Sony Alpha 35 review

Lightweight Sony SLT camera packed with innovative features

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Sony has succeeded in taking an already impressive piece of technology and really exploring its potential. Using their innovative SLT design, the manufacturer has created a very responsive camera that impresses in just about every aspect. With a glut of high-end features that elevate the SLT-A35 above the rank of your typical 'entry-level' camera, there's plenty to love about this model.

Sony alpha 35

We liked

The fast performance of the SLT-A35 - thanks to its SLT design and intuitive handling - makes a very good impression. Couple this with superb image quality and an impressive feature-set, and we're sold.

We disliked

The fixed LCD feels like a bit of a step backwards after using the older SLT-A33's more versatile vari-angle version.


Offering simple, no-fuss handling, beginners will find the camera very easy to get to grips with. There's a good range of automatic and scene modes, as well as in-camera colour and picture effects - all of which produce great results with minimal effort on the photographer's part. That said, the SLT-A35 is also a camera that will grow with you as your skills progress, offering full manual control and RAW shooting capability once you're ready to advance.

In terms of performance, the SLT-A35 is highly responsive, while image quality - whether you're shooting JPEGs and/or RAW files - is equally as impressive. When it comes to finding fault with this camera, there's little for us to complain about: it's an excellent potential choice for amateur photographers and as such comes highly recommended.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLT Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product Familyalpha
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameSony
FeaturesLive View, Smile Detection, External Flash Shoe, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)415 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height92 mm
Width124.4 mm
Depth84.7 mm
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelSLT-A35
Product Namealpha SLT-A35 Digital SLT Camera
Product Linealpha
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberSLTA35L.CEH
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Never miss another moment, however fleeting. Explore an exciting world of high-speed shooting responses and smooth, accurate auto focus tracking - even with moving objects. Capture beautiful videos in detail-packed Full HD. All in a light, compact camera that's easy to carry.

Package Contents
  • alpha SLT-A35 Digital SLT Camera
  • DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Lens
  • BC-VW1 Battery Charger
  • Power Cord
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FW50
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Eyecup
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Packaging lid
Limited Warranty1 Year