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Sony Alpha A200 Summary

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveManual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Compact Flash memory.Accepts Compact Flash memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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 Other excellent alternatives are the Canon Rebel XTi and the Nikon D40X, soon to be superceded by the Nikon D60.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.

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PROS CONS
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
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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Sister Models
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

Sony Alpha A200
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By Neocamera on 2008-04-04

Sony A200 Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

10 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-3200
Sony A Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-30s
2-Axis Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
95% Coverage
Medium Viewfinder
Custom white-balance with 1 axis fine-tuning
Automatic Eye-Start sensorSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe
2.8 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
2.7" LCD 230K PixelsCompact Flash
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