The 10.2-megapixel Sony Alpha A200 replaces the two-year-old A100 with a number of subtle improvements including a larger LCD screen and increased sensitivity range.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Sony Alpha a200

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:90%


  • Quick AF, new Fn button, noise control improvements over A100


  • Handling quirks, no major upgrades, anti-dust could be more effective


Sony Alpha a200 Review


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The A200 is further confirmation that Sony deserves its slice of the DSLR market. Admittedly, there’s nothing here that is particularly revolutionary, and the upgraded features don’t make a world of difference, but the focus with this model is on providing a good, entry-level DSLR at a very reasonable price. There isn’t quite enough here for A100 users to justify an upgrade, but existing Minolta users still using film, for example, couldn’t really ask for a better introductory DSLR. Anyone looking to purchase an entry-level DSLR will find themselves tempted by what the A200 has to offer.


AF Points:9 points with centre cross sensor
Cable Release:Remote Release Terminal
Max Flash Sync:1/160sec
PC Socket:Yes
Built-in Flash:Guide Number (in meters at ISO 100) 12 @ ISO 100
DoF Prview:-
Exposure Comp:+/-2.0 EV, 0.3 EV step
White Balance Bracket:3 frames, Selectable 2 steps
Colour Temp Control:2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
Colour Space:Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night, Sunset, B&W, Adobe RGB
Dust Reduction:Double anti dust system (anti-static coating and CCD shift mechanism)
Focusing Modes:M, AF, 9-point AF (8 line, centre cross-hair sensor), Predictive Tracking, Eye
Shutter Type:Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Super SteadyShot
Dimensions:130.8 x 98.5 x 71.3mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight:532g (without card, strap or memory card)
Live Mode:No
Power:Li-ion battery
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Field of View:95% coverage
Memory Card:CF / MS via adaptor
White Balance:Auto, Custom, 6 presets
Viewfinder Type:Fixed eye-level system with roof mirror type
Exposure Modes:PASM, 6 Scene
Compression:RAW, RAW+JPEG, Standard (JPEG), Fine (JPEG)
Metering System:40-zone honeycomb pattern: multi, cw and spot
Drive Mode:Single, continuous, self timer
Shutter Speeds:1/4000-30sec, Bulb
Lens Mount:Sony Alpha
Focal Length Mag:1.5
LCD:2.7in TFT LCD, 230,400 pixels
Output Size:3872 x 2592, 2896 x 1936, 1920 x 1280
Sensor:CCD, 23.6 x 15.8mm APS-C format, 10.8MP total / 10.2MP effective
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Performance and Handling
  4. 4. Image Quality and Value for Money
  5. 5. Verdict
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