Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

The Good Sensor-shift image stabilization; useful Live View implementation with flip-up LCD.

The Bad Kit lens could be better; mixed performance; small viewfinder; interface annoyances.

The Bottom Line Unless you're prepared to spend a disproportionate amount of money on a really good lens, the resolution bump offered by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 isn't worth the price.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Image quality 7.0
7.2 Overall

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Review

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

With its 14-megapixel CCD, flip-up LCD, sensor-shift image stabilizer, and built-in wireless flash controller, the feature-packed Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 seems like a cornucopia of photographic goodness for the budget shopper. And you wouldn't be far off the mark: there's a lot to like in the A350, and I suspect it will garner its share of fans. Unsurprisingly, however, Sony made some compromises so that the A350 could lay claim to the title of highest-resolution budget dSLR. Sony does offer an almost identical 10-megapixel model, the Alpha DSLR-A300, which lists for about $200 less.

Sony offers the A350 in three packages: body only, a kit with the SAL-1870 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 lens, which we tested, and a dual-lens kit that adds the SAL-55200 55-200mm f4-5.6 model. Those two lenses, plus the 75-300mm SAL-75300, currently comprise Sony's complete entry-level lens lineup. For other inexpensive alternatives you'll have to turn to compatible A-mount Konica Minolta, Sigma, or Tamron offerings.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,000
  • Brand Sony
  • Digital Camera Type Entry-level dSLR
  • Weight 1.28 lbs
  • Sensor Resolution 14.2 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 15.7 x 23.5 mm
  • Optical Sensor Type Super HAD CCD
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model with 18-70mm lens

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