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Sony Alpha A3500 Hands-On Preview

We go hands-on with the Sony Alpha A3500, a mirrorless camera with DSLR styling, and a more compact lens.

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Sony Alpha A3500 Hands-On Preview: Sony Alpha A3500 ILCE (4)

Based on the Sony Alpha A3000, the Sony Alpha A3500 is a budget mirrorless compact system camera with Digital SLR styling. The A3500 is available in a limited number markets (Australia, Asia, Middle East) with a budget 18-50mm f/4-5.6 zoom lens, equivalent to 27mm to 70mm in 35mm terms. The 18-50mm lens does not feature Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation. 

Sony Alpha A3500 Hands-On Preview: Sony Alpha A3500 ILCE (7)

Sony Alpha A3500 Key Features

  • 20.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Sony E Lens Mount
  • 3inch, 230k dot screen
  • Electronic ViewFinder (EVF), 0.2inch QVGA
  • ISO100 to ISO16000
  • FullHD video recording
  • Built in pop-up flash
  • SD card slot
  • MicroUSB charging
  • 480 shot battery life

To find out more about the Sony Alpha A3500, have a look at our Sony Alpha A3000 review, and you can view more information on the Sony E 18-50mm f/4-5.6 lens.

Sony Alpha 3500 Photos of Equipment

Sony Alpha 3500 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels20.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5456
Pixels (H)3632
Sensor TypeExmor CMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution230k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 16000
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder Resolution201,600 dots (equivalent)
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting3.5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPSNo Data
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
File Type
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)
Battery Life (CIPA rating)470shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsAC Adaptor AC-UB10, Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50, Micro USB cable, Shoulder strap, Standard Zoom Lens (E 18-50mm F4-5.6)

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mr2cameras Avatar
mr2cameras 9 36 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2015 6:56PM
QVGA viewfinder? That sounds positively prehistoric! Certainly much worse than the likes of Panasonic or Fujifilm.
I will be giving this one a wide berth.

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