Summary: This purchase is my first venture into DSLR cameras. I came to focus on Sony because of the Minolta heritage, the solid reviews I've read, and, frankly, because the competition for other makes tends to drive their prices a bit higher, at least in the entry level range, where I wanted to be. I came to narrow my hunt on the a230 as delivering the best specs for the money I budgeted to spend. I am not disappointed. The camera is fairly easy to learn and is a fine performer.
Summary: I ordered this camera for my photojournalism. class in the fall, but was happy I had it in time for my mother's retirement party. I'm still getting used to the functions, but seems to work great.
Summary: I got this camera a few days ago at walmart, i was on a budget for around 300 so i knew i wouldnt be able to get a nikon or canon, but i saw this on the clearance table for 289 so i grabbed it. Ive been messing with it and taking endless pictures with it. Im using everything on manual as i find it better to use. I love this camera, it takes really nice photos, even in the dark. Though it does get alittle grainy at high ISO but i expected that.
Summary: Excellent starter point for real photograpy. A good Reflex camera at a reasonable price. Lenses and accesories at reachable price and compatible with Minolta AF lenses, makes Sony Alphas the favorite cameras por starters and professionals.
Excerpt: Having never owned a DSLR before, having little idea what aperature or shutter speed affected, and having little clue how each shooting mode affect the final picture... I can say with certainty that this is the best DSLR for first-time users. Each option, each shooting mode, each slider is explained in simple terms that makes getting the perfect picture as painless as possible.
Excerpt: I decided to purchase this digital SLR camera after researching the brands Nikon, Canon, and Sony. I went with the Sony alpha a230 because it boasted great specifications at a price lower than its competition. When the camera arrived from SonyStyle.com, I was more than pleased with the quality of photos which it took. The kit lens is crisp and produces vivid, clear shots.