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4.0 out of 5 stars Best entry-level camera, missed a few features, September 11, 2011
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This review is from: Sony Alpha SLT-a35 16 MP Digital SLR Kit with Translucent Mirror Technology and 18-55mm Lens (Electronics)
The primary advantage of A35 over A55 except price(price difference is $100 at this point) is the overheating issue with A55. A35 being a second-generation model using Sony's 16.2mp sensor, Sony claim the improved version is more efficient, hence has longer battery life and less heat. Other than this, A55 is a more feature packed camera. Except the obvious feature differences (articulating screen, GPS, continuous shooting speed...) you can find on major camera review website, here are the minor ones:
1. No support for the wireless remote (infrared), Noted both the description on Amazon and Sonystyle.com state the RM-DSLR1 infrared remote works with A35. IT DOESN'T!! it is one feature missing from A55 you don't see anywhere. Not that it is critical, but this should be noted and corrected.
2. No digital level

In the end, I don't think I will return the A35 for an A55, even though the price difference is only $100 and much more were packed into A55. In my opinion, an A56 with the heat issue fixed but retains all the A55 feature and price point will be killer. But since that is not available at this point, I would settle for A35 without the overheating problem over A55.

[Update]
After owning this camera for about 2 months and several hiking trips, I can attest that A35 is a solid performer, lightweight with output quality rivaling cameras costing $1500. When you think about the same/similar Sony 16.2mp sensor is used in Nikon D7000 and Pentax K5 (both are about $1500 at this point), the $700 A35 is truly a great bargain. Things I like most are its: LCD resolution (921k is just so clear), responsiveness, lightweight. What can be improved upon are: battery life, somewhat grainy EVF. I really shouldn't complain given its price point.

By the way, you can get excellent Minolta AF mount lenses for your Sony Alpha camera. I recommend, as a new user, Minolta 50mm 1.7 (or Sony DT 50mm 1.8) for A35. Both are inexpensive (Minolta used can be had for well under 100), but very useful for low light photography. The image quality is amazing. Plus, they are compact and fit well to the A35 body. People often recommend Minolta 70-210 F4 (beercan) and 28-105 (secret handshake). All of these are solid, inexpensive lenses with low price.
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Initial post: Sep 22, 2011 6:27:51 PM PDT
Wendal Weets says:
The Sony website shows the official remote as compatible with this. None of the 3rd party remotes work, however (I've tried 3). There is an IR sensor on the grip, so maybe Sony locked out the cheap remotes?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2011 9:30:27 PM PDT
Szu-ping Lee says:
Hi Wendal,
Thank you for the comment, I did check sonystyle.com and the RMT-DSLR1 (which is what I ordered, not 3rd party) state that it is compatible with A35. This, sadly, is a mistake. If you look at page 25 of the lenses & Accessories booklet that came with the camera, the remote is marker as compatible with only A55. Similar information can be found on page 17 of the manual that says RM-S1AM/RM-L1AM (wired) remote control can be plugged, but no mention of the RM-DSLR1. I'm going to contact sonystyle.com to ask them to remove that compatibility statement. Thank you very much for bringing up and making this issue clear to potential buyers of A35.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 1:58:24 PM PDT
Ernie Ernie says:
I'm considering this camera for two reasons. Yes Minolta (auto focus only) len's work on this camera. I own a wide angle and 300 mm Quantry Lens that I used on my Minolta and were sold by Ritz camera.
These lens will work on the A35 also so I'm two lens' ahead if I buy this.
Second reason is Consumer Reports rates this camera right up there with the best.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2012 3:03:31 PM PDT
Szu-ping Lee says:
Yes, A35 is a wonderful camera especially at this price point. However, at this point in time, you may also consider the newly announced A57, and Sony may introduce their replacement for A35 soon (rumored to be A37, with focusing drive motor removed). After having A35 for 8 months now, I felt the one area that needs improving is the EVF. So, if A57 is at a reasonable price point with improved EVF, it could be a good camera.
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