Sony has expanded its range of digital SLR cameras with two new models. The Sony Alpha α350 is a 14.2Mp camera while the Sony Alpha αX300 will shoot images up to 10.2Mp.

Both models feature APS-C CCD sensors, a 2x digital zoom, Super SteadyShot anti-shake technology and Sony’s Quick AF Live View. Sony says this means users will be able to shoot at very high speeds while also enjoying a live preview of what's in shot - something that's particularly tricky when high levels of detail are being captured.

The 2.7 inch LCD screen on both camera tilts up by 130 degrees and down by 40 degrees allowing photographers to remain face-to-face with their subject and a 2x digital zoom. The screen also offers the effects of white balance and exposure compensation to be previewed in live view mode before the image is captured.

The αX350 is available from March, while the αX300 will hit the UK in April.

For more details about both the Sony Alpha a350 and the Sony Alpha a300, see

Technical specifications

• Digital SLR with built-in flash and Konica Minolta MAXXUM / DYNAX interchangeable lenses

• Image sensor APS-C size CCD with anti-dust system

• Image processor Sony BIONZ engine

• Super SteadyShot Image stabilisation with approx. 2.5 – 3.5 EV decrease in shutter speed

• Noise reduction Long exp. & High ISO NR at ISO1600 / 3200

• Image modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night Portrait / Night View

• AF system TTL phase detection system with 9 focus points

• Sensitivity ISO100 - 3200 equivalent

• Built-in flash system GN12

• Shutter speed range 1/4000 sec. - 30 sec

• Continuous shooting rate a350: max 2fps with Live View; max 2.5fps with viewfinder
• a300: max 2fps with Live View; max 3fps with viewfinder

• 2.7in TFT Clear Photo LCD (230k dots) with AR coating

• lithium-ion battery

• removable media supported CompactFlashType I, Type II (Microdrive)

• 131x98x75mm

• 582g (excluding batteries and memory card)

Sony Alpha a350 digital SLR camera

The Sony Alpha a350 digital SLR camera can capture 14.2Mp of detail

Sony Alpha a350 digital SLR camera

The 2.7in LCD has a Live View mode