Sony DSLR-A200 Review
Conclusion & Samples posted 3/26/2008
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The DSLR-A200 is designed to be faster, lighter and easier to use. Upgraded features include a wider, 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD screen for easy playback viewing, a more compact body and an easily-accessible mode dial, an easy-to-use function menu (camera function display), improved noise control for higher quality images, 1.7x faster AF speed than the DSLR-A100, improved predictive control performance, quieter shutter sound, automatic pop-up flash, and a battery life indicator that displays the percentage of battery life remaining.
As seen in all a (alpha) camera bodies, the DSLR-A200 camera incorporates Super SteadyShot image stabilization in the body to allow shooting at shutter speeds of 2.5 to 3.5 steps slower than otherwise possible - a benefit realized with every compatible lens attached to the camera. Compatible lenses encompass all Minolta Maxxum mount lenses, in addition to Sony a (alpha) lens lineup - including Carl Zeiss lenses.
With its 10.2-megapixel (effective) APS CCD image sensor, the DSLR-A200 camera continues to offer high-quality images. Clean, reduced- noise signals are sent from the image sensor to Sony's BIONZ™ processing engine, which processes picture information at high speeds and reduces picture noise in the RAW data stage before in-camera JPEG conversion. The results are high-resolution, detailed images with rich tonal reproduction. The DSLR-A200 model supports JPEG and RAW file formats. It has a slot for CompactFlash™ Type I/II media cards, and there is an adaptor for Memory Stick Duo™ media cards sold separately as an accessory.
In addition to Super SteadyShot image stabilization, the new model incorporates Sony's D-Range Optimizer (DRO). It helps you capture well exposed images, especially when shooting high contrast or backlit scenes that often lead to loss of highlight and shadow detail. Sony's DRO modifies the range from highlights to shadows, including gain and contrast, through its in-camera hardware processing to produce more natural, evenly exposed pictures. The camera's image analysis technology studies the captured image data and instantly determines the best exposure and color tonality for the image before JPEG compression.
Sony is providing a full line of accessories for the DSLR-A200, including flashes, rechargeable battery packs and several carrying
cases. There's also the VG-B30AM ergonomic vertical grip equipped with controls for portrait orientation shooting. It also allows for
the use of two InfoLITHIUM® batteries (sold separately) for up to 1,500 shots on a single charge. Like the DSLR-A100, the DSLR-A200 also
features eye-start auto focus, which starts focusing your picture before you even press the shutter.
The DSLR-A200K kit includes the camera body and a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 3.9x zoom lens for about US$699. The DSLR- A200W kit includes the camera body, the DT 18-70mm lens and a 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 lens for about US$899.
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Sony DSLR-A200 Specifications