Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Released May, 2009
  • 10 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD
  • 2.7" LCD
It's lighter, though it still seems to fall in the middle of the sub-$1,000 dSLR herd for size and weight.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)
8.6 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Alpha DSLR-A230
8.1
SLT A77
8.9
D5300
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Alpha DSLR-A230
8.2
SLT A77
10.0
D5300
8.1
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Alpha DSLR-A230
8.9
SLT A77
9.1
D5300
9.0
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Alpha DSLR-A230
8.9
SLT A77
9.3
D5300
9.1
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.6

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Alpha DSLR-A230
8.6
SLT A77
9.2
D5300
9.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

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

Alpha DSLR-A230
531 ISO
D5300
1,338 ISO
D5200
1,284 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Alpha DSLR-A230
2,100 LPH
D5200
2,800 LPH
DSLR-A580
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A230
194 ms
SLT A58
326 ms
D5200
302 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha DSLR-A230
107 ms
SLT A77
54 ms
SLT A58
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha DSLR-A230
600 ms
SLT A77
3,100 ms
SLT A58
1,900 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A230
2.5 fps
SLT A77
12 fps
SLT A58
8 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230


7.0
You can get the A230 in one of two kits, a version with the 18-55mm lens or a dual-lens kit that adds the 55-200mm lens.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

The display isn't interactive, however, as it is with slightly higher-end models.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)
Sony's newbie-friendly information display attempts a graphical representation of where your settings fall on the possible continuum and the affect they'll have on the photo.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)
The LCD also seems to be the same one as on the previous generation of cameras, because I had the same difficulty viewing it in direct sunlight.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)

Image quality

As they're essentially the same camera, they should deliver the same image quality and performance.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)
Unfortunately, you can't tell that's what's happening because there's no "natural" or its equivalent, and Sony doesn't tell you what the contrast, saturation, or sharpness settings are for each style; they're all listed as 0, from which you increase or decrease.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)
You have to go into the menu system to set flash compensation, image quality, and toggle the image stabilization, but there's nothing truly buried or misplaced in the user interface.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)

Focus

Overall, the A230 is reasonably fast, with a surprisingly zippy autofocus.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)
Above the navigation switch is the Fn button, with which you access all your frequently needed shooting settings plus some others: autofocus mode, AF area, metering mode, D-Range Optimizer, white balance, and Creative Style.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)
A four-way navigation switch with a center AF button is just below the indented thumb rest.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)

Lens

I'm a bit disappointed by the kit lenses, which don't match the sharpness of similar models from Canon and Nikon.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)
A modest update over its predecessor, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200, the Alpha DSLR-A230 offers the same essential feature set in a redesigned body with sufficient quality and performance-enhancing firmware tweaks to merit the term "upgrade.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)

Photography

As Pentax does with its K2000, Sony's attempt to provide more "consumer friendly" images with its default Creative Style settings results instead in poor color rendering-too cool outdoors and too warm indoors-which makes you think the white balance is off.
by c|net (Jul, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CCD
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 36.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 2,100 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,100 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 2.5 fps
Battery life 510 photos
Continuous shooting 2.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 194 ms
Shutter lag 107 ms
Startup delay 600 ms

video

Video None

display

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

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 128 x 97 x 68 mm
Thickness 68 mm
Weight 490 g
Is weather sealed No

features

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