Despite already having a popular line of mirrorless cameras in the NEX range, Sony saw fit to have a mirrorless camera in an SLR-like body in the Alpha 3000. Not even a year's gone by and Sony's snuck in an upgrade to the model in the Alpha 3500. The guys over at SonyAlphaRumors had what looks like full spec sheet and initial images.
It seems the model is confirmed seeing as Sony Australia already has it on its website, stating the model's status as 'coming soon'.
New lens, faster performance
The buzz on the earlier Alpha 3000 was that despite its pretty good specs and build quality, it was slow. Will the Alpha 3500 bring speedier shoot times? We're reserving judgement on that but the model is, it seems, coming with a new lens in the 18-50mm f/4.0-5.6.
With interchangeable lenses, this model might appeal to those who want a mirrorless camera with the feel of an SLR.
Here's the basic specs list for the Alpha 3500, in case you feel like adding it to your 'potential buy list':
- 20.1MP Exmor™ APS HD CMOS Sensor
- ISO 16000 Sensitivity
- Tru-Finder Electronic Viewfinder
- Full HD Video
- Auto Object Framing
- Picture Effect
What it does have going for it is its comparative lightness; the body weighs only 353g, and with the battery and memory stick comes to 411g. No sign of it on any of the Asian Sony sites but we'll keep you posted if and when it comes to our shores.