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
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 This model has now been replaced by the new Sony Alpha 200.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: At first glance, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 appears to be little more than a refresh of its predecessor, the Alpha A100. It shares the same 10.2 Megapixel sensor, the same 3fps continuous shooting speed, the same 18-70mm kit lens, and the same basic feature-set including built-in stabilisation.
Pros: Built-in anti-shake - works with any lens., InfoLithium battery gives accurate feedback., 18-70mm kit lens longer than most rivals., Quicker AF than predecessor.
Cons: Relatively noisy at 800 ISO and above., No Live View (but it's on the A300 version)., Anti-dust system not effective in our tests., Flash doesn't popup as high as rivals.
Excerpt: First Impressions First impressions of this model are extremely positive. The body is small but has a large grip that makes it comfortable to hold, and the controls are clearly marked and visually accessible.
Summary: While its pictures are a little softer than those produced by some competing models, there is no denying the A200 is a great overall camera, with particular appeal to novice users who may be afraid to take the next step.
Pros: Great interface, simple control layout, vibrant colours, strong noise performance
Cons: Pictures are a little soft, some chromatic aberration
Summary: The A200 gives you a lot for your money, but it lacks that little ‘spark’ to make it truly desirable. It’s a bit bulky, a bit cheap-feeling and not the best camera to handle. The kit lens isn’t great. The Sony’s a decent, sensible buy, but won’t set the world alight.