• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200

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Differences

Sony DSLR-A200 advantages over Sony DSLR-A350

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $900 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.12 vs 5.16 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.55x vs 0.49x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.8 fps vs 2.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    8 vs 3 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony DSLR-A350 advantages over Sony DSLR-A200

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    595 vs 521 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More pixels
    14.2 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Pentax K200D

Sony DSLR-A200
Pentax K200D
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony DSLR-A350
Pentax K200D
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon XSi

Sony DSLR-A200
Canon XSi
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony DSLR-A350
Canon XSi
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D60

Sony DSLR-A200
Nikon D60
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony DSLR-A350
Nikon D60
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony DSLR-A300

Sony DSLR-A200
Sony DSLR-A300
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $563
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Sony DSLR-A350
Sony DSLR-A300
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels
  • $563
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Faster JPEG shooting

Compared to Nikon D5000

Sony DSLR-A200
Nikon D5000
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony DSLR-A350
Nikon D5000
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
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