Sony a35 Review – An amazing Entry Level DSLR
Our Sony SLT a35 Review revealed that this entry level DSLR is feature packed and guarantees a fantastic shooting experience every time you take it out. No matter what you enjoy photographing, the Sony SLT a35 DSLR we reviewed is an ideal tool for the job; from landscapes to portraits it is extremely versatile and warrants its place in our current top ten of entry level DSLR’s.
The Sony a35 camera, as with all of Sony’s technology products, overflows with technology and innovation but this is tempered by common sense and an astute awareness of the market place. The Sony a35 camera manages to bridge the gap between an entry level camera and one that a professional such as myself would be happy to use on a daily basis.
Use the Sony SLT a35 at ISO 100 and with 16.2 mega pixels of information gathering processor plus a cracking 7 frames per second capture rate, this DSLR will give you dynamic and eye pleasing images time after time. Couple this with its HDR capabilities; Sony’s unique contrast auto focus and SteadyShot Inside technologies and you have control and creativity in the palm of your hands.
For those of you that are a little bit wary of coming out of full auto don’t worry, Sony has you covered with an on-board pop-up flash that activates when the Sony a35 senses low light levels; a range of preset creative modes and a camera that removes dust itself.
Some of the preset modes of the Sony SLT a35 include:
- Sports Action
- Handheld Twilight Shot
- Landscape and portrait
One of the best features for the entry level photographer is the built in help that is accessible directly through the cameras menu system, so no matter where you are help is only a click away; simply highlight any function or feature and the information is presented right in the preview screen. For more detailed assistance they have a great website that features a live chat box.
Sony is renowned for their sleek but practical designs and the Sony a35 is no exception. It looks good, feels good and handles like a dream. It sits well in the hand, the rough surface giving a sure grip on the molded hand section. All of the controls are instantly visible and accessible with a minimum of fuss.
What Sony has done that makes the a35 stand out is the electric viewfinder which uses an amazing 1:1x magnification, using a mind boggling 1.44 million dots with 100% coverage. It sports a 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD monitor complete with TruBLACK technology. This technology incorporates a layer of resin over the monitor that deflects internal reflections and helps to amplify the contrast.
The Sony a35 comes with a 200 pages plus user manual. The index is organised by topic making it very user friendly.
The Sony A35 website has a model-specific support page where you can access more information, downloads, registration details, up to date news, alerts and a great online forum where you can chat with fellow users and support staff.
Sony SLT a35 Review Conclusion:
The Sony a35 entry level DSLR should be on the wish list of every person wanting an easy route into digital photography. It is feature rich and utilizes a host of the latest technologies including the auto HDR feature that allows you to choose dynamic film. The 3D Sweep Panorama mode function is brilliant for landscapes. Overall the Sony a35 DSLR offers entry-level photographers a fantastic way to start shooting fabulous images.
R Chapman (Editor)