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Sony a200 Digital SLR camera

Sony a200 Digital SLR camera - Sony have released the new a200, an entry level Digital SLR with 10.2Mp, Super SteadyShot image stabilisation technology and 2.7in Clear Photo LCD for ease of playback viewing.

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Press Release: Sony a200

A perfect introduction to the exciting world of digital SLR photography, the new a200 digital SLR camera teams superb imaging quality with ease of use and advanced creative options.

Compact and comfortable to handle, the a200 is compatible with the growing a range of over 20 interchangeable lenses plus lighting systems and other accessories.

Superb imaging quality
The a200 features powerful noise reduction and image processing techniques from the advanced Sony a700 to deliver even higher picture quality - even under challenging shooting conditions. Delivering rich, vivid colours and brilliantly detailed tonal reproduction, 10.2Mp CCD sensor gains new noise reduction circuitry. Performance of the Bionz image processing engine is also enhanced, contributing to lower picture noise in all shooting situations.

Sensitivity is boosted to a maximum ISO3200, allowing successful hand-held shooting in low-light conditions without flash. A special High ISO Noise Reduction mode improves picture quality still further at increased sensitivity settings.

Super SteadyShot inside compatible with all α lenses
Super SteadyShot optical image stabilisation inside the camera body gives effective anti-shake performance with all a lenses: this includes the supplied 18-70mm kit lens as well as macro and standard optics that aren’t typically available in stabilised form. A new control algorithm on the a200 now boosts Super SteadyShot effectiveness between 2.5 and 3.5 steps, compared with the 2.0-3.5 step range of the a100.

Responsive and easy to use
Alongside its superb picture quality, the a200 allows photographers of all abilities to shoot great-looking pictures with greater comfort and confidence.

The large, easy-to-view 2.7in Clear Photo LCD now features a handy Camera Function Display. The uncluttered screen allows quick, unambiguous selection and adjustment of camera settings, even for novice photographers. The display also gains a new RGB histogram mode for checking the colour balance of captured images.

The camera’s enhanced responsiveness allows photographers to react quickly to spontaneous picture opportunities. Faster, more accurate AF with improved predictive control performance allows successful capture of subjects even when they’re moving. The centre-cross 9-point AF sensor module now features a new AF motor plus improved control logic, accelerating overall AF speed. An AF button allows quick manual switchover of focus area to the centre of the frame – ideal for quick focusing on small subjects.

The powerful InfoLithium NP-FM500H rechargeable battery pack delivers up to 750 shots between charges (CIPA measurement). Remaining battery life is displayed on the LCD screen as a percentage for extended shooting without worrying about power levels.

Available as an option, the new VG-B30AM Vertical Grip allows comfortable shooting in portrait or landscape positions. It also accepts up to two NP-FM500H batteries for extended shooting time between charges.

A new pop-up flash fires automatically in Auto or Scene Selection modes, or can be overridden if required for shooting in ambient light.


Enhanced creative features

As with its predecessor, the a200 makes it easy even for newcomers and causal photographers to achieve great-looking results with any scene.

The enhanced D-Range Optimiser (DRO) adjusts exposure and contrast for natural, balanced results, even with tricky backlit subjects. In DRO Advanced mode, auto detection and correction with backlit scenes has now been significantly improved for beautifully exposed images.

Six Scene Selection modes set exposure and white balance settings, allowing the user to concentrate on the subject without worrying about camera parameters. In addition, eight Creative Styles make it easy to achieve a particular look for a shot without complex settings.


a200 Specifications

Camera type: Digital SLR with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses

Lens mount: Compatible with Sony a lenses and Konica Minolta/Minolta MAXXUM/DYNAX lenses

Image sensor: APS-C size CCD with anti-dust system

Sensor resolution: 10.2Mp

Image processor: Sony BIONZ engine

Image stabilisation: Super SteadyShot with approx. 2.5 – 3.5 EV decrease in shutter speed (actual stabilisation depends on shooting conditions and lens)

Noise reduction: Long exp. & High ISO NR at ISO1600 / 3200

Creative Styles: Preset modes: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B/W, Adobe RGB. Adjustable parameters: Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness D-Range Optimiser operating modes: Off, Standard, Advanced

Scene Selection modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night Portrait / Night View

Viewfinder: Field of view: 95% / Magnification: 0.83x

AF system: TTL phase detection, centre-cross 9-point

Sensitivity: ISO100 - 3200 equivalent(Recommended Exposure Index)

Light metering: 40-segment honeycomb with multi-segment, spot and centre weighted modes

Flash modes: Auto, Fill-in, Wireless, Rear, High Speed Synchro and Slow Synchro (Wireless and High Speed Synchro modes require optional accessory flash HVL-F56AM or HVL-F36AM)

Built-in flash system: Auto popup (GN 12) with manual popup button

Shutter speed range: 1/4000 sec. - 30 sec., bulb (Flash sync speed 1/160 sec.)

Continuous shooting rate: Up to approx. 3 fps

Max no. of frames: JPEG Fine/Std: unlimited (until memory card is full), RAW+JPEG: 3, RAW: 6 recordable (continuous)

Monitor screen: Transparent TFT / 2.7in Clear Photo LCD (230k dots) with AR coating

Histogram display: Brightness, RGB

Function menu: Camera Function Display with direct control of Flash Mode, AF Mode, WB, Metering Mode, AF Area, DRO

Battery type: NP-FM500H with InfoLITHIUM % power remaining display on screen

Battery life: Approx 750 shots (CIPA measurement)

Vertical control grip: VG-B30AM (optional) accepts up to 2x NP-FM500H batteries

Recording media: CompactFlash card: Type I, Type II (Microdrive) Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo with optional adaptor.

Dimensions (WxHxD): Approx. 130.8 x 98.5 x 71.3 mm (excl. protrusions)

Weight: Approx. 532 g (w/o batteries or memory card)

Availability:
The a200 Digital SLR camera will be available in kit form with an 18 70mm lens from February 2008.

 


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Comments


mark_delta 7 1.3k
7 Jan 2008 5:57PM
Until they can come up with a flagship camera they should give it a rest.
Look at all the budget dslr's that don't have a flagship camera, Fuji, pentax, Konica Minolta olympus, samsung.
nobody wants one, they are hard to shift, zero street cred ratings, take a look at nikon or canon, turn on the tv and you see the press togs with flagship cameras, the d2x, d2h, d3, the canon 1dmkii, mkiii and so on and all of a sudden everybody wants a canon or a nikon because the pro's use em !
Sony lead the world in broadcast quality video, the betacam is industry standard, how they got left behind in the stills department is a mystery and until they can produce a pro spec dslr and range of lenses that pros want to use and are seen to use then they can forget breaking the budget market.
Build a flagship first, then sell rowing boats !

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Snapper_T 10 848 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2008 9:45PM
I guess your not a fan then Mark?

Well, all the camera manufacturers have an entry level machine, and update them from time to time to keep up with the competition and possibe demand.

The top models from these manufactures have to be seen as 'flagships' until a better spec'd model appears.

Forget street cred. If you can get results with your chosen camera then use it.

Trev
CraigF 8 117 Scotland
8 Jan 2008 9:35AM
I think it has its place but personally i cant see why they are bragging about the 1600 - 3200 iso when the noise on the A100 is bad at 800 and the noise on the A700 at 1600 is very bad also.
I think they would have been better served sorting the noise issues out first then delivering the A700 and A200.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
8 Jan 2008 11:18AM

Quote:Until they can come up with a flagship camera they should give it a rest


No, this is a good move for Sony.
11 Jul 2008 3:48PM
Yes this is my First Sony a200 DSLR i up graded from Olympus SP550UZ & the SP570UZ the Sony a200. Olympus was not bad but the xD cards suck slow and the lag time with Olympus i lost many shots with Olympus Camera for me the Sony a200 is like a F1 Race car and the Olympus is Like a GEO Metro Car (I use to own Film SLR) me for the price and the test they did with the a200 i will sure buy Sony again mabe the Pro A700 or the A900 at lease the Camera is made in Japen Not China or Indonesia

10 megapixel APS-C CCD
Interestingly Sony has gone for CCD rather than CMOS with this camera, so it's not the same sensor as used in the DSC-R1. We've no official confirmation but it seems likely that this is the same 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD used in the Nikon D200.

Review http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Sony-Alpha-A200


Me i think is Fair game for Sony to get in to the Race of DSLR

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