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Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 Digital SLR Camera Body with Sony 18-70mm Zoom Lens, 10.2 Megapixels, 2.7" LCD Screen

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About Sony

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.

Sony Features

  • 10.2 MP Super HAD CCD: Superb image quality gives you great DSLR shots right from the start, with a large APS-size CCD imager developed by Sony to expand dynamic range, minimize noise more effectively and provide greater detail for making big prints or cropping in tight on your subject
  • Expanded ISO Sensitivity: Broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light - with High ISO Noise Reduction technology that reduces picture noise artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings
  • Super SteadyShot in-camera Image Stabilization: A high-performance sensor detects vibrations and the image stabilization system automatically compensates. Because image stabilization is built into the a (alpha) DSLR-A200, every lens benefits
  • Bionz Image Processor: The "brain" of the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 is the advanced Sony Bionz Image Processor, using hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry to enhance images with rich tonal reproduction, improved white balance and exposure control & expanded D-Range Optimizer capabilities
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer: To improve results with backlit subjects and recover details hidden in shadows or lost in glare, the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 provides Dynamic Range Optimizer at two levels: Normal DRO, to improve detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time
  • Anti-Dust Technology: Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera - so to keep the CCD imager cleaner for better pictures, the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration
  • Auto Pop-Up Flash: In Auto or some scene selection modes, the camera flash automatically pops up and fires when needed to help you shoot more effectively. Flash is cancelled in Landscape, Sport or Sunset modes and in "Flash Off" position on the Exposure Mode dial
  • Eye-Start Autofocus System: It begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye - so unlike some DSLR cameras that don't start focusing until the shutter button is half-pressed, the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A200 never slows down your ability to catch fast action
  • 9-Point Center Cross AF Sensor: A fast focus motor and improved focus control help bring images into sharp definition more quickly, with predictive focus control that automatically calculates the position of a fast-moving subject
  • Flexible, Accurate Exposure Control: A 40-segment honeycomb sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy - and you can also select center-weighted or spot metering modes
  • Scene Selection Modes: Along with auto exposure, the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 gives you scene selection modes to optimize camera performance for Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset and Night Portrait/Night View situations
  • Creative Style Settings: To express your creativity and personal taste, you can adjust contrast, saturation and sharpness settings for any of 8 finishing styles - including Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B & W and Adobe RGB modes
  • 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Screen: A large built-in screen with anti-reflective coating makes it easy to read camera setup menus even in bright sunlight and improves image quality when you check your shots
  • Index and Slide Show Display: To quickly review your photos, the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 can display 4, 9 or 25-frame index views - or present automatic slide shows with fade-in/fade-out effect
  • Function Guide Display: On-screen menus are intuitive and easy to use - & a simple Camera Function Display can be activated and operated with one hand using the Fn (Function) button and controller button to adjust Flash mode, Autofocus mode, White Balance, Metering mode, AF area & D-Range Optimizer
  • Continuous Burst Mode at 3 Frames Per Second: To capture action more effectively, the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 offers continuous JPEG shooting up to the limit of your flash memory card - plus RAW Burst Mode (up to 6 shots) with intelligent buffer management
  • Stamina Battery Power: You can take up to 750 shots on a fully charged NP-FM500H InfoLITHIUM battery - and you'll be able to see about how much power remains in percentage increments, so you can keep shooting in confidence
  • High-Capacity Media Options: For conveniently storing and sharing your images, the a (alpha) DSLR-A200 accepts CompactFlash Type I/II media and Memory Stick PRO Duo media via an optional adaptor
  • Advanced Lenses and Accessories: The Sony a (alpha) system gives you everything you need to expand your creativity in DSLR photography: precision Sony DT zoom lenses and specialty lenses, Sony "G" Series lenses with advanced motorized autofocusing, amazingly bright Carl & Zeiss T coated lenses

Sony Specifications

Imaging Device
10.2 (effective) APS CCD Sensor; 23.6 x 15.8 mm; RGB primary color filter
2.7" TFT (230k pixels) LCD with Clear Photo design
Optical: TTL, 0.83x magification with 50mm lens at infinity; 95% coverage
No/ No
White Balance
Auto plus 8 Modes (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Color Tempature/Color filter, Custom), each with +/-3 adjustable step.
Self Timer
Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off)
Red-Eye Reduction
Yes: On/ Off
Burst Mode
Up to 3FPS; Unlimited to capacity of media (JPEG L/M/S); Maximum 3 frames (RAW + JPEG); Maximum 6 frames (RAW)
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)
USB Port(s)
Yes, Supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed
Video: Yes, NTSC/PAL Selectable
Visual Focus Confirm: Direct via Spherical Acute Matte Screen
Shutter Speed
30 < 1/4000 sec 52 step, Bulb
Exposure Compensation
±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Program Shift: Yes, Command Dial
Lens Type
Interchangeable A mount
Flash Effective Range
GN12 at ISO 100 (39 feet/ 12 meters)
Flash Mode(s)
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)
Battery Type
NP-FM500H Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Battery Capacity
7.2V, 1600 mAh; CIPA standard: approx. 750 pictures
Histogram Display
Yes - RGB, playback only
AF Illuminator Light
Yes, On/Off Select
Multi-Pattern Measuring
40 Segment, Center Weighted, Spot
Clear RAW NR
N/A from Manufacturer
Movie Mode(s)
N/A from Manufacturer
Bionz Engine
Yes (LSI with Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO/DRO+))
Dimensions (Approx.) (WxHxD)
5 3/16" x 3 7/8" x 2 13/16" (130.8 x 98.5 x 71.3 mm)
Weight (Approx.)
1 lb., 2.8 oz (532 g) body, not including battery, lens and media
Sony 1 year parts & labor limited warranty
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Reviewed by 3 customers


Great starter DSLR


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.





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Very good Camera


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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