- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #545 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can test our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.
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.
A200 vs A6824MPAPS-C8.0 fps2015
A200 vs A5820MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
A200 vs A5716MPAPS-C12.0 fps2012
A200 vs A3716MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
A200 vs A6524MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
A200 vs A3516MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
A200 vs A58016MPAPS-C7.0 fps2011
A200 vs A56014MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
A200 vs A3314MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
A200 vs A5516MPAPS-C10.0 fps2010
A200 vs A39014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
A200 vs A29014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
A200 vs A45014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
A200 vs A55014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
A200 vs A50012MPAPS-C5.0 fps2009
A200 vs A38014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A200 vs A33010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A200 vs A23010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A200 vs A35014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A200 vs A30010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A200 vs A10010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Sony A200 Gallery
You can check the A200 from various angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
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.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Here is a picture of the Sony A200 beside a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its scale.
The top view just below will illustrate the button design on the A200.
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.
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.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.
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.
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:
A200 vs K-x1900 yesnono
A200 vs D35001550 yesnoyes
A200 vs D34001200 yesnoyes
A200 vs SL31070 yesnoyes
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.