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15 November, 2008

one more Sony (Sony DSLR α350)

There are a few Sony items Laurent and I acquired recently. It is time to present my latest Sony gadget - Sony DSLR α350 (Sony DSLRA350X twin lens kit). Yes, after some long decision, I finally made a move to digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras.

Here is the box.
Sony DSLR A350X box

(as usual, more photos follow...)

Last year during the trip to Queensland with Laurent, my Canon PowerShot S50 S50 camera stopped working, and I bought a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9 camera to replace the Canon one. The DSC-H9 camera was a great camera in the point and shoot range. It was pretty much the only model that as full manual control mode as well as high optical zoom (15x, 30x digital zoom) and 8MP. I would consider it as a DSLR-like camera (or a bridge camera). The Sony DSC-H9 camera is still in its great working condition. But I think it is about the time to move on.

In DSLR camera world, Sony is not a big brand, Canon and Nikon are the two big players. In fact, Sony only entered the DSLR recently after acquiring Konica Minolta in 2006. With my experience of Sony DSC-H9 camera, and some unique features Sony provides, I decided to go against popular trend (of getting either a Canon or a Nikon camera), and stick with Sony.

Here are more photos:
Sony DSLR α350 and two included lenses

Sony DSLR A350X contents

Some quick spec of Sony DSLR-A350:

  • 14.2 mega pixel (14.9MP APS-C sized CCD)
  • live view mode with fast auto focus
  • 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios
  • supports all Sony lenses, Konica Minolta Maxxum/Dynax Alpha Lenses
  • JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG (DCF 2.0 compliant, Exif 2.21 supported) file formats
  • RAW file supported by Apple Aperture

One minor issue of this camera is that it does not support Sony's Memory Stick PRO Duo natively (can be used with an adaptor). It supports CompactFlash Type I and II. CompactFlash is a preferred in DSLR world for its larger capacity and reliability. So I also bagged an 8GB CompactFlash memory card home.

CompactFlash 8GB memory card

The DSLR camera is quite heavy I have to say. I will need to spend some time to learn how to use this new toy.

Well, I got it with $200 below the RRP and the promotion of an additional Sony battery.
(to Don: Antony is poor.)

This entry has Lightbox effect enabled. Click on the thumbnails for larger photos.

related blog entries:
Samsung L730 (14 June, 2008)
goodbye Canon, hello Sony (Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9) (4 October, 2007)

Posted by Antony on 15 November 2008 11:12 AM | gadget, photos

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Looks like a very nice camera. I hope you enjoy using it to boost Pepe's postcard business.
With my Olympus FE-320 compact digital camera today, I took some pix of a 1948 Jaguar wedding car that was parked outside my house.It had a pre-select auto gear box, and sounded like a hay thrasher when the engine was on! We had a lot in common considering our birth year!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 15 November 2008 3:34 PM.
It was not bought for him.
Posted by Antony Shen on 15 November 2008 11:37 PM.
I'm sure it wasn't, but I am just rubbing it in!!
However, I'm sure it will be used for such purposes.
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 17 November 2008 5:32 PM.
It will depend on how much he's going to contribute. So far, he's only contributed a memory card reader.
Posted by Antony Shen on 17 November 2008 6:01 PM.
I thought remote village etiquette required you to use all your things for a friend and not expect contributions?
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 20 November 2008 12:28 PM.
Geez, you are smart.
Posted by Antony Shen on 20 November 2008 12:31 PM.
Or did you mean, "smart-arse?"
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 20 November 2008 9:58 PM.
I love Sony DSLR Cameras. Thanks for sharing a beautiful post.
Posted by on 3 August 2012 4:03 PM.
i love sony dslr camer. i have sony dslr but my husband have nikon coolpix dslr camera. sometimes i used his camera
Posted by muyoun on 15 April 2014 12:49 AM.
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