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(based on 13 ratings)
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Sony aDSLR-A230: more features, less blur. It's never been easier to capture the perfect shot. The mode dial on top of the a A230 offers instant access to 6 Scene Selection modes, each with a user-friendly Help Guide and example photo. You can even customize the user interface and choose from four background colors.

If you want to take your pictures from snapshots to memorable images, then let a Sony a DSLR put better pictures at your fingertips. A DSLR's responsiveness, versatility and image quality helps capture those moments that other cameras often miss. The A230 makes shooting with a DSLR easy and fun with its compact and lightweight design, intuitive controls and flexible system options.

Model Features: 10.2 megapixel, SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization, on-screen Help Guide, Graphic Display, 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus display, high sensitivity ISO 3200, 18-55mm standard zoom lens

Capture your precious moments with improved clarity and reduced blur with the Sony a DSLR-A230 digital SLR camera. Brimming with features, the a A230 combines high-resolution 10.2 MP, simple operation, high sensitivity (ISO 3200), and advanced noise reduction. Plus, Eye-Start Autofocus and pop-up flash help you shoot faster while SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization works with virtually every lens. In addition to the on-screen Help Guide and convenient Creative style settings, the a A230Y has a bright 2.7-inch LCD and comes with an 18-55mm standard zoom lens.

SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization
SteadyShot INSIDE DSLR-A200: more features, less blur. For family photographers who want greater quality and creativity, the Sony a; (alpha) DSLR-A200 combines high-resolution 10.2 MP, simple operation, high sensitivity (ISO 3200), advanced noise reduction and convenient Creative Style settings. SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization works with every lens, including Sony zoom, advanced Sony G-Series, pro-quality Carl Zeiss lens designs and Minolta T-mount lenses. Stamina power provides up to 750 shots 2 on a fully charged InfoLITHIUM battery. Eye-Start Autofocus and pop-up flash help you shoot faster -- and a bright 2.7-inch 1 LCD screen displays index and high-resolution thumbnail images. in-camera image stabilization is built directly into the camera body, so every a-mount lens benefits from the ability to minimize blur due to camera shake.

10.2 megapixel resolution for ultra-fine detail
A 10.2 megapixel APS-size CCD image sensor captures your images in stunning detail, giving you the freedom to make large prints and tight crops without sacrificing quality.

Smallest, lightest a series body
The a230 features the smallest and lightest body of any Sony a (alpha) series camera for improved portability, as well as an intuitive button layout that allows for easy single-handed operation.

Integrated on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display
An integrated on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display help take the complexity out of DSLR photography. The Help Guide offers clear, concise explanations of various modes and settings, while the Graphic Display helps you understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results.

HDMI terminal with BRAVIA Sync compatibility
An HDMI terminal gives you the option of connecting your camera to a compatible HDTV and playing back your images in stunning high definition quality (HDMI cable required, sold separately). In addition, BRAVIA Sync works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs to let you control camera playback using the television?s remote (HDMI cable and BRAVIA Sync capable HDTV required, sold separately)1.

2.7-inch (diag.) Clear Photo LCD Plus display
Review your images and monitor camera settings on the large 2.7-inch (diag.) Clear Photo LCD Plus display, which provides sharp, clear viewing, even in outdoor environments.

High sensitivity (ISO 3200) for superior noise reduction
A broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables you to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light -- High ISO Noise Reduction technology reduces picture noise artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings by eliminating noise from RAW data after analog-to-digital conversion.

Eye-Start Autofocus
Eye-Start Autofocus System begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye, so the camera is ready to catch the perfect moment.

9-Point AF Sensor
9-Point Center Cross AF Sensor uses with improved focus control to help bring images into sharp definition more quickly, and predictive focus control automatically calculates the position of fast-moving subjects.

Up to 2.5 fps continuous shooting
Continuous Shooting lets you shoot at up to 2.5 fps (frames per second) while viewing your subject through the optical viewfinder so you never lose track of the action.

Creative Style settings
Creative Style settings give you control over how the camera processes your images. Choose from 8 finishing styles, including Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B&W, and Adobe RGB, and fine tune them to your personal taste with the ability to adjust contrast, saturation, and sharpness settings.

Dynamic Range Optimizer
Dynamic Range Optimizer provides two levels - Standard/Plus to improve results with backlit subjects and recover details hidden in shadows or lost in glare. Normal DRO improves detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, while Advanced DRO adjusts dynamic range area-by-area for greater accuracy.

Built-in Pop-Up Flash
The Auto Pop-Up Flash automatically pops up and fires as needed when the camera is set to certain scene selection modes, helping first-time DSLR photographers shoot more effectively. In addition, the a230 features an integrated hot shoe, which lets you expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes (sold separately).

Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CCD imager clean, resulting in consistently better pictures, by utilizing a static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter, as well as an anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to help dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.

Stamina Battery power
Stamina Battery power allows you to take up to 510 shots2 on a fully charged NP-FM50 InfoLITHIUM battery when using the optical viewfinder mode, and you?ll be able to see how much power remains in percentage increments, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

BIONZ image processor
The advanced BIONZ image processor uses hardware-based Large Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry to enhance images with rich tonal reproduction, reduced noise, and improved white balance and exposure control, for clear, sharp photos even at high sensitivity settings.

PhotoTV HD compatibility
PhotoTV HD compatibility3 lets you automatically create high-resolution thumbnails optimized for viewing on a compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTV.

Index and Slide Show Display
Index and Slide Show Display enable you to quickly review your photos using 4, 9 or 25-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.

Function Guide Display
Function Guide Display provides intuitive and easy to use on-screen menus that can be activated and operated with one hand using the Fn (Function) button and controller button to adjust Flash mode, Autofocus mode, White Balance, Metering mode, AF area and D-Range Optimizer.

Dual slot Compatibility for Memory Stick and SD media
Compatible with high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately) for convenient storage and sharing of your images.

Included SAL1855 18-55mm standard zoom lens
The a230 comes with a SAL1855 DT 18-55mm standard zoom kit lens. This newly developed lens employs a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) to deliver smooth and silent autofocus operation, and offers a flexible focal range that allows you to capture everything from wide angle to midrange telephoto shots with ease.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.1 stars
(based on 13 reviews)
92% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to use(11), Fast / accurate auto-focus(7), Fast shutter speed(8), Good image quality(6), Image stabilization(8)
Cons:
Noisy at high ISO(3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery(5), Portraits(3), Sports(3), Sports/action(4), Travel(7)
Describe Yourself:
Casual photographer(3), Photo enthusiast(4), Semi-pro photographer(5)
 
great!great!great!
By kdsfhkjh from dfgfd on 7/1/2010
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

great!great!great![...]

 
Don't doubt the up and coming sony dslr.
By JakethePhotographer from Texas on 2/20/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization
Cons:
Lag / Shutter Delay, Noisy At High ISO
Best Uses:
Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

Great beginner camera! Very reliable.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
More than enough for semi pro.
By SwesenVerified Reviewer from Victoria, Seychelles on 2/15/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Cons:
Noisy At High ISO, Poor In Low Light
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Macro Photography, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

It is simply gorgeous. The amount of money I spent for this investment is worth it. I am not a Pro and it more than enough. The picture quality is perfect especially when I work on tripod.

[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
First DSLR experience
By adazzVerified Reviewer from Maryland on 1/27/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Sports/Action
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

I bought it take pictures during highschool sporting events. I'm still learning, but was able to get some really cool pictures

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great for a starter photographer
By puma69Verified Reviewer from Berwyn, IL on 12/28/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

Nice camera. Not sure at first time, but we realized it is a good product.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great for the Photo Enthusiast
By Matt from Utah on 12/26/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Cons:
Noisy At High ISO, Poor In Low Light
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

This camera is great for the begining photographer, you get a great lens and camera for a great price.

Image quality is a little less sharp and holds less detail at higer ISO speeds, compared to the same megipixel cameras like nikon, and Canon. So if you shoot at low light and high ISO then this camera may not be the best choice. Canon and nikon have less grain blur and noise at the same high ISO.

A plus to the sony a230 excels at being easy to use, using the SteadyShot Inside image stabilization will quickly have your images looking sharp and amazing!

Overall if your starting out in the digital SLR world of photography this camera is a great choice!

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Sony a230 great camera
By LeAndrew Coates from Zachary,La on 12/20/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

This camera is great this was my first DSLR. I was use to shooting with my Minolta Maxxum 5 and then I jumped to the Sony a230.

[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent Camera
By midos67Verified Reviewer from Henrietta, MO on 12/18/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

A friend of mine owns a Sony DSLR-A230 Camera, and she says that it takes great outdoor scenery pictures.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
GREAT CAMERA VERY CLEAR PICTURES
By MIKE THE PHOTOGRAPHER from MEMPHIS,TN on 10/5/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

FOOTBALL ACTION PHOTOGRAPHS, FAMILY PHOTOS. GREAT ACCURACY, VERY CLEAR PHOTOS

[8 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

 
rebuttal to blurry images reivew
By Lando0077 from Raleigh, NC on 9/27/2009
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed
Cons:
Exposed LCD
Best Uses:
Photojournalism, Sports, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

I disagree with another post about the blurry images in the sport mode. 95% of my shooting is action motorsports, mtn biking, etc.. and always a good clear shots with both my Alpha cameras. I would think theres a significant degree of operator error if someone would get consistantly bad shots.

[6 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

 
A great camera for indoor basketball sho
By Larry from Naperville Illinois on 7/7/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Fun, Landscape, Portraits, Sports, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

I bought this camera recently to take pictures of my son during the summer AAU basketball season. I just came back from a tourney and the pictures are fabulous, the camera easy to use, and a great price. I highly recommend this camera to anyone for sporting events. However, make sure you get the 200mm lens as it makes taking pictures easy from anywhere in the stands. Note that there is a programmed setting for sports, which is what I used to take the pictures.

[3 of 18 customers found this review helpful]

 
Blurry action shots
By kingrebeVerified Reviewer from laurel, md on 6/29/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Strong Construction
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

It blurs even slow moving objects in sports mode. My child was just walking by and his face is blurred...big time....I bought the camera because it focused so quickly..DON'T BUY IT unless all of your subjects will be sitting still.

[10 of 11 customers found this review helpful]

 
Awesome!!
By JJ Han from SD, CA on 6/13/2009
Pros:
Easy to Use, Excellent in Low Light, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Nice Features and Settings
Best Uses:
Everyday Photos, Home, Outdoors, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony A230L DSLR Camera w/ SAL1855 DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

Incredible camera, I just love taking pictures with it!

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