Sony A230 Reviews and Resources

Sony A230

The Sony A230 is a 10.2-megapixel DSLR that is geared toward entry-level shooters.  The Sony A230 replaces the Sony A200, which was virtually identical in specifications to the A230.  As a result, the A230 is more of a refreshed version of the A200 rather than an all new model.  Unlike the A200 though, the Sony A230 kit lens is an 18-55mm lens rather than the 18-70mm range provided by the A200’s kit lens.

The key difference between the Sony A230 and A330 is the lack of Live View and an articulating LCD.  Other than that (and those are kind of big differences in my book), the A230 is essentially the same camera.

Sony A230 Key Features

  • 10.2 megapixel CCD sensor (1.5x crop)
  • 2.7″ LCD
  • SteadyShot sensor-based image stabilization
  • 9-point AF
  • ISO 100-3200 sensitivity
  • 2.5 fps shooting speed
  • HDMI output
  • Dual slot SD Card and Memory Stick compatibility

Sony A230 Availability

The Sony A230 can be found at the following trusted online retailers:

Amazon.com

Adorama

B&H Photo

Sony A230

Sony A230 Reviews

Buy-n-Shoot

All-in-all, Sony’s a230 is a highly accessible DSLR that is likely to get entry-level users really excited about their photography and at the end of the day, that is the most important thing.

Trusted Reviews

It is very basic, and naturally it lacks many of the in bells and whistles such as HD video and live view found on more expensive models, but nonetheless it is a nice easy-to-use camera that is more than capable of taking excellent pictures.

PhotographyBLOG

If you do actually like this camera’s design (definitely try before you buy), then the A330’s excellent Live View system and tilting LCD screen are well worth the slight price premium, despite the slightly reduced optical viewfinder coverage.

ePhotozine

For an entry level model, the Sony Alpha A230 looks pretty good and performs well.

Cnet

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 is a solid entry-level dSLR that will surely have its fans, and it’s a better deal than its slightly higher-end sibling, the A330.

Imaging Resource

Describing the Sony Alpha A230 and its siblings comes down to a relatively short list of what’s new: a smaller, simpler body design, a new kit lens, a few tweaks to the menus and display screens, a new Self-timer mode, and a few other feature tweaks, plus some new accessories pretty well sums it up.

Sony A230

Sony A230 Full Specifications

Camera type

Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses

Lens compatibility

Sony lenses, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses

Image Sensor

Sensor type:  APS-C type (23.6 x 15.8 mm) with RGB primary color filters

Effective pixels:  Approx. 10.2 megapixels

Total pixels:  Approx. 10.8 megapixels

Anti-Dust system:  Charge protection coating on low pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism

Recording

Recording format:  JPEG (DCF2.0 and Exif 2.21, MPF Baseline compliant), DPOF compatible, RAW (Sony ARW 2.1 format), RAW + JPEG

Image size:

L size: 3872 x 2592 (10M), M size: 2896 x 1936 (5.6M), S size: 1920 x 1280 (2.5M)

L size: 3872 x 2176 (8.4M), M size: 2896 x 1632 (4.7M), S size: 1920x 1088 (2.1M)

Image quality modes:  RAW, RAW + JPEG, Fine, Standard

Media: Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX / SD memory card / SDHC memory card

Noise reduction:

Long exposure NR: On/Off selectable, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.

High ISO NR: On/Off selectable, available at ISO 1600 or higher

Color space:  sRGB, Adobe RGB

Features:

Creative Style (Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B/W)

Contrast (–3 to +3 steps), Saturation (–3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (–3 to +3 steps)

D-Range Optimizer (Off, Standard, Advanced)

White Balance

Modes:  Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom

Focus Control

Type:  TTL phase detection system

Sensor:  CCD line sensors

No. of focus point: 9 points

Sensitivity range: EV 0 – 18 (ISO 100)

Modes: AF/MF selectable. AF modes: Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF

Focus area: Wide (up to 3 active focus points glow in viewfinder mode), Spot, Local (9 local areas selectable)

Features: Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-start AF, AF illuminator (Built-in flash, Range: approx. 1 – 5 m)

Exposure Control

Metering:

Type: TTL metering

Sensor: 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC

EV 1 – 20 (EV 3 – 20 in spot metering mode) (at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)

Modes: Multi segment, Center-weighted, Spot

Exposure:

Modes: Program AE (AUTO, AUTO – Flash Off, P), Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Scene selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait / Night view)

Exposure compensation: +/-2 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)

Bracketing: 3 continuous exposures, in 0.3 or 0.7 EV steps

ISO sensitivity range: AUTO, 100 to 3200 (in 1 EV steps, Recommended Exposure Index)

Viewfinder

Type: Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror

Coverage: 95%

Magnification: 0.83x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )

Diopter adjustment: -2.5 to +1.0 m-1

Eye point: Approx. 16.5 mm from the eyepiece lens, 10.9 mm from the eyepiece frame (CIPA standard)

Screen: Spherical Acute Matte

LCD Monitor

Type: 2.7-inch type, TFT (Clear Photo LCD)

Total number of dots: 230,400 dots

Brightness adjustment: Manual setting in 5 steps

Shutter

Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type

Speed range: 1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb

Flash sync speed: 1/160 sec.

SteadyShot® INSIDE (Image Stabilization)

Type: Image-sensor shift mechanism

Indication: SteadyShot scale and camera-shake warning (indicated on LCD monitor in live view mode)

Compensation effect: Equivalent to approx. 2.5 to 3.5 steps in shutter speeds (varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)

Built-in Flash

Pop up: Auto

Guide number: 10 (in meters at ISO 100)

Flash coverage: 18 mm (focal length printed on the lens body)

Control: ADI, Pre-flash TTL (automatic switching)

Flash compensation: +/- 2 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)

Modes: Auto (Flash-off), Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Slow sync, High speed sync*, Wireless*

* With External Flash HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F36AM

Recycling time: Approx. 4 sec.

Drive

Modes:  Single, Continuous, Self-timer (10 / 2 sec. delay selectable), Self-timer (single & cont.) , Remote Control* * With optional Remote Commander RMT-DSLR1

Continuous shooting speed: Max. 2.5 fps (approx.)

No. of frames recordable: JPEG (L size, Fine): Until memory card is full, RAW: 6 frames, RAW+JPEG: 3 frames

Playback

Modes:

Single (with or without shooting information, Brightness / RGB histogram & highlight / shadow warning), 4 / 9 / 25-frame index view,

Enlarged display mode (max. zoom – L size: 12x, M size: 9.1x, S size: 6.1x), Image orientation, Slideshow

Interface

PC interface: USB2.0 Hi-Speed (mass storage, PTP)

HDMI output: HDMI mini connector (Type C), BRAVIA Sync (Sync Menu) and PhotoTV HD supported

Supported OS Environment

Windows: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4 / Windows XP* SP3 / Windows Vista** SP1 * 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) not supported. ** Starter (Edition) not supported.

Macintosh: Mac OS X (v10.1.3) or later

Print

Compatible standards: Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, PictBridge

Power

Power source:  One Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FH50 * NP-FH30, NP-FH40, NP-FM500H, NP-FM55H are not usable.

Battery performance: Approx. 510 shots * Measured using CIPA standard

External power source: AC Adapter / Charger AC-PW10AM (optional)

Others

Dimension (WxHxD): Approx. 128 x 97 x 67.5 mm (5-1/8 × 3-7/8 × 2-3/4 in.) (excl. protrusions)

Weight: Approx. 450 g (15.9 oz) (w/o battery, memory card, accessories)

Operating temperature: 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F)