This review is devoted to Alpha a3500 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Mar 21, 2014. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
This is an upgraded model that Sony released to replace their older product A3000.
In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #162 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #635 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Alpha a3500 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Alpha a3500. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.
Sony Alpha a3500 has the following external dimensions 128 x 128 x 85 mm (50.39 x 35.83 x 33.46″) with the weight of 411 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Sony Alpha a3500, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Alpha a3500 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 85mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Alpha a3500 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Alpha a3500 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Alpha a3500 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Sony Alpha a3500 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Sony Alpha a3500 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Sony Alpha a3500 comes with BIONZ image processor processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Sony Alpha a3500 has the following ISO range 100 - 16000 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Sony Alpha a3500 features a 20.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Sony Alpha a3500 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Sony Alpha a3500 with other standard sensor sizes.
Sony Alpha a3500 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Sony Alpha a3500’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 .
100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.
Some of the other highlights of Sony Alpha a3500 are its 4.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, Alpha a3500 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.
Alpha a3500 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
In addition, Alpha a3500 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Alpha a3500, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Alpha a3500 allows you to save files in AVCHD and H.264 formats.
Sony Alpha a3500 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Sony Alpha a3500 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect Alpha a3500 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Alpha a3500 provides a shooting life of 470, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.
Compared to all models in the Entry-Level Mirrorless category, Sony Alpha a3500 offers the highest battery life that reaches 470 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Alpha a3500’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Alpha a3500’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Alpha a3500 to the average MirrorLess camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha a3500 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 73. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha a3500 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha a3500 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 75. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha a3500 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha a3500 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha a3500 can be called a 71 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha a3500 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha a3500 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Alpha a3500 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 78. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Alpha a3500 can be called a 78 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Mar 21, 2014|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Sony E|
|Number of Lenses||83|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5456 x 3632|
|Max Native ISO||16,000|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||AVCHD, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||128 x 91 x 85 mm|
|Battery Life||470 shots|
|Battery Type||470 shots|