Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Released January, 2008
  • 10 MP
  • APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD
  • 2.7" LCD
Our sample below shows that you can visibly recover detail by converting a RAW file and applying some careful sharpening in the process.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
8.4 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Alpha DSLR-A200
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Alpha DSLR-A200
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Alpha DSLR-A200
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Alpha DSLR-A200
Reviews from and


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Alpha DSLR-A200

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha DSLR-A200
521 ISO
1,385 ISO
Alpha A3000
1,068 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A200
189 ms
279 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha DSLR-A200
88 ms
Alpha A3000
22 ms
117 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha DSLR-A200
1,500 ms
400 ms
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A200
3 fps
Rebel T5i
5 fps
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha DSLR-A200
750 photos
Rebel T5i
440 photos
EOS 750D
440 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

There are direct-access controls for ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, and drive/bracketing/self-timer modes, while flash, AF, white balance, AF area, and D-RangeOptimizer settings are grouped under a screen pulled up by the Fn button.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The A200's measured resolution is quite remarkable for a 10MP sensor and up there with the best in class.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
While at base ISO the Sony's output is fairly clean and detailed (though not very good at low-contrast detail) things go downhill once you dim the lights and switch your camera to a higher ISO setting.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
At ISO 400 chroma and luminance noise starts to become visible in the Sony crops although at the same time the camera manages to maintain relatively good detail.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)


The main differences are the larger screen, ISO 3200 and High ISO noise reduction on the A200.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
What you don't get is an indication of ISO speed, so make sure you switch the sensitivity back to a lower value after shooting High ISO images, otherwise you might find a 'noisy surprise' in your images when checking them on your computer.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
Both cameras produce remarkably good output at base ISO (with the exception of low-contrast detail) but once you increase the sensitivity things go slightly downhill.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)

Image quality

In each Creative Style mode you can adjust contrast, saturation (not in b/w mode) and sharpness.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
The color rendition is fairly similar on both cameras though.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
Dynamic range is quite impressive too, especially in the highlight areas.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)


Unlike the A700, you can't change settings directly via the information display (Quick Navi).
by c|net (Mar, 2008)
Unfortunately you can't 'interact' with this screen and directly change settings.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
The camera takes a little longer to start-up and display an image in record review than most of its direct competitors but in a real-life situation that's hardly ever an issue.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)


In this comparison the EOS1000D delivers arguably the best balance between image detail and noise reduction.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
This additional noise reduction attempts to address both chroma and luminance noise.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)
In fact the A200's JPEG engine always applies some noise reduction and the High ISO noise reduction is additional.
by DPReview (Jul, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Type CCD
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 37.2 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG


Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 131 x 99 x 71 mm
Thickness 71 mm
Weight 572 g
Is weather sealed No


Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift


Video None

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 9
Cross type focus points 1


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.83x
Viewfinder size 0.54x


Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 750 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 189 ms
Shutter lag 88 ms
Startup delay 1,500 ms
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