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Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A200


Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A200

Category: Serious Amateur

The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A200 digital SLR replaces the DSLR-A100 while borrowing the noise reduction and image processing techniques from the more advanced DSLR-A700.

It features 10.2-megapixel resolution on an APS-C size CCD image sensor with High ISO noise reduction that takes place in the RAW data stage before image JPEG conversion, providing a high ISO of 3200.

An enhanced Super Steady Shot claims to offer from 2.5-3.5 steps anti-shake performance with all alpha lenses. Since the anti-shake system shifts the CCD to compensate for camera movement, all alpha lenses benefit from anti-shake performance. Compatible lenses encompass all Minolta Maxxum® mount lenses, in addition to Sony a (alpha) lens lineup - including Carl Zeiss® lenses.

Compatible Lenses
Compatible Lenses

Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera -- so to keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures, the Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A200 camera utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to dislodge dust each time the camera is powered off.

The large 2.7-in. LCD monitor is high resolution at 230,000 pixels with the Clear Photo LCD™ design for easy playback viewing. The DSLR-A200 camera’s supplied lithium ion battery offers up to 750 shots per full charge. It supports JPEG and RAW file format. Note that the A200 has a slot for CompactFlash™ Type I/II media cards; an adaptor for Memory Stick Duo™ media cards is sold separately as an accessory.

The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A200 kit comes with a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 3.9x zoom lens, with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-105mm. The DSLR-A200W kit includes the DT 18-70mm lens and a 75–300mm f4.5-5.6 lens.

The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A200 digital SLR targets the beginner and serious amateur photographers with an easy-to-use, affordable as well as feature-rich entry-level digital SLR.

TIPA Award: The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A200 landed a 2008 TIPA Award as "Best D-SLR entry-level."


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  Sony a (Alpha) DSLR-A200US | CAN | UK  
  Image Sensor 10.2 (effective) APS CCD Sensor; 23.6 x 15.8 mm; RGB primary color filter with Anti-Dust Technology  
  Image Stabilization Super SteadyShot with approx. 2.5 – 3.5 EV decrease in shutter speed
(actual stabilisation depends on shooting conditions and lens)
  Bionz™ Engine LSI with Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO/DRO+)  
  Noise Reduction reduces picture noise artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings by eliminating noise from RAW data after analog-to-digital conversion  
  Lens Mount

Interchangeable A mount

  Lens Kit

The DSLR-A200 kit includes the DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 zoom lens.
The DSLR-A200W kit includes the DT 18-70mm lens and a 75–300mm f4.5-5.6 lens

  Auto Focus

TTL phase detection, centre-cross 9-point

Visual Focus Confirm: Direct via Spherical Acute Matte Screen

  Shutter Speed 30 ~ 1/4000 sec 52 step, Bulb  
  Exposure Control Program Shift, Aperture/Shutter Priority, Manual  
  EV Compensation ±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps  
  Continuous Shooting Up to 3FPS; Unlimited to capacity of media (JPEG L/M/S); Maximum 3 frames (RAW + JPEG); Maximum 6 frames (RAW)  
  D-Range Optimiser operating modes: Off, Standard, Advanced  
  Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night Portrait / Night View  
  Self Timer Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off)  
  Light Metering 40 Segment, Center Weighted, Spot  
  ISO Auto/100/200/400/800/1600/3200  
  White Balance Auto plus 8 Modes (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Color Tempature/Color filter, Custom), each with +/-3 adjustable step.  

Optical: TTL, 0.83x magification with 50mm lens at infinity; 95% coverage

Eye-Start Autofocus System

  LCD 2.7" TFT (230k pixels) LCD with Clear Photo™ design  
  Histogram Display Yes - RGB, playback only  
  Function menu Camera Function Display with direct control of Flash Mode, AF Mode, WB, Metering Mode, AF Area, DRO  
  Microphone/Speaker No/No  
  Red-Eye Reduction Yes: On/ Off  
  Color Mode(s) Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, Black & White, Adobe RGB (Except for Adobe RGB, all other color modes use the sRGB color space)  
  AF Illuminator Light Yes, On/Off Select  
  Max no. of frames JPEG Fine/Std: unlimited (until memory card is full), RAW+JPEG: 3, RAW: 6 recordable (continuous)  
  Recording Media

CompactFlash card: Type I, Type II (Microdrive).

With optional adaptor: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo.

  Flash Modes

Built-in Auto Pop-up: Auto, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Wireless off camera flash (with Flash HVL-F56AM, F36AM)

Effective Range: GN12 at ISO 100 (39 feet/ 12 meters)

  Built-in Flash System Auto popup (GN 12) with manual popup button  
  Output(s) Video: Yes, NTSC/PAL Selectable  
  USB Port(s) Yes, Supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed  
  Battery Type NP-FM500H Lithium-ion rechargeable battery  
  Battery Capacity 7.2V, 1600 mAh; CIPA standard: approx. 750 pictures  
  Supplied Software    
  Vertical Control Grip VG-B30AM (optional) accepts up to 2x NP-FM500H batteries  
  Limited Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labor  
  Included Accessories

- NP-FM500H rechargeable battery
- BC-VM10 battery charger
- Video and USB cables
- Shoulder strap with eyepiece cap and Remote Commander clip
- Body cap
- Software/USB Driver CD-ROM
- NOTE: No Memory Stick media nor adaptors are included.

  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 130.8 x 98.5 x 71.3 mm /
5 3/16 x 3 7/8 x 2 13/16 in.
(excl. protrusions)
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 532 g / 1 lb., 2.8 oz
(w/o batteries or memory card)
  MSRP (body only) £ 369.00 inc. VAT  
  with DT 18-70mm lens: US $699.99 / CDN $649.99 / £ 449.00 inc. VAT  
  with DT 18-70mm and 75-300mm lenses: US $899.99 / £ 599.00 inc. VAT  

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