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Sony A350 vs Sony NEX-5T

Portability
62
Imaging
53
Features
47
Overall
50
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-5T front
Portability
89
Imaging
58
Features
79
Overall
66

Sony A350 vs Sony NEX-5T Key Specs

Sony A350
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 674g - 131 x 99 x 75mm
  • Revealed June 2008
  • Replacement is Sony A380
Sony NEX-5T
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 276g - 111 x 59 x 39mm
  • Announced August 2013
  • Earlier Model is Sony NEX-5R
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Sony A350 vs Sony NEX-5T Overview

Below is a extensive review of the Sony A350 vs Sony NEX-5T, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and they are both created by Sony. The image resolution of the A350 (14MP) and the NEX-5T (16MP) is pretty comparable and they possess the exact same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The A350 was revealed 6 years before the NEX-5T and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Sony A350 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony NEX-5T being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight into a thorough comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the A350 grades versus the NEX-5T in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A350 over the Sony NEX-5T

 A350 NEX-5T 

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5T over the Sony A350

 NEX-5T A350 
AnnouncedAugust 2013June 2008More recent by 63 months
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kSharper screen (+692k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Sony A350 and Sony NEX-5T

 A350 NEX-5T 
Manual focus Very accurate focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen

Sony A350 vs Sony NEX-5T Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera, you need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Sony A350 features outer dimensions of 131mm x 99mm x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") along with a weight of 674 grams (1.49 lbs) and the Sony NEX-5T has dimensions of 111mm x 59mm x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") along with a weight of 276 grams (0.61 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is the front view dimension comparison of the A350 versus the NEX-5T.

Sony A350 vs Sony NEX-5T size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the A350 and NEX-5T is 62 and 89 respectively.

Sony A350 vs Sony NEX-5T top view buttons comparison

Sony A350 vs Sony NEX-5T Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is hard to picture the difference in sensor measurements merely by seeing a spec sheet. The visual here may offer you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the A350 and NEX-5T.

Clearly, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Sony NEX-5T to provide greater detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The older A350 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Sony A350 vs Sony NEX-5T sensor size comparison

Sony A350 vs Sony NEX-5T Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A350 vs Sony NEX-5T Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A350 Portrait photography features
Sony NEX-5T Portrait photography features
71
focusing manually
good megapixels (14MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
74
has manual focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
Photography Glossary

Street Comparison

Sony A350 as a Street photography camera
Sony NEX-5T as a Street photography camera
66
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
heavier than others (674g)
80
tilting screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
has focus by touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony A350
Sports photography with Sony NEX-5T
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (14MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with phase detect autofocus
max fps low (3.0 fps)
69
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
has phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Sony A350 Travel photography info
Sony NEX-5T Travel photography info
51
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others (674g)
display is not selfie friendly
77
has focus by touch
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
screen is selfie friendly
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony A350
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5T
64
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
does not have Time Lapse mode
70
has manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3")
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
no image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony A350
Vlogging with Sony NEX-5T
9
no video
73
screen is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
provides face detection autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
no image stabilization
doesn't have external microphone port
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Sony A350 vs Sony NEX-5T Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A350 and Sony NEX-5T
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A350Sony Alpha NEX-5T
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 Sony Alpha NEX-5T
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2008-06-06 2013-08-27
Body design Compact SLR Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.6 x 15.8mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 372.9mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4592 x 3056 4912 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 3200 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 99
Cross focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony E
Amount of lenses 143 121
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Tilting
Screen size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech - Tilt Up 180° Down 50° TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.49x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 7.00 m (ISO100)
Flash modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x1080 (60p/60i/24p)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 674g (1.49 lb) 276g (0.61 lb)
Dimensions 131 x 99 x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") 111 x 59 x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 65 78
DXO Color Depth score 22.6 23.6
DXO Dynamic range score 11.5 13.0
DXO Low light score 595 1015
Other
Battery life - 330 images
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery model - NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes ((10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II), Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, UDMA Mode 5, Supports FAT12 / FAT16 / FAT32 SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $600 $400