Where I live, the A200K kit (Body+18-70mm) costs SGD$1099. Add $300 to the kit price for the 75-300mm telephoto lens($399 on its own). This is an attractive price, compared to the Canon 400D, which costs $1199. The Sony A200K was $1099 all along, whereas the 400D's (18-55mm kit) price just dropped from $1349 not too long ago. Another good thing is that the A200's kit lens is 18-70mm, a bit longer than most other brands' kit lens of 18-55mm.
Design: Feels somewhat plasticky. Although its nice to the touch for me, some people may not like this. I agree that a plasticky feeling isn't always good. I had to get used to the scroll dial's(aka control dial) position in front of the shutter release button, because I'm used to the 400D's opposite position. Depending on the size of your hand, the grip may not be large enough for you. The weight is reasonable, but as it is designed for people who just entered the world of dSLRs, it may require some getting used to. The 2.7 inch LCD screen is slightly larger than some competitors'.
Noise: The NR(Noise Reduction) is good for high ISO settings. It reduces the noise level by substantial amounts(See: Sample images paragraph) especially at dark areas. This is important when using an ISO sensitivity of 3200 at night. One disadvantage of the NR when switched on is that after shots of longer shutter speeds (e.g. 10 seconds), the processing time takes a bit of time. The NR is automatically deactivated in Drive mode. NR available for shutter speeds above 1 second and ISO values of over 1600.
Function dial: The norm, M(anual), S(hutter speed), A(perture value), P(semi-automatic), green rectangle (fully automatic). Presets consist of Sunset, Landscape, Macro, Portrait, Night view/Night portrait, Sports, and flash off. I liked how the function dial is 360degrees compared to Canon's approx 300 degrees. Means you can turn from Manual to Flash Off straightaway, instead of having to go (anti)clockwise.
Creative styles: Gives settings for better shots. Standard, Vivid, Adobe RGB, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night view, Black/White(aka monochrome).
Continuous drive: Cliche 3.0fps for 'Fine' and 'L' size, gets slower per shot after 4th shot; until memory card is full. RAW file format, 6 frames. RAW+JPEG, 3 frames.
Eye Start AF: This is really cool!
Automatically focuses on whatever you look at through the viewfinder, when it is switched on. More use for this at low depths of field.
SuperSteady Shot: Warns of handshake. Tells you when vibrations too strong to be corrected.
InfoLithium battery: Accurately gives you the percentage of battery power left.
Built-in flash: Type:Auto pop-up. Flash metering and control: ADI and Pre-flash TTL flash. Flash coverage:18mm but Sony catalogue claims its able to cover 16mm fisheyes. Flash modes: Auto, Fill flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear Sync, Slow Sync, High-speed sync, Wireless. Guide number: GN 12.
Recycling time(imagine this as how much time to the next shot of the Tommy gun): approx. 4 seconds.
Viewfinder: Type: Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach mirror. Focusing screen: Spherical Acute Matte. Field of view: 95%.
Other lenses: Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses.
ISO range: 100-3200.
Operating temperature range: 0-40 degrees Celsius. (Don't think it'll last very long in the Sahara or the Arctic. But then again, how many of us go there? =P)
All-round good for an entry-level dSLR camera. Made by electronics powerhouse Sony, this has not disappointed me so far. (Even though I have/had 4 different camera brands at home.) One disadvantage is Sony' habit of making propietary additions. Flash gun, lens, you name it. Only the CF card(for the Alpha series) is not from Sony.
Recommended additions for slightly more advanced users: Flash gun($475 for more basic one). 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens.($899)
Sample images: Request if needed and I'll do my best to get them for you.
Signed, your fellow CL reviewer,
P.S.: For a more in-depth description, please go to Gordon's CameraLabs review at this link
For my review: All feedback is most welcome!
Note: All prices were given in Singapore Dollars(SGD).
EDIT on 21st May-------------
Final Say: With the other, newer and better models like the A300 and A350, you may want to consider spending just a little more for better features. However, the A200 is for those on a pretty tight budget wanting a decent entry-level camera.