Sony introduces its third translucent mirror camera today, the A35. Sony unveiled this technology last fall in the A55 and A33, offering blazing fast AF speeds and burst shooting modes. Read on for all the details on this fresh SLT update.
A key selling point of the new translucent mirror cameras is the ability to continue auto focusing without interruption during image capture, a feature that's especially useful in burst mode. True to form, the A35 will capture up to 5.5 fps full resolution frames without missing a beat. Need a little more speed? Sony offers a new Tele-Zoom High Speed Shooting function, cropping the image to 8 megapixels and speeding up the framerate to 7 fps.
Behind that is a BIONZ image processor and a 15-point AF system with 3 cross-type sensors. Also packed inside of the A35's compact chassis is a 16 megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor capable of producing 1080 HD videos. The system is stabilized with sensor-shift IS and will accept A-mount Alpha lenses. The A35 provides both a fixed 3.0-inch LCD and an EVF with 1.44 million dots of resolution.
What would a new camera be without some version of 3D technology? The SLT-A35 will offer Sony's 3D (and plain 2D) Sweep Panorama function. This feature will record multiple frames as the user pans across a horizontal or vertical scene, layering them together in a (nearly) seamless panoramic image.
Other multi-frame modes include the familiar HDR and Multi-Frame Noise Reduction, available to the user as stand-alone modes or in Advanced Auto mode. Images are recorded on Sony's Memory Stick Pro Duo cards or SD/SDHC/SDXC cards thanks to a dual memory card slot.
Pricing and availability
The Sony Alpha SLT-A35 will be available in August for $699.99.