Sony A230 has a sleek new look, but is the latest entry-level Sony a tempting offering? The What Digital Camera review of the A230 investigates...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Sony Alpha a230

Overall score:85%
Image Quality:90%


  • Price, decent noise performance and metering, stylish look


  • Poor handling and questionable auto white balance


Sony Alpha a230 Review


Price as reviewed:



Sony A230 frontUnderneath the veneer, very little has changed from the old model but that is not necessarily a bad thing, as this still offers a very competitive performance, and currently a cheaper price than its competitors once you take into account the kit lens.

The new outside of the camera certainly looks slicker and is well built with some nice little features, such as the sliding port/card cover, and overall it is smaller and lighter; but the handling has suffered making it more difficult to get a solid grip.

These handling issues are the only real let down to an otherwise very competent camera, and if your budget is tight, it’s well worth considering.

But, if your cash can stretch a little further it might be also worth considering Nikon’s new entry-level offering, the D3000, which we have also reviewed.


AF Points:9-point (centre cross sensor)
PC Socket:No
Cable Release:Infrared remote (optional)
Max Flash Sync:1/160th sec
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN10
DoF Prview:No
Colour Temp Control:No
White Balance Bracket:No
Colour Space:AdobeRGB, sRGB
Exposure Comp:+/- 2EV
Focusing Modes:Single, Continuous, Auto, Manual
Shutter Type:Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane
Dust Reduction:Y Yes (Anti-static and CCD shift)
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Yes (2.5-3.5EV)
Dimensions:128 x 97 x 67.5mm
Live Mode:No
Connectivity:HDMI mini, USB 2.0
Power:NP-FH50 Rechargeable Li-ion
Field of View:95%
Memory Card:MemoryStick Pro (HG) Duo, SD, SDHC
Viewfinder Type:Fixed eye-level with roof mirror
White Balance:Auto, 6 presets, Custom
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous, Self timer, bracketing, Remote
Metering System:40-segment honeycomb pattern TTL
Compression:1-stage Raw, 2-stage JPEG
Shutter Speeds:1/4000-30sec and bulb
Exposure Modes:M, A, S, P, Auto, 7 scene modes
File Format:JPEG, Raw
Lens Mount:Sony Alpha (Dynax)
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
LCD:2.7in, 230k dot LCD
Output Size:3872 x 2592 pixels
Sensor:10.2MP CCD
  1. 1. Sony Alpha a230 review - Features
  2. 2. Design & Performance
  3. 3. Value & Image Quality
  4. 4. Verdict
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