Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 Digital SLR Camera Body with 14.2 Megapixel & 2.7" LCD Screen

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About Sony

Sony's a (alpha) DSLR-A350 raises the bar with incredible 14.2 MP detail. This model pushes the envelope, setting a new standard of excellence for step-up digital photographers shooting both family memories and fine-art photos.

Live Preview in a large 2.7" LCD screen links you and your subject-and you'll have special features like super-quick AF response, continuous shooting at 2 fps while you see your subject in the viewfinder, Creative Style modes for quick recall of custom settings and in-camera Super SteadyShot image stabilization that reduces blur for every Sony, Carl Zeiss and legacy Minolta a-mount lens.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(4)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (4),Fast shutter speed (4),Image stabilization (4),Large clear LCD (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (3)

Sony Features

  • 14.2 MP Super HAD CCD: The highest pixel resolution in its class (as of January 2008), for spectacular image detail for making big prints and tight crops. An advanced APS-size CCD imager developed by Sony expands dynamic range and minimizes noise more effectively for clear, sharp photos
  • Live Preview of Your Subject: The DSLR-A350's Live Preview mode links you and your subject on a large 2.7" LCD screen, for a familiar point-and-shoot style - with super-quick AF response and accurate exposure control to help you catch the perfect moment
  • Tiltable 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Plus Screen: A large built-in screen with 2-way angle tilt provides a sharp, clear view of your subject and tilts up or down for low-angle or high-angle monitoring in situations where you want a child-level or overhead shot
  • Continuous Shooting While Viewing: The DSLR-A350 lets you shoot continuously at up to 2 frames per second while you see your subject in the large 2.7" LCD viewfinder, so you never lose track of the action. In JPEG mode, you can shoot up to the limit of your flash memory card
  • Smart Teleconverter 2X Zoom: At the touch of a button you can zoom in electronically on your subject, reproducing pixels on a 1:1 basis with no degradation in picture quality. One touch zooms in at 1.4X, the second touch advances to 2X zoom - creating the 35mm equivalent of a 200mm telephoto effect
  • Expanded ISO Sensitivity: A broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables the DSLR-A350 to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light - with High ISO Noise Reduction technology that reduces picture noise artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings
  • Super SteadyShot In-Camera Image Stabilization: Because image stabilization is built into the DSLR-A350, every lens benefits by an advantage of from 2.5 to 3.5 exposure steps. This allows you to shoot effectively with minimum blur even in low light without flash
  • Bionz Image Processor: The "brain" of the a (alpha) DSLR-A350 is the advanced Sony Bionz Image Processor, using hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry to enhance images with rich tonal reproduction, improved white balance and exposure control & expanded D-Range Optimizer capabilities
  • 1200-zone Evaluative Metering: Information from the image sensor dedicated to Live View is divided into 1200 zones of luminance and RGB color information. In addition D-Range Optimizer technology contributes to judge the scene and then determine the optimum exposure
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer: To improve results with backlit subjects and recover details hidden in shadows or lost in glare, the DSLR-A350 provides Dynamic Range Optimizer at two levels: Normal DRO, to improve detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, or Advanced DRO
  • Anti-Dust Technology: Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera - so to keep the CCD imager cleaner for better pictures, the DSLR-A350 utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD
  • Auto Pop-Up Flash: The camera flash automatically pops up and fires when needed, to help first-time DSLR photographers shoot more effectively. Auto Pop-up works in Auto mode and some scene selection modes; Flash is cancelled in Landscape, Sport or Sunset modes
  • Eye-Start Autofocus System: It begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye - so unlike some DSLR cameras that don't start focusing until the shutter button is half-pressed, the Sony DSLR-A350 never slows down your ability to catch fast action
  • 9-Point Center Cross AF Sensor: A fast focus motor and improved focus control help bring images into sharp definition more quickly, with predictive focus control that automatically calculates the position of a fast-moving subject
  • Scene Selection Modes: Along with auto exposure, the DSLR-A350 gives you scene selection modes to optimize camera performance for Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset and Night Portrait/Night View situations
  • Creative Style Settings: To express your creativity and personal taste, you can adjust contrast, saturation and sharpness settings for any of 8 finishing styles - including Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B&W and Adobe RGB modes
  • Index and Slide Show Display: To quickly review your photos, the DSLR-A350 can display 4, 9 or 25-frame index views - or present automatic slide shows with fade-in/fade-out effect
  • High-Resolution Thumbnails for PhotoTV HD Viewing: The DSLR-A350 automatically creates high-resolution thumbnail images for viewing on Sony's BRAVIA HDTV in optimized PhotoTV HD mode, with image format adjustable for standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 display
  • Function Guide Display: On-screen menus are intuitive and easy to use & a simple Camera Function Display can be activated & operated with one hand using the "Fn" (Function) button and controller button to adjust Flash mode, Autofocus mode, White Balance, Metering mode, AF area and D-Range Optimizer
  • Stamina Battery Power: In optical viewfinder mode, you can take up to 750 shots on a fully charged NP-FM500H InfoLITHIUM battery - and you'll be able to see about how much power remains in percentage increments, so you can keep shooting in confidence
  • High-Capacity Media Options: For conveniently storing and sharing your images, the DSLR-A350 accepts CompactFlash Type I/II media and optional Memory Stick PRO Duo media

Sony Specifications

Imaging Device
14.2 (effective) APS CCD Sensor; 23.6 x 15.8 mm; RGB primary color filter
Megapixel
14.2MP
Bionz Engine
Yes (LSI with Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO/DRO+))
LCD
Tiltable 2.7" TFT (230k pixels) LCD with Clear Photo design
Microphone
No/ No
Viewfinder
Optical: TTL, 0.74x magification with 50mm lens at infinity; 95% coverage
White Balance
Auto plus 8 Modes (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Color Tempature/Color filter, Custom), each with +/-3 adjustable step.
Self Timer
Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off)
Burst Mode
Max 2.5 fps with viewfinder. 2 fps in live view mode
Burst Mode-2
Shooting Capacity: JPEG (L size, Fine): Until memory card is full. RAW: 4 frames. RAW + JPEG: 3 frames
Color Mode(s)
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, Black & White, Adobe RGB (Except for Adobe RGB, all other color modes use the sRGB color space)
Red-Eye Reduction
Yes: On/ Off
Movie Mode(s)
N/A
AF Illuminator Light
Yes, On/Off Select
Multi-Pattern Measuring
40 Segment, Center Weighted, Spot
Clear RAW NR
N/A
Histogram Display
Yes - RGB, playback only
Output(s)
Video: Yes, NTSC/PAL Selectable
USB Port(s)
Yes, Supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed
Flash Mode(s)
Built-in Auto Pop-up: Auto, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Wireless off camera flash (with Flash HVL-F56AM, F42AM)
Flash Effective Range
GN12 at ISO 100 (39 feet/ 12 meters)
Shutter Speed
30 ~ 1/4000 sec 52 step, Bulb
Exposure
Manual Exposure: Yes, with EV indicator
Exposure Compensation
±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
ISO
Auto/100/200/400/800/1600/3200
Lens Type
Interchangeable A mount
Focus
Auto Focus: TTL Phase Detection
Focus-2
Multi-point: 9 Area, 8 Line, 1 Cross Sensor
Focus-3
Auto Focus Mode: Yes
Focus-4
Adjustable Spot AF: Selectable Sensor
Focus-5
Visual Focus Confirm: Direct via Spherical Acute Matte Screen
Exposure-2
Manual Exposure: Yes; Aperture/Shutter Priority, Manual
Exposure-3
Program Shift: Yes, Command Dial
Battery Type
NP-FM500H Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Battery Capacity
7.2V, 1600 mAh; CIPA standard: approx. 740 pictures
Dimensions (Approx.)
5 1/4" x 4" x 3" (130.8 x 98.5 x 74.7 mm) (W x H x D)
Weight (Approx.)
1 lb., 4.5 oz (582 g) body, not including battery, lens and media
Warranty
Sony 1 year parts & labor warranty

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 4 customers

 
4.0

Photographed my first NL base ball game.

By

from Denver, Co  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I photographed my first professional base ball game using this camera with the Sigma APO 120 - 400mm lens. Using continuous advance and the fine image settings the photos were fantastic. I would like to have more frames per second ,but I still managed to capture the 90mph fast balls coming off the bat. During the bottom of the 7th ending cloudy conditions set in. I simply set the white balance to cloudy and continued shooting. I suggest using the VG-B30AM vertical grip with two batteries to eliminate any low battery situations that could cause you to miss a great shot.

 
5.0

I would by this camera again.

By

from Darien IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Easy to use. Great pictures.

 
5.0

great

By

from ny  -  Semi-pro Photographer

everything

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Bomb for the Buck!

By

from Concord, CA  -  Semi-Pro Photographer

I use the 350 for mushroom and flower macrophotography. The tilt screen saves my neck as I like to get right on the subject. I also shoot scenery and at group functions. The tilt screen allows me to get useable perspectives above the crowds and around the trees. When I give shows people want to know what camera I used. The attached flash works well in rooms, great exposures. This Camera meets all of my needs. All my old Minolta lenses work perfectly. The 14.2 mp let me crop and still get excellent files.

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