Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens

Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens

Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 10.2 Megapixel
  • APS-C Format CCD Sensor
  • 2.7" TFT Photo Clear LCD Display
  • Dual Dust Reduction System
  • High Sensitivity (ISO 3200)
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Sony A230 Overview

  • 1Description

The Sony Alpha A230 is a compact DSLR designed around a 10.2 (effective) megapixel APS-C format CCD sensor, that utilizes a Sony BIONZ image processor to capture and process image files as RAW, JPEG, or RAW+JPEG, at speeds of up to 2.5 frames-per-second. The Alpha A230's body design is smooth and rounded, and features flush-mounted yet easy-to-use camera controls. JPEG image files can be recorded in a choice of 3 compression ratios onto Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC memory cards.

For indoor snapshots or eliminating 'raccoon eyes' when shooting portraits outdoors on sunny days, the Alpha A230 has a built-in pop-up flash (Guide number 10 in meters @ ISO 100). There's also a hot-shoe for use with Sony dedicated TTL flashguns and other Sony-compatible flashguns.

For composing images the A230's eye-level pentamirror viewfinder shows 95% of the total image area. A rear-mounted 2.7" (230,400-dot) TFT Clear Photo LCD allows you to view 100% of the total image area.

To facilitate sharp, well-exposed images, the Sony Alpha A230 utilizes a 9-point autofocus (AF) system that can be used in single or multi-shot mode. There's also an 'eye-start' mode which kick-starts the AF system when you raise the camera to your eye. For on-the-nose exposure readings the A230 features a 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC TTL metering system and Sony's D-Range Optimizer for balanced shadow and highlight details.

Other features of the Sony Alpha A230 include a Dust Reduction system, ISO settings that can be adjusted from a native 100 through an extended ISO 3200, a wide selection of shooting modes, an easy-to-read, easy-to-use menu interface, and Sony SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system for sharper imagery when shooting under low-light conditions with all Sony, Minolta, and Konica AF-mount lenses.

The Sony Alpha A230 powers off a Sony NP-FH50 lithium-ion battery, which can capture 500-plus images-per-charge.

Small, Compact Design
The Sony Alpha A230 is contained in a rounded compact body that features flush-mounted, yet easy-to-use camera and menu controls
10.2 Megapixel CCD Sensor
A 10.2 (effective) megapixel APS-C format CCD imaging sensor captures sharp images capable of producing detailed, poster-size prints
RAW, JPEG, or RAW+JPEG Capture
Image files can be captured in a choice of JPEG, RAW, or both simultaneously, depending on your needs, and JPEGs can be recorded as Large, Medium, or Small to best match your output and/or storage capacity requirements
Bright Reflex Finder / Bright LCD
You can compose images using the Alpha A230's reflex viewfinder, which features an adjustable diopter (-2.5 ~ +1.0) and review and edit them on the camera's 2.7" (230,400-dot) TFT Photo Clear LCD
Built-in TTL Flash
A pop-up TTL flash (with a guide number of 10-meters @ ISO 100) and enough coverage to light the field-of-view of an 18mm lens (APS-C format) does a swell job capturing party snaps as well as opening up the shadows when shooting outdoors on bright, sunny days. There's also a hot-shoe for Sony and other dedicated flashguns
Fast 9-Point AF System
The Alpha A230's 9-point AF system can be used in single-shot, automatic, or continuous mode and configured to 'read' the scene in a choice of Wide, Spot, or 9 Local area modes. Other AF features include Focus Lock, a Predictive Control function, an Eye-start function that starts up the AF system as you raise the camera to your eye, as well as an AF Illumination feature to aid focusing under lowlight conditions. You also have the option of focusing manually with a simple flip of a switch
Advanced Metering
The Sony Alpha A230 uses a 40-segment honeycomb-pattern TTL metering system that can be configured to read the image in a choice of segmented, center-weighted, or spot meter settings
Image Stabilization
Sony's SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system, which is built into the camera body, allows for sharp imagery under low-lighting conditions with all Sony, Minolta, and Konica AF-mount lenses
Dual Dust Reduction System
To keep your image files clean (and reduce post-capture retouching time) the Sony Alpha A230 employs a combination of rapid image-sensor shift and anti-static coatings on the camera's low-pass filter
Scene Modes / Creative Styles
You have a choice of multiple pre-set exposure modes to best meet the needs of your subject matter and/or lighting conditions including Portrait, Close-up, Landscape, B&W, Sports, Sunset, and Night Portrait/Night View modes. To maintain optimum highlight and shadow details when shooting in contrasty lighting conditions, the Alpha A230 features Sony's D-Range Image Optimizer
Dual Memory Card Slots
The Alpha A230 records images onto your choice of Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC memory cards
500-Plus Exposures-per-charge
A lithium-ion battery provides 500-plus exposures-per-charge even with heavy LCD use
In the Box
Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens
  • 18-55mm Lens
  • BC-VH1 Battery Charger
  • NP-FH50 Rechargeable Battery
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony A230 Specs

    Camera Type Digital SLR Camera
    Resolution Effective: 10.2MP, Recorded: 10.8MP
    Sensor 23.6x15.8mm APS-C format CCD sensor
    Bit Depth Not Specified By Manufacturer
    File Formats RAW, RAW+JPEG
    File Size Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Color Spaces Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Creative Color Modes Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, & Black/White
    Image Stabilization Optical Image Stabilization (Sony SteadyShot INSIDE)
    Crop Factor Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Lens Interchangeable Lens System
    Zoom N/A
    Lens Mount Sony a lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens
    Focus Type N/A
    Focus Range N/A
    Accessory Lens/Filter Mount N/A
    Shooting Controls
    Sensitivity ISO 100-3200
    Shutter Speeds 1/4000 second - 30 sec, bulb
    Metering TTL metering w/ 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
    Exposure Modes Auto, Auto Flash Off, Program Auto, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual
    White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
    Mirror Lock-Up Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Burst Capability Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Self Timer Yes
    Interval Recording Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Remote Control Yes, (Not included)
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Effective Flash Range 10 meters
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Dedicated Flash System Sony TTl Dedicated Flash System
    Max Sync Speed 1/160 second
    Built-in Memory No
    Memory Card Type Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD and SDHC memory cards
    Still Images per GB Not Specified By Manufacturer
    A/V Recording
    Video Recording No
    Video Resolution N/A
    Video Clip Length N/A
    Audio Recording No
    Viewfinder Type Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
    Viewfinder Coverage 95%
    Display 2.7" LCD
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity USB 2.0, HDMI mini connector (Type C)
    System & Software Requirements PC: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, XP SP2, Vista
    Mac: OS X(v10.1.3) or later
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating: 32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C)
    Weatherproofing Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Durability Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Battery Type NP-FH50 Li-ion
    Power Adapter Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Dimensions 5 x 3.8 x 2.7" (128 x 97 x 67.5mm)
    Weight Body only: 15.9 oz (452g)

    Sony A230 Reviews

    Alpha A230 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 80.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME CAMERA FOR THE PRICE 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...
    Date published: 2011-03-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Camera SONY A230 As a former owner of a Minolta product, I wanted to continue using the lenses. The SONY A230 offered that option. Very pleased with my pics from the Safari. Ease of switching lenses, shooting modes, and didn't have any issues with lens fogging. GREAT PICS!
    Date published: 2009-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony A230 is a great starter DSLR Right now I am deployed so there isn't much to take pictures of but what pictures I can take of comes out amazing. I am just a novice when it comes to DSLRs and with my research through here and other various camera review websites the A230 is always in the top 10 for best starter DSLR. Yeah you could buy the pricer brands but whats the point of having all that technology and you dont know how to use it? What i like best about the A230 is that it has a great camera body and simplicity for the first time DSLR user and with the addition to a good telephoto or zoom lens, I think this camera can rival any top 5 beginner DSLR! What I dislike about the A230 after a while holding the grip gets tiring, but if you can get over that the A230 is a camera that I highly reccomend to people who want to cross over into the DSLR world!
    Date published: 2010-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing entry level DSLR Great entry level DSLR for a casual photographer, amateur, or simi-pro. Auto mode does a great job on its own. Everything I shoot is in full manual mode with 100% control over the camera settings and I could not be happier with the results. Camera is light and super easy to use. Kit lens is a decent lens for beginners or the casual shooter, it does a pretty good job, but for anyone thinking about getting serious with there shooting, or anyone who gets bit by the shutter bug, you will be upgrading lenses soon. Battery life is excellent. Overall I have no complaints with this camera.
    Date published: 2011-03-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sony A230 A great entry level DSLR I use this camera as a backup to my Sony A900 in shooting weddings and for photos of family and friends. I bought it to replace a Sony A100. It is super user friendly with easy to understand menu.
    Date published: 2009-11-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great product Very user friendly for a beginner photographer. It explains and shows all the features right on the display screen. Takes great pictures. I took it to Yellowstone in 5 degree temps and the battery still lasted all day without any problems. Downside is that it doesn't have liveview, so you need to look through the viewfinder for all pictures.
    Date published: 2010-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome shots I use the product for school and for my job as a photojournalist and this camera as my first SLR has stepped up my game to the next level. I really enjoy using it and would highly recommened it. I fully intend to purchase the supplemental products for this item such as a telephoto lens and strobe flash.
    Date published: 2010-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2010-03-22
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