Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Posted by kenchill. Categories Photography, Products, Technology

After much procrastinating, I finally made my decision to purchase the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 camera. Actually, I wanted to buy a digital SLR (single lens reflex, more info at Wikipedia) camera when the Canon EOS350D was released (kinda the first ‘affordable’ prosumer digital SLRs in the market at that time) but somehow the decision slipped. Later, Nikon released the D40 and it seemed really attractive, but my brother managed to snapped it up, so I decided to play around with his one before he took it away with him to Melbourne.

So, I’m left with my Panasonic Lumix FX-3 compact point and shoot camera which works really good as a compact point and shoot camera but it is really slow on focusing and the anti-shake feature don’t really live up to its name, resulting in difficulty trying to snap photos at darker environments (gigs, anyone?).

Then, around half a year ago, Sony managed to revamp it’s flagship Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 digital SLR camera and in came the A200, A300 and A350 cameras. The A200 is the baseline model and the A300 series are built on the A200 platform and they incorporate the live view feature with a pop-out, rotating LCD display. The A700 was also released later, but it was the highest end model. So, with the A200 being on the lowest end of the technology scale, it naturally made it the cheapest model of them all. The RRP for the A200 as of now is RM1,999 (you can get it for around RM1,850 at Sungei Wang with a whole bunch of accessories thrown in together with it).

So yeah, I managed to get my Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 single lens kit (18-70mm) at a very yummy price (the major factor in making my decision). It didn’t come with any memory card nor did it have any on-board memory, so I had to fork out RM60 for a 2GB Apacer 133x CompactFlash card (RM100 for 4GB, but I decided to buy that once I really needed that capacity).

Now, I currently lack a mount-on flash unit, LCD screen protector (can’t get the clip on ones, Sony has troubles with local stock supplies) and a fish-eye lens (RM3,600). I’m curreny eyeing the Sunpak PF30X (RM300+) and the Sunpak PZ42X (RM600+) instead of the flash unit which Sony sells (RM800+).

So let’s see how can it help me in the next upcoming gig!!


5 Responses to “Sony Alpha DSLR-A200”

  1. Sony Alpha - June 17, 2008 / 9:14 am

    I have had several digital cameras, and this is my first dslr. I love taking pictures with it, especially action shots. Super fast auto focus, choices of programs etc. are found on lots of dslr’s. The reason I bought this one is that it accepts Minolta af lenses and the anti-shake technology is in the camera and not in the lens. This makes additional lenses much more affordable.

  2. Manish - July 11, 2008 / 5:07 pm


    Has the A200 lived up to the expectations?? I am still contemplating D40, 400D and worst case a D60 (not in budget though :)).


  3. kenchill - July 11, 2008 / 6:54 pm

    Absolutely. For its price, its doing everything perfectly! The 18-70mm kit lens is a bonus above the standard 18-55mm kit lens.

    Btw, Sony just slashed the prices of its Alpha cameras, so it’s better to get the A300/350 with liveview.

  4. Life in KL » Sony Alpha A300 - September 25, 2008 / 9:26 pm

    [...] after a month I bought my Sony Alpha A200 (original post here: http://www.lifeinkl.com/2008/06/09/sony-alpha-dslr-a200/), Sony reduced the prices of the Alpha range by about RM300 for each model. It didn’t affect [...]

  5. Bryan Koh - November 9, 2009 / 6:11 pm

    Yeah, my 1st DSLR is A200. I love it. : )


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