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Sony Alpha DSLRA350 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization (Body Only)

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A350 Body Only
  • Incredible 14.2 MP for ultra-high-resolution detail
  • High sensitivity (ISO 3200) with noise reduction
  • Tiltable 2.7¿ LCD screen for high/low angle shots
  • Super-quick AF response to catch the perfect moment
  • Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization
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Technical Details

Style: A350 Body Only
  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: B00138MVFA
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 14.2 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 2 x
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Product Details

Style: A350 Body Only
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 5.2 x 4 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00138MVFA
  • Item model number: B00138MVFA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,075 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

Style: A350 Body Only

From the Manufacturer

With incredible 14.2 MP detail, Sony's a (alpha) DSLR-A350 raises the bar. This model pushes the envelope, setting a new standard of excellence for step-up digital photographers shooting both family memories and fine-art photos. Live Preview in a large 2.7-inch LCD screen links you and your subject-and you'll have special features like super-quick AF response, continuous shooting at 2 fps while you see your subject in the viewfinder, Creative Style modes for quick recall of custom settings, and in-camera Super SteadyShot image stabilization that reduces blur for every Sony, Carl Zeiss and legacy Minolta a-mount lens.

Alpha DSLR-A350 Highlights

14.2-megapixel Super HAD CCD The highest pixel resolution in its class (as of January 2008), for spectacular image detail for making big prints and tight crops. An advanced APS-size CCD imager developed by Sony expands dynamic range and minimizes noise more effectively for clear, sharp photos even at high sensitivity setting (up to ISO 3200).

Live Preview of your subject The DSLR-A350’s Live Preview mode links you and your subject on a large 2.7-inch LCD screen, for a familiar point-and-shoot style -- with super-quick AF response and accurate exposure control to help you catch the perfect moment. In Live Preview mode, the camera bypasses the optical pentaprism mirror to create a live "eye-to-eye" view on the LCD of loved ones, children, pets and fast-changing scenes.

Tiltable, 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen A large built-in screen with 2-way angle tilt provides a sharp, clear view of your subject and tilts up or down for low-angle or high-angle monitoring in situations where you want a child-level or overhead shot.

Continuous shooting while viewing The DSLR-A350 lets you shoot continuously at up to 2 frames per second while you see your subject in the large 2.7-inch LCD viewfinder, so you never lose track of the action. In JPEG mode, you can shoot up to the limit of your flash memory card; in RAW Burst Mode you can capture up to 4 shots, with intelligent buffer management to allow more shots to be captured without waiting for the buffer to clear.

Smart teleconverter 2x zoom At the touch of a button you can zoom in electronically on your subject, reproducing pixels on a 1:1 basis with no degradation in picture quality. One touch zooms in at 1.4X, the second touch advances to 2X zoom -- creating the 35mm equivalent of a 200mm telephoto effect with the DSLR-A350’s standard 18-70mm zoom lens.

Expanded ISO sensitivity A broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables the DSLR-A350 to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light -- with High ISO Noise Reduction technology that reduces picture noise artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings by eliminating noise from RAW data after analog-to-digital conversion.

Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization Because image stabilization is built into the DSLR-A350, every lens benefits by an advantage of from 2.5 to 3.5 exposure steps. This allows you to shoot effectively with minimum blur even in low light without flash -- or adjust exposure control for smaller lens aperture to increase depth of field and bring both foreground and background into sharp focus.

Bionz image processor The "brain" of the a (alpha) DSLR-A350 is the advanced Sony Bionz Image Processor, using hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry to enhance images with rich tonal reproduction, improved white balance and exposure control, and expanded D-Range Optimizer capabilities. With 2-channel data transfer from CCD to processor, your camera can also respond faster.

1200-zone evaluative metering Information from the image sensor dedicated to Live View is divided into 1200 zones of luminance and RGB color information. In addition D-Range Optimizer technology contributes to judge the scene and then determine the optimum exposure to reproduce images with a more natural look.

Dynamic Range Optimizer To improve results with backlit subjects and recover details hidden in shadows or lost in glare, the DSLR-A350 provides Dynamic Range Optimizer at two levels: Normal DRO, to improve detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, or Advanced DRO, to adjust dynamic range area-by-area for the greatest precision.

Anti-dust technology Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera -- so to keep the CCD imager cleaner for better pictures, the DSLR-A350 utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.

Auto Pop-up flash The camera flash automatically pops up and fires when needed, to help first-time DSLR photographers shoot more effectively. Auto Pop-up works in Auto mode and some scene selection modes; Flash is cancelled in Landscape, Sport or Sunset modes and in "Flash Off" position on the Exposure Mode dial.

Eye-Start Autofocus System It begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye -- so unlike some DSLR cameras that don’t start focusing until the shutter button is half-pressed, the Sony DSLR-A350 never slows down your ability to catch fast action.

9-Point Center Cross AF Sensor A fast focus motor and improved focus control help bring images into sharp definition more quickly, with predictive focus control that automatically calculates the position of a fast-moving subject.

Scene Selection Modes Along with auto exposure, the DSLR-A350 gives you scene selection modes to optimize camera performance for Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset and Night Portrait/Night View situations.

Creative Style Settings To express your creativity and personal taste, you can adjust contrast, saturation and sharpness settings for any of 8 finishing styles -- including Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B&W and Adobe RGB modes.

Index and Slide Show Display To quickly review your photos, the DSLR-A350 can display 4, 9 or 25-frame index views -- or present automatic slide shows with fade-in/fade-out effect.

High-resolution thumbnails for PhotoTV HD viewing The DSLR-A350 automatically creates high-resolution thumbnail images for viewing on Sony’s BRAVIA HDTV in optimized PhotoTV HD mode, with image format adjustable for standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 display.

Function Guide Display On-screen menus are intuitive and easy to use -- and a simple Camera Function Display can be activated and operated with one hand using the "Fn" (Function) button and controller button to adjust Flash mode, Autofocus mode, White Balance, Metering mode, AF area and D-Range Optimizer.

Stamina Battery Power In optical viewfinder mode, you can take up to 730 shots3 on a fully-charged NP-FM500H InfoLithium battery -- and you’ll be able to see about how much power remains in percentage increments, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

High-Capacity Media Options For conveniently storing and sharing your images, the DSLR-A350 accepts CompactFlash Type I/II media and optional Memory Stick Pro Duo media.

Optional advanced lenses and accessories Sony’s Alpha system gives you everything you need to expand your creativity in DSLR photography: precision Sony DT zoom lenses and specialty lenses, Sony "G" Series lenses with advanced motorized autofocusing, amazingly bright Carl Zeiss lens designs, professional-quality flash units, and over 16 million Minolta a-mount lenses sold worldwide.

Product Description

With incredible 14.2 MP detail, Sony¿s ¿ (alpha) DSLR-A350 raises the standard of excellence for step-up digital photographers shooting both family memories and fine-art photos. Live Preview in a large 2.7¿ LCD screen links you and your subject -- and you¿ll have special features like super-quick AF response, continuous shooting at 2 fps while you see your subject in the viewfinder, Creative Style modes for quick recall of custom settings, and in-camera Super SteadyShot image stabilization that reduces blur with every Sony, Carl Zeiss and legacy Minolta a-mount lens.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This camera is best for professional photographers as well as learners. The picture quality is awesome. I love having this camera. Read more ›
The picture quality is beautiful. I love that it uses my 35 mm Minolta's lenses. Read more ›
I bought this camera when circuit city was going out of business, pickup camera package kit which included…Came home try out both lens image result were nice and sharp. Read more ›
I read it, went to take pictures and when something turned out wrong I'd go back to the manual to figure why. The clarity, sharpness of the pictures are incredible! Cons? Read more ›
I never have had a camera where the settings were so accessible and intuitive as the Aloha 350. Picture quality is excellent. The camera is lighter than expected, but seems… Read more ›
The higher resolution of the 24 MP A65 was calling to me -- it has delivered stunning results. The "burst" of 10 images in 1 second was enticing -- and has rewarded… Read more ›
This Alpha 350K, did function very well, it was very handy and convenient to use the tilting screen, the responses are just fine, and I got used to the slow response when… Read more ›
Very Impressed and I could not beat getting in the Digital game for under $500 not to mention a 14.2. Very happy, live view is clear and sharp, very easy to operate Read more ›
The best thing about this camera is that it is super easy to use in the normal auto mode. It also has a lot of other special settings for custom shots for maximum creativity. Read more ›
Watch out cannon,pentax and all others. this camera is feature rich and very easy to use with extremely good picture quality. You can not get a better camera in this price… Read more ›
Sony has come a long way since the Mavica... I have…I had a Mavica FD-71 and then I stepped up to the F-828...I loved that camera as it was so easy to use and a lot of fun. Read more ›
Sony, who took over the older Minolta line, certainly had the right idea when they put together the 350. It is pretty easy to use right out of the box. I would consider a… Read more ›
e) Features are good with enough to please most people and are relatively straightforward to use, even for someone who is been out of using a camera for almost 2 decades… Read more ›
Unless you are a professional photographer or solely bent on sports photography you will love this camera. The options are easy to use and operation is completely intuitive. I… Read more ›
This is an easy to learn and use medium/high-end DSLR. Very good auto features for beginners and great manual features for the more experienced. I would recommend buying… Read more ›
I remained an avid amateur photographer throughout…I've found the the A350 a competitive DSLR, with most or all of the functions and modes of similar price-range cameras. Read more ›
Took me a while to brush up on my technique and understand…SUPER clear/hi res pictures, exceptionally quick focusing, even in live view mode, and easy to access options. Read more ›
I bought the alpha 350 to replace my Minolta 5D, and have been very happy with the features. The LCD live view is particularly helpful in capturing candid shots, but the… Read more ›
Anybody notice this? Does this imply the lenses are not "fast" enough? Read more ›
I use this almost on a daily basis for in studio work and photo trips. With a good lens it is a sensational value. Sony cameras are the Photographers dream tool. Read more ›
Another reason I bought it is you can get some cheaper…It has a good lensfor basic shot's but like most camera's longer and macro len's will probably be nice to add to it. Read more ›
Its like batman and his utility belt you will need stuff…image fast focus lens the tine flash is unreal edge to edge coverage is by far one of the best that I have Used. Read more ›
If you are thinking of buying the kit with two lenses, buy an 18-250mm or a 18-300mm lens instead. Sony, Tamron, and Sigma make pretty decent lenses for under $550. Read more ›
You don't need more Mb. Well, this lens is very light and versatile and also quite sharp stopped down, The standard lens 18/70mm is average. But goes futher than other… Read more ›
Dispite this problem, I like the camera and I'm glad I got it. This amazon price was also good. Read more ›
I think when Nikon was actually made in Japan it was the best. But now this is not the case and they make it were ever they can get the best price. Look at the amount of… Read more ›
So I looked at several SLR's in the stores and read up on all them. I wanted a quality camera yet at a reasonable price. Sony met that match. Read more ›
Excellent camera and price. Purchase couldn't have been easier. Read more ›
I bought the Tamron 70-300mm zoom and it works well on this camera and doesn't seem to have this red/green lens flair. The Tamron is a good companion at a great price. Read more ›
Down the road, Sony will launch more professional and higher priced cameras so if you're starting out on a DSLR journey, you can begin it with Sony and start collecting… Read more ›
I have produced a series of butterfly photos, taken in my flower garden that are selling as…The excellent color and detail that is produced by the Sony A-350 is amazing. Read more ›
The problem for Sony is that their lens is sooooo crappy that the image quality goes straight down the toilet, and Canons lenses are for the most part very sharp and… Read more ›
In…The autofocus still works in an instant, and the sharpness and color combined with Sony's 14megapixel sensor have left this former film-snob utterly impressed. Read more ›
Image quality, as you'd expect, is *far* above that of the S2 IS... and there aren't any image quality issues that I can…Resolution seems great, color is spot-on, etc. Read more ›
Also remember Sony has been in the camera business for a while, (Movie cameras, etc. )So they know a little about good color. Read more ›
Performance wise, the camera seems to be greatly improved from the older Alpha 100. Image Quality (IQ), both sharpness and color wise, appear to be very good. Unfortunately,… Read more ›
This is not a real big deal to me for my needs. Auto focus works great, and manual focus works fine for me those rare times I use it. Read more ›
Autofocusing speed is very decent, especially when the eye-start feature begins the AF process for you. The 9-point AF seems fast and accurate. Read more ›
5. LCD tilts out ....very nice feature which opens up a lot of new "camera angles" for the picture. 6. Very fast autofocusing ....and produce really great pictures 7.… Read more ›
Took me a while to brush up on my technique and understand…SUPER clear/hi res pictures, exceptionally quick focusing, even in live view mode, and easy to access options. Read more ›
I LOVED…I loved the focusing and the best feature I found to be the LCD screen that tilts allowing you to view images while holding camera above you or taking low shots. Read more ›
The tiltable LCD screen is a nice touch. Read more ›
If you have any Minolta lenses, they fit. The ability to view the picture on the large, bright LCD instead of through the viewfinder is a definite plus in many situations. 1… Read more ›
Adding the articulated, nice quality LCD seems to me to make this system a bit more useful, and the 1.4x and 2x digital cropping may come in handy (but keep in mind, you're… Read more ›
But I find it impossible…Battery life is excellent over a long period of time, and you can easily fill an 8 gig card with several hundred pictures before making a change. Read more ›
Battery life is good, and the controls are easy to use after a short learning curve. Read more ›
The live view LCD has its own sensor, and you have to be careful not to judge the shot by what you see there. Battery life is great. Solid, professional feel, controls,… Read more ›
3. Anti shake control (image stabilization) in camera body .... Can use any lens compared to canon rebel and Nikon…4. Good form factor ...fits nice in hands and Stylish 5… Read more ›
10. Battery last long...it is of least worry 11. Nice fitting of parts .....and no squeaking sounds....except a little inside the grip under the trigger. Read more ›
While I was at the store ready to purchase the D80 the guy behind the counter introduced me to this A350. I have a few Minolta Lenses so it seemed like a great fit. I was a… Read more ›
I could write a very long review but will save you the time. This is an easy to learn and use medium/high-end DSLR. Very good auto features for beginners and great manual… Read more ›
-Legacy Minolta AF lenses: I picked up Minolta 28mm F2.8 and it is…-Reasonably easy to learn: menu system is simpler than the Olympus, Canon, & Nikon cameras in my opinion. Read more ›
I have produced a series of butterfly photos, taken in my flower garden that are selling as…The excellent color and detail that is produced by the Sony A-350 is amazing. Read more ›
My first impression of the…But after using the camera only a few minutes I was impressed with the responsiveness of the auto focus and very impressed with the 14MP detail. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By The Big Guy on June 1, 2008
Style Name: A350 w/ 18-70mm Lens & 55-200 Lens Verified Purchase
I don't have several hours to do a proper review on this excellent camera, but I can quickly share the high points. It has great "human factor" engineering, meaning it fits your hands like a glove and all the controls are easy to access. The camera/lens combo is very light and easy to handle. If you have any Minolta lenses, they fit. The ability to view the picture on the large, bright LCD instead of through the viewfinder is a definite plus in many situations. 14+ megapixels ... really, how many more do you need?

Here's the bottom line ... I worked for Kodak, I've been a serious amateur photographer for decades, I've shot thousands of pictures (hundreds so far with this camera) and it leaves nothing that I can think of to be desired. If you want to spend more bucks on a Nikon or Canon, have fun. But for my money, this little beauty is a clear winner.
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109 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Gregory J. Taieb on June 19, 2008
Style Name: A350 w/ 18-70mm Lens Verified Purchase
This camera is really unbelievable for the price. If we're talking about the camera body (with no lens), I prefer it over the Canon Rebel XSi anyday (and I've used both). The problem for Sony is that their lens is sooooo crappy that the image quality goes straight down the toilet, and Canons lenses are for the most part very sharp and colorful.

The solution? Minolta lenses. I got my camera in the mail this morning and have played with it all day. From the second I unpacked the lens I was disappointed- even before I put it on the camera. It has an extremely cheap and plasticy feel, probably because it is cheap and made of only plastic. I'm actually pretty sure there's not a single piece of glass in the lens (which means, for those of you are new to this, that it sucks). I put it on and sure enough the results were not pretty. Don't run off to Canon's page so quickly, though- remember that this IS a 5 star review.

What makes up for sony's crappy crappy lens is the fact that you can use any Minolta lens from the past 20 years. In anticipation of purchasing this camera I brought 2 Minolta lenses from a garage sale a few weeks ago for a hundred bucks, and when I put them on the camera it was like magic. The autofocus still works in an instant, and the sharpness and color combined with Sony's 14megapixel sensor have left this former film-snob utterly impressed.

So my advice to advanced amateur photographers is to buy this camera. But just the body only. Save the hundred bucks to buy yourself a Minolta lens (or two). I thought I'd throw in the extra hundred bucks with this cam just to have an extra lens for my collection, and it was absolutely not worth it. I don't even know if I'll mount it onto my camera ever again. Seriously- It's a big plastic turd.
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74 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Grant on April 17, 2008
Style Name: A350 w/ 18-70mm Lens
I've been able to handle an Alpha 350 one and off for about a month now, and I'm quite pleased with what I've seen so far.

First, the camera's appearance is very much like that of the Alpha 200, and identical to the Alpha 300. All share the same, comfortable grip that uses a full-size lithium-ion "info" battery, and should feel good in most peoples hands. The tilting LCD screen is added from the A200, and makes it a bit thicker at the back. This thickness doesn't seem to be much of a drawback for handling, but it might make it a bit more ackward for those who wear eyeglasses.

Most of the camera controls are located in easy to use places, although the rear toggle might be too easy to hit (by mistake) for some, the idea is for it to be quickly accessable.

Performance wise, the camera seems to be greatly improved from the older Alpha 100. Image Quality (IQ), both sharpness and color wise, appear to be very good. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to do critical, side-by-side, low-light/high ISO testing, something which is of a possible concern with such a high megapixel CCD sensor. Visually, those images I shot in poor lighting appeared reasonably good, but more serious testing needs to be done.

Autofocusing speed is very decent, especially when the eye-start feature begins the AF process for you. The 9-point AF seems fast and accurate. My only disappointment is that an upgrade camera such as this does not have the "instant" manual focusing ability of the Alpha 100. [This feature allowed you to use the camera in AF. Once the camera focused, it released the gearing, making manual focusing instantly possible to make corrections, without fiddling for an AF/M switch].

Of course, the built-in anti-shake ability is great.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Avedon if only on May 7, 2008
Style Name: A350 w/ 18-70mm Lens
I already owned a Sony A100 and liked it alot, so when the A350 came out I was expecting it to be good - and it is. Some additional controls, true TTL viewing, even longer battery life than the A100 - which means I've taken more than 1,000 photos at maximum quality without a battery change - and it handles quickly and accurately. I have a few lenses, but like the flexibility of the Sony 18-200mm zoom so it's on the camera most of the time. The disadvantage with that lens is that it's slow (4.5 to 6.3 at 200mm) so it's not really suitable for people shots, unless they're in bright sunlight. However, the lens is fine for objects, buildings or anything that's not going to move quickly. I was in Marrakech recently and found the camera and lens a great combination, although they're big and obvious enough to make it difficult to shoot candid portraits. Now I'm looking for a 135mm f.2.4 lens so I can shoot in shadows.
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