Sony Alpha A200 Review Summary
Sony Alpha A200 Assessment
The Sony Alpha A200 is a well valued digital SLR. While it is the new entry-level DSLR from Sony, it keeps image quality and performance high. This 10 megapixel digital SLR is packed with useful features and technology such as built-in stabilization, dynamic range optimization and dust-reduction. With body-based stabilization, all lenses automatically benefit from stabilization, even ultra-wide-angle lenses, at no additional cost.
The competition is tough among 10 megapixels DSLRs and therefore each DSLR must find its place. The Sony Alpha A200 succeeds at being an entry-level DSLR with an uncomplicated interface. Its limited customization and simple interface separates it from cameras aimed at advanced users. The toughest competitor for the A200 is the Pentax K200D which bests it in terms of features by providing a weather-sealed body and usage of standard AA batteries, in addition to built-in stabilization and dust-reduction. Other excellent alternatives are the Canon Rebel XTi and the Nikon D40X, soon to be superceded by the Nikon D60. The main difference between the Sony or Pentax models and the Canon or Nikon models is that, although stabilization costs more, the lens line-ups of Canon and Nikon are more extensive than Sony's and Pentax's.
|Built-in stabilization that works with all lenses||Above average image noise starting at ISO 400|
|Status display and autofocus activated by eye-start sensor||Loss of details due to noise reduction from ISO 400 on|
|Very fast focusing and good overall speed||Color-shift at ISO 1600 and 3200|
|Good metering accuracy||Tiny AEL and EC buttons|
|Effective dynamic range optimizer||Flash-compensation only menu-accessible|
|Good construction||Limited customization|
|Excellent battery-life||No depth-of-field preview|
|Sony Alpha A100 - ISO 1600 Max, DIfferent sensor, Different body and ergonomics, 2.5" LCD|
|Sony Alpha A700 - 12 Megapixels, ISO 6400 Max, 5 FPS Continuous drive, 3" LCD 920K Pixels|
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Sony A200 Facts
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|10 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 100-3200|
|Sony A Mount|
|2-Axis Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Custom white-balance with 1 axis fine-tuning|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Spot-Metering|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe|
|2.8 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|2.7" LCD 230K Pixels||Compact Flash|
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