The Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A200 camera is designed to be faster, lighter and easier to use than its predecessor - the DSLR-A100. With its 10.2-megapixel (effective) Super HAD APS-C sized CCD image sensor, the DSLR-A200 camera captures high-quality images with increased sensitivity, reduced image noise and greater detail.
The Sony BIONZ processing engine provides data-rich picture information at high speeds and reduces picture noise in the RAW data stage before image JPEG conversion. The results are high-resolution, detailed images with rich tonal reproduction. The DSLR-A200 camera also incorporates Sony's Super SteadyShot image stabilization in the body to allow shooting at shutter speeds of 2.5 to 3.5 steps slower than otherwise possible and since the stabilization system is built into the camera body, every compatible lens attached to the camera (including all Minolta Maxxum and Sony Alpha lens) benefits from it.
The DSLR-A200 model supports JPEG and RAW file formats and it records images on CompactFlash (Type I & II) media cards. An adaptor for Memory Stick Duo media cards is sold separately as an accessory. The camera has other upgraded features including a more compact body with an easily-accessible mode dial; an easy-to-use function menu (camera function display); an auto focus speed that is 1.7x faster than the previous model; improved predictive control performance; quieter shutter sound; automatic pop-up flash; and a battery life indicator that displays the percentage of battery life remaining so you know exactly when to recharge.
The camera's 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD screen provides easy playback viewing. Its vibrant, easy-to-view screen features 230K-pixel resolution, an anti-reflection coating and a glare-reducing layer that assures vivid, accurate colors with a wide viewing angle, even in daylight. The on-screen navigation display shows camera settings and key shooting information in large, easy-to-read text and the display's orientation automatically switches from landscape to portrait position when the camera is turned on its side.
Reviewed by 3 customers
Can't beat this camera for the price. I was a relatively casual photographer when I bought it and now consider myself an enthusiast. I can't get enough. High ISO could stand less noise but overall photos are very good, even with the lower priced lenses I use (kit 18-70 and Sigma 55-200) Macro is great! Exposure, to me, seems more accurate than others and requires little or no compensation. Battery life is very good. Some do not like the button layout but I find them in the right spot. Easier and faster to adjust most functions than Nikon. Super Steady Shot far out performs the lens based vibration reduction. One of the only down sides is the loud shutter noise.
I love this camera, This weekend I was in St Agustine Florida and I took great pictures during the day and at night. I also use it at work (Graphic Design and Printing Shop) Is so easy to setup even in manual mode, the screen is large and easy to read. The controls on the body are also well placed and comprehensive. All around great camera for amateur of profesional.
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