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Sony A350 vs Sony G3

Portability
62
Imaging
53
Features
47
Overall
50
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
30
Overall
31

Sony A350 vs Sony G3 Key Specs

Sony A350
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 674g - 131 x 99 x 75mm
  • Announced June 2008
  • Renewed by Sony A380
Sony G3
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-10.0) lens
  • 185g - 97 x 59 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2009
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Sony A350 vs Sony G3 Overview

In this write-up, we are comparing the Sony A350 vs Sony G3, former is a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both manufactured by Sony. There exists a substantial gap between the image resolutions of the A350 (14MP) and G3 (10MP) and the A350 (APS-C) and G3 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor size.

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The A350 was launched 7 months prior to the G3 which means that they are of a similar age. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Sony A350 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony G3 being a Compact camera.

Before getting in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a brief summary of how the A350 grades versus the G3 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony A350 over the Sony G3

 A350 G3 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Reasons to pick Sony G3 over the Sony A350

 G3 A350 
LaunchedJanuary 2009June 2008Newer by 7 months
Display sizing3.5"2.7"Larger display (+0.8")
Display resolution921k230kCrisper display (+691k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Sony A350 and Sony G3

 A350 G3 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Sony A350 vs Sony G3 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to travel with your camera regularly, you have to consider its weight and volume. The Sony A350 enjoys physical dimensions of 131mm x 99mm x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") with a weight of 674 grams (1.49 lbs) while the Sony G3 has sizing of 97mm x 59mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") and a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are employing at the time. Following is the front view measurement comparison of the A350 and the G3.

Sony A350 vs Sony G3 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A350 and G3 is 62 and 94 respectively.

Sony A350 vs Sony G3 top view buttons comparison

Sony A350 vs Sony G3 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be tough to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions merely by going over technical specs. The picture below should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the A350 and G3.

As you have seen, both the cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The A350 because of its larger sensor will make getting bokeh simpler and the Sony A350 will deliver more detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop pics far more aggressively. The more aged A350 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Sony A350 vs Sony G3 sensor size comparison

Sony A350 vs Sony G3 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A350 vs Sony G3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A350 Portrait photography highlights
Sony G3 Portrait photography highlights
71
has manual focus
decent MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
26
has manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony A350 Street photography highlights
Sony G3 Street photography highlights
66
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
more heavy than competition in class (674 grams)
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony A350 Sports photography advice
Sony G3 Sports photography advice
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports phase detect autofocus
low frames per second (3.0 fps)
23
has image stabilization (Optical)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000s)
low frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A350 as a Travel photography camera
Sony G3 as a Travel photography camera
51
decent MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (674 grams)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
50
built-in flash
does not have Timelapse function
low megapixels (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A350 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony G3 as a Landscape photography camera
64
has manual focus
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (14MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW files
tiny screen (2.7")
no Timelapse mode
36
has manual focus
very good size screen (3.5 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A350 Vlogging information
Sony G3 Vlogging information
9
can't shoot video
27
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have microphone port
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Sony A350 vs Sony G3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A350 and Sony G3
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A350Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3
Type Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2008-06-06 2009-01-08
Body design Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.6 x 15.8mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 372.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4592 x 3056 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.5-10.0
Total lenses 143 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3.5 inch
Resolution of display 230k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.49x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 1 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 4.30 m (Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution None 640x480
Video file format - Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 674 grams (1.49 pounds) 185 grams (0.41 pounds)
Dimensions 131 x 99 x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0") 97 x 59 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 65 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.5 not tested
DXO Low light rating 595 not tested
Other
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, UDMA Mode 5, Supports FAT12 / FAT16 / FAT32 Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $600 $200