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Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.56 (out of 10)
Review (Summary): "The Alpha A200 shares the same 10.2 Megapixel CCD sensor as its predecessor, but squeezes it into what Sony describes as a smaller and lighter body. Like the two previous Alpha DSLRs, the A200 still features built-in stabilization which shifts the sensor to counteract camera shake. Like other built-in sensor-shift systems, the benefit is enjoying stabilization on any lens you attach, although the downside is not being able to see the stabilizing effect through the optical viewfinder as you compose your photo. ...

... Ultimately few existing A100 owners will be upgrading to the A200, as there’s no truly compelling reasons for doing so – instead they’ll be eyeing-up the A300, A350, or a bigger step to the semi-pro A700. But anyone who was about to buy an A100 – or indeed any entry-level DSLR – should definitely add the A200 to their shortlist. It may not have the bells and whistles of Live View or more than 10 Megapixels, but you may not want or need them. So as it stands, the A200 may be unremarkable, but remains a good, solid, entry-level 10 Megapixel DSLR we can easily recommend, although as always, carefully compare it against the competition."

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Popular Photography 8.71  07-28-08 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "When Sony introduced its first DSLR, the Alpha 100, we liked it enough to name it our 2006 Camera of the Year. While its replacement, the new Alpha 200, doesn't break much new ground, it will certainly give its entry-level competitors a run for their money. And money is the operative word, given the A200's bargain street price of $500 with a 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 lens ...

... Overall, image quality was Excellent from ISO 100 through 800. It slipped to Extremely High at ISO 1600-3200, when noise reduction, a default setting, kicked in at the expense of resolution. This dropped to 1725 lines at ISO 3200 from 2150 lines on average at lower ISOs. ..."

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Imaging-Resource 8.44  03-14-08 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Sony's Alpha A200 is a relatively minor revamp to the electronics giant's first digital SLR, the A100, which itself was a more significant step up from the Konica Minolta 5D. The Sony A200 is lighter and smaller than the A100, and a good deal easier to use. ...

... While the Sony A200 won't make you do back flips for its techno-gadgetry, the Sony A200 does instill confidence. If you're like me, gadgetry isn't what you buy an SLR for; you just want great pictures. The Sony A200 delivers. It works very well, is easy to understand and use, and most importantly it produces great images. The technological gadgetry that it does have is all directed toward that purpose, and Sony's execution is excellent. ..."

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DCResource 8.33  03-24-08 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The Alpha DSLR-A200 is Sony's new entry-level digital SLR, and the follow-up to their very first one, the DSLR-A100. As you may know, Sony purchased Konica Minolta's digital SLR business back in 2005, and nobody was surprised that the DSLR-A100 was more Minolta than Sony. The A200 has more of a Sony influence, but if you've used a Minolta D-SLR, you'll feel right at home. ...

... Overall, the A200's photo quality was very good, but the difference between RAW and JPEG images is disconcerting. JPEG images are considerably softer than those taken in RAW format, with noticeable noise reduction artifacts starting at ISO 200 in low light, and ISO 800 in good light. The soft-in-the-corners kit lens doesn't help matters, either. The good news is that you can avoid these issues by shooting in RAW, and the bad news is that you then have to post-process each image. ..."

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Digital Camera Info 8.15  07-01-08 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Many of the A200’s features are identical to the A100: 10.2-megapixel resolution, an image stabilization system built into the camera body, and an automatic dust removal system. The A-200's dimensions are just a hair smaller than the A-100, but the price tag is significantly more petite. ...

... The camera is responsive, feels good in your hand and lets you take very nice pictures. What's more, it comes with a lens with a wider zoom range than more expensive models, plus in-camera image stabilization that means you can benefit from anti-shake technology without investing in pricey stabilized lenses. ..."

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DPReview 8.00  07-17-08 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "The A200 is from a specs point of view not a very different camera to the A100 that it (along with the A350 and A300), replaces. The sensor specification is identical and many of the A200's features could also be found on the A100. The main differences are the larger screen, ISO 3200 and High ISO noise reduction on the A200. The new model does not feature the A100's Depth of Field preview though. ...

... Image quality on the A200 is a bit of a double-edged affair. While at base ISO the Sony's output is fairly clean and detailed (though not very good at low-contrast detail) things go downhill once you dim the lights and switch your camera to a higher ISO setting...."

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Photography Blog 8.00  03-30-08 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "... The A200 is now the cheapest Sony DSLR, building on the success of the A100 by using a smaller and lighter body, improving auto-focus performance (thanks to technology borrowed from the A700), increasing ISO speeds up to 3200, and featuring a slightly larger 2.7 inch LCD screen. There's also an optional vertical grip for portraits, something which the A100 sorely missed, and the flash now pops-up automatically. ...

... If you have no investment in a DSLR system and you're looking for an entry-level model, the Sony A200 is a real alternative to the likes of the Nikon D60, Canon EOS 450D and Olympus E-510. It may not be the most exciting camera on paper, with no Live View and "only" a 10 megapixel sensor, but in practice it's an easy-to-use, solid proposition from which you can confidently upgrade in the future to a more feature-rich model. ..."

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Trusted Reviews 7.64  02-18-08 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "... The A200 replaces the A100 as the base model in Sony's DSLR range, and its launch signifies the start of a major effort on Sony's part to grab a bigger slice of the lucrative DSLR market. While it sports the same 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor as the A100, in most other respects the A200 is a completely new camera. It features and improved Super SteadyShot moving-sensor image stabilization system, improved Bionz image processor, faster focusing, faster shooting speed and a new more ergonomic body. ...

... In terms of overall performance the A200 is a definite improvement over the A100. As with most DSLRs the A200 starts up in well under a second, and shuts down again almost instantly on power-off. The AF system is now much faster and more accurate, and is noticeably better at locking on quickly to low-contrast or poorly lit subjects, something that was a bit of a problem for the A100. ..."

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