Sony (alpha) A230 10.2 Megapixel DSLR Camera with 18-55mm SAM Kit Lens

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About Sony

Capture your precious moments with improved clarity and reduced blur with the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A230Y digital SLR camera. Brimming with features, the a A230 combines high-resolution 10.2 MP, 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. In addition to the on-screen Help Guide and convenient Creative style settings, the a A230L has a bright 2.7" LCD and comes with an 18-55mm standard zoom lens.

Sony Features

  • SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization: For family photographers who want greater quality and creativity, the Sony a; (alpha) DSLR-A200 combines high-resolution 10.2 MP, simple operation, high sensitivity (ISO 3200), advanced noise reduction and convenient Creative Style settings
  • 10.2 megapixel resolution for ultra-fine detail: A 10.2 megapixel APS-size CCD image sensor captures your images in stunning detail, giving you the freedom to make large prints and tight crops without sacrificing quality
  • Smallest, lightest a series body: The a230 features the smallest and lightest body of any Sony a (alpha) series camera for improved portability, as well as an intuitive button layout that allows for easy single-handed operation
  • Integrated on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display: The Help Guide offers clear, concise explanations of various modes and settings, while the Graphic Display helps you understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results
  • HDMI terminal with BRAVIA Sync compatibility: An HDMI terminal gives you the option of connecting your camera to a compatible HDTV and playing back your images in stunning high definition quality (HDMI cable required, sold separately)
  • 2.7" (diag.) Clear Photo LCD Plus display: Review your images and monitor camera settings on the large 2.7" (diag.) Clear Photo LCD Plus display, which provides sharp, clear viewing, even in outdoor environments
  • High sensitivity (ISO 3200) for superior noise reduction: A broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables you to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light
  • Eye-Start Autofocus: Eye-Start Autofocus System begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye, so the camera is ready to catch the perfect moment
  • 9-Point AF Sensor: 9-Point Center Cross AF Sensor uses with improved focus control to help bring images into sharp definition more quickly and predictive focus control automatically calculates the position of fast-moving subjects
  • Up to 2.5 fps continuous shooting: Continuous Shooting lets you shoot at up to 2.5 fps (frames per second) while viewing your subject through the optical viewfinder so you never lose track of the action
  • Creative Style settings: Choose from 8 finishing styles, including Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B&W and Adobe RGB and fine tune them to your personal taste with the ability to adjust contrast, saturation and sharpness settings
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer: Dynamic Range Optimizer provides two levels - Standard/Plus to improve results with backlit subjects and recover details hidden in shadows or lost in glare
  • Built-in Pop-Up Flash: The Auto Pop-Up Flash automatically pops up and fires as needed when the camera is set to certain scene selection modes, helping first-time DSLR photographers shoot more effectively
  • Anti-Dust Technology: Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CCD imager clean, resulting in consistently better pictures, by utilizing a static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter, as well as an anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to help dislodge dust
  • Stamina Battery power: Stamina Battery power allows you to take up to 510 shots2 on a fully charged NP-FM50 InfoLITHIUM battery when using the optical viewfinder mode and you'll be able to see how much power remains in percentage increments, so you can keep shooting in confidence
  • BIONZ image processor: The advanced BIONZ image processor uses hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry to enhance images with rich tonal reproduction, reduced noise and improved white balance and exposure control, for clear, sharp photos even at high sensitivity settings
  • PhotoTV HD compatibility: PhotoTV HD compatibility3 lets you automatically create high-resolution thumbnails optimized for viewing on a compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTV
  • Index and Slide Show Display: Index and Slide Show Display enable you to quickly review your photos using 4, 9 or 25-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect
  • Function Guide Display: Function Guide Display provides intuitive and easy to use on-screen menus that 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 and D-Range Optimizer
  • Dual slot Compatibility for Memory Stick and SD media: Compatible with high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately) for convenient storage and sharing of your images
  • Included SAL1855 18-55mm standard zoom lens: The a230 comes with a SAL1855 DT 18-55mm standard zoom kit lens. This newly developed lens employs a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) to deliver smooth and silent autofocus operation

Sony Specifications

Anti-dust function
Charge protection coating on low pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism
BRAVIA Sync
Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
Color Mode(s)
Display color (Black, White, Brown, Pink)
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B/W Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Scene Mode(s)
Scene selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view)
User Interface
Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
Diopter Adjustment
-2.5 - +1.0m-1
Eye relief
Approx. 16.5 mm from the eyepiece / 10.9 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter
Field of View
0.95
Focusing Screen
Spherical Acute Matte Screen
Magnification
0.83x (with 50mm lens at infinity)
Type
Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
Battery Type
NP-FH50
Number of Shots
Approx. 510 images with viewfinder, approx. 230 images in live view mode (CIPA standard)
Camera Type
Sony a Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and inter-changeable lenses
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Effective Picture Resolution
Approx. 10.2 megapixels
Imaging Sensor
APS-C size CCD sensor (23.6x15.8mm)
Lens Mount Type
Sony a lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens
Pixel Gross
Approx. 10.8 megapixels
Processor
BIONZ image processor
Recording Media Type
Memory Stick PRO Duo media / SD and SDHC memory card
Recording Mode
RAW, RAW+JPEG, Fine, Standard
Still Actual 16:9
L size: 3872x2176 (8.4M) M size: 2896x1632 (4.7M) S size: 1920x1088 (2.1M)
Still Actual 3:2
L size: 3872x2592 (10M) M size: 2896x1936 (5.6M) S size: 1920x1280 (2.5M)
Brightness Control
Selectable in 5 steps
Coverage
100% (Playback)
LCD Type
2.7" TFT Clear Photo LCD (230,400 pixels)
Flash Compensation
±2EV (in 0.3-stop increments)
Flash Coverage
18mm in focal-length of lens attached
Flash Metering System
ADI flash (automatic change for Pre-flash TTL)
Guide Number
10 (in meters at ISO100)
Flash Modes
Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Slow sync, Hi-speed sync., Wireless
Recycling Time
Approx. 4 sec.
Flash Type
Auto Pop-up
Operating System Compatibility
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Windows XP SP2 Windows Vista Mac OS X(v10.1.3) or later
Supplied Software
PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Image Data Converter SR Image Data Lightbox SR
Operating Temperature
32 - 104 degrees F (0 - 40 degrees C)
HD Output
HDMI
Memory Card Slot
Dual memory card slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo media SD and SDHC memory card
Tripod Mount
Yes, 1/4"-20
USB Port(s)
USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
AF modes
Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, (AF/MF selectable)
Drive Mode
Single-shot, Continuous, Self-timer, Self-timer Continuous, Bracketing, Remote Commander
Exposure Compensation
±2EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Exposure settings
Auto, Auto Flash Off, Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
Focus Area
Wide (Up to 3 active focus points glow), Spot, Local (9 local areas selectable)
Focus Features
Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-start AF, AF illuminator (Built-in flash, Range: approx. 1-5m)
Focus Points
9 points
Focus Sensitivity
EV0 - 18 (ISO100)
Focus System
TTL phase detection system
ISO
Auto, 100 to 3200 (in 1 EV steps, Recommended Exposure Index)
Metering
TTL metering w/ 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Metering Modes
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity
EV1 - 20 at ISO100 with F1.4 lens, (EV3 - 20 in spot metering mode)
White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
Dimensions (Approx.)
Approx. 128 x 97 x 67.5 mm (W/H/D, excluding protrusions)
Weight (Approx.)
Approx.452 g (without battery, memory card, accessories)
Warranty
Sony 1 year parts & labor warranty

Reviews about this item

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3.9

(based on 7 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Camera for Most

After about a week with this camera, I really like it. I am a photographer and I needed a D-SLR, I wanted to start small, but not too small, and cheap. I did do a LOT of research before buying this. I would not recommend it if you need to take lots of fast consecutive shots, 2.5fps (frames per second) is not the fastest. Flash recovery time is a bit slow too. If you have large hands this camera might be strange too, the buttons have very little travel and are shallow and the grip is small. Th...

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After about a week with this camera, I really like it. I am a photographer and I needed a D-SLR, I wanted to start small, but not too small, and cheap. I did do a LOT of research before buying this. I would not recommend it if you need to take lots of fast consecutive shots, 2.5fps (frames per second) is not the fastest. Flash recovery time is a bit slow too. If you have large hands this camera might be strange too, the buttons have very little travel and are shallow and the grip is small. The menus and UI (user interface) are very very nice however. Easy to use and navigate. I really like this camera, it is basic, but has advanced features too. Color is pretty good, but for the best results you should play with the settings. Another plus is you can use Minolta lenses too. I would suggest going and buying a telephoto or zoom lens however, because the kit 18-55mm lens is not the best. Another thing is the shutter is kinda loud, not a huge down, but something to take note of. Also has a proprietary hot shoe (where you can attach an external flash) but you can buy an adapter online for about $5. The battery life is also pretty good. I really like it, and would recommend.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The worst camera!!!

I bought the camera almost a year ago and at the begining I saw some dark spots on the photos, I cleaned the lens but they are still there. Now, when I take photos "Camera Error" appears. I am really disappointed about the quality, reliability and perfomance of this camera.

Reviewed by 7 customers

 
4.0

Perfect for my purpose

By

from Houston, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

My daughter is 12 and just starting to get interested in photography. This is great beginner camera. My father use to shoot Minolta and I still have his gear. Since Sony kept the mount when they bought out Minolta, we can use some really good glass with this camera and improve the already great images that it takes. Highly recommend to beginners looking to get great shots at a reasonable price.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sony a230 -- great camera!

By

from Denver, CO

I bought this camera a little under 10 months ago, so I've gotten to use it a lot (hundreds of pictures, lots of memory cards!) This camera isn't the most professional out there, but it truly is incredible, especially for beginners. It's easy to operate and the auto settings are great for those who struggle with ISO and aperture balance. I think the FN settings on the camera makes it easy to put whether or not you want vivid or black and white or a portrait (you can edit many settings right there). It's a brilliant camera: anyone who wants a cheap camera with sharp quality, this is definitely one I would recommend.

(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

The worst camera!!!

By

from Galveston,TX

I bought the camera almost a year ago and at the begining I saw some dark spots on the photos, I cleaned the lens but they are still there. Now, when I take photos "Camera Error" appears. I am really disappointed about the quality, reliability and perfomance of this camera.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lots of bang for the buck!

By

from Sunland CA

This is my first foray into the world of DSLR imaging, and frankly speaking, I love it. I've owned a Canon EOS A2 for nearly ten years and despite being the camera of my dreams I could never really explore it's potential due to the cost of film and developing, and sadly I no longer have it. I've toyed round with the idea of getting a digital camera but up til I bought my A230, it was again an issue of economics. Long story short, I finally had the cash and got a good deal on a Sony...frankly speaking I wasn't expecting much...Sony has cameras? How is this gonna measure up against the big boys? Guess what, kids...it measures up just fine. My A230 was surprisingly light weight (but then again I was used to the heft of my A2) and smaller than I'd figured, but underneath that unassuming exterior beat the heart of a picture taking tiger. Right out of the gate I was snapping terrific photos and getting amazing results...the little guide that tells you about each function as your'e shooting is a wonderful tool for those who are just starting out ( and a good refresher for those who haven't shot in a long time)...the response time when shooting in continuous mode was terrific and the autofocus was spot on. The color is amazing and the pictures..well let's just say when I show people my photos and I tell 'em what kind of camera I had...lots of surpised expressions to say the least. Low light photos are very good, though I would prefer a bit higher ISO as I don't use any artificial light and prefer to be as natural as possible...that and the lack of Live View and Video are the only things that keep this little warhorse from being the perfect camera. I will eventually upgrade, but if the rest of Sony's lineup is as is as champion as this wee beasty has been, then I'm sticking with the family!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My first DSLR

By

from Mexico

Hi, I'm mexican. I just got this camera and I love it!!, I've always wanted a DSLR and I finally got It, the image quality is great!, very superior compared to other cameras, Sony lenses are very high quality and taking in count the clearance of the picture the price is quite good. This camera is great for me beacuse is a transition from compact to DSLRs. I recommend it to any one, Sony = High Quality don't forget that when you buy you DSLR or lenses for your Alpha! =)

(61 of 62 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Camera for Most

By

from Central Florida

After about a week with this camera, I really like it. I am a photographer and I needed a D-SLR, I wanted to start small, but not too small, and cheap. I did do a LOT of research before buying this. I would not recommend it if you need to take lots of fast consecutive shots, 2.5fps (frames per second) is not the fastest. Flash recovery time is a bit slow too. If you have large hands this camera might be strange too, the buttons have very little travel and are shallow and the grip is small. The menus and UI (user interface) are very very nice however. Easy to use and navigate. I really like this camera, it is basic, but has advanced features too. Color is pretty good, but for the best results you should play with the settings. Another plus is you can use Minolta lenses too. I would suggest going and buying a telephoto or zoom lens however, because the kit 18-55mm lens is not the best. Another thing is the shutter is kinda loud, not a huge down, but something to take note of. Also has a proprietary hot shoe (where you can attach an external flash) but you can buy an adapter online for about $5. The battery life is also pretty good. I really like it, and would recommend.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good camera

By

from Mountain Home, Pa.  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera was purchased as a replacement for my Konica Minolta which died. I was looking for a camera that would allow me to use the lenses and other accessories I already had. This one meets that need. It is an excellent buy and works equally well with all of my accessories.

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