Conclusion: 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 you'll often find on higher-end models.
Pros: 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.
Cons: 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.
Summary: Sony’s Alpha A230 is the cheapest of three models in the company’s consumer DSLR range, featuring 10.2 Megapixel resolution and built-in image stabilisation which works with any lens you attach.
Pros: Built-in IS which works with any lens., Beginner-friendly user interface., One of the cheapest DSLRs around.
Cons: More noise than rivals at high ISOs., Slow continuous shooting., No live view or movie mode., Body shape may not be to all tastes.
Summary: Underneath the veneer, very little has changed from the old model but that is not necessarily a bad thing, as this still offers a very competitive performance, and currently a cheaper price than its competitors once you take into account the kit lens.
Pros: Price, decent noise performance and metering, stylish look
Cons: Poor handling and questionable auto white balance
Conclusion: Though it may be the current runt of the Alpha family, the A230 doesn't prove a pig to use, in spite of our grumbles about the too small grip and lack of Live View. With large, well spaced controls - big buttons and chunky mode and command dials - it offers a beginner friendly and inexpensive route...
Pros: Good, sharp results using 18-55mm standard zoom, user friendly, realistic colours, small form factor, large-ish LCD
Cons: Plastic feel, blocky design, no Live View, grip too small to hold as comfortably or tightly as we'd have liked
Excerpt: Sony’s Alpha 230 is one of the lowest priced entry-level digital SLRs on the current market (at RRP $949 for the single lens kit and $1,199 for the twin lens kit) and for those about to graduate to the DSLR realm, it may be an option to consider especially given its simple design and overall...
Summary: The A230 is the third and final new entry-level Sony DSLR that we've reviewed, and as with the more expensive A330 and A380 models, it's a clear step backwards when compared with its predecessor, the A200.
Summary: For an entry level model, the Sony Alpha A230 looks pretty good and performs well. I love the UI giving as little masterclass as you use it. It will probably be more subliminal but if it teaches the user more about photography then surely that can ony be a good thing?
Pros: Nice design, Image stabiliser, Dual slot SD/SDHC & MS, Easier GUI (Graphical User Interface), Minimalist design to prevent confusion
Cons: No OK button despite being asked to use it, No live view