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
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #55 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & over-all #438 out of 1465 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 Photography Glossary

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 540g 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 145 lenses available to buy. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the A350.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sony-DT-16-50mm-F2.8-SSM lensSony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM16-50mmf/2.8 577g
Sigma-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-DC-Macro-OS-HSM-C-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM C18-200mmf/3.5-6.3 430g
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Sigma-70-200mm-F2.8-EX-DG-OS-HSM-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM70-200mmf/2.8 1430g
Lensbaby-Sol-45-DSLR-Sony-Alpha lensLensbaby Sol 45 DSLR45mmf/3.5144g
Sigma-30mm-F1.4-EX-DC-HSM-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM30mmf/1.4 430g
Sony-DT-11-18mm-F4.5-5.6 lensSony DT 11-18mm F4.5-5.611-18mmf/4.5-5.6 360g
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Rokinon-8mm-f3.5-Aspherical-Fisheye-Sony-Alpha lensRokinon 8mm f3.5 Aspherical Fisheye8mmf/3.5 443g
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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 589. 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
Photography Glossary
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 71 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 66, 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 66 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 64 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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General Information
Model type
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350
Entry-Level DSLR
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4592 x 3056
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
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
Lens mount type
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Display sizing
2.7 inch
Display resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
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
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Highest video resolution
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
674g (1.49 lb)
Physical dimensions
131 x 99 x 75mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.0")
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
Pricing at release