Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 (Body Only) reviews and prices: SLR camera

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This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 247 reviews.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 (Body Only): 10.2 MP (Megapixels), SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital SLR camera. See full product description
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Brian , Livno - Bosnia and Herzegovina Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Wireless remote (capability) - Bulb feature (allows shutter to remain open for as long as you want) - Idiot guide is useful for me ha ha (can be switched off if not required) - Size and weight (although not small it is reasonable compared to some giants out there) - New kit lens 18-55mm (very adequate for wide angle and portrait format) - Menu button is simple to use (that and a separate Fn (Function) button are well thought out) - The image quality on auto is good and better I think when you use the options P.A.S.M. - The battery is the camcorder type and lasts for ever and charges in under two hours. New firmware version 1:10 is fantastic and allows exposure to be locked via half shutter depression (but see below)
Bad points:
No Exposure lock button, which was on the previous similar model a200 (AE-L) - no wired remote socket (only wireless) so cheap interval-meters are not available - no battery extension grip available - focus shifting is a menu driven experience and takes 6 steps to change point of focus (I use Spot and shift by holding down shutter while re-aligning) - the Grip may prove difficult for some as in this model it has been made very small (it takes getting used to)
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Apr 2011

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
easy and fun to use
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Sep 2010

Purchaser Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
very easy to use,it tells you eveything on the screen.
Bad points:
none yet.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Review date: 19 Jul 2010

Jon, Warrington Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to use and for a novice to pick up and start taking quality pictures this camera is perfect. It also has additional features for those more experienced and a great first Digital SLR.
Bad points:
Camera ergonomics aren't perfect, sometimes doesn't feel like I am holding it properly but only a minor issue.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 May 2010

Gavin, Swansea Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use, from point and shoot to manual rear screen display modes make learning photographic techniques very easy to understand. I bought the camera for my daughters A level photography, unfortunately she droped the subject after 4 weeks, however she understands the basics and can make good use of the camera in manual or semi manual modes. I now have the use of a DSLR which I've missed since my 35mm film SLR. I'm very pleased with the ease of use and results from this camera. i'd lost interest with digital cameras due to shutter delay.
Bad points:
The only bd point is not having a live view to take point and shoot with the screen, however this is a minor concern and at the price I sourced the camera it is not an issue. For that type of photography a point and shoot compact is more conveinient anyway.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Sep 2010

shaun, Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
This is my first dslr and for the price its great!
Bad points:
The firmware could be updated to make bracketing +2 -2
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Jan 2011

Elaine, Falkirk Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent quality photographs, easy to use
Bad points:
No live display on the lcd screen
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Review date: 02 Aug 2010

Product Features

Camera Type SLR
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format SD Card
Media format Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Media format SDHC Card
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 450
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 128x97x67.5
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 39995
Height in mm 9.7
Width in mm 128
Depth in mm 6.8
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes
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Manufacturer's Description

A230Digital SLR camera. Very light, compact and easy to use with excellent picture quality

10.2 megapixels with 2.7" LCD and SteadyShot INSIDE. Body only.

  • Crisp, clear, detail-packed images
  • Very light, stylish and easy to carry
  • Powerful creative features made simple to use
  • Reduced camera shake for crisp, clear handheld shooting

DSLR quality that’s fun for everyone

It’s never been easier to capture great-looking images. Extremely compact, light and so simple to use – a perfect introduction to the world of digital SLR photography.

Say no to camera shake

Keep things crisp and even. SteadyShot INSIDE reduces camera shake when youre shooting handheld. Its great for atmospheric, low-light scenes without flash as well as high-zoom shots when you havent got a tripod handy. And it works with all your ? lens collection, too.

Learn more about SteadyShot INSIDE
Beautiful images, razor-sharp responses

The BIONZ processor inside your ? camera is the key to its lightning-fast shooting responses. This powerful processing engine handles large amounts of digital information from the cameras sensor, delivering beautiful, low noise images, frame after frame.
Quality that won’t weigh you down

Who wants to be weighed down by their DSLR? Small, light and comfortable to hold, there’s less to carry on days out, weekends away or longer trips abroad. Now there’s no excuse for leaving your camera at home.
Great results made beautifully simple

Never used a DSLR camera before? Don’t worry – help is at hand. There’s an on-screen help guide, plus a choice of Scene Selection modes to suit any subject. You’ll get amazing results without having to worry about fiddly settings.
Control the show in comfort

Connect the camera to your BRAVIA television – then effortlessly control playback functions with your BRAVIA TVs remote. Theres no need to get up from your favourite chair to enjoy the show in sparkling HD.


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