Sony A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 front
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 572g - 131 x 99 x 71mm
  • Announced July 2008
  • New Model is Sony A230
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony A200 overview

Sony A200 is Sony's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera initially launched on July of 2008. The camera comes with a 10MP, CCD APS-C sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3872 x 2592.

Sony introduced the newer Sony A230 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this model.

The A200 is rated #65 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and all around #544 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can test our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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Here is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony A200 history

The Sony A200 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can discover all past and newer models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Sony-SLT-A68 front thumbnailSony A68
A200 vs A68
24MPAPS-C8.0 fps2015
Sony-SLT-A58 front thumbnailSony A58
A200 vs A58
20MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
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Sony-SLT-A57 front thumbnailSony A57
A200 vs A57
16MPAPS-C12.0 fps2012
Sony-SLT-A37 front thumbnailSony A37
A200 vs A37
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
Sony-SLT-A65 front thumbnailSony A65
A200 vs A65
24MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
Sony-SLT-A35 front thumbnailSony A35
A200 vs A35
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A580 front thumbnailSony A580
A200 vs A580
16MPAPS-C7.0 fps2011
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A560 front thumbnailSony A560
A200 vs A560
14MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
Sony-SLT-A33 front thumbnailSony A33
A200 vs A33
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
Sony-SLT-A55 front thumbnailSony A55
A200 vs A55
16MPAPS-C10.0 fps2010
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A390 front thumbnailSony A390
A200 vs A390
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A290 front thumbnailSony A290
A200 vs A290
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A450 front thumbnailSony A450
A200 vs A450
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A550 front thumbnailSony A550
A200 vs A550
14MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A500 front thumbnailSony A500
A200 vs A500
12MPAPS-C5.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A380 front thumbnailSony A380
A200 vs A380
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A330 front thumbnailSony A330
A200 vs A330
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A230 front thumbnailSony A230
A200 vs A230
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A200 front thumbnailSony A20010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
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Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A350 front thumbnailSony A350
A200 vs A350
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A300 front thumbnailSony A300
A200 vs A300
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A100 front thumbnailSony A100
A200 vs A100
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006

Sony A200 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Sony A200 based on things which are generally seen as important in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (100)
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
exports RAW files
flash built-in
good sensor size (APS-C)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
you can focus manually
can't shoot video
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
low resolution sensor (10MP)
max frames per second low (3.0 frames per second)
missing HDMI socket
missing headphone socket
missing mic socket
missing Time Lapse mode
no liveview feature
no moving screen
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
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Sony A200 Sensor details

The specification of the sensor on the Sony A200 is 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C). The 373 mm² sensor can resolve 3872 x 2592 pixels . The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10MP and gives a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. RAW photos are saved so the user has wider margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the A200's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The A200 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is shown in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony A200 dimensions

Sony A200 has a weight of 1.26 pounds (572g or 20.18 ounces) and features outer proportions of 131mm x 99mm x 71mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 2.8"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g and the Sony A200 is very similar compared to other competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Sony A200 beside a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button design on the A200.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 topview buttons dials

Sony A200 Lens specs

The A200 uses the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 145 lenses available for sale. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the A200.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sony-85mm-F2.8-SAM lensSony 85mm F2.8 SAM85mmf/2.8 175g
Sigma-18-300-F3.5-6.3-DC-Macro-OS-HSM-Sony-E-NEX lensSigma 18-300 F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM18-300mmf/3.5-6.3 585g
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Sony-28-75mm-F2.8-SAM lensSony 28-75mm F2.8 SAM28-75mmf/2.8 565g
Sigma-24mm-F1.8-EX-DG-Aspherical-Macro-Sony-Alpha lensSigma 24mm F1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro24mmf/1.8 485g
Tamron-AF-55-200mm-F4-5.6-Di-II-LD-Macro-Sony-Alpha lensTamron AF 55-200mm F4-5.6 Di II LD Macro55-200mmf/4.0-5.6 300g
Sony-70-300mm-F4.5-5.6-G-SSM-II lensSony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM II70-300mmf/4.5-5.6 750g
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Hartblei-Superrotator-40mm-F4-IF-TS-Sony-Alpha lensHartblei Superrotator 40mm F4 IF TS40mmf/4.0 1550g
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Sony A200 Connectivity

The A200 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send images and at times alter camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Sony A200 Video specs

Sony A200 does not take video. If you are shopping for a digital camera to take only pictures, this might not be an issue.

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Sony A200 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Sony A200 so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.

Sony A200 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony A200 comes with a 2.7" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Sony A200 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • Coverage 95 percent
  • Magnification 0.55x

Viewfinders can be rather beneficial for sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Sony A200 Shutter specs

Sony A200 can shoot continuously at 3.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Sony A200 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Sony A200 includes both integrated flash and also external flash ability.

Sony A200 Autofocus specs

Sony A200 includes both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing.

The AF system comes with 9 focus points to select from. Sony A200 has manual focus when needed for low light scenarios or you need more exact focus control.

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Sony A200 Battery life

The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has got the highest (1900) battery life for this range of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Entry-Level DSLR cameras having the highest battery life:

Sony A200 for specific styles of photography

The following illustration gives a overview of the Sony A200 for specific styles of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Sony A200

The Sony A200 receives a score of 54 which is reasonable, and means the camera is relatively appropriate for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos and ability to work with external lighting.

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has manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
doesn't have liveview
megapixel count low (10MP)

Sony A200 Street photography advice

Having a nice points total of 66, the Sony A200 is a good option for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of image quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen is fixed

Sony A200 as a Sports photography camera

A moderate sports photography points tally of 50 suggests the Sony A200 is reasonably appropriate for photographing sports. A camera should have good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
does not have liveview
low frames per second (3.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)

Sony A200 Travel photography information

Portability is very critical when selecting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony A200 gets a reasonable 46 as a travelling camera which is reasonably suited to take with you on your holidays.

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has built in flash
does not have Timelapse recording
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display

Sony A200 Landscape photography features

For anybody planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Sony A200 with it's decent rating of 54 for a landscape camera is fairly acceptable in the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen is small (2.7 inch)
no liveview feature
low MP (10MP)
no Time Lapse recording

Vlogging with Sony A200

A camera for vlogging should posses a moving screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Sony A200 is not good for vlogging as it delivers a horrible rating of 9.

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no video recording

Sony A200 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the A200, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall within the category of Entry-Level DSLR.

The line chart below provides you a bird's eye view of the A200 compared to it's top scored rivals mentioned above.

Following are several cameras you might look at as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
Entry-Level DSLR
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Highest resolution
3872 x 2592
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Highest video resolution
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
572g (1.26 lbs)
131 x 99 x 71mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 2.8")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Compact Flash
Card slots
Cost at launch