Emily Raymond writes, â€œThe A200 is boring. It has a few small improvements but doesnâ€™t introduce any new technology. It seems to be an obligatory release â€“ almost like Sony needed to refresh the low end of its line because the A100 is getting old.â€
And that, my friends, could be the long and short of the Sony A200â€™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 â€“ and let me just whisper this to you â€“ you can buy a much better camera in the Pentax K10D.)
The A200 does not differ much from the A100, so itâ€™s still a good camera: 10 megapixels, image stabilization and dust control are all retained. Emily says the new A200â€™s viewfinder isnâ€™t grainy like the A100â€™s and thatâ€™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 thatâ€™s a minus.