Summary: 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.
Pros: Built-in stabilization that works with all lenses, Status display and autofocus activated by eye-start sensor, Very fast focusing and good overall speed, Good metering accuracy, Effective dynamic range optimizer, Good construction, Excellent battery-life
Cons: Above average image noise starting at ISO 400, Loss of details due to noise reduction from ISO 400 on, Color-shift at ISO 1600 and 3200, Tiny AEL and EC buttons, Flash-compensation only menu-accessible, Limited customization, No depth-of-field preview
Excerpt: When Sony introduced its first DSLR, the Alpha 100, we liked it enough to name it our 2006 Camera of the Year. While its replacement, the new Alpha 200, doesn't break much new ground, it will certainly give its entry-level competitors a run for their money. And money is the operative word, given the A200's bargain street price of $500 with a 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens ($700 with additional 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens).
Conclusion: If you're currently in the market for an entry-level DSLR and you've come across the Sony DSLR-A200 one of the first things you have probably noticed is its incredibly tempting price point. If your budget is limited the A200 is by default one of your top options. But does it actually provide value for money or would you be better off spending a little extra and getting a competing model?
Pros: Good detail at lowest sensitivities (but some loss of low-contrast detail when shooting jpeg), Class leading battery life (displayed as a percentage), Sophisticated AF system for this class of camera, Large viewfinder, Solid construction (although slightly cheap looking plastic surfaces), Wireless flash control, Efficient in-body image stabilization and dust reduction, Comprehensive recording mode display, Good selection of image parameters, Good ergonomics and contro...
Cons: Poor rendition of low-contrast detail in JPEG (shoot RAW to avoid this), AF button (multi-controller) can unintentionally be operated with your nose (if you're left-eyed), Large amounts of chroma noise and little shadow detail in high ISO images, Longer than average start-up time, Record review takes longer than average, No built-in AF assist, Poor white balance performance in artificial light, High ISO noise reduction blurs a lot of detail, Screen difficult to view i...
Excerpt: The Sony Alpha A200 is an upgrade of the Sony A100 (introduced in June 2006). Like the A100, the Sony A200 is compatible with all A-mount Minolta SLR and DSLR autofocus lenses and accessories (excluding Minolta MD-mount manual focus lenses). According to Sony, compared to the A100, the A200 adds ISO 3200 sensitivity, 1.7x faster autofocus, a larger (2.7") LCD, lower image noise, a quieter shutter, and adds automatic popup to the built-in flash.
Conclusion: Sony A200 - Entry-level digital SLR camera With the introduction of the Alpha 100, Sony entered the DSLR market. This model has now been replaced by the new Sony Alpha 200. The new Alpha camera is Sony's entry-level model and offers a stack of setting possibilities for a very attractive price.
Excerpt: The Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 is the follow-on model to Sony's first DSLR, the entry-level A100, and according to Sony it's faster, lighter, and easier to use than its predecessor, in addition to providing improved noise control and AF acquisition times. Not having ever had my hands on an A100, I'll have to defer to Sony on those points.
Pros: Good image and color quality/range of adjustments, Stabilized/dust reduction sensor, Accepts a variety of lenses, Good AF and shutter response
Cons: Plastic used in lens body seems questionable as to durability
Excerpt: The Alpha DSLR-A200 is Sony's new entry-level digital SLR,
and the follow-up to their very first one, the DSLR-A100. As you may know, Sony purchased
Konica Minolta's digital SLR business back in 2005, and nobody was surprised that the DSLR-A100 was more Minolta than Sony. The A200 has more of a Sony influence, but if you've used a Minolta D-SLR, you'll feel right at home.
Pros: Very good photo quality at lower ISO settings or in RAW mode, Well built, easy-to-hold body, Sensor-shift image stabilization reduces blur on most legacy Minolta and all forthcoming Sony lenses, Dust reduction system, Full manual controls, RAW image format supported; good editing software included, Snappy performance in most areas, Support for wireless flashes, Best-in-class battery life, Optional battery grip, USB 2.0 High Speed support
Cons: Soft JPEG photos, with too much noise reduction above ISO 200 (in low light) and ISO 800 (in normal light), Great RAW photo quality shots that camera is capable of producing much better looking JPEGs, Sluggish low light focusing, Small viewfinder can be hard to see in low light, No live view support (only mentioning this since most of the competition has it now), Legacy hot shoe limits third party flash options, 18 - 70 mm kit lens isn't the greatest (lots of corner b...