when framing via Live View. Too few quick-access buttons. Similar model available for $200 less.
Conclusion: Both the greatest compliment and greatest criticism you can level at the Alpha 350 is that it's probably the most compact-camera-like DSLR we've ever reviewed. The secondary-sensor live view system is interesting: most modern DSLR designs are saddled with their film legacy and the A350 makes the strongest bid to step out of that shadow.
Pros: Good detail at lowest sensitivities, competitive with best in class, Reliable metering, JPEG output makes good use of the sensor's dynamic range, Most seamless live view system of current DSLRs, Probably the easiest DSLR to use for a compact camera user, Super SteadyShot helps keep snaps sharp, External ISO button, Above-average ergonomics for its class, Well-featured and usable software included, Very good battery life, Wireless flash capability, Solid-feeling constr...
Cons: Soft JPEGs with poor low-contrast detail, Smallest viewfinder to appear on an APS-C DSLR, Screen obstructs use of viewfinder, Image quality suffers above ISO 400 (from both noise and excessive noise reduction), Long exposure noise reduction turns hot pixels black, Slower and less responsive than its contemporaries, Poor continuous shooting rate, Most convenient button on body given least useful function
Conclusion: This one is really a no-brainer. At $799 USD for the body only, the Sony alpha DSLR-A350 is a terrific camera for the price. I’d avoid the kit lens and spend a little extra for the 16-80mm Zeiss edition–and you’ll be set for years. This D-SLR has a nice, solid feel, is easy to operate, takes quality images, has built-in stabilization, sensor cleaning and enough tweaks to keep you punching menu options until you get completely bored.
Pros: Excellent image quality; Live View works great; loaded with features
Cons: Could be faster; noise above 800 ISO; forget the lens kit
Conclusion: At the end of the day, the A350 is a great entry-level DSLR that can easily compete with the more established brands. While the lack of one or two otherwise standard SLR features would annoy the purist, it’s the perfect camera for anyone looking to upgrade from a compact, and at a price that won’t break the bank.
Summary: Sony has built this camera to a price, and that’s a shame as it’s capable of some stunning images. If you can ignore the build quality and get your head around all those buttons, switches and sliders, then it’s great. Shame about the Sony kit lens though! nice but can scratch easy! live view breaks at any jarring. cost to replace is high, i have replaced 2 times now. The live viewer also scratches very easy.