|Sony Alpha 200 digital SLR camera review : The moment Sony took the step to take over the photo division of Konica Minolta, the photo industry was holding back to see which way the cat was going to jump. One was aware of the fact that Konica Minolta had a lot of in-house know-how and this know-how would not get lost with the take-over. It was only a question of time before Sony would bring out the first products under their own brand name. With the introduction of the entry-level model, the Alpha 100, Sony established their name as D-SLR manufacturer. In my opinion, the timing was perfect, namely right before the DSLR market started to flourish.
Sony Alpha 200 SLR camera
The introduction of the Sony Alpha 700 of last year placed Sony a step higher on the DSLR ladder and they are slowly but surely establishing themselves as professional DSLR manufacturers. At least that is the general expectation of the industry. The CES 2008 offered the perfect moment to enhance the specifications of the entry-level model, the Alpha 100. And with the Sony Alpha 200 introduced now, we bid farewell to the A100 that will always be recognized as Sony's first DSLR camera.
Sony Alpha A200 DSLR - Image sensor
First thing that is striking about the new Sony Alpha 200 is the image sensor. Competing brands are swapping from CCD to CMOS sensors but Sony swap to the CCD for the A200. Besides that, lacking of Live View is a surprising fact; I would surely have expected this feature on the A200. The resolution of 10 Megapixels remained the same and is a standard for nowadays entry-level SLR camera models.
Sony A200 DSLR - 2,7-inch LCD monitor
Besides the aforementioned items the Sony Alpha 200 has been improved or simply offers more on various points. The LCD monitor has been increased to 2.7 inch, ISO is available up to 3200 and the AF has improved concerning speed. Moreover the BIONZ processor is supposed to ensure more effective noise reduction. The compact housing offers easily carrying the camera with you.
Sony A200 digital SLR review
All in all sufficiently interesting to speak of a new digital SLR camera that gives a fresh start to the Sony Alpha range in 2008. The upcoming PMA 2008 in Las Vegas could bring other surprises because it is clear the year has only just started, also for Sony. But let's take a look at the Sony Alpha 200 first. I was able to put the camera to the test in practice and my findings can be read in the following Sony Alpha 200 review.
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