Thoughts on the Sony Alpha A200

Discussion in 'Sony' started by \(used to be\) Fat Sam, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. Anybody got any thoughts or opinions on teh Sony Alpha A200?
    I'm researching the entry level DSLR market at the moment, and at £270, it
    seems to offer the most bang for my bucks.
    It also seems to get pretty good reviews as well.
    Does anybody know of any major problems or issues with this camera that I
    ought to be aware of?
     
    \(used to be\) Fat Sam, Sep 5, 2008
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  2. \(used to be\) Fat Sam

    saycheez Guest

    The Sony's are excellent values and compare favorably to Nikon, Pentax et
    al.
    They should as they share the same electronics.
    The cameras that share Sony innards are differentiated by their jpeg
    processing algorithms rather than their physical structure.
    When shooting raw, which you should learn if you want your dSLR to be
    anything more than an obese P&S, these cameras are identical.
    Despite the snobbery of many amateurs their pictures would be just as
    good/bad regardless of the lens brand used.
    If the Sony fits your needs and wallet get it and start taking pictures.
     
    saycheez, Sep 5, 2008
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  3. Well the only other DSLR in the same price range (which for me is rock
    bottom), is the D40, and the Sony seems to beat it hands down in terms of
    features.
    I guess a little part of me is saying "Yeah, but what's the catch?"
    I'm thinking the features list on the A200 is maybe a little bit too good to
    be true given its price.
    But then that might just be because it's not a prestige photography brand
    name like Nikon or Canon?

    For £270, I can get an A200 with 18-70mm lens and a 4gb memory card.
    For £300, I can get a D40 with 18-55mm lens and a battery grip.

    The Sony beats the D40 in speed, AF points, image stabilisation, self
    cleaning sensor, megapixels etc etc.

    I think I'll deffo go for the Sony then.
    Thanks.
     
    \(used to be\) Fat Sam, Sep 5, 2008
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    richg99 Guest

    Since the image stabilization is built into the camera...that means that all
    future lenses ( many Minolta AF lenses are sold daily on EBay etc.)...are
    automatically stabilized.

    Sony ( I own the A350 ) still has an uphill road to climb since Canon and
    Nikon have done a great job over the years. The competition is good for all
    of us. I think you will be very pleased with the A200, though I don't own
    that particular model. regards, Rich
     
    richg99, Sep 5, 2008
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