Sony a (Alpha) DSLR-A230

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Community Level 5Hsaxo


Sony DSLR Camera

Advantagessmall and light for a DSLR, Fast & Responsive

DisadvantagesStandard lens isnt great definately worth upgrading

"...lightest of the A seriest Sony DSLR cameras, its advisable you buy a camera bag to carry the camera around so it doesn't get damaged as they are not the easiest things to carry around with you unlike a usual digital camera that just fits in your pocket. ==Price== You can now pick these cameras up for around £300 which i feel is a very competetive price and definately worth the money and is possibly one of the best brands you can buy for this price. ==My ..." Read review

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Community Level 2pedrodelar...


Looking for your 1st DSLR camera? Here's one! Review with images

AdvantagesAffordable, definitely an SLR camera, and not too demanding. Comfortable.

DisadvantagesNo LIVE VIEW, and 10MP may be a little small in the long-run.

"...unfortunate (?) death of my SONY L1 Cybershot camera, I have decided to do some research. So I found out how important research is. I don't quite understand how this happened, and as of June 2010, I've become a proud owner of Sony alpha230 - and only because by some misfortune (of Argos's part), I was able to get this for £260 - £100 off from the catalogue price. I was happy enough, and it was by far the cheapest SLR in the catalogue, and to be ..." Read review

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Community Level 1Misplaced_...


The Sony A230 is an excellent camera for beginner photographers.

Advantagessmall and light, easy to use, good image quality, high ISO, price, dual card slot

Disadvantagesnoise at high ISO, complicated flash

"The Sony A230 is an entry-level DSLR camera that has a small and simple user interface. With a bright 2.7 inch LCD screen in addition to creative style settings, sharp menu color scheme options and an on-screen help guide, the Sony a230 offers convenient operation with reduced controls. The shutter speed and SteadyShot indicator go hand in hand when taking multiple photos. This has been a prime camera for me for learning the basics of photography. ..." Read review

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Community Level 1photograph...


Careful with the long term product quality

Advantagespicture quality ok

Disadvantagesproduct quality and customer service

"I am really frustrated with Sony and my Alpha DSLR, a product with inferior build quality and a customer service that lays the blame on me instead of acknowledging quality problems. I have bought it sometime in 2007 and only had problems with it. After some weeks it just wouldn’t turn on anymore and it took Sony several weeks to get it repaired and back to me. Now when I take pictures the resulting file shows a different field of vision than what ..." Read review

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Community Level 1jonmcv6


Sony A230 - the perfect entry level DSLR

AdvantagesEasy to use. Ability to be more adventurous. Robust

DisadvantagesThe cosmetics look tired prematurely.

"Having been a 35mm SLR user in the past this was my return to th SLR fold and wow, was it a good one. The quality of the pictures are stunning and the camera is easy to use. Initially using the auto mode to get back into learning the art the images are crystal clear and full of vibrant colour. The camera has been all over the world with me and taken quite a battering but still functions like the day it was bought despite looking a little tired. Once ..." Read review

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Manufacturer's product description

If you want to take your pictures from snapshots to memorable images, then let a Sony a DSLR put better pictures at your fingertips. A DSLR's responsiveness, versatility and image quality helps capture those moments that other cameras often miss. The A230 makes shooting with a DSLR easy and fun with its compact and lightweight design and intuitive controls. It's never been easier to capture the perfect shot. The mode dial on top of the a A230 offers instant access to 6 scene selection modes, each with a user-friendly Help Guide and example photo. You can even customize the user interface and choose from four background colors. Capture your precious moments with improved clarity and reduced blur with the Sony a DSLR-A230 digital SLR camera. Brimming with features, the a A230 combines high-resolution 10.2-megapixel, simple operation, high sensitivity (ISO 3200), and advanced noise reduction. Plus, Eye-Start Autofocus and pop-up flash help you shoot faster while SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization works with virtually every lens.


Product Type Digital camera - SLR
Sensor Resolution 10.2 Megapixel
Optical Sensor Type CCD
Total Pixels 10,800,000 pixels
Effective Sensor Resolution 10,200,000 pixels
Optical Sensor Size 15.8 x 23.6mm
Sensor Features Dust Reduction (image sensor vibration), Anti-Dust coating
Image Processor BIONZ
Image Stabiliser Optical (SteadyShot INSIDE)
Auto Focus TTL phase detection
Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
Image Recording Format JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG
AV Interfaces HDMI
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Optical Zoom 3 x, 11 x
Sensor Dust Reduction Yes

Exposure & white balance

Light Sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO auto
Exposure Metering Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
Exposure Metering Zones 40
Exposure Modes Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority
Shooting Programs Landscape, portrait mode, macro, night portrait, sports mode, sunset
Special Effects Black & White, Neutral, Vivid, sunset, landscape, portrait, Night View
White Balance Custom, automatic, presets
White Balance Presets Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, Flash, daylight, shade
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed 30 sec
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/3 or 2/3 EV steps
X-sync Speed 1/160 sec
Exposure Range EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )

Lens system

Lens System Mounting Minolta A-type
Filter Size 55 mm, 62 mm
Zoom Adjustment Manual
Focus Adjustment Automatic, manual
Type 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 DT, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM, 11 x zoom lens - 18 - 200 mm - f/3.5-6.3 DT
Min Focus Distance 25 cm, 45 cm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 27 - 82.5mm, 27 - 300mm
Features ED glass, aspherical lens, Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
Lens Construction 13 groups / 15 elements
Max View Angle 76 degree(s)

Camera flash

Camera Flash Pop-up flash
Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 10
Flash Modes Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction
Features AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation, wireless off-camera control

Additional features

Continuous Shooting Speed 2.5 frames per second
Self Timer Delay 10 sec, 2sec
Flash Terminal Hot shoe
Additional Features Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary colour filter, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, PRINT Image Matching, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, shadow point display, highlight point display, Dynamic Range Optimizer, digital tele-converter, built-in help guide, Eye-Start AF system, Exif Print support


Viewfinder Type Optical - eye-level penta-dach mirror
Field Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.83x
Dioptric Correction Range -2.5 to +1


Type 2.7" LCD display
Resolution 230,400 pixels
Display Features Built-in, Folding


Connector Type 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x USB
Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo card, SD card


Software Drivers & Utilities, Sony Picture Motion Browser, Sony Image Data Converter SR, Sony Image Data Lightbox SR

System requirements for pc connection

Operating System Support MS Windows XP, Apple MacOS X 10.1.3 or later, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows 2000 Professional
Peripheral Devices USB port, CD-ROM Drive


Included Accessories Battery charger, body cap, shoulder strap, video cable


Battery Type Sony NP-FH50
Details 1 x Sony NP-FH50 Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / storage

Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo card, SD card
Supported Memory Cards SD Memory Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SDHC Memory Card
Image Storage 3872 x 2592 ¦ 2896 x 1936 ¦ 1920 x 1280

Dimensions & weight

Width 12.8 cm
Depth 6.8 cm
Height 9.7 cm
Weight 450 g

Environmental parameters

Min Operating Temperature 0 °C
Max Operating Temperature 40 °C

Lens system (2nd)

Filter Size 55 mm
Lens Construction 9 groups / 13 elements
Focus Adjustment Automatic, manual
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 82.5 - 300mm
Type 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6
Min Focus Distance 0.95 m

Manufacturer warranty

Service & Support Details Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year
Service & Support 1 year warranty


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