Sony Alpha a3500 Review

Overall 43
Imaging 17
Features 25
Size 72
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 128 x 91 x 85 mm
  • Weight: 411 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sony A3000.

Sony Alpha a3500 Summary

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.

Sony Alpha a3500 Compared to other MirrorLess 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.

PROs

  • Sensor Size: APS-C
  • Max Native Iso: 16000
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Battery Life: 470 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Number Of Focus Points: 25
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Sony Alpha a3500 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Alpha a3500

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:

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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.

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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:

Battery

Sony Alpha a3500 — 470 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Sony Alpha a3500 — 85 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Sony Alpha a3500 — 411 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

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 Photo and Sensor Features

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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

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.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Alpha a3500

LCD and ViewFinder

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.

Max Shutter speed

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.

Flash

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.

Focusing

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.

Video Features

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.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Alpha a3500 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

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.

How Good is Sony Alpha a3500 for Different Types of Photography?

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.

Sony Alpha a3500 for Portrait Photography

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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Sony Alpha a3500 for Street 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.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (128 x 91 x 85 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Sony Alpha a3500 for Sports 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.

Advantages:

  • Big size (128 x 91 x 85 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (4.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (25)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (16000)
  • Small battery life (470 shots)

Sony Alpha a3500 for Daily 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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (411 g)
  • Big size (128 x 91 x 85 mm)

Sony Alpha a3500 for Landscape 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.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (16000)

Sony Alpha a3500 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha a3500
Announced Mar 21, 2014
Body Type SLR-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Sony E
Number of Lenses 83
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.47
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6
Flash Modes Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
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
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats AVCHD, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 411 g
Physical Dimensions 128 x 91 x 85 mm
Battery Life 470 shots
Battery Type 470 shots
Battery Model NP-FW50
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type n/a
Storage Slots 1

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