|Like all the other Alpha models the Sony Alpha 200 DSLR also supports CompactFlash as storage medium. One can use Sony's own card, the Memory Stick Duo, but this is only possible by inserting it in a CF adapter and then inserting it in the card slot of the A200. However Sony did not only embrace the Memory Stick, Sony also deliver CompactFlash under their own brand name for a while now, and as yet the standard for DSLR. The Secure Digital and SDHC cards are also strongly coming up, so currently the use of memory cards is divided between CF and SD. |
|Sony A200 D-SLR - CompactFlash memory card
The resolution of the Sony Alpha 200 is 10 Megapixels and considering approximately 4.2MB per picture (highest quality JPEG) you will need a minimum of 2GB storage capacity for the camera. If you don't care for JPEG but prefer the RAW format, you will have to purchase an 8GB memory card to be able to store the same amount of pictures. RAW format is getting more popular every day. Of course the professional knew very quickly how to benefit from the RAW format and strikingly enough, the amateur and hobby photographer are rapidly discovering the benefits of the RAW format too.
Considering 2GB storage capacity
10 Megapixels - 3872x2592 pixels - Fine - JPEG - 3:2 - 484 pictures
10 Megapixels - 3872x2592 pixels - Standard - JPEG - 3:2 - 653 pictures
10 Megapixels - 3872x2592 pixels - RAW&JPEG - 3:2 - 98 pictures
10 Megapixels - 3872x2592 pixels - RAW - 3:2 - 124 pictures
De ten Megapixel resolution in 16:9 format and the other resolution settings, 2896x1936 and 1920x1280 pixels, in 3:2 as well as 16:9 format are not included in the camera's manual and will therefore not be mentioned here.
Sony Alpha 200 - USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection
The advantage of a faster memory card is rapid data transfer providing the computer and the device reading the card are equipped with a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection. Or you can choose to purchase a card reader. This handy device needs to be connected to the USB port and is capable of reading a card and writing to it rapidly. The computer will recognize the device as an external hard drive. Additionally you will also save energy.
Sony A200 - NP-FM500H 7.2V Lithium Ion battery
The Sony Alpha 200 gets its energy from an NP-FM500H 7.2 11.8Wh Lithium-Ion battery. This battery is the same as the one used in the advanced Alpha 700 D-SLR and takes approximately 235 minutes recharging for a full load. When shooting in ideal conditions the battery will last for some 750 pictures. However you have to meet the demands of the so-called CIPA standard. In practice things work out differently, the temperature alone plays a part in it, so we say 20% less can be shot. An amount that is still good for some 600 pictures. If however you are photographing a lot and if there is no possibility of recharging the battery, you should purchase an extra battery. In normal circumstances the average photographer will appreciate the energy-saving characteristics of the Sony Alpha 200.