Sony Alpha 230
|Type||Digital single-lens reflex camera|
|Sensor||10.2 effective megapixels 23.6 × 15.8 mm CCD|
|Maximum resolution||3872 × 2592 pixels|
|Lens||interchangeable, Sony α / Konica Minolta A mount|
|Shutter speed range||30s to 1/4000s including Bulb setting|
|Focus areas||9-points, center cross-type|
|Continuous shooting||2.5 frames per second (JPEG, JPEG+RAW, RAW)|
|Viewfinder||95% coverage, 0.83x|
|ASA/ISO range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Rear LCD monitor||230.4k pixel , 2.7-inch LCD|
|Storage||SD, SDHC, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX|
|Battery||Lithium-ion battery pack|
|Weight||450 g (16 oz) (without battery)|
|Made in||Japan or Thailand|
The Sony α 230 (DSLR-A230) is Sony's entry-level digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR). The 10.2 megapixel α230 is available in the United States in two kit versions, one with a DT 18-55mm SAM (smooth-autofocus-motor) Sony lens and the other with the same DT 18-55mm SAM lens and a DT 55-200mm SAM Sony lens. The single lens kit is $449.99 (as of Jan. 1, 2010) and the two lens kit is for $649.99 (as of Jan. 1, 2010).
The Sony α230 has a 9 point AF system and takes all Sony α/Minolta AF mount lenses. The 10.2 megapixel APS-C (23.6 mm × 15.8 mm) sized CCD sensor has a max ISO of 3200, however when using ISO 800 the photos start to get noisy and 1600 and 3200 have very bad noise. The Sony α230 has a BIONZ images processor and can take approximately 7.5 frames per second. The Sony α230 includes Creative Style, or preset color settings; BRAVIA Sync with a built in HDMI plug, and anti-dust technology. The Sony α230's anti-dust system is a charge protection coating on a low pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism. The α230 also features Sony's SteadyShot INSIDE in-body stabilization.
The Sony α230 takes the Sony NP-FH50 rechargeable battery and can take about 510 photos on a full charge (according to Sony). The viewfinder on the Sony α230 has a 95% field of view and has .83x magnification (with a 50 mm lens at infinity) is apparently better than its older brother, the Sony α350 which is almost the same camera except its bigger-tilt screen and live preview.
The Sony α230 officially succeeded the Sony α 200, however the α 230 seems to be targeted towards a more entry-level market as it is much lighter, several features have been removed and direct buttons to several options have been replaced with on-screen menus, unlike the α200 which uses CompactFlash memory cards, the α230 will take either a Memory Stick PRO Duo or an SD/SDHC card.
The camera weighs approximately 452 grams (15.9 oz) without the battery, memory card, lens and other accessories and has the approximate dimensions of 128 mm × 97 mm × 67.5 mm (W/H/D).
The Sony α230 has a standard USB 2.0 port along with its mini HDMI port. The camera sends a review image to HDMI output immediately after taking a photo. There is no need to switch to playback mode to review.
The Sony α230 has a capability to work with infrared remote control and also wired remote. Remote control is sold separately.
The Sony α230 has a capability to take power from AC Power Supply. Power supply is sold separately.
Sony discontinued the α230 in May 2010, replacing it with the α290.
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