Review

Battery Life:

The battery life on the a35 is pretty poor. I got about 4-500 shots out of a battery, but that goes really quick when you add in some HD footage and reviewing photos. Bottom line is you need at least 1 or 2 extra batteries fully charged as back-up. A good idea to have anyway!! Charging the Sony batter takes incredible long. It must trickle charge the battery like a car battery or something cause it takes over 2 hours no joke!

Flash:

Flash performance is decent, but the built in flash is so small as with all built in flashes, that the range is limited and it produces pretty harsh shadows as expected.  The a35 comes equipped with a hot shoe though so I recommend you can get a nice aftermarket flash like the Sony HVL-F58AM. Your shots with flash photography shots will definitely improve dramatically!!

Here is a few pics with the Built in Flash:

Flash Test - Sony a35, Sony 16-80mm 3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/4.5, 1/160sec, ISO 100, 40mm

Flash Test – Sony a35, Sony 16-80mm 3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/4.5, 1/160sec, ISO 100, 40mm

Flash Test - Sony a35, Sony 16-80mm 3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens @  f/4.5, 1/125sec, ISO 800, 80mm

Flash Test – Sony a35, Sony 16-80mm 3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens @ f/4.5, 1/125sec, ISO 800, 80mm

Other Features worth mentioning:

AutoHDR:

My favorite feature has got to be the autoHDR, but the autoPano feature is also amazing, fun, and worth using often in my opinion. Lets get a closet look shall we ;)

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - autoHDR

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – autoHDR

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - autoHDR

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos – autoHDR

 Auto HDR  Standard Single Exposure for Comparison
Sony Alpha 35, Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens, AutoHDR

Sony Alpha 35, Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens, AutoHDR

Sony Alpha 35 Sample Photos - Normal Exposure

Sony Alpha 35, Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens – Normal Exposure

Sony Alpha 35, Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens, autoHDR 6ev

Sony Alpha 35, Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens, autoHDR 6ev

Sony Alpha 35, Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens

Sony Alpha 35, Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens – Normal Exposure

 AutoPano:

AutoPano - Sony Alpha 35, Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens

AutoPano – Sony Alpha 35, Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens

AutoPano - Sony Alpha 35, Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens

AutoPano – Sony Alpha 35, Sony SAL-1680Z 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss Lens

 

Conclusion:

Well it’s time to send back the Sony Alpha 35 and the Carl Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens to BHPhotoVideo.com.  I really had a great time using the a35 and I would definitely recommend this camera for those looking to venture into more serious photography and/or videography, and looking for a great bang for the buck solution.  The 35 has a great price point at only $599.99 and has a huge assortment of lens options. Compared to the competition the Sony blows them away in all categories except for the remote flash photography part. The a35 cannot due that due to the OLED/ translucent mirror technology. So as long as you don’t plan on using studio lighting equipment the Sony a35 should do the trick for you. My one major beef with the a35 is the lack of an articulating LCD Screen, but I guess they had to save money somewhere ;) The High ISO performance of the a35 is outstanding and sets the new standard even higher in my opinion. Video performance is also very good and for the money you really can’t get any better as far as I know. Please let me know if I’m wrong! Battery life is not the greatest on the Alpha 35, but the large screen and OLED take it’s toll. I highly recommend at leaset 1 extra battery for this camera.

That wraps up my review of the Sony Alpha 35, I hope you found everything you were looking for, and please feel free to ask Questions and/or Comment!!

Jay

Price: ~$598

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