Sony A200 vs Sony H70

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 front

Sony A200 vs Sony H70 Key Specs

Sony A200
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 572g - 131 x 99 x 71mm
  • Announced July 2008
  • Replacement is Sony A230
Sony H70
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 194g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Launched January 2011
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Sony A200 vs Sony H70 Overview

The following is a in depth comparison of the Sony A200 vs Sony H70, former is a Entry-Level DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both are designed by Sony. There is a large difference among the resolutions of the A200 (10MP) and H70 (16MP) and the A200 (APS-C) and H70 (1/2.3") boast totally different sensor sizes.

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The A200 was revealed 3 years prior to the H70 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Sony A200 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony H70 being a Compact camera.

Before diving right into a detailed comparison, here is a short summation of how the A200 matches up against the H70 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony A200 over the Sony H70

 A200 H70 
Focus manually Dial exact focus

Reasons to pick Sony H70 over the Sony A200

 H70 A200 
LaunchedJanuary 2011July 2008Newer by 30 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Sony A200 and Sony H70

 A200 H70 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Sony A200 vs Sony H70 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to travel with your camera regularly, you have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Sony A200 provides outer dimensions of 131mm x 99mm x 71mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 2.8") along with a weight of 572 grams (1.26 lbs) and the Sony H70 has dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") along with a weight of 194 grams (0.43 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have chosen during that time. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the A200 vs the H70.

Sony A200 vs Sony H70 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the A200 and H70 is 66 and 93 respectively.

Sony A200 vs Sony H70 top view buttons comparison

Sony A200 vs Sony H70 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is hard to visualise the contrast in sensor dimensions just by viewing specifications. The image below should provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the A200 and H70.

Plainly, both of those cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The A200 having a bigger sensor will make shooting bokeh easier and the Sony H70 will render greater detail because of its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs more aggressively. The more aged A200 will be behind in sensor innovation.

Sony A200 vs Sony H70 sensor size comparison

Sony A200 vs Sony H70 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A200 vs Sony H70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A200 Portrait photography info
Sony H70 Portrait photography info
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no liveview
resolution not great (10MP)
megapixel count good (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony A200 Street photography highlights
Sony H70 Street photography highlights
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no articulating screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony A200 Sports photography features
Sony H70 Sports photography features
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect autofocus
no liveview
low frames per second (3.0 fps)
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
max frames per second low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A200 Travel photography information
Sony H70 Travel photography information
built-in flash
no Timelapse recording
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
long reach (250mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A200 Landscape photography info
Sony H70 Landscape photography info
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
no liveview
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
no Timelapse recording
fairly wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A200 Vlogging information
Sony H70 Vlogging information
no video
fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone port
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Sony A200 vs Sony H70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A200 and Sony H70
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A200Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70
Class Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2008-07-17 2011-01-06
Body design Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.6 x 15.8mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 372.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3872 x 2592 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens mount type Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.5-5.5
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Number of lenses 143 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display tech - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.55x -
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 3.60 m
Flash options Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1280x720
Video format - MPEG-4
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 572 grams (1.26 lb) 194 grams (0.43 lb)
Physical dimensions 131 x 99 x 71mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 2.8") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 63 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 521 not tested
Battery ID - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $100 $199