Sony A350

 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 front
 
  • 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
  • Replacement is Sony A380
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
62
Imaging
55
Features
47
Overall
51

Sony A350 summary

Sony A350 is Sony's Entry-Level DSLR camera originally introduced on June of 2008. It houses a 14 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 4592 x 3056.

Sony introduced the more recent Sony A380 (Read Full Comparison) to replace this camera.

The A350 is rated #54 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & over-all #396 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check out our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Below is a graph of specific factors used in the rating system.

Sony A350 family

The Sony A350 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the complete list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-SLT-A68 front thumbnailSony A68
A350 vs A68
24MPAPS-C8.0 fps2015
Sony-SLT-A58 front thumbnailSony A58
A350 vs A58
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
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Sony-SLT-A57 front thumbnailSony A57
A350 vs A57
16MPAPS-C12.0 fps2012
Sony-SLT-A37 front thumbnailSony A37
A350 vs A37
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
Sony-SLT-A65 front thumbnailSony A65
A350 vs A65
24MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
Sony-SLT-A35 front thumbnailSony A35
A350 vs A35
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A580 front thumbnailSony A580
A350 vs A580
16MPAPS-C7.0 fps2011
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A560 front thumbnailSony A560
A350 vs A560
14MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
Sony-SLT-A33 front thumbnailSony A33
A350 vs A33
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
Sony-SLT-A55 front thumbnailSony A55
A350 vs A55
16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2010
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A390 front thumbnailSony A390
A350 vs A390
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A290 front thumbnailSony A290
A350 vs A290
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A450 front thumbnailSony A450
A350 vs A450
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A550 front thumbnailSony A550
A350 vs A550
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A500 front thumbnailSony A500
A350 vs A500
12MPAPS-C5.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A380 front thumbnailSony A380
A350 vs A380
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A330 front thumbnailSony A330
A350 vs A330
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A230 front thumbnailSony A230
A350 vs A230
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A200 front thumbnailSony A200
A350 vs A200
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A350 front thumbnailSony A35014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A300 front thumbnailSony A300
A350 vs A300
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A100 front thumbnailSony A100
A350 vs A100
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006

Sony A350 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of upsides and downsides of the Sony A350 based on factors that are often regarded as essential in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with phase detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
good minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
manual focus
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
tilting screen
can't record video
display is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone jack
missing HDMI support
missing headphone jack
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (674 grams)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
pixelated screen (230 k dot)
small screen (2.7 inch)
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Sony A350 Sensor features

The sensor specification on the Sony A350 is 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C). The 373 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4592 x 3056 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. RAW photos are supported which means that the user has more margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the A350's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The A350 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is showcased in green.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony A350 dimensions

Sony A350 is 1.49 lb (674g or 23.77 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 131mm x 99mm x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538g and the Sony A350 is weightier than various rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Sony A350 with a soft drink to help you get a sense of its size.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the A350.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 topview buttons dials

Sony A350 Lens features

The A350 uses the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 142 lenses available to buy. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the A350.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-8mm-F3.5-Aspherical-IF-MC-Fisheye-Sony-Alpha lensSamyang 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fisheye8mmf/3.5 443g
Sony-70-300mm-F4.5-5.6-G-SSM lensSony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM70-300mmf/4.5-5.6 760g
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Sony-300mm-F2.8-G lensSony 300mm F2.8 G300mmf/2.8 2310g
Sigma-17-50mm-F2.8-EX-DC-OS-HSM-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM17-50mmf/2.8 565g
Sigma-20mm-F1.8-EX-DG-Aspherical-RF-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical RF20mmf/1.8 520g
Tamron-SP-85mm-F1.8-Di-VC-USD--Sony-Alpha lensTamron SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD85mmf/1.8 700g
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Sony-24mm-F2-SSM-Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T lensSony 24mm F2 SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T24mmf/2.0 555g
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Sony A350 Connectivity

The A350 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can send pictures and usually change camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

A few apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Sony A350 Video features

Sony A350 does not take video. If you are looking for a camera to shoot just images, it is not a problem.

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Sony A350 Weather Sealing

Sony A350 does not have environment sealing so rainy conditions could affect the camera.

Sony A350 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony A350 is equipped with a 2.7" tilting screen with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications for Sony A350 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.49x

Viewfinders are very handy during bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Sony A350 Shutter features

Sony A350 continuous shooting speed is 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Sony A350 Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony A350 features both inbuilt flash as well as external flash support.

Sony A350 Autofocusing features

Sony A350 features both Phase Detect Auto Focus plus Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and exact than Contrast Based focusing.

The Sensor supports 9 focus points to select from. Sony A350 has the ability to use manual focusing if required during low light occasions or you need to have more exact focusing control.

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Sony A350 Battery life

The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x offers the best (1900) battery life within this range of cameras.

Below is a collection of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that have the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
A350 vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Sony A350 for varying categories of photography

The following chart indicates a rundown of the Sony A350 for varying categories of photography. To see more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Sony A350 Portrait photography advice

The Sony A350 receives a rating of 73 which is nice, meaning that it is a good option to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor size, RAW support along with the option to use external flash.

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manual focus
good MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats

Sony A350 as a Street photography camera

With a above average points tally of 67, the Sony A350 is a respectable option to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
more heavy than competition in class (674g)

Sony A350 Sports photography highlights

A nice sports photography points total of 67 indicates the Sony A350 is a good choice for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have excellent autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)

Travel photography with Sony A350

Portability is very critical in buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony A350 gets a reasonable 51 for a travel camera which makes it reasonably appropriate for your journeys.

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sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors (674 grams)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen

Sony A350 as a Landscape photography camera

When you are planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Sony A350 with it's very good grade of 65 as a landscape camera is a good choice compared to it's competitors.

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manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
small screen (2.7")
lack of Time Lapse recording

Sony A350 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera ought to have a articulating display, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Sony A350 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it receives a bad score of 9.

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can't record video

Sony A350 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the A350, here is a collection of the highest placed cameras that fall into the class of Entry-Level DSLR.

The graph below offers you an overview of the A350 vs it's top ranked competitors listed above.

There are a bunch of cameras you may look into as alternate options. To browse through a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Sony
Model type
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350
Type
Entry-Level DSLR
Announced
2008-06-06
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor measurements
23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area
372.9mm²
Sensor resolution
14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4592 x 3056
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount type
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses
143
Crop factor
1.5
Screen
Display type
Tilting
Display sizing
2.7 inch
Display resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.49x
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
65
DXO Color Depth rating
22.6
DXO Dynamic range rating
11.5
DXO Low light rating
595
Features
Minimum shutter speed
30s
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options
Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Highest video resolution
None
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
674g (1.49 lb)
Physical dimensions
131 x 99 x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0")
Other
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II), Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, UDMA Mode 5, Supports FAT12 / FAT16 / FAT32
Storage slots
Single
Pricing at release
$600