The Good If you're looking for a model with fast performance, decent video capture, and the benefits of an electronic viewfinder, those are the Sony Alpha SLT-A35's strong suit.
The Bad Even compared to a dSLR it's a bit dowdy-looking and it's bulkier than competitive ILCs, with a couple of awkward control placements.
The Bottom Line A solid camera for point-and-shoot upgraders who want to be able to shoot action and video, the Sonly Alpha SLT-A35's bulk may still be a turn-off for some.
Sony Alpha SLT-A35
As Sony's replacement for its SLT-A33, the current entry-level model in its line of interchangeable-lens cameras with a fixed translucent-mirror design, the A35 looks like only a modest update, but it is also merely marginally different than the currently shipping A55V. The most notable differences are that the A35 retains the fixed LCD of the A33, while the A55V's is articulated and the camera has GPS support. I have to say, I'm partial to the articulated LCDs. Even though I'm a viewfinder shooter, the LCD occasionally lets me get shots I wouldn't otherwise have tried.
It's got the same new 16-megapixel sensor and updated image processing as the NEX-C3, which Sony claims delivers better noise reduction. Details start to get a little mushy at ISO 400, but the shots are usable, and the image quality of the A35 looks better than the A55V's at midrange ISOs like ISO 1600. (Note: because of odd, irresolvable backfocus issues which for some reason didn't affect my field testing, our standard ISO sensitivity comparison shots are not available.)
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