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Sony α (alpha) A230L 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ DT SAM 18-55mm Lens)

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This Sony alpha 10.2 MP camera offers instant access to six different Scene Selection modes through the mode dial on its top, making it easier to automatically adjust the settings to any photo situation. The user interface of the Sony alpha A230 is customizable and four background colors can be chosen to optimize as desired the final result. This digital SLR camera is enhanced by SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization to correct shaking and capture sharp and crisp photos. An anti-static coating on the low-pass filter of this Sony alpha 10.2 MP camera has been added to help keep the image sensor clean. The Sony alpha A230 comes with an enhanced graphic display that makes it easier to understand how aperture and shutter speed adjustments affect the resulting photos. This digital SLR camera has an elegant and compact black body that weighs approximately 16 oz. Together with the Sony alpha 10.2 MP camera, a DT 18 mm-55 mm SAM lens is included to ensure the owner is immediately equipped for high-quality photos.

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Product Identifiers
UPC0027242748699, 027242748699, 4905524529661, 4905524529760, 4905524529777

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Optical Zoom3x
Sensor Resolution10.2 MP
Screen Size2.7"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size15.8 x 23.6mm
Sensor TypeCCD

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Lens For SDDT SAM 18-55mm
Focal Length Range18mm - 55mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size55 mm
Lens System FeaturesSmooth Autofocus Motor (SAM), Aspherical Lens, ED Glass
Auto Focus typeTTL phase detection
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera27 - 82.5mm

Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure compensation±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
Exposure MeteringCenter-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority
Light SensitivityISO 100, ISO 100-3200, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 3200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO auto
Light Sensitivity Max3200

Camera Flash
Flash TypePop-up Flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Camera Flash FeaturesAF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Flash Off, Forced On, Rear Sync Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync, Wireless Off-Camera Control
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryMemory Stick DUO PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card
Floppy Drive StorageNone

Viewfinder TypeOptical, Optical (Through-the-lens)
Optical Viewfinder TypeEye-level penta-dach mirror
Viewfinder - Field Coverage95%
Viewfinder Magnification0.83x
Dioptric Correction Range-2.5 to +1

Depth2.75 in.
Height3.88 in.
Width5.13 in.
Weight25.6 Oz.

Display TypeLCD
Display RotationFolding
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color
Display Size2.7"

Connector Types1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB
Expansion Slot1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo, 1 x SD Memory Card

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedApple Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later, MS Windows 2000 Professional, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP

Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Still Image FormatDCF 2.0, DPOF, EXIF 2.21, JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C

Other Features
Additional FeaturesBrightness Control, Built-In Help Guide, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Digital Image Rotation, Digital Noise Reduction, Digital Tele-Converter, Direct Print, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Exif Print Support, Eye-Start AF System, HDMI, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Image Stabilization, Interchangeable Lenses, Orientation Detection, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Shadow Point Display, USB 2.0 Compatibility

Shooting ProgramsLandscape, Macro, Night portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode, Sunset
Special EffectsBlack & White, Landscape, Neutral, Night View, Portrait, Sunset, Vivid
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Manual, Shade (Preset), Tungsten (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed2.5 frames per second

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Reviews & Research

CNET Editors' reviewVery Good


    The Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 has fast autofocus; high magnification viewfinder for its class; dual card slots; relatively simple, straightforward operation; built-in wireless flash and image stabilization; helpful SteadyShot indicator.


    Smallish grip; default settings produce suboptimal photos.


    The Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 is a solid entry-level dSLR that will surely have its fans, and it's a better deal than its slightly higher-end sibling, the A330.

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Created: 08/29/13

A fine performer and an excellent value.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

This purchase is my first venture into DSLR cameras. I came to focus on Sony because of the Minolta heritage, the solid reviews I've read, and, frankly, because the competition for other makes tends to drive their prices a bit higher, at least in the entry level range, where I wanted to be. I came to narrow my hunt on the a230 as delivering the best specs for the money I budgeted to spend. I am not disappointed. The camera is fairly easy to learn and is a fine performer. My only complaint would be that the manual selection of speed and aperture is a bit awkward to manage with the control layout provided. It's not a big issue for me now, and if it becomes one, I'll seek another camera for that purpose.

The Minolta heritage behind all Sony DSLR cameras means that there is a good supply of compatible lenses available at very reasonable prices. I can't compare, of course, to anything else in the DSLR world, but the optical performance of this a230 easily outpaces that of my 40 year old Nikkormat SLR -- which takes fabulous pictures. I will say that the old Nikkormat is built like a tank and can take some punishment. The a230 is lightweight (a plus) but I doubt that it could suffer much impact. That's ok by me. I go to fewer extremes nowadays than I did once upon a time.

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Created: 07/21/11

Sony alpha A230 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit

I am not experienced enough to give a proper review but I will let you know how I feel so far about it and hopefully it may help someone like myself who never used a DSLR. I purchased this camera to step into the DSLR world.
The Alpha A230 so far seems like the perfect entry level camera to get you started and learn the techniques involved with DSLR photography without breaking the bank.
Just shooting picture in the auto mode I notice a big diference in photo quality from my point and shoot camera.
The menus, settings and options available on this camera is at first and for me still overwhelming. I was expecting this and it is all part of the learning curve. I see it as the more options and settings you have the more you can customize your photos when you understand how each setting effects the photo.
I find this the exciting part.
The stabiler built in the camera is great. You can have any lens on and the stabilizer works. The start up speed is great compared to my P n'S camera. I can switch it on and take a picture in less then a second. The auto focus works great. The kit lense is good. I was expecting more zoom, but doing research this is normal for a 55mm lense. thats why the lenses are interchangable.
I know this wasn't much of a review but I hope it helped some bit.
All in all I am happy with my purchase and recommend it for anyone who want to step into the DSLR world.
When I understand and learn more about DSLR photography I will do another review.

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Created: 03/16/10

Great camera for the price. Very Good over all!

The vendor, thecamerabox, was very prompt and had good communications, and a great price for this new camera. A very good buying experience.

For years I've been plugging along with various digital point-and-shoot cameras. all the while missing the versatility and quality of digital SLR cameras. I longingly followed prices of the Canon EOS Rebel DSLR cameras, but even the 10.2 meg models are still too pricey. AND, I have a shelf full of Minolta cameras with MC/MD lenses. Lo and behold, I discovered that Minolta is not dead, it has morphed into Sony Alpha, and all Minolta AF lenses are fully compatible (and MC/MD lenses work well with an AF adapter) on the Sony. HOORAY! My Minolta MC/MD lenses all work (in manual focus and manual aperture mode). And my 1974 MC Rokkor 50mm f1.7 lens still takes incredibly sharp photos on this APS-C Camera!. So-long Canon, hello Sony/Minolta.

This camera does not have Live View, but I grew up taking thousands of shots thru a viewfinder, and this camera's LCD screen immediately shows each image as it is taken. Over- or under-exposed and unfocused shots can be immediately erased, only the good ones are kept. Many experiments with manual lens speeds and F-stops can be conducted in real time, and only the best results are retained on the SD chip.

The Sony AF 18-55mm AF kit lens is really pretty good. And I picked up a Sigma 70-210mm APO AF (Minolta) lens on eBay for a reasonable price, and it is a real goodie. Solid, Japanese optics and sharp, sharp images. So the versatility of this camera is excellent, especially with the ability to pick up some excellent Japanese glass optics at a fair cost.

I am very excited with the chance to get back into DSLR photography with all the versatility that digital photography provides. Sony makes that possible with this most reasonably priced and high quality camera.

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Created: 09/10/09

A fine camera for the job

As the manager/owner of a detective agency (http://www.aaccurate.info), I was looking for a dSLR that would provide the lens swapping capability of an SLR while not breaking the bank. For a mere $380, each investigator gets an A-230L camera, 18-55mm Sony lens, bag, cleaning supplies AND a host of extra gear that includes a fish eye lens for landscape shots (a must for dSLR shots), a screw on lens doubler, a tripod, 4Gb card and LCD covers. Wow. That's a great place to start. For an additional $280, I purchase each new investigator a Sony 75-300mm A/F lens with a Sony A/F lens doubler. That kit comes with filters.

That's less than $675 for a complete dSLR kit that covers A/F lenses of 18-55 / 36-110 / 75-300 and 150-600 (yes, that's all AutoFocus). Add the screw on doubler (disable A/F) and you're now at 1200mm for less than $700 for the kit.

The shots are clear and Sony's LCD display is easy to learn if you have a good photo background (or you learn quickly). No hidden gotcha's yest. The multiframe capability is a little slower than I had imagined but still shoots a good rate for PI work. If multiframe shooting is your hot button (sports), you probably want to look at a different camera. My friends Nikon D-90 frames like a bandit but costs twice as much when comparably lensed.

I forgot to mention that FumieCamera (that's our E-bay seller) included the 3 year warranty for the above price. The 75-300 lens and doubler came with a 5 year warranty from JerseyPhoto.

The wife is going to shoot Senior portraits for the year book with the camera so we'll probably get the external flash for those. A PI really doesn't need the extra flash. The included pop-up flash does a really good job for what we do.

Happy shooting!

Brook Hammond, manager
Aaccurate Investigations

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Created: 12/10/11

Great product for the price!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I've been wanting a DSLR for some time. The Sony alpha A230 fits the bill perfectly! It is the perfect camera for the DSLR beginner like me but also produces professional quality photos. The full auto mode makes it as easy to use as a point-and-shoot and the manual mode gives you full control and allows you to be as creative as you want. Excellent value for the money. The only con that I can see is that you cannot switch to AA batteries if you drain the included battery so, for long shoots you either have to have a second battery (expensive) or plan shorter shoots. That however, is a minor con. Overall rating stays at 5. Good job, Sony!

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