Sony Alpha 200

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Sony α 200
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TypeDigital single-lens reflex camera
Lensinterchangeable, Sony α / Konica Minolta A mount
Sensor23.6 mm × 15.8 mm, 10.2 effective megapixels CCD, 1.5 × FOV crop
Sensor side
Pins side
Sony ICX493AQA 10.14-megapixel APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) CCD from Alpha 200 or 300
Maximum resolution3872 × 2592 pixels
Film speedAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Storage mediaCompactFlash I/II, Memory Stick PRO (with adapter), Memory Stick PRO Duo (with adapter)
Focus modesmanual focus point selection, Spot AF, Continuous AF and AF Lock
Focus areas9-points center cross-hair sensor
Exposure modesFull Manual, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, ±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps Exposure Compensation, 3 frames bracketing
Exposure metering40-segment honeycomb sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring
Metering modesMulti-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
FlashManual Pop-up: Auto, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync, Wireless off camera flash (with Flash HVL-F56AM, F36AM), GN12 at ISO 100 (39 feet/ 12 meters)
Shutterelectronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane Shutter
Shutter speed range30 – 1/4000 sec, with Bulb, 1/160 sec X-sync
Continuous shooting3 Frames Per Second, unlimited JPEG, up to 6 RAW, up to 3 JPEG+RAW
Viewfinder0.83x magnification, 95% frame coverage, Pentamirror, Spherical Acute Matte screen, 17.6mm eye relief, diopter adjustment
Image processing
White balanceAuto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, flash, color temperature, custom
WB bracketing3 frames
LCD screen230k dots, 2.7-inch TFT LCD
Battery7.2 V, 1600 mAh ~750 Shots
Weight545 g (19.2 oz)
Made inJapan

Sony α 200 (DSLR-A200) is the third model of Sony α digital cameras. The model offers a slight upgrade from the Sony α 100 at a lower price. It first shipped in February 2008.

It was officially succeeded by the Sony α 230, however the α 230 seems to be targeted towards a more entry-level market as the α 230 is much lighter, also several features have been removed and direct buttons to several options have been replaced with on-screen menus. Many Alpha enthusiasts believe that the true replacement for the α 200 is the α 450 as it is more similar in size and weight, features and target market.

Major changes from the α 100[edit]

Some of the major changes from the previous A100 model are:

  • LCD monitor upgrade from 2.5-inch to 2.7-inch, but same effective pixels
  • X-sync (With Super Steady Shot On) from 1/125s to 1/160s
  • More Recording Formats (16:9 selectable)
  • New vertical grip VG-B30AM
  • Higher ISO Sensitivity from 1600 to 3200
  • Improved: Noise Handling
  • Improved: AF Algorithm
  • Changed: Button Layout - Second Function wheel has been replaced
  • Removed: 2s Mirror Lockup
  • Removed: Depth of Field preview Button
  • Removed: Included MemoryStick to CF adapter (was included with Alpha 100)
  • Removed: Flash/Hot Shoe cover

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