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gboa Dec 25, 2009 11:43 PM

After talking to a friend he suggested i look at the sony alpha a230,
price wise it's the same as the d300 but he said it comes with a
image stabalizer in the body. i guess i got more research to do.

TCav Dec 26, 2009 3:37 AM

The Sony A230 is a better choice than any of the others mentioned here. It has sensor shift image stabilization in the camera body, and it can use all the older Minolta autofocus lenses on the used market. That's something that can't be said for either the Olympus or Nikon dSLRs mentioned here. Olympus changed the lens mount when it went to digital so all their older lenses don't fit, and Nikon relies on optical image stabilization int he lens and there are few stabilized lenses in the used market.

shoturtle Dec 26, 2009 7:07 AM

The sony a230 and the olympus e520 are both better camera then the original three you mention. The IS is really worth the bit extra you pay. Research is good, if you get a chance go to a shop and check out both and see which one feels better in your hand. It is worth the effort.

gboa Dec 27, 2009 6:40 PM

after researching different cameras i think i've got a big headache trying
to match budget to needs. i've narrowed it down to the a230-i held it for all
of a couple of minutes but it's pretty crazy in the stores right now. i
also like the price of the e-420 but wonder if the no stabalization will
greatly effect my shots (i'm a pretty basic auto or scene selector on my
point and shoot cannon) or stepp up a little more and get the e520.
the e520 will be about $50-60 more than the sony and no stores had it
in stock for me to handle. I really like the e520 sample pics i've seen on the internet.

mtclimber Dec 27, 2009 7:30 PM


You see that is the problem. The price on the Olympus E-510 or E-520 two lens kit is so low that dealers cannot keep them in stock. It is that great an opportunity.

Sarah Joyce

gboa Dec 29, 2009 12:45 PM

i've got it down to 2 cameras
1. sony a230 $480 taxes in. feels decent in my hand, a little akward as i
have bigger hands but not as bad as i've read. then again i only held it for a few minutes.
2. canon xs $400 taxes in. felt much better in my hands and cheaper but this price does not include vr in the lens, also smaller screen. 2.5in

the main concern i have is that i have not been overly impressed with the
sample pictures of the a230 or else it would be a no-brainer.
what do you guys think?

shoturtle Dec 29, 2009 1:15 PM

If you can the XSi is a better choice then the xs, It may be worth the extra cash. But if you are sticking with basic, the xs will do the job. If you do not like the sample shot of the A230, then it may not be the right camera for you. I have recommended to people bring a sd card with them to the stores, and take photos of the same thing with the different camera they are interested in and go home and see which one takes the imagine they like better, every camera is different and everyones eye is different. So that is kinda of an important thing to check out.

As and example when I was researching for my dslr. I went through 8 cameras it came down to the 2 after I looked at the photos I took with them at home, after factoring out major ergo issues. They way the canon t1i and the olympus e620 photo appear was the most appealing to me.

Good luck with your decision.

mtclimber Dec 29, 2009 1:16 PM

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Actually I have really enjoyed the Sony A-230 alot and have been very impressed with the A-230's image quality. here is a photo taken in a theater without flash at ISO 1600.

Sarah Joyce

Mark1616 Dec 29, 2009 1:24 PM

Sarah, as we are talking image quality can you please post a 100% crop?

For anyone wanting to know more about this please see the below.

Why a resized photo is no use in showing camera quality

mtclimber Dec 29, 2009 2:19 PM

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Here you go, Mark-

Here is a 100% crop of the above image.

Sarah Joyce

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