Sony Alpha SLT-a35 DSLR offers solid assortment of options
20 December 2011
Excerpt: (1 items) The 16 megapixel Sony Alpha SLT-a35 is part of Sony’s second-generation SLT (single lens translucent) DSLR line, using the company’s unique Translucent Mirror Technology. There are a few differences between the new model and its predecessor, the a33, with most changes happening under the hood.
Pros: Good still and video image quality, Autofocus and stereo sound for video, Feature-rich but beginner-friendly, Speedy overall performance
Cons: Cropped image for 7fps continuous shooting, Unbalanced with longer lenses, Limited control over noise reduction, Static LCD
Conclusion: For its price the Sony Alpha A35 offers great value for money. It takes some great shots capable of rivalling more expensive digital SLR cameras, and is therefore well worth checking out. Be sure to look online for the best bargain before heading to the shops.
Pros: The Sony Alpha A35 offers up plenty of features for intermediate and even beginners to get stuck into. There are lots of automatic modes and settings including vivid portrait, landscape, sunset, and for that aged look, black & white. There’s also the option to customise your shots, letting you change contrast, saturation and the sharpness for a more professional look for your photos. Image quality all-round is very good. Photos depict bright colours and excellent cont...
Cons: As good as image quality is there are times when the Sony Alpha A35 will sometimes underexpose. On the odd occasion will you notice a lack of brightness in some shots when pointing and shooting. So it could perform better in darker conditions to begin with. Otherwise the Alpha 35 offers great noise control. Photography fans will also bemoan the lack of optical viewfinder on place of an electronic one. The build quality is also a bit on the plastic side.
Conclusion: The Alpha 35 is a fast-shooting entry-level D-SLR that is capable of grabbing photos in subpar lighting conditions. It is held back by a so-so electronic viewfinder, which makes it a tough sell compared to D-SLRs with traditional optical finders.
Pros: Shoots at five frames per second. Fast autofocus. Compact for a D-SLR. Good high ISO performance.
Cons: So-so LCD EVF. Limited video settings. Just-ok kit lens. Proprietary hot shoe.
Summary: The A35 continues to show the benefits of a semitransparent mirror in a DSLR. For the average shooter, the speedy and solid continuous AF delivers what most people look for when they step up to a DSLR. Shutter lag is not a part of this camera’s vocabulary, and if only the EVF could provide an uninterrupted image, this would be an amazing sports-shooting body.
Summary: The Sony SLT-A35 is an excellent all-around performer that gets all the basic stuff right and is fun to shoot with. The feature set is great for a camera at this price point, and if you can live without an optical viewfinder, the SLT-A35 is a very good alternative to more traditional DSLRs.
Pros: Reliably good image quality at lower sensitivities, Versatile and capable (for its class) 15-point AF system, Accurate metering and focus, Excellent LCD and good EVF, with efficient automatic switch, Compact dimensions, Auto+ mode makes the various continuous shooting modes available to novices, Very good dynamic range, Good resolution, Good quality HD video, Fast and responsive operation, Very good continuous shooting performance for this class of camera, Very usable...
Cons: Higher RAW noise levels than some competitors, Comparatively strong noise reduction at higher ISOs, Little control over high ISO noise reduction in JPEG mode ('auto' or 'weak'), Limited control in 7 fps continuous shooting and movie modes, No live view in 7 fps continuous shooting mode makes panning very difficult, Menu system a little confusing (hard to orientate yourself sometimes), EVF slightly more prone to RGB 'tearing' than competitors, Awkward to navigate betwe...
Conclusion: In terms of performance, the SLT-A35 is highly responsive, while image quality - whether you're shooting JPEGs and/or RAW files - is equally as impressive. When it comes to finding fault with this camera, there's little for us to complain about: it's an excellent potential choice for amateur photographers and as such comes highly recommended.