Sony DSLRA200 10.2 Megapixel Digital Camera (Includes Zoom Lens kit (DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6) £249.99 (was £379.99) delivered @ Play +4% Quidco (5% RAC/UCAS/Varsity) - HotUKDeals
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Sony DSLRA200 10.2 Megapixel Digital Camera (Includes Zoom Lens kit (DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6) £249.99 (was £379.99) delivered @ Play +4% Quidco (5% RAC/UCAS/Varsity)

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Great camera, with great reviews, with Quidco etc takes price to about £238.00ish, included Zoom Lens kit (DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6) * 10.2 effective megapixel CCD sensor plus optimised BIONZ proce… Read More
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7y, 10m agoFound 7 years, 10 months ago
Great camera, with great reviews, with Quidco etc takes price to about £238.00ish, included Zoom Lens kit (DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6)

* 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 a-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

Superb quality, easy to use Digital Single Lens Reflex (D-SLR) camera. Standard Zoom Lens kit (DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6). Excellent general purpose kit for everyday shooting. Enjoy Super SteadyShot image stabilisation from wide angle to medium telephoto in a light, compact package.

What's in the box:
Main unit
Instructions
Lens
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#2
I have one of these as my first DSLR and it's great. I've been able to buy several great Minolta lenses for knockdown prices that produce some amazing results.

Be aware that Sony are releasing an updated model in the next few months, so if you like to stay ahead then maybe hold off! I think the new model is around the same price too.
#3
Good camera, but I bought it cheaper than this 7 or 8 months ago. And the lens is standard with them all. not hot or cold.
#4
Rustyk1
I have one of these as my first DSLR and it's great. I've been able to buy several great Minolta lenses for knockdown prices that produce some amazing results.

Be aware that Sony are releasing an updated model in the next few months, so if you like to stay ahead then maybe hold off! I think the new model is around the same price too.


the a230 doesnt add anything great apparently and has a few features lacking inc shorter battery life

new a230 model is £479 on preorder out at end of month

hot deal op
#5
It's a good camera for a low price and will take great photos and most people will be happy. The one area where Sony DSLRs don't excel is low light photography. The new models are said to better on that level, we have to wait and see.
#7
bought one of these last summer (little cheaper @ the time, think it was around £220), my first dslr, taken some brilliant pictures of the kids since having it and i'm so glad i bought it.
#8
This isnt hot, this is about the same price as everywhere else.
#9
According to mymemory the largest compact flash card this camera can take is 8GB, has anyone tried anything larger such as 16GB?
#10
fishmaster
According to mymemory the largest compact flash card this camera can take is 8GB, has anyone tried anything larger such as 16GB?


I didn't realise this. I'm using a Transcend 133x 8GB which was fairly cheap from 7dayshop and it's great. Had the camera since last year, really happy with it.
#11
Genoxide;5395277
This isnt hot, this is about the same price as everywhere else.


No it's not, most other places are £259.99 without the Quidco or 5% discount.

The A300 at Jessops may also be worth looking at.
#12
fishmaster;5395386
According to mymemory the largest compact flash card this camera can take is 8GB, has anyone tried anything larger such as 16GB?

I wouldnt want to use anything larger than 8GB, not even larger than 4GB.
Imagine losing all your images if anything goes wrong with your 19GB card?
#13
these were a lot cheaper last year. how can cameras get dearer as they get older???

Nice camera but not hot.
#14
phatbhoy
these were a lot cheaper last year. how can cameras get dearer as they get older???

Nice camera but not hot.


Agree they were cheaper last year. Got one from Amazon for £229 inc postage. Still a nice camera and very pleased with it. Remember it has not liveview screen so the screen on the back is only used for settings and viewing photos taken (not for capturing). Price maybe a bit cheeky given that a new model is out soon.
#15
Yes it is the best price for a a200 at the moment
Although there is a posibility of the release of the a230 driving prices down lower on remaining stock soon.
I think that the a200 is a better option than the a230, I would miss the ae-lock and excellent battery life.

All in all, excellent camera, best price at the moment.
#16
phatbhoy
these were a lot cheaper last year. how can cameras get dearer as they get older???

Nice camera but not hot.

Exchange rate?
#17
Besford
Exchange rate?


aye maybe I suppose. just saying I would like one of these...... but not at this price
#18
phatbhoy;5395676
these were a lot cheaper last year. how can cameras get dearer as they get older???

Nice camera but not hot.


Exchange rate, supply issues. I'd say exchange rate being the most likely culprit as the pound has been very weak against the JPY. Many electrical items have risen in price and will continue to do so.

[url]www.camerapricebuster.co.uk[/url] will show you the historical high/low price.
#19
TinoP
I wouldnt want to use anything larger than 8GB, not even larger than 4GB.
Imagine losing all your images if anything goes wrong with your 19GB card?


Yep, I always transfer my pics to the computer after every use. Saying that, a big card is great considering the size of pics generated, especially when abroad for a couple of weeks with no way to empty the card!
#20
hukd666
Yep, I always transfer my pics to the computer after every use. Saying that, a big card is great considering the size of pics generated, especially when abroad for a couple of weeks with no way to empty the card!


CFs are no longer that dear. Surely you would want to take a few with you rather than trust all your photos to one mega-sized CF? The RAW photos my A200 generates are about 10MB a pop. You can cram plenty onto a 8GB card.
#21
spraint
CFs are no longer that dear. Surely you would want to take a few with you rather than trust all your photos to one mega-sized CF? The RAW photos my A200 generates are about 10MB a pop. You can cram plenty onto a 8GB card.


That's certainly a safer strategy. Personally, I'm happy just using the 8GB and not forking out for more cards. If you're too paranoid of course you could use a different card for every picture :p
#22
bought it at this price nearly a year ago - not really a "hot" deal.

for the money though it's a great camera.
#23
Genoxide;5395277
This isnt hot, this is about the same price as everywhere else.

like what? :-D
#24
bruj3w;5397100
bought it at this price nearly a year ago - not really a "hot" deal.

for the money though it's a great camera.


Well it clearly is as it's cheaper than anywhere else you can buy it from at the moment :roll: Try comparing apples with apples. The price 1 year ago is kind of irrelavent really.
#25
Mada06
Well it clearly is as it's cheaper than anywhere else you can buy it from at the moment :roll: Try comparing apples with apples. The price 1 year ago is kind of irrelavent really.


It depends what you call "Hot" I guess.

If something is the cheapest by 5 - 10% it might be a deal, a good deal even - but personally, I wouldn't get exited and say it was a Hot Deal.
#26
Mada06
Well it clearly is as it's cheaper than anywhere else you can buy it from at the moment :roll: Try comparing apples with apples. The price 1 year ago is kind of irrelavent really.


price from one year ago isn't irrelavent as there is a new model due. places will be getting rid of their old stock to make way for the new, this wasn't the case last year.

and as i said (and others have pointed out) it's a few quid cheaper than anywehre else but hardly a "hot deal".
#27
fishmaster
According to mymemory the largest compact flash card this camera can take is 8GB, has anyone tried anything larger such as 16GB?


This is incorrect. I use a 16GB 133x card in mine. And the brand of the card? MyMemory!

One thing to note is that the A200 has a max speed of 133x so there is no point in splashing out in super speedy cards.
#28
Rustyk1
I have one of these as my first DSLR and it's great. I've been able to buy several great Minolta lenses for knockdown prices that produce some amazing results.

Be aware that Sony are releasing an updated model in the next few months, so if you like to stay ahead then maybe hold off! I think the new model is around the same price too.


After comparing the two cameras, I would definitely still go for the Alpha 200.

The Alpha 200 has better battery life, quicker continuous shooting @ 3 fps instead of 2.5 on the 230.
They have added a HDMI socket, but who wants to watch their pictures on a TV!
Also added are SD card and Sony Pro Duo slot, but CF is cheaper and more robust than SD and Sony memory is ridiculously expensive compared to the rest.
The flash on the 200 has a longer range.
The 230 is slightly smaller but looks as though it wouldnt be as comfortable in the hand..

All in all, nothing justifies the significant price difference, the standard 230 with 18-55mm kit lens is £479 on pre-order compared to this sweet price for the 200. . .

I dont think the release of the 230 will drive down the price of the 200, I think it will do the opposite, once stocks of the 200 get low, and people realise the 230 is a sideways step and not an upgrade, people will rush to get what 200s are left, thus driving the price up if anything.

Its a no-brainer. - buy the 200, its a cracking camera. . . . And theres a really nice Tamron 55-200mm that is usually around £120 quid, but turns up on here for around the £60 mark every now and then. . buy that too and you're well sorted.
#29
I have one of these, and i have to say i love it to bits. But it still bothers me that it's more expensive than i paid for it over a year ago.

to the person who said it is poor for low light photography - you simply couldn't be more wrong. Yes, on the highest ISO setting it looks grainier than other cameras - but that's because it goes to a higher setting than just about any other similar camera around. I do a lot of high speed shooting in low light conditions, and this camera is fantastic (although I would strongly recomend getting hold of a sony or minolta 50mm lens, at about f 1.4 or 1.7. the minolta ones on ebay are pretty affordable).

the one downside i find is the menus - they are far from straighforward, and they are poorly laid out. still, the camera itself is brilliant.
#30
OmniGod;5401374
I have one of these, and i have to say i love it to bits. But it still bothers me that it's more expensive than i paid for it over a year ago.

to the person who said it is poor for low light photography - you simply couldn't be more wrong. Yes, on the highest ISO setting it looks grainier than other cameras - but that's because it goes to a higher setting than just about any other similar camera around. I do a lot of high speed shooting in low light conditions, and this camera is fantastic (although I would strongly recomend getting hold of a sony or minolta 50mm lens, at about f 1.4 or 1.7. the minolta ones on ebay are pretty affordable).

the one downside i find is the menus - they are far from straighforward, and they are poorly laid out. still, the camera itself is brilliant.


It's a bit strange you being bothered that you got it at a better price... surely it's good that it has held its value? I paid £230 from Amazon last year and am very very happy with the A200.

I agree it's not bad for low light photography but the kit lens, like most, is not great in low light. Of course it's still streets ahead of compact digital cameras.

I disagree about the ISO though. Yes, you get more noise with increased ISO but the A200's picture quality on the higher ISOs is not up to the competition. Is this a problem? No. Stick between 200-800 ISO and it's fine. If one really needs 1600 or 3200 then consider a faster lens instead such as the Tamron 17-50 (£302 Amazon) or, as OmniGod says, second hand Minolta glass.

Links for those considering this camera:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08010701sonydslra200.asp (review)
http://www.dyxum.com (info, lens reviews, good forum)

And remember it won the TIPA 2008 award for best in class (entry level DLSR)
#31
Just logged in to but one and price has returned to 314.95.

That'll teach me to keep my eye off the ball. Vack to monitoring to drop below 250.
#32
kerryf
Just logged in to but one and price has returned to 314.95.

That'll teach me to keep my eye off the ball. Vack to monitoring to drop below 250.


Follow this link to Amazon, and its £269.74

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0011U9U9A/watersphotogr-21/ref=nosim
#33
smoggieboon;5435548


now £283.00 :whistling:
#34
Park cameras have it in stock *body only* for £250 with free delivery...

http://www.parkcameras.com/8571/Sony-Alpha-A200-.html

It's an extra £30 for the kit lens but a lot of them end up on ebay for little money so it might be worth considering just the camera body and buy a better lens if you have the extra cash. It's that or wait until Amazon drop the price again.

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