Sony A350 Review

Review Date: June 18th 2008
Author: Mark Goldstein

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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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Lens Mount
Sony ? mount YES
Compatibility with A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica Minolta YES
Lens Compatibility
All types of Sony ? lenses YES
Minolta & Konica Minolta ?/MAXXUM/DYNAX lenses YES
Image Sensory
Image sensor type CCD Sensor
Image sensor colour filter R, G, B, Primary color
Size (mm) 23.5 x 15.7 (APS-C size)
Total sensor Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 14.9
Effective Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 14.2
Automatic White Balance YES
White balance: preset selection Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash
White balance: custom setting YES
White balance: types of color temperature 2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
White balance bracketing 3 frames, Selectable 2 steps
ISO Sensitivity Setting ISO100 - 3200 equivalent
Super SteadyShot
System: CCD-shift mechanism YES
Super SteadyShot scale (in viewfinder) YES
Camera-Shake warning (in viewfinder) YES
Super SteadyShot capability Approximately 2.5 EV - 3.5 EV decrease in shutter speed (varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
Super SteadyShot compatibility All Sony Alpha lenses and A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica Minolta
Double anti dust system (anti-static coating and CCD shift mechanism) YES
Auto Focus System
TTL phase-detection system YES
Sensor 9 points with centre cross sensor
Sensitivity Range (at ISO 100 equivalent); EV 0 - 18
Eye Start AF System (on off selectable) YES
AF Area: Wide focus area YES (auto with 9 areas)
AF Area: Spot YES (center cross sensor)
AF Area: Local focus area selection YES (9 local areas)
AF Modes Continuous, Single Shot, Automatic, Manual Focus
Predictive Focus Control YES (with moving subjects in AF-A and AF-C)
Focus Lock YES (with Shutter button or AF button)
AF Illuminator YES (with built-in flash)
AF Illuminator range (meters) 5
Auto Exposure System
Light metering type TTL
Light metering cell 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Light metering: Multi segment YES
Light metering: Spot YES
Light metering: Center weighted YES
Exposure: Automatic YES
Exposure: Program Auto YES (with Program Shift)
Exposure: Shutter priority YES
Exposure: Aperture priority YES
Exposure: Manual YES
Exposure: Scene selection YES
Exposure compensation YES (+/-2.0 EV, 0.3 EV step)
AE Bracketing With 0.3 EV / 0.7 EV increments, 3 frames; (in "Drive mode setting")
Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed Range (seconds) 1/4000 - 30 and bulb
Flash Sync Speed (With Super Steady Shoot Off); second 1/160
Flash Sync Speed (With Super Steady Shoot On); second 1/160
Flash Guide Number (in meters at ISO 100) 12
Flash Metering System ADI / Pre-flash TTL flash metering
Flash Compensation +/-2.0 EV (0.3EV steps selectable)
Recycling Time (approx. time in seconds) 4
Flash Mode Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync. High Speed sync. with optional compatible accessory flash
Wireless flash mode YES (with optional compatible accessory flash)
Slow Synchronization YES
Red-Eye Reduction YES
Flash Popup Automatic in Auto and Scene selection exposure modes. Pop up by pression flash button in other modes
Automatic Flash YES (with AUTO and Scene selection mode)
Type Fixed eye-level system with roof mirror type
Focusing Screen Spherical Acute Matte
Field of View (%) 95
Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity) 0.74x
Eye Relief Approx. 20.8mm from the eyepiece lens
Diopter Adjustment -2.5 to +1.0 diopter
Live View
Type YES - Quick AF Live view
Other Smart Tele Converter
LCD screen
Screen Size (inches) 2.7
Monitor Type Clear Photo LCD Plus
LCD Total Dot Number 230.400
LCD on/off YES
Brightness adjustable YES
Tilting screen YES - 2 way tilt
Drive Mode Single-frame advance, Continuous advance, 10 seconds and 2 seconds Self-timer, Single-frame advance AE bracketing, Continuous-advance AE bracketing, White Balance Bracketing
Continuous-Advance Rate (approx. frames per second at maximum) Max. 2.5 fps with viewfinder, max. 2 fps in live view mode (approx.)
Number of Continuous Advance JPEG (L size, Fine): Until memory card is full, RAW: 4 images, RAW+JPEG: 3 images
Recording Media Compact Flash Type I / II / MicroDrive slot. Memory Stick Duo / MS Pro Duo and MS-PRO HG with optional adaptor
Recording Format JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG, 16:9 selectable
RAW (pixels) 4592 x 3056
Image Size L - JPEG (pixels) 4592 x 3056 (14M)
Image Size M (pixels) 3408 x 2272 (7.7M)
Image Size S (pixels) 2288 x 1520 (3.5M)
Still Image quality RAW, RAW+JPEG, Standard (JPEG), Fine (JPEG)
Noise Reduction (Long exp.NR) On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second
Noise Reduction (High ISO NR) On/Off, available at the ISO set to 1600 or above
Delete Function Single, multiple, or all frames in a folder
Color Space (sRGB) YES
Color Space (Adobe RGB) YES
Color mode/DEC/Creative styles Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B/W, AdobeRGB
Dynamic Range Optimizer Off, Standard / Advanced
Date/Time Print With PictBridge
Information Display YES
White/Black Out Alert YES
Index Playback YES (25, 9, 4 or 5 last frames filmstrip)
Enlarge (Maximum magnification) L size: 14x, M size: 11x, S size: 7.2x
Image Rotation YES
Auto Image Rotation YES
Battery Remaining Indicator YES
InfoLITHIUM Battery Indicator YES (in %)
Histogram Indicator YES
Exif 2.21
Exif Print YES
PictBridge YES
Menu Language English / French / German / Spanish / Italian / Portuguese / Dutch / Russian / Swedish / Danish / Norwegian / Finish / Polish / Czech / Hungarian
Zone Matching NO
Depth-of-Field Preview NO
PRINT Image Matching III YES
Remote Release Terminal YES
IR Remote Control NO
DPOF(Digital Print Order Format) YES
Indicator of remaining memory space (CF) YES
Beep Sound On/Off selectable
File Number Memory On/Off selectable
Folder Name Mode Standard and Date
Operating Temperature (degrees C) 0 - 40
Video Out YES (PAL or NTSC)
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed YES
USB Mode Mass Storage (PC connection) / PTP(PictBridge)
Battery System NP-FM500H
Supplied Battery NP-FM500H
Stamina (battery life in CIPA condition) Approx. 730 images with viewfinder, approx. 410 images in live view mode
Weight (g) Approx. 582
Width (mm) 130.8
Height (mm) 98.5
Depth (mm) 74.7

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Introduction / Ease of Use
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Image Quality
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Sample Images
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