As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless, boutiques, pro digicams and super zooms. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A200's top rivals come from Sony (such as the a7 III and the SLT A99) and Nikon (such as the D5000 and the D3000)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A200 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital), has much less shutter lag (189 ms vs 262 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (750 shots vs 510 shots) and is thinner (2.8" vs 3.1").

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 720p @ 24fps), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 16 MP) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A230 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A230 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DSLR-A230 and DSLR-A200

  • Thin: 2.7" vs 2.8"

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A330 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Has live view
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A330 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.48x vs 0.54x

common strengths of the DSLR-A330 and DSLR-A200

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 2.8"

Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000
1 year newer
$306 (body only)
$731 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5000 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
  • Has live view
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the D5000 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (127×104×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the D5000 and DSLR-A200

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
1 year newer
$637 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the D3000 and DSLR-A200

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Thin: 2.5" vs 2.8"

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
7 years newer
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the T6i and DSLR-A200

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
4 years newer
$1,994 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A57 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A57 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (132×98×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the SLT A57 and DSLR-A200

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A200 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital), has much less shutter lag (189 ms vs 270 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (750 shots vs 500 shots) and is significantly smaller (prosumer size (131×99×71 mm) vs large (156×117×82 mm)).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.71x) and takes much lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 24 MP).

Sony SLT A99

Sony SLT A99
4 years newer
$3,198 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A99 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has live view
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A99 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (147×111×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the SLT A99 and DSLR-A200

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A850 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.4 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A850 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much larger: Large (156×117×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 2.8"
  • Significantly heavier: 895 g vs 572 g

common strengths of the DSLR-A850 and DSLR-A200

  • None found

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
2 years older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Weather sealed
  • Shoots significantly faster: 5 fps vs 3 fps
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 126 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 750 shots
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (147×113×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm)

common strengths of the D200 and DSLR-A200

  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.8"
  • Built-in flashes

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A200 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), significantly more lenses available (126 lenses vs 62 lenses), has a significantly longer battery life (750 shots vs 330 shots) and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs UHD @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), much smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.78x) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 24 MP).

Sony a7 III

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10 years newer
$1,876 - $1,998 (body only)
$2,116 - $2,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7 III (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Shoots movies: UHD @ 30fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the a7 III (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the a7 III and DSLR-A200

  • Very long battery life: 710 shots vs 750 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
2 years newer
$593 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 750 shots

common strengths of the NEX-5 and DSLR-A200

  • None found

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3
2 years newer
$398 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-3 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 750 shots

common strengths of the NEX-3 and DSLR-A200

  • None found

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A200 compared to boutique competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size (131×99×71 mm) vs professional size (143×104×81 mm)), has interchangeable lenses and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 8 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and is older (january 2008 vs november 2015).

Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68
7 years newer

Significant advantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Shoots significantly faster: 8 fps vs 3 fps
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 10 MP

Significant disadvantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the SLT-A68 and DSLR-A200

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in flashes

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A200 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a much longer battery life (750 shots vs 200 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), has interchangeable lenses and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs tunnel).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 461k dots), doesn't have a screen which flips out, is older (january 2008 vs september 2010) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
2 years newer
$2,042

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Higher resolution screen: 461k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 750 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the G12 and DSLR-A200

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very long battery life: 350 shots vs 750 shots
  • Support external flash

Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd

Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd
1 year older

Significant advantages of the S6000fd (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S6000fd (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 750 shots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the S6000fd and DSLR-A200

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A200 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much longer battery life (750 shots vs 310 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), is thinner (2.8" vs 4.1"), has interchangeable lenses and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3 fps vs 10 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 750 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and DSLR-A200

  • Fairly small: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm)
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 2.8"
  • Light weight: 650 g vs 572 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ48 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ48 (vs the DSLR-A200)

  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 750 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-FZ48 and DSLR-A200

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm)
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 750 shots
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 2.8"