Sony W290 vs Sony A35

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 front
Sony SLT-A35 front

Sony W290 vs Sony A35 Key Specs

Sony W290
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.3-5.2) lens
  • 167g - 98 x 57 x 23mm
  • Launched February 2009
Sony A35
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 415g - 124 x 92 x 85mm
  • Released September 2011
  • Replaced the Sony A33
  • Refreshed by Sony A37
Photography Glossary

Sony W290 vs Sony A35 Overview

Its time to look a little more in depth at the Sony W290 versus Sony A35, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Entry-Level DSLR and both are built by Sony. There exists a sizeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the W290 (12MP) and A35 (16MP) and the W290 (1/2.3") and A35 (APS-C) provide totally different sensor dimensions.

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The W290 was introduced 3 years prior to the A35 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Sony W290 being a Compact camera and the Sony A35 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before going right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise overview of how the W290 grades vs the A35 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony W290 over the Sony A35

 W290 A35 

Reasons to pick Sony A35 over the Sony W290

 A35 W290 
ReleasedSeptember 2011February 2009Fresher by 31 months
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony W290 and Sony A35

 W290 A35 
Manual focus More exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Sony W290 vs Sony A35 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry your camera often, you will want to factor its weight and dimensions. The Sony W290 has exterior measurements of 98mm x 57mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") having a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) whilst the Sony A35 has dimensions of 124mm x 92mm x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3") along with a weight of 415 grams (0.91 lbs).

Analyze the Sony W290 versus Sony A35 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the W290 against the A35.

Sony W290 vs Sony A35 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the W290 and A35 is 94 and 69 respectively.

Sony W290 vs Sony A35 top view buttons comparison

Sony W290 vs Sony A35 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very tough to envision the difference in sensor sizing only by viewing technical specs. The visual underneath might give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the W290 and A35.

As you can tell, both cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The W290 using its smaller sensor will make shooting bokeh more difficult and the Sony A35 will render greater detail using its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop pics more aggressively. The older W290 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony W290 vs Sony A35 sensor size comparison

Sony W290 vs Sony A35 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W290 vs Sony A35 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W290 Portrait photography info
Sony A35 Portrait photography info
you can focus manually
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
has manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection focus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony W290 as a Street photography camera
Sony A35 as a Street photography camera
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than competition (415g)
great high ISO (25,600)
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Sony W290 Sports photography information
Sony A35 Sports photography information
image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
not so great battery (440 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Sony W290 Travel photography features
Sony A35 Travel photography features
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
MP count low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
lighter than competition (415g)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse mode
not so great battery (440 shots)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W290 Landscape photography features
Sony A35 Landscape photography features
you can focus manually
quite wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse mode
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
great high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
not so great battery (440 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony W290
Vlogging with Sony A35
quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic socket
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external microphone support
lighter than competition (415 grams)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
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Sony W290 vs Sony A35 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W290 and Sony A35
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290Sony SLT-A35
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290 Sony SLT-A35
Class Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level DSLR
Launched 2009-02-17 2011-09-20
Physical type Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 3200 25600
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 15
Cross focus points - 3
Lens mounting type fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) -
Highest aperture f/3.3-5.2 -
Macro focus range 10cm -
Number of lenses - 143
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,150 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Slowest shutter speed 2 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames per second 6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.90 m 12.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/160 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 167 grams (0.37 lb) 415 grams (0.91 lb)
Physical dimensions 98 x 57 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") 124 x 92 x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 74
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.3
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.7
DXO Low light score not tested 763
Battery life - 440 images
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse feature
Storage type Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $230 $598