Sony Alpha A200K 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with Super SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
- 10-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
- Kit includes 18-70mm lens
- Super Steadyshot image stabilization; Bionz image processor
- 2.7-inch ClearPhoto LCD; Eye-Start autofocus system
- Powered by lithium-ion battery (supplied); stores images on CF I/II and Memory Stick Pro Duo cards
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|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 fps|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Focus Type||Automatic with manual|
|Included Components||Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera Body - DT|
|Item Dimensions||7.1 x 7.7 x 10.7 inches|
|Item Weight||4.8 pounds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Removable Memory||CompactFlash Type II|
|Shipping Weight||4.45 pounds|
|Shooting Modes||Landscape, portrait mode, macro, night portrait, sports mode, sunset|
|Style Name||A200 w/ 18-70mm Lens|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Style: A200 w/ 18-70mm Lens
Sony Alpha A200 DSLR: Highly Recommended by dpreview.com
Top Customer Reviews
Looking in various photography forums I discovered the Sony Alpha being recommended to other people looking in the same price range I was. It had a 10.1MP sensor, a good lens and was in the same price range as the Rebel XTi. I'm really happy with the purchase. Picture quality is excellent with the kit lens (SAL-1870). I also purchased the SAL-55200 telephoto lens and it is also a very nice lens for the money.
The battery life on the camera is excellent. The auto-focus is super fast and delving into the manual a bit will reveal many powerful configuration options (I don't think a lot of the Nikon and Canon fans who are critical of this camera ever did that because I've seen claims made on forums that just aren't true).
Some of the myths I've heard:
*No Shutter Lock (not true, just set the camera to "Manual" mode)
*Limited and expensive lens selection (Sony has a pretty decent selection on it's own but this camera can also use many Konica-Minolta lenses dating all the way back to 1985).
*Can't use standard flashes (while the Alpha does have a proprietary hot shoe which is lame, there are good adapters out there.
Lack of live preview a problem (this comes up a lot and apparently these people have never shot film before.Read more ›
This is a great camera for beginners of SLR's to learn on but ain't too bad for those of you who know what you are doing. I myself have had film SLR's for many years, this is my first DSLR and cost was a factor for me. I am in no way made of money so the low price really sold me (no pun intended). The features you expect from an SLR are all there, and you can go from full auto to full manual and every point in between in a just a flip of a switch and the pressing of a few buttons to set up your shot.
Built in Image Stabilization is a great feature to have, especially when some camera makers build it into the lens, which, in turn, makes your lens prices considerably higher.
Some people complain about no live view on the LCD, but I personally prefer no live view. It saves on some battery life and it makes it feel like more of a real camera and less of a point and shoot. If you want live view, wait for the A300K
The camera feels sturdy and isn't too big or small. I have very large hands and the camera feels good in my hands. It is mostly plastic, which in a way can feel a bit cheap but doesn't seem to be a problem at this time.
ISO setting is great. If you want to shoot in low light situations you have ISO settings up to 3200 with a supposed noise reduction but I haven't checked that out yet. I personally have it set on 100 and will keep it there for the least amount of noise.
Media options are GREAT!!! Sony MemorySticks are ridiculously priced. Especially when you need to have a high capacity one for these big pics (esp. shooting in RAW).Read more ›
Compared to the older Alpha 100, this camera is a bit smaller, but not so much that a person would find it "too small" for their hands. It uses the same, full sized battery as the other current Alphas, including the now top-of-the-line Alpha 700. Additionally, it can be made bigger by adding the vertical grip (although this might make it a bit too large for some).
Typical of the Alpha series, the LCD is very good quality, and, when set to the larger type size, easily readable by older eyes.
Autofocus speed has definately been improved over the A100, and all performance levels seem to be at least as good, most improved to various degrees (but you'll notice the AF most).
Features that are lacking are a wireless remote option; depth-of-field preview; and a quick AF/MF (autofocus/manual focus) button or setting. Then again, there aren't any other cameras this inexpensive with a 9-point AF system, built-in anti-shake, and 10 megapixels! You should value the anti-shake as at least $100 bucks for every lens you plan on purchasing!
A decision to make might not be which camera brand to buy, but which model. The Alpha 300 will have the same features as the 200, but will add the articulated LCD with Live View, for an extra $100. Personally, my experience with this feature on the Alpha 350 says, to me, it is worth $100. You get the same 2.7" LCD, but now it articulates. The Live View works great (no autofocusing lag like other brands), and allows a live, digital crop of 1.4x or 2x. [The Live View feature does have one drawback the way Sony uses it. It only shows 90% of the entire image].Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this DSLR for about six years. It was given to me as a birthday present my freshman year of high school. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christina
Very good product and really reliable person. What he wanted, thank you very muchPublished 10 months ago by Johs Barreto
I bought this camera about 3 years ago. I cant get it to take clear photos. Not sure if I got a dud. Everything is so blurry.Published 18 months ago by Josh P.
Does not use the modern memory cards. It uses compact flash card that is too difficult to find.Published 19 months ago by The Modernist