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SonyAlpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens
 
4.6

(based on 80 reviews)

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    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (70)
  • Good image quality (65)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (49)
  • Fast shutter speed (44)
  • Image stabilization (43)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Short battery life (7)
  • Noisy at high ISO (5)
  • No viewfinder (4)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (55)
  • Family photos (48)
  • Travel (40)
  • Low light (37)
  • Wildlife (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (40), Photo enthusiast (31), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (41), Yes (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Camera! I'm very impressed!

This is my first DSLR. I have been using point and shoot digital cameras for the past 6 years and hated them all. In the 80's and 90's I used Minolta SLR's...Read complete review

This is my first DSLR. I have been using point and shoot digital cameras for the past 6 years and hated them all. In the 80's and 90's I used Minolta SLR's and own a SRT100, SRT202, X370 and X700. My lenses ranged from 28mm wide angle to 600mm telephoto. I never made the switch to AF because I loved to have the control over my photos that only manual operation could accomplish.

After much deliberation, I realized that the old Minolta gear just wasn't practical anymore, so hesitantly I looked for something to use my old lenses on. Sony fit the bill, IF I used an adapter and used the camera in manual mode, a nice feature to me.

Once I got this little gem in my hands, I quickly realized that there is absolutely no reason for me to even try to use my old MC/MD lenses. With Maxxum lenses all over the place, it doesn't make any sense to adapt the old lenses to my new camera.

However, once I started shooting pictures, I was quickly impressed with the quality and versitlity of the 18-55mm Macro Zoom that came with the A230. It is fast, light and the colors are spot on. The manual focus feature is great for getting those close ups that I want. In full auto, the snapshots that I have taken indoors are excellent. I will be buying a 70-210 "Beercan" and hopefully a 100mm prime Macro in the near future.
The only thing that I miss from my old film SLR's is DOF preview. If this camera had that and live view, it would be perfect.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice Camera

Nice camera for the price. Cameras of this level from the top manufacturers are equal, but this one comes at a cheaper price. Dont pay for the name Nikon, when you can get...Read complete review

Nice camera for the price. Cameras of this level from the top manufacturers are equal, but this one comes at a cheaper price. Dont pay for the name Nikon, when you can get the same features and usability by Sony

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3.0

My First DSLR !

By Sunshine

from Ski Utah

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

  • Noisy At High ISO
  • Poor In Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

I Learned on this camera . Its easy to use , and user friendly.This camera has taken me to the next level.With no problems !

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

love this camera

By jamie

from Maine

About Me Photography Student

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

  • Poor In Low Light

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

I love this camera, I got it for christmas when I was 13, and had never used a camera like it before. I am very interested in photography, and this was a great camera to learn on.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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5.0

Great Camera

By pooleparty

from Gardnerville, NV

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

    Easy to use, interchangeable lenses that I can use from my old Minolta Maxxum

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    I like this product alot

    By imotep

    from Rochester,NY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

    I have old minolta lenses which make it possible for me to have more lenses to work with on the sony camera. It is light, small, and easy to take picture with the menu options to choose from.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Really great!

    By Fun

    from Montreal, Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

      I was searching this product since december 2010. It was sold out every where[...] The camera is really great, i love it! Easy to use, pictures are so nice! Im glad. [...]

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Best value ever

      By ribarbieri

      from Sao Paulo, Brazil

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance

      Cons

      • No Video

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

      Best value for the money I could find. Easy to use, gret desing. I definitively recomend for people who wants the best quality for low MP pictures (like small print photos, or digital picture viewers).

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      great camera for beginners

      By justvideo

      from Warwick ri

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

        I have already recommended to a friend, I have a small videography business and use the camera for b-roll shots. I also use it for family events and will be taking it on vacation in a few weeks. The camera is easy to read and come with a easy to follow instruction book. It does take getting use to not looking through the LCD screen but no big deal once you get familiar with it.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        AWESOME CAMERA FOR THE PRICE

        By Deelicious

        from albany ny

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

          I bought this camera for my daughter for her 16th birthday who is very interested in photography and is taking classes in school, even the teacher comented on what a great camera she has and she spoke to me about it and couldn't believe the price for such a great piece of equipment so needless to say everyone is happy especially my bank account for finding such a great deal. This camera takes beautiful pictures, i own a nikon 3100 and you can't tell the difference in picture quality from one to the other would definately recomend this camera for anyone who wants a camera that takes proffessional quality pictures at a budget price...

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Great starter SLR Camera

          By Creativejt

          from Richton Park, IL

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

          • Poor In Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

          This is my first DSLR camera and it has me wanting to do more with photography. The flash needs to be upgraded for indoor shots, but I am sure they all do. Great buy.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent Camera

          By Adam

          from Watkinsville, GA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • You need a zoom lens

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

          If you are looking for a starter DSLR, this is the perfect camera. I have had Sony point-and-shoots and was very impressed with them. This DSLR does everything I would ever need out of a DSLR. It is the perfect size and very easy to use.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Very user-friendly DSLR

          By April

          from Bagram, Afghanistan

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance

          Cons

          • Small LCD Screen

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

          This is my first DSLR and after an ample amount of time researching for the best, yet affordable entry-level DSLR, I found the A230. When I first received the camera, I already fell in love with it. The image quality of A230 is superb. I found it to be very user-friendly, although I still have to work on figuring how to mess with P/A/S/M modes of the camera. Overall, I am totally satisfied with this product!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Nice!

          By SpiderFingers

          from Seattle WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

            This is my first DSLR, and I adore it. It has all the features I'd ever want, and some I never thought of. The menus are very intuitive; once I knew the basics, I was up and running. I had to go through the manual a couple times and spend some hours hands-on to fully understand all the features, but everything is quickly accessible through a variety of function, menu, program and navigation buttons, not hidden deep within layers of menus. Stepping up from a film SLR, I find the focus, metering, flash and white balance functions surprisingly flexible. I'm impressed that it handles indoor shooting without a flash at higher ISO; settings above 800 are grainy, but analogous to high ISO film grain. Detail and color dynamics are good, not astounding. Good battery life. Nice balance, comfortable weight, ergonomics are okay.

            I miss having a depth-of field preview button, but it's not absolutely necessary since one can review results on the fly. I wish the spot meter could freeze its setting when the shutter release is pressed halfway, like the autofocus can. As it is designed, the spot meter is really only useful in manual mode. And it's odd there is no autoflash option in P/A/S/M modes, only in the Auto and preset programs.

            Overall, a nice camera, a joy to use, at a great price.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9

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            5.0

            Great Deal for a Quality DSLR

            By Nick the nerd

            from Southwest Virginia

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

            I use this camera to mostly take unique, artistic photos and for astrophotography. This camera has served me very well so far. I bought this mostly to try my hand at AP and it works great. The pictures I have taken of the Moon and the Orion Nebula are gorgeous. As far as normal pictures go, this still works very well but it is not the best in low light. It has the ability to take wonderful pictures in all conditions if you have a tripod. The camera is very good for sports and outdoor pictures. One thing worth noting is that the camera is made for those who are new to DSLRs. The user interface does a great job at showing new users how the camera functions. Unfortunately, the camera does not have a live view mode. I personally have no problems with this because I always like using the view finder for my shots, but others may disagree. For anyone wanting to get their first DSLR, this is an awesome camera.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Easy to use

            By soon to be senior

            from Binghamton, NY

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

              So far I love it. It is light, small and easy to use. Instructions were easy to understand. Great for someone to either start with or for someone who is not into alot of gadgets, just wants nice pictures.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              4.0

              Exactly what I expected

              By SYPte

              from Washington DC

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                    I had borrowed a Sony Alpha from a friend for a few weeks before I got this one, so I knew what I was getting into. As a novice photographer, I did not really notice a difference in my shooting between the Alpha and some of the more expensive cameras I also borrowed to shoot with. I'm pretty happy with the work I'm getting out of it and would recommend it as a entry level SLR.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9

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                    5.0

                    so easy to use

                    By Donnie

                    from Clifton, NJ

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                      This camera far exceeds my expectations. I'm able to use my old Minolta 7000 lenses with this camera & it's so easy to set up & use. I was snapping pictures like a pro as soon as the battery was charged!

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Love it!

                      By mom2IGK

                      from melbourne fl

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                        I love this camera!! I'm a beginer and it is so easy for me to use! I would recommend it!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great Entry Level DSLR

                        By JazzyJeff67

                        from Oswego, IL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                        This camera is a perfect step up for those looking for more than a point and shoot, without the complexities that SLR's can present to a newbie. Great value for the money.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        love

                        By chels

                        from fayetteville, nc

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization

                        Cons

                        • No Viewfinder

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos

                        Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                        love this camera. beautiful pictures of my kids. and easy to use.[...]

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Very good, inexpensive DSLR

                        By ronni

                        from Wisconsin

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Good Image Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens:

                          This camera takes wonderful, detailed pictures. I had looked at a couple of other brands but decided to go with this one, and I am glad I did. It is easy to use, and while it is noisy at the higher iso speeds (1600-3200) the noise is more film like and not as objectionable as on other makes/models. This is a great camera for starting out or as a second/backup. I have been very impressed by this camera and I am generally hard to impress.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 9
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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