Sony has announced its new Alpha 3500 (a3500) which, at this point, is only for the Australian market. The camera is identical to the a3000, with the exception of a new kit lens. This 18-50mm F4.0-5.6 lens is less impressive than the 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 zoom that came with the a3000, as it's shorter, slower, and lacks image stabilization. The a3500 will be available soon for AU$499.

Sony Alpha a3500 Specs

MSRPAU$499 with 18-50mm lens
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution5456 x 3632
Other resolutions3872 x 2576, 2736 x 1824
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors20 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorBIONZ image processor
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
ISOISO 100-16000 selectable in 1 EV steps
Boosted ISO (maximum)16000
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Image stabilization notesLens-based (where applicable)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsStandard, Fine
File format
  • JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW+JPEG
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes (with built-in LED type)
Manual focusYes (Focus Peaking Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Number of focus points25
Lens mountSony E
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots230,400
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7× (0.47× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
Exposure modes
  • iAUTO
  • Superior Auto
  • Programmed AE (P)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Shutter-speed priority (S)
  • Manual (M)
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Scene Selection
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Sports Action
  • Sunset
  • Night Portrait
  • Night View
  • Hand-held Twilight
  • Anti Motion Blur
Built-in flashYes (Built-in, Pop-up Auto)
Flash range6.00 m (at ISO200 / 4m at ISO100)
External flashYes (hot shoe)
Flash modesFlash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.
Drive modes
  • Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority Continuous, Self-timer, Bracketing
Continuous drive3.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2-sec. or 10-sec. delay)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatAVCHD, H.264
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (via optional RM-VPR1)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA)480
Weight (inc. batteries)411 g (0.91 lb / 14.50 oz)
Dimensions128 x 91 x 85 mm (5.04 x 3.58 x 3.35)
Other features
Timelapse recordingNo