Summary Sony SLT A35

Prices Price
Body only $599 With 18-55mm lens $699
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Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range #n/a of 8 Among similar cameras #n/a of 14
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help APS-C 23.4x15.6mm Screen resolution Help 921k dots
Megapixels Help 16 MP Movie format Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size Help 3.0" Light sensitivity Help 12,800 ISO
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Replacement

Sony has replaced the SLT A35 with the SLT-A37.

Sony SLT-A37
Sony SLT-A37 announced April, 2012
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag

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Pros

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The Sony SLT A35 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Autofocus Phase detection video autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Weight Light Help
415 g
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

Cons

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The Sony SLT A35 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
763 ISO
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
123 lenses
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
3
Announced Old Help
June, 2011
Thickness Thick Help
3.3"
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
16 MP
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Viewfinder Uses battery, see less detail Help
Digital
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
420 shots
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Avatar for krvlucky krvlucky (8:53 AM, September 01, 2013)
minollta prime lens may suit you it is best prime this 50mm lens and very cheap too on ebay
 
Avatar for krvlucky krvlucky (8:52 AM, September 01, 2013)
a lot of minolta lenses are available online for this camera (and sony alpha line) my friend bought 28 - 200 sigma lens it cost only 77 usd incl shipping from ebay
 
sanjiv (9:20 AM, August 25, 2013)
better than nikon d5100 i agree
 
sanjiv (9:17 AM, August 25, 2013)
i bought a second hand sony slt a35 and learning to use it ...... i got it cheap and it was not used by the previous owner shutter count of 8650 only and the camera is still under warranty for 18 months ..... i find the autofocus is very fast it has panorama hdr and 3d features ..... great or a new user like me i am into photography after 25 years when i had the asahi pentax k-1000 camera ..... stepping into the digital world now ..... a good camera but seems it has been discontinued and i feel the successor a37 no better
 
Anirudh (5:56 PM, April 08, 2013)
Amar, its better going for sony coz, its more faster in focusing and it got inbuilt image stabilisation. its lighter and easy to carry around too. It has got a larger sensor than d3100, which is always better in low light situation and this fellow is way too intelligent than maybe even D5100.
 
Avatar for smh smh (6:25 AM, April 08, 2012)
 what lenses you recommend?
 
Avatar for smh smh (6:10 AM, April 08, 2012)
 it is the best choice
 
Avatar for smh smh (5:26 AM, April 08, 2012)
i have 75-300 and really want to buy a lens capable for low light and macro...can someone help me?or which lens is better and good valuable about price?
 
Avatar for smh smh (5:23 AM, April 08, 2012)
 7 fps per second
 
Avatar for Nick Eitsert Nick Eitsert (11:13 PM, March 05, 2012)
How does the A35 rank in build quality? I've heard horror stories about overheating, ect. 
 
Avatar for Mike Svitek Mike Svitek (0:20 AM, January 12, 2012)
If you only need a few seconds of exposure (A firework per say), you don't actually have to use a DSLR. A good point-and-shoot will usually have a maximum shutter length of about 15 seconds (shown as 15").

A DSLR had a thing called "Bulb" mode or 'B' which allows you to leave the shutter open for an unlimited amount of time (I don't recommend you leave it open past 6 hours or so). It all comes down to how long you want the exposure to be.

P.S. Yes, its a good camera. There are much better cameras out there, but for the price of the A35, you're getting a whole lot of grate features.
 
Avatar for Chester Sellars Chester Sellars (0:49 PM, January 03, 2012)
No overheating from what I've experienced.
 
Avatar for Chester Sellars Chester Sellars (0:48 PM, January 03, 2012)
You're asking if you can leave the shutter open to create a long exposure image? Yes. You can do that with any dslr. 
 
Avatar for chee YieJian chee YieJian (9:02 AM, December 22, 2011)
yea sony is better....overall.....but its kindda more automated technology....but with good manual control as well........its like the camera is more intelligent than the photographer.....i use manual on my 35 all the time
 
Avatar for chee YieJian chee YieJian (9:01 AM, December 22, 2011)
Sony...............actually it depends on lenses aperture..........video please go for  sony.....it has phase detection for video....not possible for DSLR but SLT yes....Sony image quality has a much sharper image .......... go to youtube and search : LearnTV Sony SLT.....thanks
 
Avatar for chee YieJian chee YieJian (8:58 AM, December 22, 2011)
It shoot 5.5 at 16 megapix but 7 at a lower res
 
RachW (5:46 PM, December 07, 2011)
Is this a good camera? Is there any way you can leave the picture being taken if you understand? To allow images that contain comehitn created over a few seconds, like a word in sparklers or a car whizzing by?
Thinking of getting this and need some advice :)
 
Avatar for Emil Cazamir Emil Cazamir (3:48 PM, December 07, 2011)
Peter, I've read your review. I've used an A35, it does not exhibit any slowness as you experienced with A55. This camera, in continuous-shooting mode it is able to take 3-5 shots continuously without any hitch. Image review is fast after taking the shot, the image is shown immediately after playback button press (I do not use automatic review).
A35's white balance presets allow some adjustments, but only in amber-blue axis. The magenta-green is only available on user's preset (a single register/slot) or for the auto-detected WB with the grey card.
Another thing good to know: This camera does not feature the 'virtual horizon' feature found on the older A33, thing which is unclear shown on the sony web site.
I've sent the unit I bought back to the shop because the it had a disturbing magenta tint.
Who wants to buy this camera should take a good look at the white balance, especially considering WB adjustments limits.
 
Yiejian (3:45 AM, November 18, 2011)
Does the Camera overheat like the A55?
 
Alpha (3:25 PM, November 05, 2011)
A35 has much larger sensor, better maximum light sensitivity
, much higher true resolution, is thinner and lighter. The only disadvantage is lack of flip-out screen.
 
Hedegaard_k (8:51 PM, October 08, 2011)
It has 5.5 fps, when shooting with 16.2 MP. It only shoot with around 8 MP when shooting 7 fps. 
 
Francesco Dimech (5:09 PM, October 04, 2011)
Sony A35 or Canon 550/600D? Which is the best in terms or reliability and image and video light/dark situations quality? Thanks!
 
Prashant (4:45 PM, September 13, 2011)
which one to choose DSCHX100V or SLT A35? I am in a fix as to which one to choose. I want Stunning portraits & some landscapes. Dont need 30X zoom at all.
 
Alpha (2:42 AM, September 03, 2011)
A35 of course. If you want compare A35 vs Nikon, you should look closer to D5100.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:01 AM, August 27, 2011)
Ah, good catch, thanks, yes it looks like the SLT-A35 does shoot at 7 fps, we'll update that.