Sony Alpha A200 Digital SLR inc 18-70mm lens. £253.30 @ Amazon.co.uk - HotUKDeals
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Great price for this top rated entry level DSLR.

* 10.2 effective megapixel CCD sensor plus optimised BIONZ processor for enhanced picture quality, reduced image noise and responsive operation
* High sensitivity up to ISO3200 with high-ISO noise reduction for successful handheld shooting in low light without flash
* D-Range Optimiser adjusts brightness and contrast for beautifully-exposed backlit scenes
* Enhanced Super SteadyShot image stabilisation offers 2.5-3.5 steps anti-shake performance with all α-mount lenses
* Large 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD with easy-to-use function display and percentage battery life indicator
* Improved 9-point centre cross AF with EyeStart activation for fast, accurate focusing
* Continuous shooting at 3fps (JPEG Fine mode, limited by memory card capacity)
* High-capacity InfoLITHIUM battery allows up to 750 shots between charges (CIPA measurement)
* Dual anti-dust system protects sensor during lens exchange
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#2
Verdict: For a DSLR that does everything an amateur is ever likely to want, look no further.

When Sony entered the DSLR market with its excellent Alpha A100, it was trying to bludgeon the established competition to death on value. The A200 continues that tradition with a combination of features and price that's little short of terrifying.

The new models look less utilitarian than the chunky old A100. The body is larger than the EOS 1000D and D40, with an overall weight that's noticeably but not terribly higher.

For a camera below £300, the A200 leaves out remarkably few features. Its 10 megapixels dwarf the six on offer from its nearest price competitor, the Nikon D40. There's also impressive nine-point autofocus (the D40 offers only three), and Sony's very effective Super SteadyShot integrated image stabilisation. There's more beyond the headline features, too, with spot metering and exposure bracketing, two features that might not sway the first-time DSLR buyer but become useful as you become more photographically adventurous. The latter feature is missing from the Nikon D40; the Canon EOS 1000D lacks both. ISO sensitivity goes up to ISO 3,200, although here the budget shows its limits: results are too noisy to be useful except for web-sized images.

The kit lens is better than some, too. While Canon, Nikon and most of the rest offer 18-55mm lenses as standard, Sony gives you an 18-70mm model, and build quality is arguably better, too. It even comes with a small lens hood to cut down on flare - an accessory you'll pay £20 or so for if you buy separately. It's not as sharp as Nikon or Canon's kit lenses, but there's relatively little in it.

The only major feature the A200 lacks is a live-view mode, and the only omission a photography enthusiast might bemoan is the lack of a depth-of-field preview. If you're planning on branching out into extra lenses, the Alpha system is at a disadvantage to the range of optics available for Canon and Nikon, but that's changing and the extra focal-length range of the kit lens means it won't become an issue too soon.

The price of the A200 is all the more amazing when you consider that it's less than a fair number of digital compact cameras. And it's a price that means the A200 simply must win this Labs.
#3


A month ago - give him a break will you? Do you always have to be first?
#4


Bet you can't find it cheaper now though can you? ;-)
#5
Bought one about a year ago, really good camera. Used my minolta lenses from my old film slr, works a treat.
#6
Awesome camera, was fortunate to buy it for less than £200 last year, that was before the recession hit hard and the weakening of the pound, good price currently for this, all down to preference but I prefer it to the Nikon D60 which costs more, has exactly the same CCD and yet doesn't have an AF motor built into the body of the camera. A wide variety of minolta lenses can be utilised on this camera.
#7
Gazbert
Bet you can't find it cheaper now though can you? ;-)
How about £248.03 Delivered @ http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/1977960/art/sony/sony-a200k-d-slr.html?srcid=867 using voucher Pixuk0911. 3% quidco brings it down to £240.58 ;-)
#8
whizzkid
How about £248.03 Delivered @ http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/1977960/art/sony/sony-a200k-d-slr.html?srcid=867 using voucher Pixuk0911 ;-)


Its a grey area but as it would be bought from Pixmania (French) they shun anything outside of the 7 day distance selling regulations, whilst you are still free to return the camera to Sony for repair, I would sooner have a couple of week old camera that goes pear shaped returned to Amazon for a replacement by spending the extra fiver personally, especially on a DSLR which you handle with far more kid gloves than a compact camera.
#9
cicobuff
Its a grey area but as it would be bought from Pixmania (French) they shun anything outside of the 7 day distance selling regulations, whilst you are still free to return the camera to Sony for repair, I would sooner have a couple of week old camera that goes pear shaped returned to Amazon for a replacement by spending the extra fiver personally, especially on a DSLR which you handle with far more kid gloves than a compact camera.
Extra fiver? After quidco it's an extra £13!
#10
Can't rely on Quidco and not everyone has it
#11
whizzkid;4817933
How about £248.03 Delivered @ http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/1977960/art/sony/sony-a200k-d-slr.html?srcid=867 using voucher Pixuk0911. 3% quidco brings it down to £240.58 ;-)

Well done! I'm impressed!
For your 2nd challenge can you find it cheaper anywhere that a sensible HUKD'er would actually buy it?
I've been stung before by appalling Pixmania service and I wouldn't buy anything more valuable than a roll of loo paper from them now
#12
I am looking at getting a digital SLR camera and was looking at the Sony A350 - it is £410 at John Lewis. Is it that much better than this A200 camera?
#13
whizzkid
Extra fiver? After quidco it's an extra £13!


Five pounds and (eventually after a few months) an extra £7 odd Quidco tracking at 3% if you are spending that sort of money on a DSLR I personally would prefer (as it appears would others) to trust in a company that doesn't have a grey area when it comes to consumer law (same problem with Play.com) If you are unfortunate and your camera goes pear shaped after a couple of weeks and you would prefer to send it to Sony for a refurb replacement or a repair rendering your unit as second hand then the gamble with Pixmania might pay off (albeit you are without your camera for a while)....Amazon its no fuss.
#14
whizzkid
How about £248.03 Delivered @ http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/1977960/art/sony/sony-a200k-d-slr.html?srcid=867 using voucher Pixuk0911. 3% quidco brings it down to £240.58 ;-)


Owned.

Well done whizzkid - I like it !
#15
BadBadger
I am looking at getting a digital SLR camera and was looking at the Sony A350 - it is £410 at John Lewis. Is it that much better than this A200 camera?


Yes if you want the added addition of Live View, not really if you are an amateur or beginner in the world of DSLR, your money would be better spent on other lenses...Live View is not an essential, or is a tilting screen or is 14MP over 10MP, case build is the same....depends how much money you have to spend and whats important to you.
#16
Gazbert
Well done! I'm impressed!
For your 2nd challenge can you find it cheaper anywhere that a sensible HUKD'er would actually buy it?
I've been stung before by appalling Pixmania service and I wouldn't buy anything more valuable than a roll of loo paper from them now
John Lewis are doing it for £259.95 but with a years free guarantee - since that's standard anyway, I presume it may be an extra free year...unsure.
#17
cicobuff
Five pounds and (eventually after a few months) an extra £7 odd Quidco tracking at 3% if you are spending that sort of money on a DSLR I personally would prefer (as it appears would others) to trust in a company that doesn't have a grey area when it comes to consumer law (same problem with Play.com) If you are unfortunate and your camera goes pear shaped after a couple of weeks and you would prefer to send it to Sony for a refurb replacement or a repair rendering your unit as second hand then the gamble with Pixmania might pay off (albeit you are without your camera for a while)....Amazon its no fuss.


Thats not the point - whizzkid was asked where it could be got cheaper and he told you. By £13.
#18
phatbhoy
Thats not the point - whizzkid was asked where it could be got cheaper and he told you. By £13.


I wasn't the one to be told, as I wasn't the one asking!....I was just stating about Pixmanias awful policy, at the end of the day its up to the consumer where to buy the product from isnt it? I understand this site is about finding the best deal, it also though includes an element of practicality (hence why we have these debates)....Pixmania isn't the best for customer service...so its price alone versus customer service.
#19
I have bought 3 things from pixmania. each of them has needed to be sent back for repairs. they are spectacularly awful. Still, it bothers me that this is barely £20 less than i paid for this camera from currys almost a year ago.

Good camera, but it's just too expensive at the moment.

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