Sony A350 ok; not great and definitely not Japanese quality
3 March 2011
Summary: This review is a little late for a camera that came out in 2008. Still, for anyone who happens to be looking at buying one new or used, here goes. I bought the Sony A350 only to use some old Minolta Maxxum lenses (from film camera period), particularly the 70-210 "beercan" macro lens, which I absolutely loved back in the day. So my review will give my impressions of the quality using those lenses, plus the kit 18-70 lens. I'll try to keep it brief and to the point.
Summary: I had the initial Sony DSLR A100 and decided to move up to the A 350. So far I have been very pleased with the camera. It has additional features not found on the A 100. I in paricular like the pop up flash which activites automatically when indicated unlike the A 100 which had to be raised manually. It also has 4.2 more mega-pixels than the A 100. My only concern is the package in which the camera arrived.
Summary: I've never once had to service Canon equipment that is over thirty years old; I am less confident in Sony because I've had other products (notably an HD camcorder) that failed and customer support and repair costs are outrageous. However, if this camera continues to perform as new it is a really good buy. It was the 14+ megapixels that sold me; nothing comparable was available from others.
Summary: Please read all comments to this posting as I may add comments as I gain experience. I have taken photos with the A350 using both the 18-70 (f3.5 to 5.6) Sony lens and the 75-300 (f4.5 to 5.6) telephoto Sony lens. I shot pictures of a tree a few hundred feet away. I am surprised that non-SLR cameras show the leaves clearly, while the leaves are very blurry in my A350 photos, even after image stabilization turned on.
Summary: I've had my A350 for over a month. I shot about 400 photos with it over the last weekend. I've hesitated to use it, due to what I presumed was bad design. It turns out that my camera has a misaligned viewfinder. I was having to aim lower, guessing what was the proper place to point at, and then take my shot. Sometimes I got what I was trying to photograph. Sometimes the image was cut off. Looks like this camera is going back for repairs.
Summary: First let me say I did not purchase this from Amazon (a first for me since I purchase everything from here). I did find a better deal at Circuit City BUT I would NOT recommend buying from there again. Very lousy customer service and little sales knowledge of product. Luckily I did some research before going there. Now about the camera. I LOVED all the features and the ease of operation.
Summary: 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. I have been doing weddings for family mostly and did my first professional wedding two weeks ago the camara did superb with the timing shutter speed and focus. i would recommend this camara to anyone wanting a good started with all the bells and whistles ,But just watch how you set it down and bump it.
Summary: Die Alpha 350 war meine erste DSLR-Kamera, somit kann ich sagen, dass ich mit dieser Kamera einen guten Einstieg gefunden habe und mit ihr viel lernen konnte. Kurz zu mir: Ich gehe nach einiger Zeit nicht zimperlich mit Technik um, d.h. die Kamera muss viel aushalten - und das tut sie! Die Alpha 350 begleitet mich fast überall hin, meistens ist sie draußen im Einsatz, sowohl bei starker Hitze/Kälte als auch bei Regen und Schnee.
Excerpt: j'ai un reflex argentique (eh oui)!! et possède 3 objectifs:minolta AF 35-80, minolta AF macro AF 100mm, tokina AF 70-210. Sont-ils compatibles av ce reflex sony A350K? Quelle carte mémoire posséde cet appareil?