Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 + 18-55/3.5-5.6 + 55-200/4.0-5.6 Reviews

Expert Reviews: 
 3.5
User Reviews: 
 3.9
Features
Usability
 3.5
Value for money
 3.8
Features
 3.1
Image quality
 3.7
Durability
 3.3
 
 

Sony Alpha a230 review

4.2
Verdict: Sony A230 has a sleek new look, but is the latest entry-level Sony a tempting offering? The What Digital Camera review of the A230 investigates...
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Read full review at What Digital Camera
9 years ago
 

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

3.5
Verdict: We're on the fence vis-a-vis the photo quality. Part of the problem is Sony's choice of default values, especially in its Creative Styles. As Pentax does with its K2000, Sony's attempt to provide more "consumer friendly" images with its default Creative Style settings results instead in poor colour...
Pros: Fast autofocus, High magnification viewfinder for its class, Dual card slots, Relatively simple, straightforward operation, Built-in wireless flash and image stabilisation, Helpful SteadyShot indicator
Cons: Smallish grip, Default settings produce suboptimal photos

Read full review at CNET
9 years ago
 

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

4.0
Verdict: Sony's Alpha DSLR-A230 is one the company's latest entry-level DSLRs. Announced in May 2009, it's the successor to the Alpha A200, and inherits many features from this earlier model including the same 10.2 Megapixel CCD sensor and built-in image stabilisation which works with any lens you attach.
Pros: Built-in IS which works with any lens, Beginner-friendly user interface, One of the cheapest DSLRs around
Cons: More noise than rivals at high ISOs, Slow continuous shooting, No live view or movie mode, Body shape may not be to all tastes

Read full review at Camera Labs
9 years ago
 

Sony Alpha A230

No reviews
Verdict: The A230 is the cheapest and lightest digital SLR camera in Sony's Alpha range. It costs just under £460 and weighs 450g, including the 18-55mm zoom lines in the standard kit.
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Read full review at Computeractive
9 years ago
 

Hands-On Review: Sony Alpha a230 Digital SLR

No reviews
Verdict: Sony's latest consumer DSLRs have been restyled with new ergonomics and more intuitive interfaces, but retain the best features and technology of their predecessors.
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Read full review at Marketnews
9 years ago
 

Sony A230

3.0
Verdict: Currently the lightest-ever Sony single-lens reflex camera at about a pound, the A230 is a little light on features at first glance. Aimed squarely at beginners, this 10.2-megapixel SLR has a retro-look on-screen help guide through its 2.7-inch LCD, illustrating the effects, for example, of...
Pros: User friendly, Good value, Eye sensor focusing, Image-stabilised body, HDMI-out port
Cons: Plasticky feel, Uncomfortable handgrip, Blocky design and control layout

Read full review at Macworld
9 years ago
 

Sony Alpha A230

4.0
Verdict: Sony continue to challenge their rivals with the release of new DSLRs. The Alpha A230 is an entry level model for users moving up from prosumer compacts.
Pros: Nice design, Image stabiliser, Dual slot SD/SDHC & MS, Easier GUI (Graphical User Interface, Minimalist design to prevent confusion
Cons: No OK button despite being asked to use it, No live view

Read full review at ePHOTOzine
9 years ago
 

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

3.5
Verdict: A modest update over its predecessor, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 , the Alpha DSLR-A230 offers the same essential feature set in a redesigned body with sufficient quality and performance-enhancing firmware tweaks to merit the term "upgrade.
Pros: The Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 has fast autofocus; high magnification viewfinder for its class; dual card slots; relatively simple, straightforward operation; built-in wireless flash and image stabilization; helpful SteadyShot indicator
Cons: Smallish grip; default settings produce suboptimal photos

Read full review at CNET
4 years ago
 

Sony Alpha A230

4.0
Verdict: It's one of the cheapest entry-level DSLRs on the market, but is the Sony Alpha A230 good value for money?
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Read full review at TrustedReviews
8 years ago
 

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 review Review

3.5
Verdict: The 10.2-megapixel Alpha DSLR-A230 is a decent entry-level digital SLR for those seeking to delve deeper into the world of photography. It's reasonably fast, offers useful design features and is capable of taking some great photos.
Pros: Fast autofocus, High-magnification viewfinder for its class, Dual memory-card slots, Relatively simple, straightforward operation, Built-in wireless flash and image stabilisation, Helpful SteadyShot indicator
Cons: Smallish grip, Default settings produce sub-optimal photos

Read full review at CNET
9 years ago
 

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

3.5
Verdict: The Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 delivers terrific value and solid shots for an entry-level SLR, but it lacks features such as HD video capture and Live View, which you'll often find on higher-end models.
Pros: Competitive price. Lightweight. Good image quality. Noise is unnoticeable up to and including ISO 1600. Clever interface guides beginners.
Cons: LCD does not support Live View. Kit lens produces soft images at wider apertures. Still image frame rate is a bit sluggish when compared with comparable cameras

Read full review at PC Magazine
9 years ago
 

Sony DSLR-A230

4.2
Verdict: Sony's Alpha DSLR-A230 is a modest update of the A200, which we reviewed in January 2008. Although this camera was one of three models announced in mid-May, it has taken until mid-September for a review unit to reach us, which is a pity as we were able to review its ‘sister' model, the A380 back in...
Pros: You want an affordable interchangeable-lens camera with fast autofocusing in bright light, You want body-integrated image stabilisation that works with all lenses, You'd like a wide range of user-adjustable controls and functions, You're interested in shooting raw files and are prepared to edit them
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Read full review at PhotoReview
9 years ago
 

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 + 18-55/3.5-5.6 + 55-200/4.0-5.6

3.0
Verdict: As the lightest-ever Sony digital SLR camera at 450g, the A230 is also a little light on features at first glance.
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Read full review at PC Advisor
9 years ago
 

Sony Alpha A230 DSLR camera review

3.5
Verdict: Though it may be the current runt of the Alpha family, the A230 doesn't prove a pig to use, in spite of our grumbles about the too small grip and lack of Live View. With large, well spaced controls - big buttons and chunky mode and command dials - it offers a beginner friendly and inexpensive route
Pros: Good, sharp results using 18-55mm standard zoom, user friendly, realistic colours, small form factor, large-ish LCD
Cons: Plastic feel, blocky design, no Live View, grip too small to hold as comfortably or tightly as we'd have liked

Read full review at Pocket Lint
9 years ago
 

Sony A230

No reviews
Verdict: The first thing you notice when picking up the Sony A230 is that the build quality feels cheaper than its predecessor. There is little doubt that at least some of its weight loss comes from the use of less robust materials (which probably helps Sony's bottom line too), and is not only due to the...
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Read full review at PhotographyBLOG
9 years ago
 

Sony Alpha A230

3.4
Verdict: The Sony Alpha A230 sits at the low end of its latest range of digital SLRs, but compare the specifications with its bigger brother - the Sony Alpha A330 - and you could be forgiven for thinking there was some mistake.
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Read full review at PC Pro
9 years ago
 

Sony a230 DSLR Digital Camera Review

3.5
Verdict: Sony's Alpha 230 is one of the lowest priced entry-level digital SLRs on the current market (at RRP $949 for the single lens kit and $1,199 for the twin lens kit) and for those about to graduate to the DSLR realm, it may be an option to consider especially given its simple design and overall
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Read full review at Buy-n-Shoot.com
9 years ago
 

Sony Alpha A230 18-55mm kit review

2.0
Verdict: A low price for a digital SLR, but the A230 isn't as impressive as its predecessor or its competitors.
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Read full review at expertreviews.co.uk
9 years ago
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