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Sony Alpha A230L 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with Super SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization and 18-55mm Lens

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  • 10.2-megapixel APS-size CCD image sensor for ultra-fine detail
  • Included SAL1855 18-55mm standard zoom lens
  • SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization; Eye-Start Autofocus
  • 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus display
  • Compatible with high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately)
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Technical Details

  • HDMITM terminal with BRAVIA® SyncTM compatibility
  • 2.7" (diag.) Clear Photo LCD PlusTM display
  • Super-quick AF response to catch the perfect moment
  • Up to 2.5 fps shooting while using the optical viewfinder
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer enhances exposure and contrast
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.9 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0029U0WWU
  • Item model number: DSLRA230L
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 17, 2009

Product Description

Sony DSLR Alpha DSLR-A230L 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera Kit With Sony 18-55MM Lens + Deluxe Photography: Capture your precious moments with improved clarity and reduced blur with the Sony DSLR-A230L digital SLR camera. Brimming with features, the A230 combines high-resolution 10.2 MP, simple operation, high sensitivity (ISO 3200), and advanced noise reduction. Plus, Eye-Start Autofocus and pop-up flash help you shoot faster while SteadyShot INSIDETM in-camera image stabilization works with virtually every lens. In addition to the on-screen Help Guide and convenient Creative style settings, the A230L has a bright 2.7" LCD and comes with an 18-55mm standard zoom lens.

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Customer Reviews

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The camera does everything that I need and then some. The pictures are beautiful. I would recomend this item to anyone who is looking for an easy to use dslr that gives… Read more ›
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… Read more ›
This is absolutely an amazing camera for the money. It takes wonderfully vivid pictures that end up looking quite professional even in an amateurs hands. Now, this isn't a… Read more ›
Growing up we always had a SONY and loved it. My dad still has his and it takes amazing pictures. While I did not locate this camera on my own, was brought to it via… Read more ›
There are some features that we'll have to learn how to use to get the full value out of the camera, but for someone wanting to go to the next level of picture quality and… Read more ›
10.2MP is good for most of us, I know there are 24MP (and higher) out there, but for most of us we won't notice the difference between 10.2 amd 24...we don't make poster… Read more ›
I have had few problems adapting to this camera and this is perfect for somebody…My initial experience has been very positive and I find the camera relatively easy to use. Read more ›
The Sony A230L Digital SLR camera is a…It's easy to use help interface helps for beginners to learn the ways of this camera easily and quickly, then you're off shooting. Read more ›
So for me, this…It's light, easy to use, easy to hold with my small hand, takes great photos and didn't hurt the pocket book either because Amazon.com had a great deal! Read more ›
It has a huge wide range of colors, easy to use, light weight which is nice because I have a long commute on public transit, basically everything you're looking for in a… Read more ›
It's the closest thing to a "throw it up and shoot" cheap little box…But it still takes great photos, it's very fast, nice and small, obviously cheap, and very easy to use. Read more ›
-Smallest and lightest DSLR -Very simple to use -Vivid and good image quality Read more ›
This camera is excellent for the price. I purchased it specifically because it uses bayonet mounted lenses, so I could use the lenses from an old school film camera no… Read more ›
Couldn't be happier. This is a great camera at a great price. I also like that I can expand its capabilities by purchasing different lenses n filters for different… Read more ›
Easy controls and comfortable hand grips make the camera effortless. A terrific value. Read more ›
Easy to use and learn Great price. Don't think that because its cheap its not good! Read more ›
In the end, the A230 won me over for its great out of the box image quality, fantastic auto white balance, excellent kit lens and reasonable price. I definitely recommend it. Read more ›
There are some features that we'll have to learn how to use to get the full value out of the camera, but for someone wanting to go to the next level of picture quality and… Read more ›
The other 2 models were at least another $100-$150 in price, so with that money I saved, I…This ability to use old minolta lenses was a huge selling point for me also. T… Read more ›
However, you can really take professional quality pictures with this camera and I would rather spend the money in a good lense rather than trying to get the super high… Read more ›
Another great lens option is the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. A professional lens for cheap, that will benefit from the in-body image stabilization. Read more ›
Another great lens option is the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. A professional lens for cheap, that will benefit from the in-body image stabilization. Read more ›
- This is basically a Konica…For under $100, I purchased some brilliant lenses (four in all) that would have cost me well over $500 had I chosen their Nikon alternatives. Read more ›
In the end, the A230 won me over for its great out of the box image quality, fantastic auto white balance, excellent kit lens and reasonable price. I definitely recommend it. Read more ›
The portrait setting is great. I am used to shooting a 35mm SLR, so it doesn't bother me that the LCD screen doesn't display what you're shooting. Read more ›
This camera is perfect for someone with a little bit…It is easy, and can be fully automatic for settings, but can also allow more creativity with shutter speed, ISO, etc. Read more ›
My first impression of the Sony is that it looks and it handles nicely but it lacks several interesting features that might be more important than what I initially thought,… Read more ›
The 85mm has VR but is only f/3.5, a pain to use on any APS-C, and costs a mint. Basically, there are no good cheap options with Nikon. With Sony, it's a cheap camera with… Read more ›
My main complaint in general usage is the lack of dedicated buttons. Many functions are menu driven. However in my case the main 2 options I change regularly are exposure… Read more ›
Pros: decent quality for a relatively low price, good start for those who are making a transition from point-and-shoot camera to a SLR camera, you may buy additional… Read more ›
I bought a telephoto lens to see if that would help but it didn't. The pictures had no color, were not sharp, and terrible DOF. I probably could have been able to… Read more ›
I really like this camera, it is basic, but has advanced features too. Color is pretty good, but for the best results you should play with the settings. Another plus is you… Read more ›
Howeve…Images definitely look sharper, but the color, aperture of the lens, automatic modes and the balance of the lighting on the image are not at the level I would expect. Read more ›
Again, this is a personal preference. Exposure compensation can easily be changed +/-2 as well as color saturation in the menu. I have enjoyed the black and white out of… Read more ›
Im…Actually, I am considering returning this camera and buying a Fuji HS10 as I love the colors that my old fuji provides and I expect to be even better in the newer models. Read more ›
*Out of camera colors/picture quality is great. I love the colors and textures this camera produces. Again, this is a personal preference. Read more ›
Takes continuous shots at 2.5/sec with the right settings so I'm finally not missing anything like I was with my old one. Battery life is outstanding. Read more ›
Auto and Manual, changable lens and photo delay are a plus. I like the rechargable battery concept, very portable and wireless to charge. Read more ›
Camera pros: Light, easy to carry. I have small hands and the buttons were all positioned where they were easy for me to access, someone with larger hands might find it… Read more ›
It is going to pretty much meet all of my needs for awhile, at least with the better lens on the front, and maybe a really good zoom to give me a bit more range of options. Read more ›
I have to say I'm very happy so far with my choice, and this camera is my first DSLR Camera. The auto focus is fast and accurate. The shutter response is quick. Read more ›
I changed to manual mode and raised the ISO to 1600 and then 3200. With the quality as JPEG fine, the noise was well controlled but noticeable, especially at ISO 3200. Then… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

149 of 162 people found the following review helpful By S. Davis on July 1, 2009
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My title is rather pessimistic, I know, but I've been playing with this camera now for a couple of hours, so I've had a chance to get a feel for what consumers are going to probably like, and not like, about this lens kit.

First, if you are a serious photographer, you are going to be better off buying the body of this camera separately from the lens. It isn't that the 18-55mm, 3.5-5.6 aperture lens is bad: it just isn't great for inside work, as far as I can tell. The kind of "meh" aperture range means you'll struggle a bit in "normal" indoor lighting to get hand-held shots that don't really want flash, and the problem with the flash is it is straight-ahead flash, so that your attempts at head shots are going to potentially have a deer-in-the-headlights quality about them. This will be because even zoomed in to 55mm, you're going to need to be close to a subject for a portrait shot--closer than you really would like to be. Getting the two-lens kit, for a couple hundred dollars more, might be a really good alternative here, because I think the longer telephoto in that kit can go out to 200mm, giving you more flexibility in where you need to stand for shots. I was pretty sure when purchasing the kit that I was going to quickly need a really solid prime to go with it, and the Sony 50mm f 1.4 has already proven itself a valuable addition.

The good news is that, aside from the "adequate-but-kind-of-meh" lens, everything else on this thing mostly rocks! I was a bit nervous because I had seen other reviews in which some reviewers chewed on the ergonomics a bit, but I'm not really finding that to be a problem so far. The battery door, the door to the memory cards, etc., are rigid and open happily and confidently.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By B. Weeks on March 5, 2010
This was a Christmas gift to myself, purchased mid-November 09.

I'm a beginner DSLR user. I won't go into a catalog of specifications this camera has, those can be found easily on the sales information listing for this camera on this website or from Sony. I will highlight the features I use and like or dislike.

This camera has been exactly what I wanted for learning photography. I did not want a lot of bells and whistle. Out of camera picture quality is very important to me. I am not ready to spend time at the computer post processing when I would rather be outside shooting pictures.

The Sony a230 does not have live view or video, but I did not want live view or video capability. I have both on my advanced zoom and never use it. Optical viewfinder important due to the fact that I am far sighted and find live view screens not usable in 98% of my pictures since I like shooting outdoor/nature/landscapes the majority of the time.

PROS:
*Out of camera colors/picture quality is great. I love the colors and textures this camera produces. Again, this is a personal preference. Exposure compensation can easily be changed +/-2 as well as color saturation in the menu. I have enjoyed the black and white out of camera results also.

*The GUI menu system is easy to use, clear/crisp with easy to find advanced menu settings. Because of the great GUI, I have to say that my learning curve has been much much improved over my advanced super zoom, in fact, I rarely use the Green Zone (auto/preset modes) on this camera. I am using Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority and easily experimenting with manual white balance etc. VERY FUN and REWARDING.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Nguyen on July 1, 2009
this is just about the perfect entry-level DSLR.

It has everything that you need to get great shots out of it, without the high price tag or a bloated feature set. I'd definitely recommend it. It's not the best, technically, but it's a great learning tool, performs well under stress, and an expert can get great shots out of it across the ISO range and in all lighting conditions. I would say that this will become legendary for its value as a DSLR. It's the closest thing to a "throw it up and shoot" cheap little box film camera that you can get in a DSLR. But it still takes great photos, it's very fast, nice and small, obviously cheap, and very easy to use.

I have to say I'm very happy so far with my choice, and this camera is my first DSLR Camera. The auto focus is fast and accurate. The shutter response is quick. The image quality is very good with lots of detail. The exposures have been very accurate with a minimal number of photos with blown highlights. The image stabilization kicks butt. The dynamic range optimization really does pull highlights out of the shade.

Pros:
-In-body Stabilization
-Compatible w/ Minolta lenses
-Smallest and lightest DSLR
-Very simple to use
-Vivid and good image quality
-Its high ISO (3200) low light performance is increbible
-Price

Cons:
-New Sony lens are expensive
-Some noise at high iso.

Just got this camera for couple days, will update more soon...

Update: 04-2010 - I have taken about 27,000 pictures with this camera, so far so good.
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