Sony DSLR-A200 Review

 
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Sony A200 Feature Comparison

The chart below compares the A200 with other, current Sony SLRs. What we've done below is to present something of a hybrid comparison between these four models. A red cell means that a given camera performs below the others, a green cell means that it performs better, and a yellow cell means it falls somewhere between. In cases where two cameras share a superior capability, both their cells will be colored green, etc. Sharp-eyed readers may find some areas where we haven't chosen to highlight a particular difference. Those cases are simply ones that we don't feel are significant in typical use of the camera.

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Sony Alpha DSLR Camera Comparison
Manufacturer
Sony Sony Sony Sony Sony
Model
Alpha A100 Alpha A200 Alpha A300 Alpha A350 Alpha A700
Imaging
System
Sensor Manufacturer
Sony
Sony
Sony
Sony
Sony
Sensor Type
CCD
CCD
CCD
CCD
CMOS
Color Filter Array
RGB
RGB
RGB
RGB
RGB
Total Megapixels
10.8
10.8
10.8
14.9
13.1
Effective Megapixels
10.2
10.2
10.2
14.2
12.2
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
23.6 x 15.8
23.6 x 15.8
23.6 x 15.8
23.5 x 15.7
23.5 x 15.6
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
1.5x
1.5x
1.5x
1.5x
1.5x
Sensor-shift image stabilization
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ultrasonic sensor dust-removal function
Yes (via anti-shake mechanism)
Yes (via anti-shake mechanism)
Yes (via anti-shake mechanism)
Yes (via anti-shake mechanism)
Yes (via anti-shake mechanism)
Image Processor
BIONZ
BIONZ
BIONZ
BIONZ
BIONZ
A/D Conversion
12-bit
12-bit
12-bit
12-bit
12-bit
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level pentamirror
Eye-level pentamirror
Eye-level pentamirror
Eye-level pentamirror
Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage
95%
95%
95%
95%
95%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
0.83x
0.83x
0.74x
0.74x
0.9x
Eyepoint (mm)
20
17.6
20.8
20.8
25
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)
-2.5 to +1.0
-2.5 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
-3.0 to +1.0
Focusing Screen
Fixed Spherical Acute Matte
Fixed Spherical Acute Matte
Fixed Spherical Acute Matte
Fixed Spherical Acute Matte
Interchangeable Spherical Acute Matte
Viewfinder
Info Display
Wide focus frame, spot AF area, local focus areas, Spot metering area, Flash compensation, Flash status, Flash mode, (wireless/ HS), Autoexposure lock, Shutter speed, Aperture, EV scale, Shots remaining, Shake warning, Super SteadyShot scale
16:9 area frames, AF frames, Spot metering area, Flash compensation, Flash status, Flash mode, (wireless/ HS), Manual focus, AF mode, Shutter speed, Aperture, EV scale, Autoexposure lock, Shots remaining, Shake warning, Super SteadyShot scale, Aspect ratio
16:9 area frames, AF frames, Spot metering area, Flash compensation, Flash status, Flash mode, (wireless/ HS), Manual focus, AF mode, Shutter speed, Aperture, EV scale, Autoexposure lock, Shots remaining, Shake warning, Super SteadyShot scale, Aspect ratio
16:9 area frames, AF frames, Spot metering area, Flash compensation, Flash status, Flash mode, (wireless/ HS), Manual focus, AF mode, Shutter speed, Aperture, EV scale, Autoexposure lock, Shots remaining, Shake warning, Super SteadyShot scale, Aspect ratio
16:9 area frames, AF frames, Spot metering area, Flash compensation, Flash status, Flash mode, (wireless/ HS), Manual focus, AF mode, Shutter speed, Aperture, EV scale, Autoexposure lock, Shots remaining, Shake warning, Super SteadyShot scale, Aspect ratio
Depth of Field Preview
Yes, enabled with depth-of-field preview button
No
No
No
Yes, enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Live View Mode
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Recording
System
Recording Media / Quantity / Slot Type
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive
Type I or II CF card / Microdrive / MS Duo / MS Pro Duo
Compatible File System
FAT 12 / FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 12 / FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 12 / FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 12 / FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 12 / FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW (ARW), JPEG
RAW (ARW 2.0), JPEG
RAW (ARW 2.0), JPEG
RAW (ARW 2.0), JPEG
RAW (ARW 2.0), JPEG
Maximum Resolution
3872 x 2592
3872 x 2592
3872 x 2592
4592 x 3056
4272 x 2848
Reduced Resolutions
2896 x 1936,
1920 x 1280
3:2
2896 x 1936,
1920 x 1280

16:9
3872 x 2176,
2896 x 1632,
1920 x 1088

3:2
2896 x 1936,
1920 x 1280

16:9
3872 x 2176,
2896 x 1632,
1920 x 1088

3:2
3408 x 2272,
2288 x 1520

16:9
4592 x 2576,
3408 x 1920,
2288 x 1280

3:2
3104 x 2064,
2128 x 1424

16:9
4272 x 2400,
3104 x 1744,
2128 x 1200

RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes, Large/Fine JPEG only
Yes, Large/Fine JPEG only
Yes, Large/Fine JPEG only
Yes, Large/Fine JPEG only
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution (Fine compression only)
Color Space &
White Balance
User Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB (six variants) + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB (six variants) + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB (six variants) + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB (six variants) + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB (eleven variants) + Adobe RGB
Processing Parameters
(Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Color Tone) / # of Increments
5 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast.
7 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast.
7 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast.
7 options each for sharpness, saturation, and contrast.
7 options each for sharpness, saturation, contrast, and brightness, plus 4 options for zone matching.
Preset WB settings
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), plus Auto and Custom
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), plus Auto and Custom
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), plus Auto and Custom
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), plus Auto and Custom
6 (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash), plus Auto and Custom
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
2500 - 9900K with 19-step magenta / green compensation
2500 - 9900K with 19-step magenta / green compensation
2500 - 9900K with 19-step magenta / green compensation
2500 - 9900K with 19-step magenta / green compensation
2500 - 9900K with 19-step magenta / green compensation
Autofocus
System
Type
TTL phase detection
TTL phase detection
TTL phase detection
TTL phase detection
TTL phase detection
# of Focusing Points (Focusing Point Type)
9 points
(1 center cross-type and 8 single-axis)
9 points
(1 center cross-type and 8 single-axis)
9 points
(1 center cross-type and 8 single-axis)
9 points
(1 center cross-type and 8 single-axis)
11 points, (1 center twin-cross type and 11 single-axis with high accuracy f/2.8 center point)
Superimposed Focus Point Display
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
AF Working Range (ISO 100)
EV 0 ~ 18
EV 0 ~ 18
EV 0 ~ 18
EV 0 ~ 18
EV 0 ~ 18
AF-assist Beam
Yes,
stroboscopic flash
Yes,
stroboscopic flash
Yes,
stroboscopic flash
Yes,
stroboscopic flash
Yes,
LED
Eye-start Focusing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
(grip detection too)
Exposure
Control
Shooting Modes
11 - Auto, Program Shift, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night Portrait
12 - Auto, Program Shift, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night View/Portrait, Flash Off
12 - Auto, Program Shift, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night View/Portrait, Flash Off
12 - Auto, Program Shift, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night View/Portrait, Flash Off
12 - Auto, Program Shift, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter priority AE, Manual, Memory Recall, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night View/Portrait
Metering Zones
40
40
40
(1200 in Live View mode)
40
(1200 in Live View mode)
40
Metering Modes
Multi-segment Honeycomb pattern, Center Weighted, and Spot
Multi-segment Honeycomb pattern, Center Weighted, and Spot
Multi-segment Honeycomb pattern, Center Weighted, and Spot
Multi-segment Honeycomb pattern, Center Weighted, and Spot
Multi-segment Honeycomb pattern, Center Weighted, and Spot
Metering System Working Range
(F1.4, ISO 100)
1) Honeycomb Pattern / Center Weighted Average; EV 1 ~ 20
2) Spot; EV 4 ~ 20
1) Honeycomb Pattern / Center Weighted Average; EV 1 ~ 20
2) Spot; EV 3 ~ 20
1) Honeycomb Pattern / Center Weighted Average; EV 2 ~ 20
2) Spot; EV 4 ~ 20
1) Honeycomb Pattern / Center Weighted Average; EV 2 ~ 20
2) Spot; EV 4 ~ 20
1) Honeycomb Pattern / Center Weighted Average; EV 0 ~ 20
2) Spot; EV 2 ~ 20
ISO Range / Extended
100 ~ 1600 / 80
100 ~ 3200
100 ~ 3200
100 ~ 3200
100 ~ 3200 / 6400
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 EV in 1/3EV increments
+/-2 EV in 1/3EV increments
+/-2 EV in 1/3EV increments
+/-2 EV in 1/3EV increments
+/-3 EV in 1/3EV or 1/2 EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
3 shots, +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 2/3 EV increments
3 shots, +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 2/3 EV increments
3 shots, +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 2/3 EV increments
3 shots, +/-2 EV in 1/3 or 2/3 EV increments
3 or 5 shots in +/-1/3, 1/2 or 2/3 EV steps
Shutter Speeds,
Frame Rate
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled mechanical focal plane
Electronically controlled mechanical focal plane
Electronically controlled mechanical focal plane
Electronically controlled mechanical focal plane
Electronically controlled mechanical focal plane
Shutter Speed Range
1/4000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
1/4000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
1/4000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
1/4000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
1/8000 ~ 30 sec., bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth
2.9 fps
/ 24 LF JPEG, 3 RAW+JPEG, or 8 RAW frames
2.8 fps
/ 8 LF JPEG, 3 RAW+JPEG, or 6 RAW frames
TBD
2.4 fps
/ 3 LF JPEG, 4 RAW frames
4.9 fps
/ 13 Extra Fine JPEG, 11 RAW frames
Flash
Built-in Flash / Guide Number at ISO 100.
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Yes (12 meters / 39 feet)
Max flash x-sync speed. (sec.)
1/160 (1/120 with Super SteadyShot)
1/160
1/160
1/160
1/250 (1/200 with Super SteadyShot)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
+/-2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
+/-2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
+/-2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
+/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Slow-sync flash
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
PC Sync Terminal
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Yes
Playback
System
LCD Size / Pixel Count
2.5 in LCD / 230,000 pixels
2.7 in LCD / 230,400 pixels
2.7 in LCD / 230,400 pixels
2.7 in LCD / 230,400 pixels
3.0 in LCD / 921,600 pixels
Tilting LCD
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
12x max. / Yes
12x max. / Yes
12x max. / Yes
14x max. / Yes
13x max. / Yes
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
5 steps
5 steps
5 steps
5 steps
11 steps
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Video Out/ HD Video
Yes/No
Yes/No
Yes/No
Yes/No
Yes/Yes (HDMI)
Other Features
Control Dials
1
1
1
1
2
Computer Connection
Yes, USB 2.0 High Speed, PTP-compliant
Yes, USB 2.0 High Speed, PTP-compliant
Yes, USB 2.0 High Speed, PTP-compliant
Yes, USB 2.0 High Speed, PTP-compliant
Yes, USB 2.0 High Speed, PTP-compliant
Direct Printing (PictBridge printers)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Menu Languages
6 (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese)
6 (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese)
6 (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese)
6 (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese)
6 (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese)
Camera Default Reset
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom Functions (Quantity)
Yes (12)
Yes (6)
Yes (6)
Yes (6)
Yes (21)
Remote Control
Wired with optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM
Wired with optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM
Wired with optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM
Wired with optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM
Wireless: with included RMT-DSLR1 IR remote control
or Wired: with optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM
Info LCD Panel / Illumination
No / n/a
No / n/a
No / n/a
No / n/a
No / n/a
D-Range Opt. Modes
Off, DR, DR+(Auto)
Off, DR, DR+(Auto)
Off, DR, DR+(Auto)
Off, DR, DR+(Auto)
Off, DR, DR+(Auto, Level)
MLU with 2-Second Timer
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Body Structure
Body Cover / Chassis
Polycarbonate / Unknown
Polycarbonate / Unknown
Polycarbonate / Unknown
Polycarbonate / Unknown
Magnesium Alloy (front), Polycarbonate (rear) / Aluminum
Environmental Seals
No
No
No
No
Yes
Power System
Battery Compatibility
NP-FM55H
NP-FM500H
NP-FM500H
NP-FM500H
NP-FM500H
CIPA Rated Shooting Capacity at 20C/68F
750
750
730
(OVF)
410
(Live View)
730
(OVF)
410
(Live View)
650
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
133 x 95 x 72
131 x 99 x 71
131 x 99 x 75
131 x 99 x 75
142 x 105 x 80
Weight (body only)
545 g
532 g
582 g
582 g
690 g
Oper.
Env.
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
0 ~ 40C
Operating Humidity Range
Not stated
Not stated
Not stated
Not stated
Not stated
Kit Lens
Focal length / aperture
18-70mm
f3.5-4.5 DT
18-70mm
f3.5-4.5 DT
18-70mm
f3.5-4.5 DT
18-70mm
f3.5-4.5 DT
18-70mm
f3.5-4.5 DT
or 16-105mm f3.5-5.6 DT
Lens Mount
Lens Mount / Compatibility
Sony Alpha mount; compatible with "most" Konica Minolta A-mount (Maxxum compatible) AF lenses as well.
Sony Alpha mount; compatible with "most" Konica Minolta A-mount (Maxxum compatible) AF lenses as well.
Sony Alpha mount; compatible with "most" Konica Minolta A-mount (Maxxum compatible) AF lenses as well.
Sony Alpha mount; compatible with "most" Konica Minolta A-mount (Maxxum compatible) AF lenses as well.
Sony Alpha mount; compatible with "most" Konica Minolta A-mount (Maxxum compatible) AF lenses as well.

 

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