|Sony Alpha 350 digital SLR camera review : Sony announced a stunning amount of three new models for this year; the A200, A300 and the A350, and we haven't heard the last of Sony for this year. At first glance the three models look a lot alike and have similar specifications. Sony want to give the consumer complete freedom of choice and take this opportunity to cover the most important part of the market, the amateur segment, with a series of DLSR cameras. Quite a luxury in the world of photography land, which usually offers only one model per brand in a certain segment. Sony have started their storming.
Sony A350 SLR camera with 14 Megapixels
The Sony A350 is the most luxurious one of the new trio of D-SLR cameras. Similar to the A300 the Sony Alpha 350 features the vari-angle LCD monitor, which the A200 lacks, as well as Live View. The difference between the Sony A350 and the A300 is the amount of pixels. Its resolution of 14 Megapixels enables the Sony A350 to compete with many of the more expensive competitive cameras. Surprisingly, the Sony A350 has been equipped with a CCD sensor and not the CMOS image sensor. I really would have expected to find the same CMOS inside as that of the Nikon D300. But there is still a possibility of course…
Live View on the Sony Alpha 350
Even though Live View may have become common in a D-SLR, for Sony it is still relatively new. And not without reason; the way Live View was working so far, wasn't the best solution according to Sony. Mostly because the auto focus was working either too slow or not at all. That's why Sony have invented a new system. Sony have applied a second image sensor just like in several of the earlier Olympus models. But that is as far as the comparison goes. The second sensor is housed inside the prism house. When activating Live View, the sensor tilts a tad, making it 'look at' the matt glass. The main benefit is that the auto focus sensor, placed below the mirror, is able to carry on with its job. And just as fast as if using the optical viewfinder. That is what you call: gaining speed. Therefore Sony have named their system; Quick AF Live View.
Sony Alpha A350 Bionz image processor
The Bionz processor, well-known by now, is used to process the signals. It enables shooting with high sensitivities such as ISO 1600 and 3200. Naturally famous techniques such as Super Steady Shot are available. The camera's moving sensor for image stabilization works independently from the lens. And the Dynamic Range Optimizer will easily deal with high contrasts.
Sony A350 test with Carl Zeiss DT 16-80 mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA lens
The Sony Alpha 350 was one of the models that caught the attention at the PMA 2008 in Las Vegas. And that is quite understandable since the camera has a surprising lot to offer. We had the possibility of keeping the Sony A350 together with a Carl Zeiss DT 16-80 mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA lens in our possession for a while and got to test the camera thoroughly. Our findings can be read in the following Sony Alpha 350 review.
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"We have had the Sony Alpha 350 for a short period of time in our office and took the camera with us to shoot some sample shots in Amsterdam, location Artis Zoo. At this day it was cloudy with some rain showers and here and there some sun shine, therefore the butterfly garden is one of the best places to shoot some test photos."
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