15 November 2008

Ahbeng New Toy - Sony Alpha a200 DSLR

I been comparing few DSLR recently, my target is below 2k mia la .... so i got a few choices.

The battle is between :

  1. Canon EOS1000D
  2. Olympus 500d
  3. Nikon D40
  4. Sony Alpha 200 (Ex Minolta)

After Lengthy consideration (like 2 minits) I decided on Sony Alpha 200. Part of the reason is that I m using an old skool Minolta dslr for a few years ledi and its still werking fine. Others would be non motorised lens (cheaper mah!) Lotsa seconda hand minolta lens available in the market also, positip rebiu from current users and the lens also quite a favorable lens prefered by most of the Sony Alpha 200 fans out there.

Most important factor would be the plice also la .... at RM1,699.00 its a great bargain! Whats in the package?

  • Sony DSLRA 200k Body
  • 18 - 70 mm kit lens
  • 2GB Compact Flash
  • Screen Protector
  • Kenko 55mm UV Filter
Heres the pikture of the hansem guy!















Body material Plastic
Sensor • 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD sensor
• RGB Color Filter Array
• Interline interlaced CCD
• Built-in fixed low-pass filter
• 10.8 million total pixels
• 10.2 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 3872 x 2592 (L)
• 2896 x 1936 (M)
• 1920 x 1280 (S)

File qualities / formats • RAW (12-bit,.ARW format)
• RAW + JPEG Fine
• JPEG Fine
• JPEG Standard
Dust reduction • Static-resistant anti-dust coating
• CCD-shift dust reduction mechanism
Lenses • Sony Alpha lenses
(also compatible with Minolta A-type bayonet mount lenses)
FOV crop 1.5x
Super SteadyShot • CCD-Shift 'Super SteadyShot' system
• Five level LED shake indicator in viewfinder
• Anti-shake effect: Equivalent to 2.5 – 3.5 steps in shutter speed
Auto Focus • TTL CCD line sensors (9-points, 8 lines with center cross-hair sensor)
• EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100) detection range
• Predictive focus control for moving subjects
• Auto-tracking focus point display
AF area selection

• Wide AF area
• Spot AF area (center)
• Focus area selection (any of 9)

Focus modes • Single-shot AF
• Direct Manual Focus
• Continuous AF
• Automatic AF
• Manual focus
AF assist illuminator Via internal flash, must be raised
Eye-start AF Yes, selectable from menu
Shooting modes

• Auto
• Programmed AE (with shift)
• Aperture priority AE
• Shutter priority AE
• Manual
• Scene modes (below)

Scene modes • Portrait
• Landscape
• Macro
• Sports
• Sunset
• Night portrait
Sensitivity

• Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200

Metering modes • Multi-segment (40 segment Honeycomb pattern)
• Center-weighted
• Spot
Metering range • EV 1 to 20 (Multi-segment / Center-weighted)
• EV 4 to 20 (Spot metering)
(at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)
AE Lock • AEL button
• Half-press shutter release
AE Bracketing • 3 frames
• 0.3 or 0.7 EV steps
Exposure compen. • -2.0 to +2.0 EV
• 0.3 EV steps
Shutter Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane Shutter
Shutter Speed • 30 to 1/4000 sec
• Bulb
Flash X-sync 1/160 sec
Aperture values Depends on lens, 0.3 EV steps
DOF preview Yes, dedicated button
White balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Shade
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Flash
• Color temperature (2500 - 9900 K)
• Manual (Custom)

White balance fine tuning • Auto (none)
• Preset WB: -3 to +3
• Fluorescent WB: -2 to +4
• Color temperature WB: -9 to +9
(Magenta to Green)
White balance bracketing • 3 frames
• Hi or Lo steps
Dynamic range optimizer • Off
• Standard
• Advanced
Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Color modes • Standard
• Vivid
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Sunset
• Night view
• B&W
• Adobe RGB
Image parameters • Contrast (-2 to +2)
• Saturation (-2 to +2)
• Sharpness (-2 to +2)
Noise reduction • Long exposure for exposures longer than 1 second
• User controllable: On / Off
Viewfinder

• Eye-level fixed pentamirror
• Spherical Acute Matte focusing screen (not changeable)
• Magnification approx. x0.83
• 95% frame coverage
• Diotric adjustment (-2.5 to +1.0)
• Eye-relief 20 mm from eyepiece, 16 mm from frame
• Eyepiece cup removable
• Viewfinder info bar

LCD monitor • 2.7" TFT LCD ('Clear Photo LCD Plus')
• 230,000 pixels
• Anti-reflective coating
• Auto dimmed by viewfinder eye sensor
Flash • Built-in pop-up flash (auto release)
• Metering: ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control
• Guide number 12 (ISO 100/m)
• Angle of coverage 24 mm (35 mm equiv.)
• Flash sync 1/160 sec, 1/125 sec (SteadyShot on)
Flash modes

• Auto
• Fill Flash
• Red-eye Reduction (pre-flash)
• Wireless/Remote Off-camera Flash
• Rear Flash Sync.
• High Speed Sync.
• Slow Sync with AE Lock

Flash compensation -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
External flash (optional) • Sony HVL-F56M (guide no. 56)
• Sony HVL-F36M (guide no. 36)
• Macro Twin Flash Kit HVL-MT24AM
Drive modes • Single-frame
• Continuous
• Self-timer (10 or 2 sec)
• Continuous bracket
• Single-frame bracket
• White balance bracket
Continuous shooting • RAW: 3 fps, up to 6 frames
• RAW+JPEG: 3 fps, up to 3 frames
• JPEG: 3fps, unlimited
Self-timer • 10 sec
• 2 sec
Orientation sensor Yes, for shooting, playback and control panel display
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mass storage or PTP)
• Video out (NTSC or PAL)
• DC-IN
• Remote terminal
Video out Selectable NTSC or PAL
Storage • Compact Flash Type I/II
• Supports FAT16 / FAT32
Power • NP-FM500H Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
• Battery charger included
• Optional AC adapter
Vertical grip VG-B30AM (optional) accepts up to 2x NP-FM500H batteries
Dimensions 131 x 98.5 x 71 mm (5.2 x 3.7 x 2.8 in)
Weight (body) No battery: 532 g (1.2 lb)


See? see? RM1,699 for so many things!!! mana mau cari wei?!

14 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the new camera. Im an A200 user too and there's no complaint so far, instead I am really happy to have it.

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  2. walau . . . .macem pro aje . . . .

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  3. Angel7:44 am

    Uncle rojak, non-motorised one will have to have powderful focusing skill. You sure can tahan ah when snapping laubehuit pics ah? XD

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  4. U need such camera to take pics of sudden longkang exposure ka?

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  5. Good choice for this range of price. I'm aiming to get Nikon D90, but now Canon 40D also damn good... pening la

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  6. Niamah!!! So cheap DSLR nowadays. I bought the Canon G9 in Sep already RM1600.00. Tiu!!!

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  7. later end of month you all pening with hutang cut credid ...
    muah ha ha ha ha ha ha

    then baru ingat......

    "why har? I bought this thing?"

    true anot?

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  8. jason : bayar bulan bulan interest free with sitibank credit card wei lol

    saiful : cool!!! eh i heard sony got gibe free workshop one izzit? u got go b4 anot?

    foodcrazee : pro? ciplak pro can la! lol

    angel : its motorised but the motor is located in the cam body instead of the lens itself.

    zephyr : shhhhh ... if yes also dun tell terang terang ma ... lidis how i cari makan next time? lol

    kenny : bro ... D90 got powderful rebiu !

    Latuk tan sili : haha this one chip chip dslr for budak kecik one ler ... G9 is for adult one .. diff class leh

    Pisang : yalor ... next month baru regret ler ... this month enjoy 1st! lol

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  9. Hi, you are just like my hubby. Decide within minutes and bought Sony Alpha 200. Soon, you will decide on more accessories to add, just like my hubby who recently bought macro lens and ring light. Haha! I totally agree with you that it's the best deal ever from Sony.

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  10. yeah, Sony give free workshop for Alpha user 1 time. Recently, they even held a convention at Le Meridien Hotel at free of charge as well.

    You go to alphanatics.com. All Sony Alpha users lepak lepak there. :)

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  11. yo yo! welcome to the Alphanatics beng!

    go to www.alphanatics.com and register yourself! we have a lot of workshops and some conventions out there. Got alot of models to shoot too from time to time.

    Me also Sony Alpha 350 user! *yo!*

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  12. Anker Lojak!
    sudah lama tak da quqi mata.

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  13. ini boss sudah kaya...don't porget ur pal ok!!!!!!!! start snapping some longkang pics laaaa...lama dah tarak eye candy!

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