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Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

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Pros

  • Simple controls (23)
  • Strong construction (19)
  • Large clear LCD (15)
  • Short lag time (14)
  • Easy to use (8)

Cons

  • Loud (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (18)
  • Fun (17)
  • Art (11)
  • Portraits (8)
  • Photojournalism (7)
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5.0

Excellent!!!!!

By Roy

from Puerto RIco

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Comfortable Controls
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Great Image Quality
  • Image Stabilization
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Art
    • Fun
    • Photojournalism
    • Portraits
    • Sports
    • Travel

    Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

    I recently came to the photography business and I started to use my dads Canon Rebel XT. As soon as I got some money I decided to give the A200 a try and I love it!!!! I would not trade this for the Rebel. It had a solid firm body and it fells great!! The image quality is superb, more than I have always been told, since my dad is a Canon user!! I would recommend this camera to anyone!!

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    5.0

    Very Versatile and User Friendly

    By Paul

    from Manila, Philippines

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Image Stabilization
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Loud
    • Sony Lens quality

    Best Uses

    • Art
    • Fun
    • Landscape
    • Photojournalism
    • Portraits
    • Sports
    • Travel

    Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

    This is an awesome camera! As a first-timer in DSLRs, I found the controls very easy to understand and use. The user manual itself is very helpful; it explains most of the jargon from photography in layman's terms. The lens compatibility is also superb. It can use all of the Minolta AF lenses. Battery-life is great as well. The cons of this product: its price here in the Philippines - [$]. (You guys are lucky in the US that you can get it as low as [$]). The Sony-made lenses are not built as well as the Minoltas. My recommendation, get a Sony Alpha body, and strap it on to a Konica-Minolta lens. You'll get the best results.

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    4.0

    decent camera

    By mach1

    from Bonaire GA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bright LCD
    • Comfortable Controls
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Great Image Quality
    • Image Stabilization
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Loud
    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape
    • Portraits
    • Travel

    Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

    Overall, I have been pleased with the camera. works well, easy to use and takes some great pictures. battery life is excellent! Only negatives, and reason for 4 stars out of 5 is some low light photos have not come out so well (camera is noted as having sub par high iso performance in reviews, so i knew this going in)and the built in flash is on the weak side

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    5.0

    V Good Camera

    By Septimos

    from Tripoli-Libya (North Africa)

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Controls
    • Easy To Use
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fun
      • Portraits
      • Sports
      • Travel

      Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

      I use it in traveling, sport, wild Life
      Sharp pictures, good autofocus, Good knight shots
      Reasonable price
      It is one of the greatest cameras I used

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      5.0

      Sony Taking The Spotlight

      By Lane Photography

      from Newton Falls, Ohio

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Comfortable Controls
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Great Image Quality
      • Image Stabilization
      • Small Lag Time
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photojournalism
        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

        Ive been doing studio photography for a few years. This camera reaches all my needs when using studio lighting and extra flash units and very well balanced quality.

        There are many settings to chose from when changing how your subject looks in front of the backdrops. (ONE) There are settings to blur the backdrop to give a brilliant sharp focus on the human image and their great smiles (IN THIS CASE USE THE (S) SETTING, GO TO MENU AND CHOSE PORTRAIT MODE.

        (TWO) There are settings for your lighting when using softbox or umbrella reflectors and all other flash-head or strobe lighting units.. Such as the (S) setting on the selector knob.. This will disable the built in flash and will enable the hotshoe for your snyc adaptor (BEST TO USE LOW ISO 100 to 400 AND TURN YOUR MONO FLASH TO DESIRED WATTS. REMEMBER IN (S) MODE IT IS (SHUTTER PRIORITY), THEREFOR YOU MUST CHOSE SHUTTER SPEED TO GET A BRIGHT EXPOSEURE AFTER CHOSING ISO AND WATTS FROM YOUR LIGHTING.

        I dont shoot photos long distance, so I cant say much about the 18-70 mm lense, but from what I see the zoom for this A200 is amazing. Very quick focus for any shooting purpose, very quick start up and very quick shutter.

        To all who are looking for a DSLR, I have been reviewing for months on This camera as wells as the Nikon D40, D60 and D80, Olympus models E410, E420, E510 and E520 and canon XT, XS, XSI models and of course the SONY ALPHA line. I can not speak bad about any them either. All of them have their good qualitys.

        When I decided to finally go out to buy a new camera, I had a hard time chosing from all of them. I took my chance with this one and I am happy. Maybe you can take your chance with this one too, maybe this one will reach all your needs as well as they did mine.

        (REASON FOR MY SELECTION) NINE POINT AUTO FOCUS WITH SELECTABLE FOCUS ZONE, BIONZE IMAGING SENSOR, SAME AS THE A700. STUDIO FRIENDLY CONTROLLS, ENDLESS ATTACHMENTS AND ACCESSORIES OFFERED BY SONY AND SONY.COM FOR THE STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHER CHECK OUT SONY.COM FOR SHUTTER RELEASE REMOTE-WIRE OR WIRELESS AND SYNC ATTACHMENT AS WELL AS WIRELESS FLASH REMOTE

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        4.0

        Easy to use.

        By Camera Lady

        from New Jersey

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Controls
        • Easy To Use
        • Small Lag Time
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • None yet

        Best Uses

        • Art
        • Landscape
        • Portraits
        • Sports
        • Travel

        Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

        I purchased this product to be a full second system and think this might become my main system. All the Minolta-Maxxum lenses I have work well.

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        4.0

        Very good camera for first DSLR!

        By Chummus

        from Binghamton, NY

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Controls
        • Easy To Use
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Exposed LCD

        Best Uses

        • Art
        • Fun
        • Portraits
        • Travel

        Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

        So far I’ve taken about 700 pictures w/ my new camera. I love it! It is easy to figure out (especially if you read the manual) it tales great pictures in the preset modes. Though you must use the manual focus for lunar shots. The pop-up flash is a nice feature for info photography.

        The 18-70mm lens is very nice as well especially for wide angel shots. Though w/ a Tamron 70-300mm lens a tripod or bracing is needed. It appear that when the larger lens is extended, the uneven distribution of weigh is too much for the (normally very useful) anti-shake system.

        I am a life long Minolta user and I am very satisfied w/ the Sony A200 DLSR.

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        4.0

        Very nice camera

        By se

        from new york

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Controls
        • Quiet
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Art
          • Fun
          • Photojournalism
          • Travel

          Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

          High resolution at a good price from a reputable maker.

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          4.0

          Great Camera!

          By Matt

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Controls
          • Small Lag Time

          Cons

          • Loud

          Best Uses

          • Fun
          • Travel

          Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

          I haven't held many other cameras to compare to this, but I absolutely love it. Very easy to use, solid, comfortable to hold, and takes great pics. I wasn't very familiar with Sony DSLRs but figured I'd give this a try when it beat the Nikon D40 and Canon XT in specs and was cheaper. Very happy with the product and would buy again. I've had the camera for about 2 months and have taken over a thousand pics and the only problem is noise. Nothing too serious, but if I had to find something wrong with the camera, that would be the answer.

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          5.0

          dont pass this up

          By i.shot.it

          from milwaukee wisconsin

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Comfortable Controls
          • Quiet
          • Small Lag Time
          • Strong Construction
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Art
            • Fun
            • Travel

            Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

            the a200 is easy to figure out and very simplistic
            i like all of the options it includes like the super steady shot
            nothing will dissapoint you with the a 200

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Buy!!!!

            By Jake Loves Photography

            from Atascadero, CA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Autofocus Is Great
            • Bright LCD
            • Clear Shots
            • Comfortable Controls
            • Quiet
            • Small Lag Time
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Art
              • Fun
              • Portraits
              • Travel

              Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

              I use for basically everything. Portraits turn out very well but i don't use in the portrait setting in low light. I am not particularly fond of the stock flash. the camera also takes great landscapes, though i found it more convenient, for many daylight shots, to buy a UV Filter so that i don't have to fiddle with the settings that some shots don't come out overexposed. Especially with the filter this camera is a great buy. I have had no problems. It is easy to use and takes awesome photographs.

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                5.0

                Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera

                By SostanD

                from Canada

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Add on lens availiable
                • Adobe RGB
                • Bright LCD
                • Comfortable Controls
                • FAST AF
                • Fast Focus
                • Fast shutter
                • Intuitive interface
                • Large LCD
                • Long battery life
                • No shuter delay
                • SHARP IMAGES
                • Stabilization in body
                • Steady Shot Incredible
                • Strong Construction
                • Super steady shot

                Cons

                • Shutter noise scares wild

                Best Uses

                • ALL AROUND

                Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

                Sony Alpha DSLR-A200, a compact, ten megapixel (CCD) digital SLR with a (Konica) Minolta lens mount, Anti-Shake (now Super SteadyShot) and a definite cross-breed appearance. fast it is i love this Camera i upgraded from The Olympus Brand SP550 & the SP570UZ the upgrade is like going from a Metro Geo Car to a F1 Race car test drive one and you will see what i mean.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                So glad I bought this camera

                By maverick

                from new york

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Controls
                • Small Lag Time
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

                  I was still clinging to my minolta maxxum slr, and was hoping this would be an easy transition for me. I don't know why I waited so long!!! My lenses interchange, it takes great pictures and it's very easy to use. Everyone thinks I'm a professional.

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                  5.0

                  Great results out of the box

                  By Ice to Go

                  from Tampa

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Bright LCD
                  • Comfortable Controls
                  • Quiet
                  • Small Lag Time
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fun
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

                    350 pictures later
                    Great Color, Clarity, in all conditions
                    Used all settings except manual and picture results were excellent.
                    The anti-shake is outstanding when I used it with my Minolta 100-200 lens, even with action setting and shooting out of a moving train.

                    Have not found any issues

                    Use camera for vacations and family pictures.

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                    5.0

                    Sony Alpha

                    By Jeff

                    from Somerset kentucky

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Bright LCD
                    • Comfortable Controls
                    • Small Lag Time
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Exposed LCD

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentary
                    • Fun
                    • Photojournalism
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

                    So Far I love my New Camera . I have been shooting 35 mm for 18 years now and I switched to digital about 3 years ago. I first got a Nikon , But I wanted a Digital that I could use with all of my Minolta equipment . I am Very Pleased with the Sony and the Compatablity with all of my lens . The Controls and responce is much better. I am very please with the 200 .

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                    5.0

                    I would buy this product again and again

                    By T Roy

                    from Cookeville, TN

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Bright LCD
                    • Comfortable Controls
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Art
                      • Fun
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

                      I have owned Minolta cameras for a long time and when Sony purchased Minolta cameras I knew that it was a match made in heaven. I haven’t taken many pictures with my new camera, but I am looking forward to using it this summer.

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                      4.0

                      great

                      By MISCHIEVOUS

                      from Trinidad

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Bright LCD
                      • Comfortable Controls
                      • Quiet
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fun
                        • Photojournalism
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

                        Pictures are clean and clear, and really a good buy with the extra lens. Love the idea that the IS is on the camera, so I don't need to buy lenses with it, and that it's compatiable with other Konic lenses, just and added attraction. It's a bit heavy, but that really a small issue compared to the lists of advantages. Really great buy.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent camera for the money!

                        By Bob

                        from Washington, DC

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Controls
                        • Light weight
                        • Nice Size
                        • Small Lag Time
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Loud

                        Best Uses

                        • Fun
                        • Photojournalism
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

                        I have used the camera for about 2 weeks now and I am really liking it. It is my first DSLR. I had a 35mm Minolta SLR prior. It is quite a step up for my piont and shoot digital too. I have used the camera for taking some pics of my dog and the cheery blossoms here in DC as well as some pics at the new Nationals Park. All pics have come out very clear and the anti-shake makes a world of difference. If you are looking for a solid entry level DSLR, this is a great choice, especially if you have old Minolta lenses like I do.

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                        5.0

                        Love this thing

                        By MPNICK

                        from NJ

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Bright LCD
                        • Comfortable Controls
                        • Small Lag Time

                        Cons

                        • Loud

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

                          Upgrade from the 7I. This thing rocks. Works great on everything I tried so far. Took months before a pulled the triger on this one and I am glad I did.

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                          5.0

                          Very good camera.Best Bang for the Buck

                          By Tom

                          from Scotland, MD

                          About Me Getting started

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Controls
                          • Small Lag Time
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Art
                            • Fun
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Alpha DSLR-A200 SLR Digital Camera with Sony 18-70mm Lens:

                            Very Good camera. The default settings have helped me learn. With a little practice, I am well on my way. Very good Beginner camera w/ the ability to be more advaced/progress.

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