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Old May 9, 2008, 1:10 AM   #1
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I dunno is States, but here in Canada, bestbuy and futureshop marked down the price for the A200 + 18-70mm for at least $100 (bestbuy) and $150 (futureshop). Other local store are bundle it up with a camera bag, etc. A200 bundle kit (18-70 and 75-300) is at least $269 less ($300 at fs).

Is it because the A300 is coming out, and they will discontinue the A200? They did the same a few months back to the A100 when the A200 was introduced.
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There weren't many blockbuster differences between the A100 and the A200, and the A100 had been around for quite a while (especially considering the length of Sony's typical product life-cycle), so the A200 was definately a replacement for the A100.

But the A200 and the A300 were announced less than a month apart, and there are significant differences between them. If the price of the A200 is on the decline, I suspect market forces have more to do with it than product life-cycles.
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It's brand new (the A200). They're not discontinuing it that soon. lol

Now, some stores may have limited shelf space allocated, and have to make decisions on what models they want to stock now that both the A300 and A350 are shipping. So, they may have decided the shelf space would be better allocated to the models with live view (since they're likely to be hotter sellers in a typical consumer electronics store). That's speculation. But, Sony did release a lot of new models, and went from just one dSLR shipping (the A100) to 4 new dSLR models shipping (A200, A300, A350, A700). Dealers don't have enough space to stock every camera model made, and they're going to try and figure out the ones that are likely to sell best for shelf space allocation. ;-)


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Retail for A300 is $799 - includes 18-70mm (sony canada), but pre-order from a local store is $719 and a FREE camera bag :-). So I thought for $70 more (A200 retails at $649) you could get A300 - live view, etc. How much is the A200 is States?


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Sony has a sale on most of their dSLR models here in the U.S., ending May 10th.

You can buy an A300 kit with an 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF lens with it for only $599 right now, and you can get the A200 kit for only $499. Many retailers have the same sale prices.

Sony is very serious about capturing dSLR marketshare. :-)

Sony dSLR models at sonystyle.com

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Sony has a sale on most of their dSLR models here in the U.S., ending May 10th.

You can buy an A300 kit with an 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF lens with it for only $599 right now, and you can get the A200 kit for only $499.* Many retailers have the same sale prices.**

Sony is very serious about capturing dSLR marketshare.* :-)

Sony dSLR models at sonystyle.com
And the prices at Sony in the UK are https://www.sonystyle.co.uk/SonyStyle/b2c/display/(xcm=PCM_b2ccrmstandard&layout=15_116_61_50_117_12 1_2&uiarea=2&Z_CONTEXT_RECOMM_TYPE=recommendations &ctype=areaDetails&carea=4628E46DA0A4004A000000002 BC29B85)/.do
A700 - £899 - about $1800
A350 - £519 - about $1020
A200 - £399 - about $800

They don't even offer the A300. Wonder why I still use my KM 7D?????
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Well, I can't help UK Prices. Those prices do include VAT though (here in the U.S., Sonystyle is going to charge sales tax on top of the advertised prices, instead of taxes being included in the advertised prices like you see in Europe).

As for the A300 in the UK, I see Jessops web site shows the A300 kit with the 18-70mm lens for £449 now, and they have the A200 kit for £349 now:

Listings for Sony dSLR models at jessops.com

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Well, I can't help UK Prices.*
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I just wish someone could.

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Those prices do include VAT though (here in the U.S., Sonystyle is going to charge sales tax on top of the advertised prices, instead of taxes being included in the advertised prices like you see in Europe).
Indeed they do. Even so, adding sales tax still leaves the U.S. price way below the English price.

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As for the A300 in the UK, I see Jessops web site shows the A300 kit with the 18-70mm lens for £449 now, and they have the A200 kit for £349 now:
True, you can get them cheaper than Sony.UK are selling for.
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So, you tell me, how is it out of line with what you'd get from Canon or Nikon? ;-)

You can get a Sony A300 body for £399.99 from Jessops now (or £449 for a kit with an 18-70mm lens). A Nikon D60 with an 18-55mm VR lens is listed there for £459 now (although there is a cash back sale going on that brings it down to £419). Have you used the Live View on a Nikon? Try it (espcially given the AF quirks of this system, slower AF, poor display refresh times in less than optimum lighting, viewfinder blackout issues if you want to shoot continuous, no tilting display, etc. You'd be better off comparing it to the lower priced A200. ;-)

Both the A200 and A300 have much better AF systems, too (and you don't have the lens restrictions you have with the entry level Nikon dSLR models). IMO, the newer Sony models also have much better metering.

Canon's new EOS-450D with Live View is a higher priced camera, and it's going to have the same issues with Live View as Nikon models. The Sony is a much better camera if that's something you want (since you mentioned the A300, it sounds like you might be interested in Live View).

If you're not interested in Live View, compare the other Canon and Nikon models (Canon EOS-400D, Nikon D40x) to the A200. IMO, the Sony is still a better camera. In AF tests I'e seen, the Sony A200 focuses faster than the Canon EOS-400D or Nikon D40x. The Canon doesn't have ISO 3200 either if that's something you'd use from time to time.

From what I can see of U.K. prices, the Sony models still give you more bang for the buck compared to dSLR models from other manufacturers.

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