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Sony Alpha 350 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
As most digital reflex cameras, the Sony Alpha 350 uses a CompactFlash as a storage medium. With the aid of an adapter you can also use the Sony Memory Stick memory card. I can't really see a reason why you would, to be honest. For this review, Sony gave me a CF card of their own brand, while before they used to give me an adapter with a Memory Stick. What is Sony's reason to not only offer the Memory Stick but also the Compact Flash other than the fact that photographers taking the step to the new Sony Alpha 350 will still be able to use their 'old' CF card?
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RAW & JPEG photography
The 14 Megapixels of the Sony DSLR-A350's resolution is considerable. Most certainly when you shoot in RAW you will need an extensive amount of memory. I'd say a card with a minimum of 2GB storage capacity is advisable but I'd prefer even more memory. With JPEG you don't need as much space. Working in RAW has many advantages; for example, it lets you correct the white balance more easily. JPEG always diminishes the quality. Sony deliver an excellent program to convert RAW pictures. And the latest version of Lightroom or Adobe Camera RAW (4.4), my favourite, allows you to also work with RAW pictures. The table below shows the amount of pictures that fit onto a 2GB memory card.

Considering 2GB of storage capacity:
14 Megapixels - RAW + JPEG - 4592 x 3056 pixels - 73 pictures
14 Megapixels - RAW - 4592 x 3056 pixels - 90 pictures
14 Megapixels - JPEG - L - Standard - 4592 x 3056 pixels - 396 pictures
14 Megapixels - JPEG - L - Fine - 4592 x 3056 pixels - 552 pictures

(The resolution in 16:9 format and the remaining resolution settings, 3408x2272 and 2288x1520 pixels, in 3:2 as well as in 16:9 format are not included in the camera's manual. Therefore we are unable to mention these.)

USB connection & Card reader
The advantage of a faster memory card is rapid data transfer, providing the computer and the device reading the card are equipped with a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection. If these are not available you might want to purchase a card reader. This handy device needs to be connected to the USB port and is capable of reading a card and writing to it rapidly. The computer will recognize the device as an external hard drive. In addition, you will also save energy.
Sony NP-FM500H Lithium Ion battery
The battery for the Sony A350 is the same NP-FM500H 7,2V 11.8Wh Lithium-Ion battery that is used in the Sony A200 and A700. According to CIPA standard you can take approximately 730 pictures without activation of Live View, or 410 pictures with Live View. This standard is not according to daily use in practice. I was frequently taking pictures abroad in colder weather without using Live View and some days with the use of Live View, and had to recharge the battery every other day. So the Sony Alpha A350 is not that energy-economic. If you do shoot frequently and not only during nice warm days, and if you don't have the possibility of recharging the battery you will have to purchase an extra battery.

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