Sony a35 vs Sony a330

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony a35 and Sony a330. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Sony.

Sony a35 were released 2011 and Sony a330 was released 2009. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony a35 2011
Sony a330 2009

Type of camera

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "Sony APS-C") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras has a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the camera's sensor size affect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony a35 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Sony a330 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)

Resolution

Sony a35 has a 16 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a330 has 10 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony a35 16 MP
16032768 pixels
4912 x 3264
Sony a330 10 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592

Sony a35 has a 60 % larger resolution than Sony a330. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Sony a35 has a larger ISO-range than Sony a330. Sony a35 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Sony a330 has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Sony a35 100-25600
Sony a330 100-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a35
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a330

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony a35 can shoot up to 5,5 pictures per seconds and Sony a330 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony a35 5,5
Sony a330 2,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Sony a35. Unfortunately Sony a330 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Sony a330 weighs 529 gr (equal to 1.17 lb) which is 27% heavier than Sony a35 and its 415 gr (or 0.91 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony a35 415 gr
0.91 lb
Sony a330 529 gr
1.17 lb

Sony a35 vs Sony a330 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony a35 and Sony a330, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Sony a35
Sony a330
Name Sony a35 Sony a330
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Release Date and Price
Sony a35
Sony a330
Release Year 2011 2009
Release Date 2011-06-08 2009-05-18
MSRP 599 USD 649 USD
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Camera Type
Sony a35
Sony a330
Camera Type SLT DSLR
Sensor
Sony a35
Sony a330
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CCD
Resolution 4912 x 3264 pixels 3872 x 2592 pixels
Megapixels 16 MP 10 MP
Image Processor Bionz Bionz
Image
Sony a35
Sony a330
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 3200
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony a35
Sony a330
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 15 9
Lens Mount Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony a35
Sony a330
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 3 2.7
Screen dots 921000 230400
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.1 (0.73 35mm equiv.) 0.74 (0.49 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Sony a35
Sony a330
Frames per second 5,5 fps 2,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters 10 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony a35
Sony a330
Video recording Yes No
Video format MPEG4
H.264
AVCHD
N/A
Video resolution 1440 x 1080
1920 x 1080
N/A
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers No No
Storage
Sony a35
Sony a330
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony a35
Sony a330
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (Optional) Yes (Wireless (Optional))
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Sony a35
Sony a330
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Rechargeable NP-FW50 battery & charger
Lithium-Ion NP-FH50 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 440 shots 529 shots
Width 124 mm 128 mm
Height 92 mm 97 mm
Depth 85 mm 71 mm
Weight 415 gram 529 gram