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. It’s a fair specification for the price, although one which shares a great deal with its predecessor, the Alpha A200 – indeed as we mentioned at the start of this review, the internal specification is almost identical, with most of the changes being external.
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 into DSLR ownership for those looking to get more professional results than their compact camera or mobile phone can ever provide.
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 user-friendliness. Whilst the differences between the a230 and its predecessor, the a200, seem fairly minimal minus some internal...
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
Excerpt: Le Sony Alpha 380 vient succéder à l’ Alpha 350 . Apporte-t-il beaucoup de nouveau ? La réponse est non… mais le renouveau est néanmoins affirmé dans un changement de look notable. En effet, ce Sony Alpha 380 (et ses compères les 330 et 230 ) viennent clairement rompre avec le dessin hérité de feu Minolta : les zones de grip caoutchouc sont très présente et assez agréable à la prise en main, les formes changent, notamment la poignée, et on constate une réduction poids –...
Pros: Rapport qualité prix, Stabilisation et antipoussière
Excerpt: I skrivende stund er det Sony som har det billigste kameraet i denne testen (erfaringsmessig kan det skje noe med prisene etter at en slik test er publisert), der billigste nettbutikk tar 2999,- for kameraet inkludert objektiv.
Pros: Hyggelig prislapp, øyeaktivert autofokus, god batterilevetid
Cons: Vondt å holde i, begrenset med funksjonalitet