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.
Excerpt: In its new Alpha 200, Sony has given its original DSLR (and our 2006 Camera of the Year), the Alpha 100, a makeover. Although it bears a slight outward resemblance to Sony's higher-end A700, inside, not much has changed.
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).
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.
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), Wireles...
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 t...
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 This model has now been replaced by the new Sony Alpha 200.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.
Summary: 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.
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
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.
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
Summary: The A200 is further confirmation that Sony deserves its slice of the DSLR market. Admittedly, there’s nothing here that is particularly revolutionary, and the upgraded features don’t make a world of difference, but the focus with this model is on providing a good, entry-level DSLR at a very...
Pros: Quick AF, new Fn button, noise control improvements over A100
Cons: Handling quirks, no major upgrades, anti-dust could be more effective
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.
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 include...
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 supp...
Summary: The a (alpha) 200 or DSLR-A200 features upgrades influenced by the recently-introduced, enthusiast-class camera and replaces the former Sony model, which was Sony's first model in the dSLR category. The DSLR-A200 is designed to be faster, lighter and easier to use.