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Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 239 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the performance and portability are overall positive. The design and value for money also get good feedback, but many are negative about the video and color. Opinions are divided on the lens.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

 

Sony's latest entry-level SLR shooter, the 10.2-megapixel Alpha DSLR-A230 ($549.99 direct, with 18-55mm kit lens) is competitively priced, captures great images, and delivers a solid feature set for the money. You won't get extras like a Live View LCD...

Competitive price. Lightweight. Good image quality. Noise is unnoticeable up to and including ISO 1600. Clever interface guides beginners. HDMI port with support for HDMI CEC

LCD does not support Live View. Kit lens produces soft images at wider apertures. Still image frame rate is a bit sluggish when compared with comparable cameras

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 delivers terrific value and solid shots for an entry-level SLR, but it lacks features such as HD video capture and Live View, which are often standard on higher-end models.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 (with18-55mm lens)

 

A modest update over its predecessor, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200, the Alpha DSLR-A230 offers the same essential feature set in a redesigned body with sufficient quality and performance-enhancing firmware tweaks to merit the term "upgrade." And like its...

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 has fast autofocus; high magnification viewfinder for its class; dual card slots; relatively simple, straightforward operation; built-in wireless flash and image stabilization; helpful SteadyShot indicator

Smallish grip; default settings produce suboptimal photos

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 is a solid entry-level dSLR that will surely have its fans, and it's a better deal than its slightly higher-end sibling, the A330.

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Sony A230 DSLR

 

If you are in the market for your first digital SLR, you won't find a better deal than the Sony A230 DSLR. It has enough advanced features that you won't have to replace it soon, yet it's ease of use allows beginning users to master it in very short...

10.2 megapixel resolutionIn-camera shake reduction system2.7 inch 230.400 dot LCD displayBuilt-in dust reduction system18-55mm and 55-200mm kits lenses available

The Sony A230 DSLR Digital SLR is Sony's most reasonably priced SLR for...

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Review: Sony A230 SLR camera

 

If you're on a budget, the A230 is one of the most affordable SLR kits around.

The quick and efficient A230 allows new users to point and shoot to begin with, before progressing to its quartet of creative modes and six scene options. As a further aid, turn the camera on its side to shoot and its LCD display will likewise flip...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

 

Sony's Alpha DSLR-A230 is one the company's latest entry-level DSLRs. Announced in May 2009, it's the successor to the Alpha A200, and inherits many features from this earlier model including the same 10.2 Megapixel CCD sensor and built-in image...

Built-in IS which works with any lens ; Beginner-friendly user interface ; One of the cheapest DSLRs around

More noise than rivals at high ISOs ; Slow continuous shooting ; No live view or movie mode ; Body shape may not be to all tastes

When Sony announced the Alpha A230 (and its siblings the A330 and A380), it wasn’t hard to understand why many enthusiasts were disappointed. Most have become accustomed to new cameras featuring more powerful specifications such as higher resolutions,...

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Sony Alpha a230 Review

 

Although the runt in the family, it shares a useful gene with more able Sony SLR siblings.

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As a pro photographer I love this dslr for walkabout.

 

Excellent for most photographic work except fast sport, but then I have no interest in any sport! So this jewel of a camera suits me perfectly for everyday walkabout, so light, small and stylish, I hardly know it's there, I forget I have it on! Good...

Better for portraiture , and landscapes, than the Canon 40D ; Built-in anti shake lets me use my AF Minolta lenses on Steadyshot, this is much better than any Nikon or Canon, handier too ; Snazzy-looking, the women notice its style

The excellent kit lens, SAM 18-55 , ghosted, but only once in several hundred outdoor test-shots. This was sorted by fitting an independent -make deeper lenshood

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As a pro photographer I love this dslr for walkabout.

 

Excellent for most photographic work except fast sport, but then I have no interest in any sport! So this jewel of a camera suits me perfectly for everyday walkabout, so light, small and stylish, I hardly know it's there, I forget I have it on! Good...

Better for portraiture , and landscapes, than the Canon 40D ; Built-in anti shake lets me use my AF Minolta lenses on Steadyshot, this is much better than any Nikon or Canon, handier too ; Snazzy-looking, the women notice its style

The excellent kit lens, SAM 18-55 , ghosted, but only once in several hundred outdoor test-shots. This was sorted by fitting an independent -make deeper lenshood

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works well with minolta lens

 

best learning DSLR for the Money

love the Auto Focus as well as manual control in addition to auto and manual setting great learning DSLR

no live view or video

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"works well with minolta lens"

 

best learning DSLR for the Money

love the Auto Focus as well as manual control in addition to auto and manual setting great learning DSLR

no live view or video

Product Specifications

Capture your precious moments with improved clarity and reduced blur with the Sony a DSLR-A230Y digital SLR camera. Brimming with features, the a A230 combines high-resolution 10.2-megapixel, simple operation, high sensitivity (ISO 3200), and advanced noise reduction. Plus, eye-start autofocus and pop-up flash help you shoot faster while SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization works with virtually every lens. In addition to the on-screen help guide and convenient Creative style settings, the a A230Y has a bright 2.7" LCD and comes with an 18-55mm standard zoom lens and a 55-200mm telephoto lens.

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH50

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick PRO Duo / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/Memory Stick PRO Duo / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:2.7in
Height:3.8in
Weight:15.9oz
Width:5in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in/Built-in / Folding
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Macro / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DSLR-A230L/DSLR-A230Y
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony a (alpha)

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Sony DT 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses/Sony DT 18-55mm lens
Max Focal Length:55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.8 x 23.6mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.8 x 23.6 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:10.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (SteadyShot INSIDE)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level penta-dach mirror

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto / ISO 100-3200
Special Effects:Black & White / Landscape / Neutral / Night View / Portrait / Sunset / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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