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, Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR belongs to a Small Sensor Superzoom category, the other model, Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR is a Entry-Level DSLR camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR comes with EXRCMOS sensor that has a resolution of 16.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 features a 10.0 MP CCD sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - SuperZoom and DSLR. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR and Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR Key Features:
Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 Key Features:
Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR was substituted by Fujifilm HS50 EXR.
Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR substituted Fujifilm HS30EXR.
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP vs 10.0 MP||37.5% more pixels|
|Continuous Shooting||11 fps vs 3 fps||8 fps faster|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes vs No||Very handy for portraits|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.7″||0.3" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots vs 230k dots||50% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||600 shots vs 230 shots||370 more frames with a single charge|
|Sensor Area||368.95 mm2 vs 30.72 mm2||91.7% larger pixel area|
|Flash Range||10 vs 7.1||2.9 better flash range|
|Weight||490 g vs 687 g||197 g lighter|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.55 vs No||0.55 better magnification|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Optical (pentamirror)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots | 230k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 10.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|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 Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR and Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 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-A230 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 197g less than the Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR. 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 Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR and Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 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. Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR features a 16.0 MP 1/2" sized EXRCMOS sensor and boasts of a EXR processor . Sony Alpha DSLR-A230, in its turn, comes with a 10.0 MP APS-C sized CCD sensor and Bionz processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR and Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 is equipped with a sensor that is 0.1x larger than the one featured in Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
In terms of sensor size, both Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR and Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 feature similar sensors. Thus, none of these models can boast of a significant advantage over the other. Both cameras should deliver about the same control over the depth of field if they are used with the same aperture and focal length.
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 Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR and Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 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||Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR||Sony Alpha DSLR-A230|
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, Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR or Sony Alpha DSLR-A230, 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 Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR and Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 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-A230 deserves a higher Total Score than the Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR. 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:
|Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR||Sony Alpha DSLR-A230|
|Model||FinePix HS35EXR||Alpha DSLR-A230|
|Announced||Jan 07, 2013||May 18, 2009|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)||Compact SLR|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.4 x 4.8 mm||23.5 x 15.7 mm|
|Sensor Area||30.72 mm2||368.95 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456||3872 x 2592|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||12,800||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||141|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Tilting||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||11.0 fps||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye, Slow Sync||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||n/a|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||687 g||490 g|
|Physical Dimensions||131 x 97 x 126 mm||128 x 97 x 68 mm|
|Battery Life||600 shots||230 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo|