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Sony Alpha A230L DSLR Camera With 18-55 Lens with voucher - £269 @ Argos
Sony Alpha A230L DSLR Camera With 18-55 Lens with voucher - £269 @ Argos

Sony Alpha A230L DSLR Camera With 18-55 Lens with voucher - £269 @ Argos

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10.2 Megapixel APS-size CCD image sensor for ultra-fine detail
Compatible with Memory Stick PRO Duo; Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD/SDHC media
Li-ion battery included.
Includes SAL1855.AE 18-55mm f3.5-f5.6 zoom lens.
Reviews: ephotozine.com/art…859

Argos: Offer of £10 voucher as amount > £100, which effectively makes £259 (before 6th April) ->‌ argos.co.uk/sta…htm

PS: Quidco for home delivery not useful as delivery charges apply

50 Comments

Is the voucher £10 Argos credit or £10 off the deal?

nice price .. might just buy it if available on the 9th ... pay day ......hmmmmm

HOT! This is the best price the Sony A230 has ever been. Good quality digital SLR and one of the cheapest prices for a 10Mp SLR from a UK retailer ever. Same sort of price you would pay for a decent compact and FAR better image quality. Should go hot....

Im well impressed! we've been thinking about an SLR after a squiral was bein cheeky in the garden today!! Brasic though lol

nicks99;8274113

Is the voucher £10 Argos credit or £10 off the deal?

Yeah, can you just explain the 'voucher' in a bit more detail please? Are you saying that the voucher is given AFTER you buy the camera and as such you can only use it on your 'next purchase'?

Oh and by the way, just a quick note for those that don't realise, this camera doesn't come with 'live view'. That means you cannot see what you want to photograph on the rear monitor. This camera is the traditional type 'through the view finder' camera.

i have the a200 and it's an excellant entry level dslr

So the only difference in this and the A200 is that it uses different memory ? Prefer Compact Flash cards myself.

Original Poster

Soulreape;8274946

So the only difference in this and the A200 is that it uses different … So the only difference in this and the A200 is that it uses different memory ? Prefer Compact Flash cards myself.



Some changes in A230 are:
- a230 features an HDMI output
- different type of battery,
- takes SD or MS duo instead of CF cards,
- vertical grip option
- build quality better and more compact & lighter
- Different view on the display,

There are new models like A330 and A380 from Sony (thought costlier), with viewer option, but SLR cameras better to use classic viewfinder.
If you are looking for entry level DSLR, A230 is more than enough

Original Poster

argos voucher attached to the post


Argos voucher till 6th April -> argos.co.uk/sta…htm

bargain, i've heard the battery life isn't quite as good and shot speed is marginally slower than the A200, having said that it's a great starter DSLR, argos showing that other retailers have grossly infalted margins on this camera! top work

Can't speak highly enough of sony camera's. Have a a100 which hasn't let me down in 2 years. Buy this and get some vintage minolta glass from fleabay!

Internal focus lens or the same style as the A200 kit lens?

As far as I am aware this will give IS (image stabilisation) for any lens you attach. They are a Minolta body so if you have a Minolta SLR in a drawer you can use the lenses from that on this. Could be a deal clincher if you do.

I brought it as £350 5 months ago Nice camera tho.

Got the A200 myself 7 months ago for this price, last one in Argos. Love it to bits,massive step up from a compact that i had used and abused for years.

kurv;8274900

i have the a200 and it's an excellant entry level dslr



+1

Chef_uk;8276122

Got the A200 myself 7 months ago for this price, last one in Argos. Love … Got the A200 myself 7 months ago for this price, last one in Argos. Love it to bits,massive step up from a compact that i had used and abused for years.



+1

Great deal!! I'm tempted :x

Smashing little DSLR for the price. Konika Minolta lenses will fit too.

cobwebscavern;8275664

Can't speak highly enough of sony camera's. Have a a100 which hasn't let … Can't speak highly enough of sony camera's. Have a a100 which hasn't let me down in 2 years. Buy this and get some vintage minolta glass from fleabay!



Can't agree more - get a Minolta 50mm F1.7 and a "Beercan" Minolta lens and you have the start of a very good camera system

Good price for a proper DSLR/Lens, and a nice way into getting more serious about photography.

I'd still look for a good used Nikon D40 with 18-55mm kit lens at the price, and so would many people, but you won't go far wrong with this.

Has it got live view?

No live view.

I have an A200 and tried an A230 in Jessops - I'd urge everyone to hold one before buying as they have changed the body since the A200 and it's not as nice to hold, no way I'd be able to hold the A230 for much time at all. Sony have realised their mistake and the next set of Sony cameras which will take the place of the A230 has the old style body grip seen on the A200.

Thanks for the info

Great Camera for the price, But no Live view.You can get A330 for about £300 from ebay.

thevulture;8276879

No live view.I have an A200 and tried an A230 in Jessops - I'd urge … No live view.I have an A200 and tried an A230 in Jessops - I'd urge everyone to hold one before buying as they have changed the body since the A200 and it's not as nice to hold, no way I'd be able to hold the A230 for much time at all. Sony have realised their mistake and the next set of Sony cameras which will take the place of the A230 has the old style body grip seen on the A200.



I'd agree whole heartedly with this, in addition feedback from users that I know is that the shutter button is not as positive as the A200 either, I pushed about 20,000 photos through the A200 before I upgraded and it was an excellent workhorse... here's hoping the next wave get back to form.

Live view is a bit of a gimmick IMHO. It eats battery power and has little practical use unless the LCD screen can be extended and pivoted.

Compared to the A200 its chalk vs cheese.

The A200 has a better lens (18-70mm) - while A230 (18-55mm). The A200 has a better, powerful flash, better battery compaticity, has WB, AE lock and Remote Release. etc.

The A230 built wise is pretty bad too (very plastic) - its now known as a "hair-dressers" camera.

Its good value at the price, but would hold on for the newer model as I heard that they have gone back to the A200 style and performances

abynk;8276910

Great Camera for the price, But no Live view.You can get A330 for about … Great Camera for the price, But no Live view.You can get A330 for about £300 from ebay.



If you really need live view I personally don't think you should be using a DSLR - it's a gimmick for those moving over from compact cameras who know nothing better.

:whistling:

Has anyone ever seen a professional or semi-professional photographer not using the view-finder?!

toonarmani;8277529

If you really need live view I personally don't think you should be using … If you really need live view I personally don't think you should be using a DSLR - it's a gimmick for those moving over from compact cameras who know nothing better.:whistling:Has anyone ever seen a professional or semi-professional photographer not using the view-finder?!



Using the viewfinder is a bit tricky when you're having to hold the camera overhead to get a clear view, OK Live View isn't any better unless, as already mentioned, the viewfinder extends and tilts.

Has anyone ever seen a professional or semi-professional photographer not … Has anyone ever seen a professional or semi-professional photographer not using the view-finder?!



Yes, I've seen plenty. Studio photography and architecture.

liveview is an underrated feature IMHO - i've just come back from venice and i was using a gorillia pod with my A350 (couldn't fit my tripod in) to take my low light/fancy angle shots and without live view i wouldn't have been able to take many of those shots, it's also great for previewing say the histogram and white balance changes without having to take several shots.

You may not use the feature everytime you go out but it comes in handy far more then the purists would have you believe.

edit:

good price for the camera but i'd personally recommend getting a used A200 or A350 for less money - the previous generation are better cameras, the current models have been slightly crippled to give the new A4/5xx models the appearance of a bigger edge

The A230 is a bit of a let-down in my book for the reasons peter-griffen stated above, especially no AEL button. Sony took the commercial decision to appeal to the mass market rather than the keen photographer when producing their 'second set' of DSLRs. Unlike the A100, A200, A300 & A700 which show their Minolta DNA.

I recommended the A200 to many people, I can't recommend the A230 to anyone. However, this seems a good price if you want one

Great price. What's a good place to get decent priced lenses?

mrlaurelshat;8278771

Great price. What's a good place to get decent priced lenses?



I have bought a tamron 18-250mm from this japan ebay seller.

shop.ebay.co.uk/sk_…tn=

very good service, much cheaper than any other place. 4days delivery from japan

londislagerhound;8277342

Live view is a bit of a gimmick IMHO. It eats battery power and has … Live view is a bit of a gimmick IMHO. It eats battery power and has little practical use unless the LCD screen can be extended and pivoted.



Sony alpha live view lcd screens are very usfull tilting ones, I have used it in many occasions were i had to hold the camera up high.

mrlaurelshat;8278771

Great price. What's a good place to get decent priced lenses?



check out ebay listings for minolta af lenses :thumbsup:
particularly recommend the minolta af50 1.7 or beercan af70-210 as favourites - but they aren't too cheap on ebay these days

really useful site for lens reviews & lots of related info etc
dyxum.com/len…asp
mhohner.de/son…v=1

abynk;8278972

I have bought a tamron 18-250mm from this japan ebay seller. … I have bought a tamron 18-250mm from this japan ebay seller. http://shop.ebay.co.uk/sk_photo/m.html?_nkw=sony&_sacat=0&_trksid=p3911.m270.l1313&_odkw=&_osacat=0&bkBtn=very good service, much cheaper than any other place. 4days delivery from japan



good lens review here:
dyxum.com/len…374

Blasphemous;8274629

Oh and by the way, just a quick note for those that don't realise, this … Oh and by the way, just a quick note for those that don't realise, this camera doesn't come with 'live view'. That means you cannot see what you want to photograph on the rear monitor. This camera is the traditional type 'through the view finder' camera.



The lack of live view is killed this deal for me.

loonyjetman;8278315

The A230 is a bit of a let-down in my book for the reasons peter-griffen … The A230 is a bit of a let-down in my book for the reasons peter-griffen stated above, especially no AEL button. Sony took the commercial decision to appeal to the mass market rather than the keen photographer when producing their 'second set' of DSLRs. Unlike the A100, A200, A300 & A700 which show their Minolta DNA. I recommended the A200 to many people, I can't recommend the A230 to anyone. However, this seems a good price if you want one



It is a mass market DSLR camera, that's the whole point. So you will find features missing that you would get on other cameras.

Just like a £800 laptop will have more features than a £300 one in Tesco.

A100s & 200s hold their value really well - watch what they go for on eBay.

So you're faced with the issue of buying a used camera and hoping it's been well looked after or going for something like this.

My local camera shop was knocking this out with a free 3 year guarantee.

At £269, I don't see how you can go wrong. Learn the ropes on it for a few years, get some Minolta lenses and you can always upgrade to the better specced Sonys later.

cerulean blue;8282948

It is a mass market DSLR camera, that's the whole point. So you will find … It is a mass market DSLR camera, that's the whole point. So you will find features missing that you would get on other cameras. Just like a £800 laptop will have more features than a £300 one in Tesco.



I'm all for making DSLR photography more accessible to everyone but Sony doing it at the expense of core features (battery life, 'hard' buttons, ergonomics etc.) was a mistake. The A230 would have been OK for a first foray into the market but as an upgrade/replacement for the A200 it's a let down because it's worse not better.

I don't understand your £800 vs £300 analogy because the A200 was around the same price as the A230 is.

Nevertheless, as I said this looks like a good price for an A230.

loonyjetman;8283175

I'm all for making DSLR photography more accessible to everyone but Sony … I'm all for making DSLR photography more accessible to everyone but Sony doing it at the expense of core features (battery life, 'hard' buttons, ergonomics etc.) was a mistake. The A230 would have been OK for a first foray into the market but as an upgrade/replacement for the A200 it's a let down because it's worse not better.I don't understand your £800 vs £300 analogy because the A200 was around the same price as the A230 is.Nevertheless, as I said this looks like a good price for an A230.



At the end of the day, its an entry level DSLR for £269, which is quite a bit cheaper than Canon's and Nikon's basic offerings.

As you say, the price is good, so people who want a decent camera to dip their toes in the world of DSLR can't go wrong.

Heat and rep OP.
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