Summary Sony DSLR-A230

Prices Price
Body only
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 3
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 10
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Help 10 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 2.7"
Light sensitivity
Help 3,200 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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The Sony DSLR-A230 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Sensor shift
Storage slots More storage slots Help
Thickness Thin Help
Size Quite small Help
Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm)
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
490 g


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The Sony DSLR-A230 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
531 ISO
Color depth Less color depth Help
22.3 bits
Movie format No movies Help
Screen size Very small screen Help
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
2.5 fps
Live view No live view Help
Preview with viewfinder
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
10 MP
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
126 lenses
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
11.4 EV
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
May 2009
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Sony Alpha DSLR-A230
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Cameron Ehmig (1:43 PM, June 09, 2011)
This camera, as it is now subsequently "old", is much cheaper thank it had been posted here, as well due to the fact of an extra lens in the kit. Now, you can get one kit lens and the body for only $349. I mean, this camera is for beginners generally in the DSLR world; therefore, why would you need another lens right then and there for a fairly steep price? I love this site, but it should include the price for the one lens kit, therefore not to deem this camera a "bad deal".
Avatar for migabi migabi (9:28 AM, February 17, 2011)
I just notice that "color depth" is 22.3 bits ! How it is possible to have 22 and 0.3 bits ???