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Sony DSLR-A200K Digital SLR Camera + Zoom Lens Kit (18-70mm F3.5-5.6)
Sony DSLR-A200K Digital SLR Camera + Zoom Lens Kit (18-70mm F3.5-5.6)

Sony DSLR-A200K Digital SLR Camera + Zoom Lens Kit (18-70mm F3.5-5.6)

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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

43 Comments

Original Poster

I have one of these and they are awesome. They don't have the live view feature, but you soon get used to it. I picked up a couple of cheap minolta lenses from fleabay which work a treat and are much better quality that the one that comes with it.

Original Poster

No one biting on this one

guitargaz;3025361

No one biting on this one


It's probably because it was posted just 5 days ago (see ]here) for just £5 more.

Original Poster

It's cheaper on my post, all the pennies help with the credit crunch!

guitargaz;3025452

It's cheaper on my post, all the pennies help with the credit crunch!



Well a fiver is a fiver so this is a hot deal; equally you could have posted the price-drop on the existing deal...

The camera has good reviews but the kit lens is supposed to be poor,on the other hand the nikon d40 has a good review and so does its kit lens for roughly the same price,plus nikon has been going for about 90 years and you get a 2 year guarantee.:thumbsup:

If you price match with PC world you can get it down to £236.51.Very tempted but it seems to be dropping by a fiver a week.What to do? What to do?

matureking;3026003

Anyone ordered from this site … Anyone ordered from this site before?http://www.looksmartpro.com/product_info.php/products_id/48



No - I haven't used them - but after post office handling charges, VAT and Duty would you be saving enough to be worth importing?

matureking;3026003

Anyone ordered from this site … Anyone ordered from this site before?http://www.looksmartpro.com/product_info.php/products_id/48



Buying from the States is fraught with difficulties. Apart from the high postage charge, you will get stung with Customs Duty and/or VAT.

It would also appear that you need a minimum order of $500.

leighbeef;3025689

The camera has good reviews but the kit lens is supposed to be poor,on … The camera has good reviews but the kit lens is supposed to be poor,on the other hand the nikon d40 has a good review and so does its kit lens for roughly the same price,plus nikon has been going for about 90 years and you get a 2 year guarantee.:thumbsup:


sony has got tipa award 2008 for best entry level slr
so im buying sony a200 soon :w00t:

matureking;3026003

Anyone ordered from this site … Anyone ordered from this site before?http://www.looksmartpro.com/product_info.php/products_id/48


Plesae exercise caution with looksmartpro.

Read this first ]http//wh…spx

leighbeef;3025689

The camera has good reviews but the kit lens is supposed to be poor,on … The camera has good reviews but the kit lens is supposed to be poor,on the other hand the nikon d40 has a good review and so does its kit lens for roughly the same price,plus nikon has been going for about 90 years and you get a 2 year guarantee.:thumbsup:


The nikon D40 does have any image stabilisation though. So in low light you will get blurred shots.

hothot!

ive been deciding on a camera for awhile so this is a great price and will probably seal the deal with sony. Just gotta decide whether to buy now or wait til xmas

win2000b;3028305

The nikon D40 does have any image stabilisation though. So in low light … The nikon D40 does have any image stabilisation though. So in low light you will get blurred shots.



Well that depends on the user , but the image stabilisation will let you get away with more things. Nikon does some very nice cameras, but the D40 isn't one of them, the lack of drive motor totally cripples it.

Could you reserve to collect at PCWorld using Quidco (2.5%) then collect and use PCWorld's 110% pricematch guarantee to get a few more pounds off?
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Chippa;3028923

Could you reserve to collect at PCWorld using Quidco (2.5%) then collect … Could you reserve to collect at PCWorld using Quidco (2.5%) then collect and use PCWorld's 110% pricematch guarantee to get a few more pounds off?http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/editorial/price-match-promise



Yes, and the Quidco will be on the price before the matching.

PC world: 300
Quidco: 7.50 cashback
Eggmoney: 3 cashback
Pricematch: (300-243)*1.1 = 62.7 refund

Net price: 226.80

Sold :-)

what will you need with this camera? links to deals on cards, etc would be great. thanks

PCPro rated this very highly in its DSLR round-up this month, seems to edge the D40 especially with it being cheaper and with a few more features. Seems to be getting awards left and right. Hopefully I'll be able to pick one up on student loan day

guitargaz;3025190

I have one of these and they are awesome. They don't have the live view … I have one of these and they are awesome. They don't have the live view feature, but you soon get used to it. I picked up a couple of cheap minolta lenses from fleabay which work a treat and are much better quality that the one that comes with it.



Excuse my ignorance but does this mean you cant take a photo using the lcd as a viewfinder ?

looks good, heat added!

henkeharkins82;3029949

Excuse my ignorance but does this mean you cant take a photo using the … Excuse my ignorance but does this mean you cant take a photo using the lcd as a viewfinder ?



Indeed you can't. This is a relatively new feature on DSLR cameras and is still only found on the higher priced models.

I'd not want it on an SLR anyway.

Original Poster

I'm with you adamo, You never get as good shots using lcd screen. I've had one of these sonys for about 3 months now and I haven't got a bad word about it. What i would suggest however is that you pick up a couple of cheap minolta dynax lenses, all of which are compatable with this camera. I got a 35-70 and a 70-210 and it works a treat. I also bought a skylight and a polarizing filter for water/sky shots.

win2000b;3028305

The nikon D40 does have any image stabilisation though. So in low light … The nikon D40 does have any image stabilisation though. So in low light you will get blurred shots.


With Nikon's the image stabilisation is built into the lenses. Any lens that has VR in the name is optically stabilised. :thumbsup: (or OS for Sigma lenses, and VC for Tamron's). It's not confusing at all is it!!??

Hey!

I've been looking at this camera for a couple of months... and yes the price does seem to be dropping pretty steadily! Would anyone be able to recommend a good wide angle lens for it?

Also Curry's have the Olympus E420SE reduced right now (£319)... would this even be considered a suitable alternative against the Nikon/Canon alternatives?

Original Poster

glanza, go for an 18-70mm minolta dynax from fleabay.

Second hand lenses off fleabay seem to be a total bargain with these.

May I ask (might be showing my ignorance here, sorry! I've had a super-zoom bridge camera up until now) but what will the difference be between the 18-70mm kit lens and the 18-70mm minola dynax lens be? Apart from quality?

I'm looking for wide-angle without quite going into the distortion you get with a fish-eye lens?? Although for what I'm looking for I may want a fairly large angle of view?

The Sony and Minolta versions of the 18-70mm kit lens are essentially identical optically. For a kit lens its pretty good. Definitively better than the std 18-55mm Canon lens for example. Buy this camera and get the 18-250mm tamron for a great all round lens and body combo. (this lens is MUCH better than most of the other longer range zooms)

Would it be better quality wise to get the 18-200 tamron, or to get a separate 18-55 and 75-200? (obviously it's a bit more hassle).

I'm wondering what people would think to this as a first DSLR camera, going from nothing more than a point and shoot, I'm ok understanding anything technological however I'm just thinking would this be a good start with the supplied lens.

Also, I've been trying to find a manual, review or something to give a detailed feature list and idea of what I can do with the camera, however the Sony site doesn't seem to provide anything other than Slovakian, has anyone found anything that'd help?

Edit: Actually, as would be quite typical I've found some reviews now, however if you've found one of particular interest, please post a link, thanks.

Thanks

Architect;3033876

Also, I've been trying to find a manual, review or something to give a … Also, I've been trying to find a manual, review or something to give a detailed feature list and idea of what I can do with the camera, .....



I'm in a similar boat, found these:

photographyblog.com/rev…php
cameralabs.com/rev…00/
imaging-resource.com/PRO…HTM

Note some sites may just be reviewing the body, with a fancier lens. Serious photo addicts seem to assume you'll be chucking the dslr kit lens asap (prolly get a decent price flogging it on ebay).

Also quite nice are youtube video reviews:

youtube.com/res…q=f

Gives you a better idea of what the camera is like in your hands.

Architect;3033876

I'm wondering what people would think to this as a first DSLR camera, … I'm wondering what people would think to this as a first DSLR camera, going from nothing more than a point and shoot, I'm ok understanding anything technological however I'm just thinking would this be a good start with the supplied lens.



This would make a fantastic first DSLR . . its fully featured, so as you get more experienced, you could stray off the "automatic modes". . . Its Image stabilisation is "On Camera", and is very good, so those low light shots are a lot more feasible, and this works with ANY lens. . The D-range optimiser is a very cool feature, it evens the lighting in images of high contrast, so the shadows have detail, and the skys are not "bleached out". .

The Kit lens is very good without being Amazing, but thats generally the case with all kit lenses. . I bought a Tamron 55-200 brand new for about 65 quid, and its a sweet lens.

If you look at recent posts, theres also a twin pack of 2 Kingston 4gb CF memory cards for about 17 quid.

So full kit for just over 300 quid and you're seriously ready to rock. . . .

Koma Toes;3031281

With Nikon's the image stabilisation is built into the lenses. Any lens … With Nikon's the image stabilisation is built into the lenses. Any lens that has VR in the name is optically stabilised. :thumbsup: (or OS for Sigma lenses, and VC for Tamron's). It's not confusing at all is it!!??



Yeah, but this cuts down the amount of lenses on offer, and also makes any lenses more expensive, so the on-camera option is much preferred.

Oh, found this comparison with a Canon 400D:

cameralabs.com/rev…tml
"Apart from a difference in colour balance, the two DSLRs delivered remarkably similar results here when equipped with their kit lenses and default settings. There's arguably a little more foliage detail on the Sony crops, but it's certainly a very close-run thing and we'd be satisfied saying that in this particular test, both cameras essentially delivered the same amount of real-life detail."


Given the Canon is close on 400 quid, that's pretty impressive.

arfster;3034170

Oh, found this comparison with a Canon … Oh, found this comparison with a Canon 400D:http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sony_Alpha_DSLR_A200/outdoor_results.shtml"Apart from a difference in colour balance, the two DSLRs delivered remarkably similar results here when equipped with their kit lenses and default settings. There's arguably a little more foliage detail on the Sony crops, but it's certainly a very close-run thing and we'd be satisfied saying that in this particular test, both cameras essentially delivered the same amount of real-life detail."Given the Canon is close on 400 quid, that's pretty impressive.



Definately, every review I have seen had them running pretty much side by side in terms of performance, and with sony really starting to focus on slrs properly it's a good time to invest.

PcPro review here: pcpro.co.uk/lab…tml

now £238.24

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