As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless, super zooms, digicams and compacts. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A230's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha DSLR-A200 and the Alpha DSLR-A100) and Nikon (such as the D3000 and the D80)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A230 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has much less startup delay (600 ms vs 1500 ms), has much less shutter lag (194 ms vs 250 ms), is newer (may 2009 vs january 2008) and is slightly smaller (prosumer size (128×97×68 mm) vs prosumer size (131×99×71 mm)).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 18 MP), doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen and slightly fewer lenses available (126 lenses vs 220 lenses).

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
1 year older

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

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the DSLR-A200 and DSLR-A230

  • Thin: 2.8" vs 2.7"

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
similar age
$637 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 126 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the D3000 and DSLR-A230

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.5" vs 2.7"

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A100 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A100 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the DSLR-A100 and DSLR-A230

  • Thin: 2.8" vs 2.7"

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
4 years newer
$337 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Much higher true resolution: 18 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and DSLR-A230

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
2 years older

Significant advantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Higher true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 10 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XTi (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the Rebel XTi and DSLR-A230

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 2.7"

Nikon D80

Nikon D80
2 years older
$266 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D80 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.54x
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D80 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the D80 and DSLR-A230

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A230 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (10 MP vs 6 MP), is newer (may 2009 vs september 2004), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (128×97×68 mm) vs professional size (150×106×78 mm)) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.59x), doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.5 fps vs 6.5 fps), has much more startup delay (600 ms vs 400 ms) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism).

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
1 year older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Has live view
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Shoots much faster: 6.5 fps vs 2.5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the 40D and DSLR-A230

  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.7"
  • Built-in flashes

Konica Minolta Dynax 7D

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4 years older

Significant advantages of the Dynax 7D (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the Dynax 7D (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 6 MP vs 10 MP
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the Dynax 7D and DSLR-A230

  • Built-in flashes

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A230 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), much more lenses available (126 lenses vs 62 lenses), has more storage slots (2 vs 1) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 20.1 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the DSLR-A230)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the 5N and DSLR-A230

  • None found

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and DSLR-A230

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A230 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size (128×97×68 mm) vs large (131×91×126 mm)), has a much longer battery life (510 shots vs 170 shots), is thinner (2.7" vs 4.8"), is slightly lighter (490 g vs 730 g) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
4 years newer
$244

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Much shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 510 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and DSLR-A230

  • Light weight: 628 g vs 490 g

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR
1 year newer
$700

Significant advantages of the HS20 EXR (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the HS20 EXR (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 510 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the HS20 EXR and DSLR-A230

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 510 shots
  • Light weight: 730 g vs 490 g
  • Each supports an external flash

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
2 years older
$281

Significant advantages of the S5 IS (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the S5 IS (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Much shorter battery life: 170 shots vs 510 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the S5 IS and DSLR-A230

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×80×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.7"
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 490 g

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A230 compared to digicam competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (2.7" vs 1.5"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (10 MP vs 1.9 MP), is newer (may 2009 vs february 2002) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it is slightly larger (prosumer size (128×97×68 mm) vs mid size (110×67×36 mm)), is thicker (2.7" vs 1.4"), is slightly heavier (490 g vs 243 g) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Kodak EasyShare Z950

Kodak EasyShare Z950
similar age

Significant advantages of the Z950 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the Z950 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the Z950 and DSLR-A230

  • None found

Canon PowerShot A40

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7 years older

Significant advantages of the PowerShot A40 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot A40 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2.7"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the PowerShot A40 and DSLR-A230

  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentamirror

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A230 compared to compact competitors include: it has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a much longer battery life (510 shots vs 175 shots), has interchangeable lenses, has a viewfinder (pentamirror vs none) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it is much larger (prosumer size (128×97×68 mm) vs super compact (95×54×20 mm)), is older (may 2009 vs february 2012), is thicker (2.7" vs 0.8"), is much heavier (490 g vs 125 g) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Samsung SL30

Samsung SL30
3 months older
$199

Significant advantages of the SL30 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Much smaller: Compact (94×61×23 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 2.7"
  • Much lighter: 140 g vs 490 g

Significant disadvantages of the SL30 (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the SL30 and DSLR-A230

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Canon PowerShot A2300 IS
2 years newer
$332

Significant advantages of the A2300 IS (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×54×20 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×68 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 2.7"
  • Much lighter: 125 g vs 490 g

Significant disadvantages of the A2300 IS (vs the DSLR-A230)

  • Much shorter battery life: 175 shots vs 510 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A2300 IS and DSLR-A230

  • Each has a built-in flash