First Impressions with the Sony A200

Sony A200 DSLR

Emily Raymond writes, “The A200 is boring. It has a few small improvements but doesn’t introduce any new technology. It seems to be an obligatory release – almost like Sony needed to refresh the low end of its line because the A100 is getting old.”

And that, my friends, could be the long and short of the Sony A200’s debut into the DSLR market. It also means that the A200 is still a good camera for someone transitioning from a point-and-shoot and wants an affordable DSLR. At $700 with an 18-70mm kit lens, the A200 is a good buy. (At $595 – and let me just whisper this to you – you can buy a much better camera in the Pentax K10D.)

The A200 does not differ much from the A100, so it’s still a good camera: 10 megapixels, image stabilization and dust control are all retained. Emily says the new A200’s viewfinder isn’t grainy like the A100’s and that’s a plus; the other difference is that the control buttons have been tweaked a bit on the A200 with the function button a little less accessible now than it was with the A100 and that’s a minus.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.