Sony α3500 camera leaked online

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The upcoming Sony a3500 camera leaked online. Here is a quick overview of the specifications:

  • 20.1MP Exmor™ APS HD CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 16000 Sensitivity
  • Tru-Finder Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD Video
  • Auto Object Framing
  • Picture Effect

Detailed Sony α3500 camera specifications and additional images after the break:


Camera Type Interchangeable lens digital camera with built-in flash
Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount lenses

Image Sensor

Type APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4mm), "Exmor" APS HD CMOS sensor
Effective no. of Pixels Approx. 20.1 mega pixels
Total no. of Pixels Approx. 20.4 mega pixels
Anti-Dust System Charge protection coating on, Optical Filter

Recording System (Still Image)

Recording Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image Size (Aspect Ratio 3:2) L: 5456 x 3632(20M), M: 3872×2576(10M), S: 2736x1824(5M)
Image Size (Aspect Ratio 16:9) L: 5456x3064(17M), M: 3872x2176(8.4M), S:2736x1536(4.2M)
Image Quality Modes RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Picture Effects Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))
Dynamic Range Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0EV step)
Color Space sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS™ Color

Recording System (Movie)

Recording Format AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant, MP4
Video Compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Recording Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch

Recording Media

Memory Stick Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
SD Memory Card SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card

Noise Reduction

Long exposure NR Available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.
High ISO NR Normal/Low

White Balance

Modes Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem , C.Filter , Custom

Focus System

Type Contrast-detection AF*1
Sensitivity Range EV0 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
Focus Modes Autofocus, DMF (Direct Manual Focus)*2 , Manual Focus*2
Autofocus Mode AF-S: Single-shot AF, AF-C: Continuous AF
Focus Area Multi Point (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot
Other Features Tracking Focus, Focus lock, Built-in AF illuminator (Distance: approx. 0.5-3.0m (with E 18-50mm F4-5.6 lens attached))

Exposure Control

Metering System Type 1200-zone evaluative metering
Sensitivity Range EV0 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection
Scene Selection Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night view, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
Exposure Compensation Still images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps), Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Exposure Bracketing With 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, 3EV increments, 3frames
AE Lock AE is locked when the shutter button is half pressed (ON/OFF is available in MENU)
ISO Sensitivity Still images: ISO100 to 16000, AUTO (ISO100 to 3200), Movies:ISO100 to 3200 equivalent, AUTO(ISO100 to 3200 equivalent)


LCD Monitor Type 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT
Total no. of Dots 230,400 dots
Brightness Control Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode


Histogram Yes
Real-time Image Adjustment On/Off

Other Features

Face Detection Up to 8 faces detectable automatically
Smile Shutter Selectable from 3 steps
MF Assist Yes
Shooting Tips Yes
Help Guide Yes


Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speeds Still images:1/4000 to 30 sec, Bulb, Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4(1/3 steps), up to 1/30 in AUTO mode
Flash Sync. Speed 1/160 sec.*3


Type 0.5cm (0.2type) electronic viewfinder(color)
Field of View 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.70x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m
Eye Relief Approx. 21mm from the eyepiece, 15mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m
Diopter Control -4m to +3.5m


Shooting Modes Single Shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.)(with 10 sec delay 3 exposures), Bracketing
Self-Timer 10/2 sec delay selectable, 10 sec delay 3 exposures
Continuous Shooting (Approx.) Continuous mode:max. 2.5 fps*5, Speed Priority Continuous shooting: max. 3.5 fps*5
No. of Frame Recordable (Approx.) Fine: 6 frames*5 *6, Standard: 6 frames*5*6, RAW&JPG: 4 frames *5 *6


Single Yes (with or without shooting information RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning)
6/12-frame Index View Yes
Enlarged Display Mode L: 15.1x, M: 10.7x, S: 7.6x, Panorama (Standard): 19x, Panorama (Wide): 29x
Image Orientation On/Off selectable
Slideshow Yes


PC Interface Multi/Micro USB Terminal, Hi-speed USB (USB2.0): Mass-storage, MTP
Compatible OS (USB Connection) Windows Vista*7  SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Mac OS X (v10.6-v10.9)


Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
Speaker Built-in, monaural, Volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7


Type Built-in flash
Guide No. 4 (in meters at ISO 100)
Flash Coverage 16mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)
Control Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Flash Modes Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Hi-speed sync.*4
Red-eye Reduction On/Off selectable
Recycling Time Approx. 4 sec.


Compatible Standards Exif Prin, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting


Battery One rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Battery Performance Still Image: (Approx. 470 images(Viewfinder), Approx. 480 images(LCD screen)(CIPA standard))*8
Movies(actual recording): (Approx. 90 minutes(Viewfinder), Approx 90 minutes(LCD screen) (CIPA standard) )*9 *10, Movies(continuous recording): (Approx. 160 minutes(Viewfinder), Approx 160 minutes(LCD screen)(CIPA standard))*9 *11
External Power AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately)


Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 128 x 90.9 x 84.5 mm
Weight (Body Only) Approx. 353 g
Weight (With Battery & Memory Stick PRO Duo) Approx. 411 g
Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
*1 When using phase-detection AF, limited lenses will be compatible initially. Expansion is planned by body firmware update.
*2 Only with lens sold separately
*3 With compatible Sony external flash
*4 With compatible external flash
*5 Varies according to shooting conditions or memory card used
*6 Continuous drive (Hi) in Drive mode
*7 Starter Edition is not supported.
*8 The LCD screen is turned on, shot once every 30 seconds, operate zoom alternately between W and T ends, flash strobe once every two times, turn power off and on once every ten times.
*9 Continuous movie recording is possible for approximately 29 minutes (limited by product specifications).
*10 Indication recording time, which is defined by repeating the cycle: Power on, start recording, zoom , stand-by and power off.
*11 The total movie recording time. When the limit of the continuous movie recording time (29 minutes) is reached, let the camera continue movie recording by pressing the MOVIE button again. No other operation such as zoom are performed.

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  • Will Prentice

    Sony should have killed this camera idea. DSLR style with crappy e-mount lenses. We couldn’t sell the a3000 – this can collect dust beside it!

    • Not a fan of this style body but i know ppl who use slr lenses with adapters that want a big body like this.

      Also if you generalise and say e mount lenses are crappy then you probably never learned how to use a camera or you’re a bitter user of a say… a camera system that has tiny sensor that starts with m.

      • Oberoth

        i would have made the assumption that Will is a disgruntled sony employee probably in sales and has struggled for over a year to sell the a3000 and now facing possible job cuts due to sony’s scaling back of it’s stores he is angry that they have spent time and money developing this a3500 when the money could have been better spent elsewhere.

        • Mike

          No, he works at a major camera retailer.

          • Will Prentice

            Try to imagine your a consumer who hasn’t drank the Sony Kool-Aid … this camera sits between the NEX series (good cameras) and the Alpha series (decent cameras). It looks like an Alpha, but uses smaller lenses.
            Customer sees NEX and can easily accept that a small camera will work well with small e-mount lenses. Good deal for $400. Two expensive converters to use better glass are interesting but grossly over-priced for most consumers.
            Customer sees Alpha and large collection of lenses. a58 starts at $500.
            Customer sees A7/A7r. 5 lenses (so far) but awesome imaging. Oh yeah, you can put these smaller, cheaper lenses but image size and quality suffer. Very high price tag, but you get what you pay for.
            Customer sees a3000/a3500. Then sees new a5000 and a6000 beside it. They all use the same lens mount, but one doesn’t look like the other. “But I want that lens.” “Sorry, you need this adapter for $250 or this one for $450.”
            Customer buys Nikon or Canon instead.
            The problem with this camera (beside all the electronic babysitters) is that it looks like one thing but is closer to another, and is more expensive than either. What advantage is there to the a3000/a3500 compared to a NEX-5? or an a58? And a comparable e-mount lens is rarely as sharp or fast focusing as an a-mount.
            This is no RX-1 or RX-100 (super cameras). This is similar to the QX10 or QX100 – the customer says “Hunh?” and walks away. Sony missed the boat, IMHO.

          • While I may work for a major retailer, any and all comments are mine and in no way should be construed as being the opinion or commentary of my employer.
            And Geno – my camera is a FF from the N company, not m 🙂

          • Mike

            I know Will, I wasn’t suggesting otherwise. Because I know you do I was simply trying to put the brakes on Oberoth’s presumptions. And btw, on ‘gram you told me you have a bunch of new N’s in but I had already placed a pre-order with A’n downtown. (Still waiting too). Thanks tho.

          • Hey Mike – my reply wasn’t really directed at you either – one of those blanket disclaimers we have to mention 🙂
            We’re getting another big shipment of N’s, but not D4s. Shipping must be slow from Japan . . .

    • MdB

      You ‘couldn’t’ sell it, or your didn’t / wouldn’t sell it?

    • Marco –

      I totally agree about the shape of the camera, ppl wanting a dslr shaped camera could just buy a real dslr.

  • YorkieBen

    either Sony have decided to introduce a new more limited kit lens (18-50mm with a smaller aperture f/4 v f/3.5) or this is a dodgy rumor.

    Ironically I feel there is room for a dslr style NEX mount, however at the top end a la OM-Ds and GH series. Metal bodies with high res back screens and viewfinders

    • The a7r is pretty good in that sense. Holds heavy and long super teles nicely. Wipes the floor with anything microFourThirds any way.

      • AM I Am

        FF vs micro 4/3, it should be obvious, shouldn’t it?

  • LarryC

    “Auto Object Framing”? So, you just point the camera in the general direction of your subject and the camera does the composing. Maybe the next model will auto turn on, focus, frame and shot when there’s a cat present?

    • Shamael

      For that you have then to have a list of objects it can recognize and thus shoot all by locating it, no need to take care of the camera. Nice feature, hahaha, you select puss…. ehhh, sorry, you select cat, and it takes shots of all cats around in the landscape. Could be a huge feature in some way.

    • stoooopid

      hey, this is a great feature for all of those shy photographers. Just sit your camera somewhere, push a button, and let it do all the work. Put it on some type of aerial vehicle – then you are completely done – no work to do.

  • ashwins

    Can’t believe Sony is still using the same 230,400-dot LCD… And the EVF seems to have same specs as in A3000. So what was upgraded? To new, heavier and slower lens only?

    • G16

      I don’t think the LCD is matter much as long as the color is accurate, and at least the EVF gives 100% of view which is lots better than 95% in D3300.

  • Kynikos

    Looks an awful lot like the 3000.

    I must confess I’m annoyed with camera companies upgrading crop sensor cameras every 12 months with very minimal changes. I guess their marketing research says that’s the way to maximize profits, as it makes no sense otherwise.

    • pointshooter

      Why pay loads of money for expencive commercials when you can get the same public exposure for free with a new name on the camera. 😉

  • Shamael

    Same crappy toy as the previous one, just a valueless more crappy lens without OSS, and still no focus peaking. In exception of making good shots with huge IQ, this thing is just a toy for children.

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