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Sony a (Alpha) DSLR-A230

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 responsi...

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“Sony DSLR Camera”

published 12/04/2010

Prosmall and light for a DSLR, Fast & Responsive

ConsStandard lens isnt great definately worth upgradin...

I recently purchased one of these DSLR cameras, i went for a DSLR as i wanted something that would capture good action shots of moving cars/dogs and you just don't get the same result with a none DSLR camera. They are a far more responsive type of digital camera meaning you can take continuous...

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ProAffordable, definitely an SLR camera, and not too ...

ConsNo LIVE VIEW, and 10MP may be a little small in th...

This was and is my first DSLR camera. Photography fascinates me. I love looking at pictures and paintings. I've always wanted an SLR camera, and yet I had no courage and have been shy (and of course, no money) to purchase one, as most of them used to (and most still do) cost a home. I had this...

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Not for me

Propicture quality ok

Consproduct 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...

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Super

Prosmall and light, easy to use, good image quality, ...

Consnoise 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...

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Excellent

ProEasy to use. Ability to be more adventurous. Rob...

ConsThe 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...

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Excellent

Procomfortable grip, clear photos, reliable, easy to ...

Consno video mode, flash gets a bit annoying, semi-sho...

I have been into photography/photo editing for a few years but my parents could never afford to buy me a nicer camera. This christmas, they surprised me with this one and I was so pleased by it. The only complaints i have about it are its short battery life, multi strobe flash (not sure if...

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Product Information : Sony a (Alpha) DSLR-A230

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 Details

Product Description: Sony a (Alpha) DSLR-A230 - digital camera - body only, Sony a (Alpha) DSLR-A230Y - digital camera DT 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, Sony a (Alpha) DSLR-A230L - digital camera DT 18-55mm lens, Sony a (Alpha) DSLR-A230H - digital camera DT 18-200mm

Product Type: Digital SLR Camera

Lens Included: Body only, DT 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, DT 18-55mm lens, DT 18-200mm

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card, SD card

Image Processor: BIONZ

Sensor Resolution: 10.2 Megapixel

Image Stabiliser: Optical (SteadyShot INSIDE)

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Optical - eye-level penta-dach mirror

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 1 x Sony NP-FH50 Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: HDMI

Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.8 cm x 6.8 cm x 9.7 cm

Weight: 450 g

Lens System: 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

Lens System (2nd): 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 25 cm, 45 cm

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: DSLR-A230, DSLR-A230Y, DSLR-A230L, DSLRA230Y.CEH, DSLR-A230.CEE5, DSLRA230 NU, DSLR-A230H.CEE5, DSLR-A230.CEH, DSLRA230L.CEH

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR

Lens Included: Body only, DT 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, DT 18-55mm lens, DT 18-200mm

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

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

Viewfinder Type: Optical - eye-level penta-dach mirror

Field Coverage: 95%

Magnification: 0.83x

Dioptric Correction Range: -2.5 to +1

Display

Type: 2.7" LCD display

Resolution: 230,400 pixels

Display Features: Built-in, Folding

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x USB

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card, SD card

Software

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

Miscellaneous

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

Battery

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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