Sony Alpha SLT-A35
16.2-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm lens & HD movie mode
Item #: 158SLTA35K
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Item #: 158SLTA35K
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $449.99
Stay on target
You've been waiting by the bandstand, watching your best friends weave through the crowd on the dance floor at the wedding. As they go for their big move, you fire off five fast sequential shots, your camera tracking them in perfect focus the whole way. That's the brilliance of the Sony Alpha SLT-A35's technology at work. With features like an advanced, high-detail 16.2-megapixel sensor, a new effects filter menu for enhanced creative control, and a mappable top-panel button for instant recall of 14 different functions, you'll be set to react on a dime. You smile, knowing at least one of those pictures will be legendary.
The A35 is paired here with a SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor) 18-55mm lens that excels at portraits, party snapshots, and road trips. It's lightweight, quiet-focusing, and ready for every photo opportunity.
Technology with a deft touch
Translucent Mirror Technology has changed the game for the DSLR world, with its ability to generate a full-time live view. Unlike traditional SLRs, the mirror never moves in this camera; instead, it's translucent, and light is sent simultaneously to the image sensor and the electronic viewfinder. This means continuous, accurate auto-focusing, and the ability to see, in real-time, the picture delivered by your current settings. 1080i AVCHD video really shines when you're getting accurate feedback from your monitor.
There's a mode that takes six shots in quick succession to help you garner an in-focus, well-exposed gem from a handheld twilight or low-light shot. And HDR capture, the extended dynamic range technique for static images, is a breeze with the built-in Auto HDR mode. No blown-out skies or muddy shadows.
Be inspired by your camera
The SLT-A35 sports a new "Picture Effects" filter menu, with popular choices like the "Toy Camera" filter, which can be applied in real-time to either stills or video. And when it comes time to play back that video, you can connect the camera directly to your compatible HDTV with an optional mini HDMI cable. Take a walk through the effects menu while framing up your subject to get those creative juices flowing. You'll be amazed at the new things you come up with.
You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.
This is a good starter camera. There are tons of settings and effects that you can use, though if you are new with cameras it can be a little confusing. I am going abroad in a couple months and just needed a decent camera to get me into the DSLR world and take quality pictures while I'm there. I'm very happy with this purchase.
Pros: -many settings -fits hands well -HD video -picture quality
Great camera for a reasonable price. Lots of high end features (take the time to learn the camera's capabilities) Light weight (very important)
I recommend it to any one interested in moving up the photography food chain.
Pros: Light weight
Cons: A bit too big
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||27-82.5mm|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
|Effective Megapixel Count||16.2|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||4912 x 3254|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||24.2|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Zoom Lens Kit: The Sony SLT-A35K α (alpha series) DSLR camera kit contains the SLT-A35 camera body, and the SAL1855 DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM 3x zoom lens, along with a rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, USB cable, and software on CD-ROM. The camera is compatible with Sony A-mount lenses.
Translucent Mirror Technology: The A35 features Translucent Mirror Technology, which directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously. This allows the camera to focus and capture the image at the same time. Since the mirror never moves, the time needed to raise and lower the mirror is eliminated.
3" LCD Screen: The A35 uses a 3" TFT Xtra Fine LCD screen with 921,600 dots. The TruBlack screen has a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections to increase contrast. The Sunny Weather mode provides improved visibility in bright sunlight.
Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.46" electronic color viewfinder has 1,440,000 dots (0.43"/1,152,000 dots displayed), and provides approximately 100% field of view. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder image to your individual eyesight. The adjustment is -4.0 to +4.0 m-1. If you're using the electronic viewfinder to frame your shots, the LCD turns off automatically when you bring the camera up to your eyes.
Live View: The A35's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot. The Live View image will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure, and framing. In addition, the on-screen displays will keep you informed on all your settings and recording information.
Still Image Recording Formats: Still images are recorded in JPEG file format in Standard and Fine compression rates. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the supplied Image Data Converter SR software.
Movie Recording Formats: The A35 can record 16:9 Full High Definition movies (FH: 1920 x 1080/60i) in AVCHD mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. Movies can also be recorded in MP4 mode (1440 x 1080/30 fps, 640 x 480/30fps) with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2-channel audio. The recording bit rate is 17 Mbps for AVCHD, 12 Mbps for MP4 1080, and 3 Mbps for MP4 VGA.
Panorama Photos: The 3D Sweep Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in 3D or Standard in several different resolution settings:
Dual Media Options: The A35 camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo), and SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media. The number of images that can be stored on a Memory Stick PRO Duo:
Capacity based on images taken at L 16M/Aspect Ratio: 3:2 (4912 x 3264):
|Size \ Capacity||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB||16 GB||32 GB|
|RAW & JPEG||74||154||319||657||1304|
Image Sensor: The SLT-A35 features an APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS image sensor (23.5 x 15.6mm). It has approximately 16.5-million total pixels and 16.2-million effective pixels.
Image Sizes: You can record still images in a 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. The image sizes include:
|Aspect Ratio||Image Size||Resolution|
|3:2||L: 16M||4912 x 3264|
|M: 8.4M||3568 x 2368|
|S: 4.0M||2448 x 1624|
|16:9||L: 14M||4912 x 2760|
|M: 7.1M||3568 x 2000|
|S: 3.4M||2448 x 1376|
SteadyShot INSIDE In-Camera Image Stabilization: The SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilizer shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera shake without sacrificing image quality. The compensation effect is equal to 2.5 to 3.5 shutter speed steps, giving you more creative freedom when shooting in low light. And, because it is integrated into the camera body, SteadyShot INSIDE technology works with all compatible α (alpha) system lenses.
Eye-Start Auto Focus: The camera features the Eye-Start Auto Focus system, which begins precision auto focus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if desired.
15-Point AF System: The A35's high-performance auto focus system uses 15 focus points to deliver fast and precise focusing. It has a predictive focus control to automatically calculate the position of fast-moving subjects. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject. The AF illuminator has a range of approximately 3.3 to 16.4 feet.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
Exposure Modes: The camera offers the following exposure recording modes:
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-2 EV in 1/3-step increments.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors:
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
Image Processing (Creative Style): This camera is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for various scenes and purposes. For each setting, you can adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness. You can choose from the following settings:
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode:
Built-in Flash: In a dark location, using the built-in flash, or optional flash, allows you to shoot the subject brightly, and it also helps prevent blurred photos due to camera shake. The SLT-A35 features a pop-up flash, and an accessory shoe for attaching an optional external flash. The range of the built-in flash depends on the ISO sensitivity and aperture value. The A35 offers the following flash modes:
Noise Reduction: The camera offers Long Exposure and High ISO Noise Reduction (NR) to automatically reduce the grainy noise found in photos during long exposures or high ISO settings.
Anti-Dust Technology: Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera. To help keep the image sensor cleaner for better pictures, the A35 utilizes a static-free anti-dust coating on the imager's filter. The camera also has a cleaning function which vibrates the image sensor for a short time to knock off any dust that may have settled on the imager.
Optics: The Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM lens is compatible with Sony α-series (Alpha) DSLR cameras. The DT lens is a compact, lightweight lens, designed specifically for the APS-size CCD imager used in most Sony α-series cameras. The lens employs a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) to deliver smooth and silent autofocus operation, and offers a flexible focal range that allows you to capture everything from wide angle to midrange telephoto shots with ease.
Zooming: The lens allows you to rotate the zooming ring to set the desired focal length. The 18-55mm lens features a 3.0x optical zoom.
Focusing: The lens can be used in the auto-focus or manual focus mode. You can switch between focusing modes using the 2-way switch on the lens barrel.
Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.727", Length=3.027" to 3.441" (without lens caps).
Playback Options: You can view images on the LCD monitor with 3 options: with recording data displayed, without recording data, or histogram display. A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera shows the brightness on the horizontal axis (left side is black, right side is white) and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show . During Index View mode, you can view 6 or 12 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
Image Enlargement: During single image playback you can enlarge an entire image or a select area of an image from 1.1 to 11.8x depending upon the image size. Small images can be enlarged up to 6x, Medium images to 8.8x, and Large images up to 11.8x. Once you have enlarged the image, you can pan around the image to view the desired portion.
Rotating Images: Images can be rotated counter-clockwise 360-degrees on the camera's LCD monitor during single image playback.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
HDMI Output: The SLT-A35 provides direct mini-HDMI output to your HDTV screen, so you can view and share photos in clarity and detail. You can choose between standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. When connected to a Sony BRAVIA TV, you can control the image playback using the TV remote. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is not supplied.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
InfoLithium Battery: The SLT-A35 is powered by the NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The approximate number of images that can be recorded with the supplied battery is as follows:
|With Flash||Without Flash|
|LCD Monitor||440 images||480 images|
|Viewfinder||420 images||460 images|
Charging: The supplied InfoLithium battery requires approximately 250 minutes for a full charge. The battery should be fully charged before initial use.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway. When the camera is connected to a TV or the drive mode is set to Remote Commander, the power save mode defaults to 30 minutes regardless of the setting.
Application Software CD-ROM: The following software is included with the SLT-A35:
Picture Motion Browser Ver.5.5: Windows Only
Image Data Lightbox SR Ver.2.2: Windows and Macintosh
Image Data Converter SR Ver.3.2: Windows and Macintosh
Macintosh Requirements (Sony Image Data Suite only):
Note: For USB Connection, Mac OS X v10.3, v10.4, v10.5 or v10.6 required
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