Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Canon EOS 10D belongs to a Semi-Pro DSLR category, the other model, Canon EOS 10D is a Entry-Level DSLR camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Canon EOS 10D comes with CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 6.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 features a 14.0 MP CCD sensor.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Canon EOS 10D and Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Canon EOS 10D Key Features:
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 Key Features:
Canon EOS 10D was substituted by Canon 20D.
Canon EOS 10D substituted Canon D60.
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism) vs Optical (pentamirror)||Better framing and control|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.55 vs 0.49||0.06 better magnification|
|Sensor Resolution||14.0 MP vs 6.0 MP||57.1% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||372.88 mm2 vs 342.77 mm2||8.1% larger pixel area|
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Number Of Focus Points||9 vs 7||2 more focus points|
|Screen Size||2.7″ vs 1.8″||0.9" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots vs 118k dots||48.7% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||674 g vs 875 g||201 g lighter|
|Dxo Color Depth||22.6 vs 21.1||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||11.5 vs 10.9||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||595 vs 571||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism) | Optical (pentamirror)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Size||1.8″ | 2.7″||Not suitable for flash photography|
|Screen Resolution||118k dots | 230k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||6.0 MP | 14.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||No | No||No Face Detection|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps | 3.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon EOS 10D and Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 201g less than the Canon EOS 10D. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon EOS 10D and Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Canon EOS 10D features a 6.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor . Sony Alpha DSLR-A350, in its turn, comes with a 14.0 MP APS-C sized CCD sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon EOS 10D and Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 by the size of their sensors.
Canon EOS 10D and Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon EOS 10D and Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon EOS 10D||Sony Alpha DSLR-A350|
Disadvantages:No Significant Disadvantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon EOS 10D or Sony Alpha DSLR-A350, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon EOS 10D and Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon EOS 10D. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon EOS 10D||Sony Alpha DSLR-A350|
|Model||EOS 10D||Alpha DSLR-A350|
|Announced||Mar 31, 2003||Jun 06, 2008|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR||Compact SLR|
|Sensor Dimensions||22.7 x 15.1 mm||23.6 x 15.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||342.77 mm2||372.88 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||6.0 MP||14.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3072 x 2048||4592 x 3056|
|Max Native ISO||1,600||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||3,200||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Number of Lenses||256||141|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.6x||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||7||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||118k dots||230k dots|
|ViewFinder||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentamirror)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye reduction||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||57||65|
|DxO Color Depth||21.1||22.6|
|DxO Dynamic Range||10.9||11.5|
|DxO Low Light ISO||571||595|
|Max Video Resolution|
|USB||USB 1.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||875 g||674 g|
|Physical Dimensions||150 x 107 x 75 mm||131 x 99 x 75 mm|
|Storage Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II)||Compact Flash (Type I or II), Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, UDMA Mode 5, Supports FAT12 / FAT16 / FAT32|