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Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

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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-A200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

 

This camera sure took its sweet time coming to our labs. But now that it's here, let's see what you're getting in this attractive, low-cost package, and how well does it compare to the budget cameras today.

The battery life was very impressive at around 700 shots on a single charge (with and without flash).

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

 

Sony's start into the world of Digital SLRs was quite a slow paced one. The first Sony branded model, the A100, appeared on the scene in June 2006 and it took over a year for it to be joined by a companion, the A700 prosumer model which was launched in...

Good detail at lowest sensitivities (but some loss of low-contrast detail when shooting jpeg) ; Class leading battery life (displayed as a percentage) ; Sophisticated AF system for this class of camera ; Large viewfinder ; Solid construction (although...

Poor rendition of low-contrast detail in JPEG (shoot RAW to avoid this) ; AF button (multi-controller) can unintentionally be operated with your nose (if you're left-eyed) ; Large amounts of chroma noise and little shadow detail in high ISO images ;...

If you're currently in the market for an entry-level DSLR and you've come across the Sony DSLR-A200 one of the first things you have probably noticed is its incredibly tempting price point. If your budget is limited the A200 is by default one of your...

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Sony A200

 

Many features of Sony's A200 are identical to its predecessor, the A100: 10.2-megapixel resolution, an image stabilization system built into the camera body, and an automatic dust removal system. The price, though, is significantly different. The A100...

Low price ; Reasonable performance ; Extensive controls

Single, poorly designed control dial ; Noisy auto focus ; No in-camera editing

This is a basic camera that opens up the world of SLR photography to users with more enthuasiasm than cash. The A200 does have some significant limitations: manual controls are difficult to access, and its lab performance wasn't terrific. But those...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 (with 18-70mm lens)

 

Sony's entry-level dSLR, the Alpha DSLR-A200, delivers a just-the-facts-ma'am shooting experience. For the most part, it provides the average design, basic feature set, modest performance, and better-than-snapshot photo quality that typifies this...

In-body image stabilization; supports wireless flash.

Loud; Sony doesn't have a stable of inexpensive lenses for consumers; oddly located, proprietary USB connector.

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 is a solid entry-level dSLR that doesn't really stand out in its very competitive field.

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Sony DSLR-A200

 

The DSLR-A200 is designed to be faster, lighter and easier to use. Upgraded features include a wider, 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD screen for easy playback viewing, a more compact body and an easily-accessible mode dial, an easy-to-use function menu...

With its 10.2-megapixel (effective) APS CCD image sensor, the DSLR-A200 camera continues to offer high-quality images. Clean, reduced- noise signals are sent from the image sensor to Sony's BIONZ™ processing engine, which processes picture information...

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Sony alpha DSLR-A200

 

Camera companies really want you to move from point-and-shoots to D-SLRs. The reason is pretty simple—they make more money. It's no secret (even though over 35 million digicams will be purchased this year) that prices are dropping. To make up the...

Solid construction; new 10.2MP entry-level D-SLR

Noisy at 800 ISO and above

Those moving up from a point-and-shoot will be happy with the A200...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 First Impressions Review

 

After a year-long stint as the company's debut DSLR, the A100 finally has a successor. It isn't much different, though: Sony markets it as "faster, lighter, and easier to use," according to their January 6 press release. The Sony α DSLR-A200 comes with...

- Clear viewfinder - Affordable $699 kit price - Powerful flash - Great handling - Quick autofocus - Battery indicator

- Unexciting - Plastic body - Cheap kit lens - Menus take some initial trial and error

The Sony A200 makes several improvements upon its predecessor. Its autofocus system is faster, its LCD slightly larger, its viewfinder clearer. It also has an awesome battery level indicator that provides its exact power level in percentage points,...

Highly Recommended!

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Sony A200 Review

 

A surprise announcement back at the CES show in January, the A200 is Sony's second entry-level DSLR camera. The Sony A200 follows on from the A100, apparently one of the best-selling DSLR's of 2007, and it also forms the basis for two more advanced...

Viewed in isolation, the A200 is an unremarkable re-working of the A100, with slightly improved auto-focusing, a more Sony-like, refined control layout with less dials and more menu screens, and the same great image quality up to ISO 800. Current A100...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 Digital Camera - Full Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

Sony's Alpha A200 is a relatively minor revamp to the electronics giant's first digital SLR, the A100, which itself was a more significant step up from the Konica Minolta 5D. The Sony A200 is lighter and smaller than the A100, and a good deal easier to...

Good body size, solid feel ; Easy to learn and use ; Great grip ; No-nonsense design ; 10.2-megapixel sensor ; Function button makes access to commonly used functions easy ; Good menu design for quickly moving among selections ; Dynamic Range...

Kit lens is slightly soft in the corners ; Advanced DRO slows camera down when shooting rapidly ; Pop-up flash doesn't go very high ; Infrared sensor activates AF system when you don't want it to, like when you're just holding the camera ; Proprietary...

Sony's Alpha-mount lens system is the oldest SLR autofocus system in the business, going back 28 years, so there's a broad and growing selection of lenses to choose from

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Sony A200

 

Sony, a major force in the compact camera market for years now, has come on strong in the SLR arena in the past two years. The company's entry-level SLR, the Alpha A200, demonstrates the company's ability to deliver a lot of bang for very little buck....

The A200 looks much like any other SLR. It has a matte black body, with a rubberized large grip (in this case substantial enough for even the largest-pawed user). The quality of the body belies its low price. It has a nice heft in your hands, and feels...

Product Specifications

The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A200 camera is perfectly positioned to carry a new generation of photographers into the creative world of DSLR performance. A DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens is included here, as well as superb 10.2-megapixel imaging, high-sensitivity shooting, and Super SteadyShot in-camera image stabilization that reduces blur with a brilliant array of Sony, Carl Zeiss and Minolta a-mount lenses. It's also fast, lightweight and incredibly easy to operate, with a large 2.7" LCD screen, simple Function Guide menu display and Creative Style settings to fine-tune camera performance. The powerful Bionz processing engine is also included to increase response time. Superb image quality gives you great DSLR shots right from the start, with a large APS-size CCD imager developed by Sony to expand dynamic range, minimize noise more effectively and provide greater detail for making big prints or cropping in tight on your subject. Broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light - with High ISO Noise Reduction technology that reduces picture noise artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings by eliminating noise from RAW data after analog-to-digital conversion. A high-performance sensor detects vibrations and the image stabilization system automatically compensates. Because image stabilization is built into the a (alpha) DSLR-A200, every lens benefits - and with an advantage of from 2.5 to 3.5 stops, you can shoot effectively at higher shutter speeds even in very low light with minimum blur from shaky hands or fast-moving subjects. The "brain" of the a (Alpha) DSLR-A200 is the advanced Sony Bionz Image Processor, using hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry to enhance images with rich tonal reproduction, improved white balance and exposure control, and expanded D-Range Optimizer capabilities. With 2-channel data transfer from CCD to processor, your camera can also respond faster. To improve results with backlit subjects and recover details hidden in shadows or lost in glare, the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 provides Dynamic Range Optimizer at two levels: Normal DRO, to improve detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, or Advanced DRO, to adjust dynamic range area-by-area for the greatest precision. Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera - so to keep the CCD imager cleaner for better pictures, the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off. In Auto or some scene selection modes, the camera flash automatically pops up and fires when needed to help you shoot more effectively. Flash is cancelled in Landscape, Sport or Sunset modes and in "Flash Off" position on the Exposure Mode dial. Eye-Start Autofocus System begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye - so unlike some DSLR cameras that don't start focusing until the shutter button is half-pressed, the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A200 never slows down your ability to catch fast action. A fast focus motor and improved focus control help bring images into sharp definition more quickly, with predictive focus control that automatically calculates the position of a fast-moving subject. A 40-segment honeycomb sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy - and you can also select center-weighted or spot metering modes. You'll also have 6 preset White Balance control settings and RGB Histogram display to check color balance. Along with auto exposure, the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 gives you scene selection modes to optimize camera performance for Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset and Night Portrait/Night View situations. To express your creativity and personal taste, you can adjust contrast, saturation and sharpness settings for any of 8 finishing styles - including Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B & W and Adobe RGB modes. A large built-in screen with anti-reflective coating makes it easy to read camera setup menus even in bright sunlight and improves image quality when you check your shots. To quickly review your photos, the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 can display 4, 9 or 25-frame index views - or present automatic slide shows with fade-in/fade-out effect. The a (alpha) DSLR-A200 can also create high-resolution thumbnail images for viewing on a Sony BRAVIA HDTV in optimized PhotoTV HD mode, with image format adjustable for standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 display. On-screen menus are intuitive and easy to use - and a simple Camera Function Display can be activated and operated with one hand using the Fn (Function) button and controller button to adjust Flash mode, Autofocus mode, White Balance, Metering mode, AF area and D-Range Optimizer. To capture action more effectively, the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 offers continuous JPEG shooting up to the limit of your flash memory card - plus RAW Burst Mode (up to 6 shots) with intelligent buffer management to allow more shots to be captured without waiting for the buffer to clear. You can take up to 750 shots on a fully charged NP-FM500H InfoLITHIUM battery - and you'll be able to see about how much power remains in percentage increments, so you can keep shooting in confidence. For conveniently storing and sharing your images, the

Audio Input

Type: None

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM500H

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:2.8in
Height:3.7in
Weight:19.2oz
Width:5.2in

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

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

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Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DSLR-A200K/DSLR-A200W
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony a (alpha)

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Sony DT 18-70mm and 75-300mm lenses/Sony DT 18-70mm lens
Max Focal Length:70mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3.9
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:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:10.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot, CCD-shift mechanism)

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
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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