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The Sony Alpha A350 is a Digital SLR camera features a 14.2-megapixel Super HAD CCD, Live Preview of your subject, Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization, Scene Selection Modes, High-resolution thumbnails for PhotoTV HD viewing, Eye-Start Autofocus System, Anti-dust technology, 1200-zone evaluative meteringa tiltable, and a 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen.
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Sony Alpha A350 Reviews
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PhotographyReview reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“A350 JPEG images starts to lose fine details even at lower ISO settings like ISO 400….The Sony Alpha A350 is an excellent choice for: Budget consumers who wants to get most value for their money, Novices, who like their point-and-shoot, but want digital SLR image quality and performance & Minolta 35mm or DSLR owners ”
ComputerActive reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“colours are warm without being unrealistic, white balance is more accurate than that from Olympus’s range, and noise is well controlled up to and including the highest ISO setting; so a relatively clean bill of health.”
Steve’sDigicams reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“Noise was very low at ISO speeds of 800 and below. At ISO 800, you can start to see some signs in low contrast (shadow) areas when viewing an image at 100%… The A350 is capable of capturing great portrait images. The internal flash is sufficient for snap shots in mid sized rooms…”
PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“The Sony A350’s first impressive feature in terms of image quality is the extensive and very usable ISO range of 100-3200. ISO 100-400 is noise-free, whilst ISO 800 and 1600 produce more than acceptable results, and ISO 3200 is OK for emergency use.”
PCmag reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“Image quality was excellent overall. In the labs, daylight shots were exceptional, with accurate color and good consistency. Outdoors, color was on-point and vivid, and I found little or no purple fringing in shots of tree branches. Flash shooting was just okay”
TrustedReviews reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“The Sony Alpha A350 is a superb camera, but anyone who was expecting a full professional DSLR like the A700 will be disappointed. Image quality and performance are up to standard, as is build quality and design. This is a very appealing camera for the advanced amateur, and an outstanding bargain at the current price.”
DCRP reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“On the positive side, the camera took photos with pleasing, vivid colors, minimal purple fringing, and very little redeye. Photos are on the soft side though, especially if you’re shooting JPEGs.”
Pocket-Lint reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“Excellent performance and great image quality combine neatly within in an easy to use body and good price that make the Sony Alpha 350 worthy of serious consideration. ”
PCAdvisor reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“Sony’s Alpha 350 shows great image quality, an effective antishake system, a good build and a handy pull-out LCD monitor. However, we weren’t so impressed with its ergonomics, its poor layout of controls and tunnel-like viewfinder..”
WDC reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“The standard of images from the A350 is generally very high. Even when the camera may struggle, features such as the Dynamic Range Optimiser and adjusting parameters of white balance presets make tweaks easy to carry out.”
LetsGoDigital reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“Up to and including ISO 400 everything is fine and the images turn out excellently. Higher ISO than 400 means that noise increases and becomes rather visible which disappointed me somewhat.”
DigitalTrends reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“the Sony alpha DSLR-A350 is a terrific camera for the price…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. ”
ImagingResources reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“…Whatever you choose, though, the Sony A350 is a well-rounded package, offering the best of all worlds in terms of usability, resolution, and intelligent design, all of which earns it a Dave’s Pick.”
PopPhoto reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“the A350’s resolution, combined with Excellent color accuracy (Average Delta E of 6.9) and Extremely Low noise at low to moderate ISO settings, helped the camera achieve an Excellent image quality rating at ISO 100-800.”
CameraLabs reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“Despite a few issues which will annoy technical photographers, the Alpha A350 is an excellent DSLR with great features and arguably one of the best Live View implementations to date. Given all it offers for the asking price we can easily award it our Highly Recommended rating. ”
PhotoClubAlpha reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
GoodGearGuide reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“Image noise was kept under control at most sensitivities. We did see some creeping in at ISO 800, but it was very fine white noise and was only visible at large magnifications. At 1600 and 3200 it became a little more prominent and colourful but we’d still be happy using the shots in most situations.”
PhotoReview.au reviews the Sony Alpha A350 and writes;
“Low-light performance was very good, with accurate colours in long exposures (up to 30 seconds) and no apparent noise in exposures up to ISO 800. Colour noise became evident at ISO 3200 but at a relatively low level, although some shadow detail was lost with this setting.”
Sony Alpha A350 Samples
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– Sony Alpha A350 Photos @ DCRP
– Sony Alpha A350 Photos @ Pocket-Lint
– Sony Alpha A350 Photos @ LetsGoDigital
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– Sony Alpha A350 Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
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– Sony Alpha A350 Photos @ DCRP
Sony Alpha A350 User Manual (PDF)
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Sony Alpha A350 Press Release
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 30, 2008 – Sony is bringing live-view shooting to its digital SLR camera line with today’s (alpha) DSLR-A350 camera and 10.2-megapixel?introduction of a 14.2-megapixel – (alpha) DSLR-A300 model. Both cameras feature new technologies that make picture taking faster, easier, and more familiar for first-time DSLR users.
Quick AF Live View System
They both offer Sony’s new “Quick AF Live View” technology so you can frame photos on the camera’s LCD without sacrificing auto-focusing speed common to other live-view systems.
Sony’s innovative Pentamirror Tilt mechanism directs light to a dedicated live view image sensor, enabling fast and responsive TTL phase-detection auto-focusing, even during live view.
Eliminating the focus delay of other systems, the new models are equally responsive whether using live view or optical viewfinder.
With its two sensor design, Quick AF Live View can even continuously focus-track the subject and provide live view during burst shooting, helping you capture that special moment.
Taking further advantage of Quick AF Live View is the models’ variable angle 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD ™ screen. This makes it easy to frame scenes from high or low positions difficult to reach when using an eye-level viewfinder.
With Live View and an adjustable LCD, the cameras do not need to be in front of the user’s face, allowing parents, for example, to maintain eye-contact when photographing their children.
“Mainstream users stepping up to DSLRs are looking for a similar experience to their point and shoot cameras, but without compromise in speed or performance” said Phil Lubell, director of marketing for digital cameras at Sony Electronics. “Quick AF Live View gives these new models a familiar shooting style without compromising speed – ideal for the growing market of first-time SLR users.”
Exceptional Image Quality
The new models produce images with fine detail, rich tonality and vibrant color due to their APS-C CCD image sensors and BIONZ® processing engine. To aid shooting in low light, Super SteadyShot® image stabilization enables shutter speeds 2.5 to 3.5 steps slower than otherwise possible, with every compatible Minolta Maxxum® and Sony ? (alpha) lens (sold separately) attached to the camera.
High sensitivity operation at ISO 1600 and 3200 and very low noise are made possible by the user-selectable high-ISO noise reduction features. Sony’s D-Range Optimizer delivers suitable tonality and exposures with rich shadow and highlight detail, even under high contrast situations.
Powerful Performance, Easy to Use
The DSLR-A300 model can shoot about three continuous frames per second and the DSLR-A350 model can shoot up to two-and-a-half continuous frames per second, when using the optical viewfinder. Both are powered by the Bionz processing engine and supplied InfoLITHIUMTM battery for fast start-up times, quick response and long battery life – up to 730 shots per full charge when using the optical viewfinder and up to 410 shots per full charge in live-view mode.
Both models feature lighter, slimmer bodies for easy handling; an improved user interface; an automatic pop-up flash; a comfortable camera grip with an easily accessible mode dial; an anti-dust system to keep the CCD image sensor clean for spot-free pictures; and JPEG and RAW file format support. Both have a slot for CompactFlash™ Type I/II media cards.
An adaptor for Memory Stick Duo™ media cards is also available for the cameras and sold separately.
The new DSLR-A300 and DSLR-A350 cameras are compatible with a range of accessories, including the ergonomic Sony VG-B30AM vertical grip. Also available as an option is the new Sony HVL-F42AM flash unit. It offers advanced features such as automatic white balance adjustment with color temperature information, adjustable bounce angles, ADI metering and wireless remote operation to suit the needs of most photographers.
Price and Availability
The DSLR-A300 kit with a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens will ship in April for about $800. The DSLR-A350 camera body will be available in March for about $800, and the DSLR-A350 kit with a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 3.9x zoom lens will be available for about $900 at the same time. Both models will be available at sonystyle.com, Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail ), military base exchanges, and authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin online today at www.sonystyle.com/dslr.