Excerpt: I bought this refurbished. Takes great pictures with the proper lighting. Flash works well for low light. I have not mastered how to take night time shots...perhaps a tripod is needed? Either way, I upgraded from a Sony DSC-H3 to this one. I won't be looking back. Pros: I paid $299 for camera, lens, batter, charger, memory stick. Cons: 18-55mm lens is not useful for the photos I take. 18-70mm would have been more useful.
Summary: I know this camera is for beginners but beginners are accustomed to "live view" and this camera doesn't have it. Live view is being able to look at the screen and see what you are taking a picture of. The Sony A330 does this, the A230 does not.
Pros: VERY FAST focus. plenty of preset modes, tailored to 6 separate settings. Taking incredible pictures is easy, if you have the right settings. steady shot is effective in anything other than nighttime shooting w/o flash. for that, use a tripod
Cons: grip is uncomfortable. feels, as they say, "plastic-ie". auto-focus assist light not very effective in low light [uses flash to try to focus, works 50% of the time]
Summary: I think most people decide to go with a DSLR because they've got a friend with one that takes fantastic pictures and they want to get that themselves. I knew going in that I would have to learn how to use it. I bought this camera on sale for $399 and hard a really hard time getting good pics out of the camera. I think out of hundreds of pics I took while I had it, I thought 3 were really good. I bought a telephoto lens to see if that would help but it didn't.
Summary: This is my first dslr camera. I had the camera for about 2-3 weeks now for my photography class at my university. I have always trusted Sony's brand and was basically raised on it. It's not a bad camera for beginners like me who are just taking a photography class out of a requirement or if you want to pick it up as a hobby with out spending an arm, leg, and other body parts. It has good crisp, clear images.
Summary: Out of the 3 Sony DSLR cameras I have used regularly, this is by far the worst! Lost the shutter release port but had no features to redeem itself for that. As far as I could tell the metering in the a290 was no different to that in the a200, there was no change in image quality or resolution and it was just generally worse than it's predecessor! The hand grip is terrible!
Pros: Average image quality, small form factor, low weight, SDHC compatible
Cons: No improvement over predecessor, bad ergonomics, low build quality
Summary: Good features, lightweight, but picture quality is difficult to improve upon a good compacts with the default settings. At the £300 mark there is a lot of competition, e.g. Olympus E420, E450 and second hand canon dslrs. I returned mine for a Canon 400d second hand for about the same price.
Summary: Ive had this camera a few weeks now, im a little disappointed with the photo quality, I had a digital camera before this one, and it took better pictures, which kind of defeats the point of getting and pay more for this type of camera, the only thing wrong with this it's the picture quality everything else is great, the way it functions and looks etc I would suggest you give this a miss, because for the price its not worth it.
Excerpt: La Sony A230, sin duda alguna te podrá sacar de apuros, puesto que es muy, pero muy fácil de usar y además tiene varios modos 'útiles' para una persona que no se dedica especificamente a la fotografía. Yo recomiendo esta cámara para aquellos quienes desean más que una cámara pocket, pero no más, me refiero a aquellos quienes piensan en la fotografía como una profesión, si eres de esos, esta no es tu cámara, que aunque puede funcionarle al fotografo amateur, es...
Pros: Fácil uso, mejor que las cámaras de bolsillo