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 Post subject: New Alpha 200...
PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:38 pm ... ild-1-5308 ... ild-3-5306 ... ild-2-5307

a200 Key Features

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

Lens mount-
Compatible with Sony  lenses and Konica Minolta/Minolta MAXXUM/
DYNAX lenses

Image sensor-
APS-C size CCD with anti-dust system
Sensor resolution- 10.2 effective megapixels
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

Field of view: 95% / Magnification: 0.83x

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

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 / 2.7-inch 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.

(WxHxD) Approx. 130.8 x 98.5 x 71.3 mm (excl. protrusions)
Weight Approx. 532 g (w/o batteries or memory card)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:44 pm 

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:53 pm 
I think around $900, but I not sure...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:09 am 

-A200 + DT 18-70mm= $700
-A200 + DT 18-70mm + 75-300mm = $900
-A200 (only body) = $600...

Very good...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:19 am 
Are those specs confirmed? If so, why didn't Sony put the awesome screen of the A700 on the A200?

EDIT: Just saw the front page of Cameralabs, so that answers my question as to whether it was confirmed or not.

Last edited by grahamnp on Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:33 am, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 5:32 am 
I don´t know, I don´t work for Sony, but in the CES 2008 this was the announced by Sony.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:29 am 
it seems Very similer to the A100 if you ask me....

I definatly wont be upgreading my A100 just for these minor changes.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 3:42 pm 
Ok, but...

-New sensor Super HAD with noise reduction in the ship
-ISO 3200
-Better AF (around 1.7 more)
-Better DRO
-LCD 2.7" and quick navigation
-$600 body only...

Is very good.

Sure, if I just have the A100 maybe don´t would buy this...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:20 pm 
This seems like a serious good budget DSLR that you can grow with. Such a camera could be the beginning of the end of Canon/Nikon domination :) the price, super steady shot, kit lens and design makes it the perfect "first DSLR". I doubt that live view will make it up for the lack of in-body stabilization on those other two brands, what do you think?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:34 pm 
Im not really that technical when it comes to camera's, But from your lots impression would you say this is a hefty upgrade from the A100? In my eyes it doesn’t seem that much of an upgrade and its only the little inside things that have changed which I don’t understand.

When i was buying my first DSLR the sonyA100 stood out because of the image stabilisation

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:17 pm 
I don't think the A200 is an upgrade of the A100. A200 seems more like a competitor to the Nikon D40x whereas the A100 was aimed towards the K10D/D80 market.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:27 pm 
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Hi everyone, we're at CES and have handled the new A200 and have some info and sample images here!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:55 pm 
nice reveiw, look forward to reading more of your reveiws as the release unfolds.

Did you notice any difference in ISO noise levels compeard to the A100 which has a reputation to be quite grainy although I am yet to notice it.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:27 pm 
i think it's a prettyy sweet camera... im waiting for a video review gordon :D

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 5:24 pm 
Hi all,

First my compliments to this very professional and usefull site! Very good reviews, and handy videos to see the camera's in action.

I'm considering buying either the Sony Alpha A100 or the new A200.
Basically my choice for Sony is based on the image stabilasator in the body, and a better Kit lens to start with. Also I found the body of the A100, in comparison with the Nikon D40x and the Canon 400D, most comfortable when holding it.

Now that the Sony A200 is about to be available, the price of the A100 is clearly dropping in some stores here.

I would like to know what your recommendation/opinions are about the choice to be made. Are the advantages of the new A200 worth the extra money, or is the best option to buy the A100 on a discount now?

This would be my first DSLR camera.


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