Review

One issue I did have with the Sony A35 worth noting was with the Auto ISO feature. In my opinion the camera sets the ISO a little low resulting in a shutter speed that is to slow for the type of shots I was taking. For example, when I was shooting pics of Layla and the dogs on the deck I had Auto ISO enable and shooting at f/4.5 or so and the camera chose ISO 125 which resulted in a shutter speed of 1/80sec.  Normally 1/80sec would be fine, but Laylla never stops moving so I needed to jack up the ISO to 400 and then my shutter speeds were more than fast enough.  The reason I note this is because you might assume that auto ISO would now what you needed and your blurry pics would be driving you nutz.  Also worth noting is when in Auto ISO the ISO only goes up to 3200.

High ISO Performance:

The Sony a35 has incredible High ISO image quality and also has a special low light ISO mode known as Multi-frame NR that uses up to ISO 25800. Basically the camera captures six images in a fraction of a second, then combines the data from all six, then creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Wait till you see these sample images below!!

The captions below each image contains the ISO I used, and all the ISO 25600 images are Multi-frame noise reduction mode shots.  A few of the ISO 12800 shots are taken as both a single frame and  the Multi-Frame NR mode so you can compare how well the feature actually works with the same scene. It works really well in my opinion, but judge for yourself 😉

Be sure to Click the Photos for a nice large Gallery style view!

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 25600

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 25600

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 25600

100% Crop – Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 25600

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 25600

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 25600

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 25600

100% Crop – Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 25600

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 12800 using Multi-Frame NR Mode

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 12800 using Multi-Frame NR Mode

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 12800 using Multi-Frame NR Mode

100% Crop – Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 12800 using Multi-Frame NR Mode

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 25600

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 25600

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 25600

100% Crop – Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 25600

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 12800 using Multi-Frame NR Mode

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 12800 using Multi-Frame NR Mode

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 12800 using Multi-Frame NR Mode

100% Crop – Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 12800 using Multi-Frame NR Mode

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 12800

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 12800

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 12800

100% Crop – Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 12800

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 6400

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 6400

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - High ISO Test Shots - ISO 6400

100% Crop – Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – High ISO Test Shots – ISO 6400

AutoFocus Performance:

Using Translucent Mirror Technology, the a35 directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously. The Phase detection AF consists of 15 focus points, 3 of which are the cross-point style sensors. I rarely had a problem focusing with this camera, but occasionally it would struggle in low light like all other cameras. For the most part I preferred to use the single focus point in the center as apposed to letting the camera choose, although the face detection does make it easy when taking portraits! As far as tracking goes it works very good! I used this feature much more with video as apposed to sports shooting, but it really does work well as you will see in a second 😉

Check out the AF tracking on this FULL HD Video Clip. Be sure to hit the full screen button and select 1080 for the best quality possible!!

Occasionally I did select the AF sensor to the left or right depending on the shot, but for the most part I used the center AF point only. You can see in the video above that when I focused on the fence pole at the end of the clip the camera immediately started to focus on it, then switch back to Abby as I moved back. Pretty amazing technology for the money, and it works as advertised!

 

Video Performance:

HD footage up from the Sony a35 (SLT_A35) is really good, but unfortunately I had issues finding a program to converter the .mts files to something usable on the web.  I’m very disappointed that Sony doesn’t include something for the Mac in the software package for converting the HD video footage. I couldn’t find anything on the Sony Support site either, so I called Sony Tech Support. To my surprise they offer Nothing for the Mac to convert video or even view the the video. Unbelievable if you ask me, and I was left amazed on the other end of the phone. The tech support guy told me to try the Picture Motion Browser, but I informed him that was for a Windows Platform. He then suggested I do a Google search?? You have to be kidding me right? ( Sorry Mac friends, but Sony totally dropped the ball on this in my opinion.

In any event, there is a simple solution for us Mac people, and that is Wondershare and the VLC Video Player. Wondershare is a great video converter program made for Mac that costs $40 bucks. It’s not to expensive and I must admit it works awesome!!  The VLC video player is free and plays pretty much every video format under the sun so make sure to download that as well for viewing the .mts files in full HD on your Mac.

The video performance is great as you just saw in the video of Abby, But I do have a bunch more footage for your to analyize 😉

Note: Be sure to select the HD 1080p, or atleast 720p option in the lower part of the Youtube player window. On my Mac/ firefox it only pops up once I start playing the video so it’s a little odd hence the note 😉 Here’s a video Montage of a bunch of videos put together in iMovie and Exported directly to Youtube as 1080p 🙂 Be sure to select Full screen and give it a few seconds to load as the 1080p HD Footage takes some time to buffer.

In this Real World video, I filmed Layla and Michele in the park on a cool Tunnel/ slide playground. The focus put to the test in this video!!

In this video I filmed some spinning fair rides. I need to note that the lens hood was not on all the way and you will see dark spots appear on the corners. Sorry about that! Totally my fault and I still thought the video was good enough to share otherwise.

In this video I wanted to film some night footage and what better than colorful Fair rides!!

This Video is Fallsburgh Falls raging from all the hurricane rain:

I took this video at lake Minnewaska Sept 10th 😉 Notice how well the camera handles the exposure on Awosting Falls.

 
 


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