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Old Sep 30, 2009, 1:26 PM   #381
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That is correct the Sony A-200 and A-230 have virtually the same IQ. In addition, the A-200's have come down in price, making them even more affordable. I purchased an A-200 this week, brand new in the box, for $350 with the 18-70mm lens.

Keep in mind the A-200 uses CF cards, not SD and MS's.

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Old Oct 1, 2009, 4:13 PM   #382
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It has been too long since I have been online. Just like Rita my life got busy really fast after school started as well. I have missed the posts but now I am finally caught up. Don't stop the thread - it is the only thing that is keeping me focused on my upcoming purchase.
What is the difference between the A200 and the A230? Is the A200 just as good? I am still having major anxiety about this purchase as you can tell!! lol
Volleyball is almost over and I have not gotten a camera. AHHHH!
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I don't have the A230 but just the fact that Sony removed the AE/AL button and Program shift from the A230, it makes me believe the A200 is a better choice (I have one). It may be slightly bigger and heavier but not by much and it offers these two features.
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I have read this....http://www.flickr.com/groups/manual/...7604767822193/

But i am still unclear as to the advantages of it..???? (the AE/AL button)
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Old Oct 3, 2009, 1:49 PM   #385
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Littlejohn and T-

The Sony model shift from A-200 to A-230 was to make the camera in a somewhat smaller form factor, and to make the A-230 more "user friendly" than the A-200.

I own both cameras and the image quality is essentially the same. For a beginner in DSLR cameras, the AE/AL button is rarely, ever used, so it was dropped on the A-230 model to eliminate "button clutter" on the rear of the camera.

For a beginner, the A-230 model might be a bit easier. For example, the Fn or Function button on the back of the A-230 camera brings up a very easy to use combined menu presentation.

But again, handle each and determine which camera feels better in your hands.

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Sarah,

Glad to see you are back!! I have been missing you.

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The Sony model shift from A-200 to A-230 was to make the camera in a somewhat smaller form factor, and to make the A-230 more "user friendly" than the A-200.
Sorry but I totally disagree. Making the camera smaller, maybe. But, removing features such as AEL button or Program shift has nothing to do with making it more user friendly. Those two features did not affect the actual use of the camera. A user with no experience did not have to learn anything extra in order to take pictures with the A200 vs. the A230. They can simply place the mode dial in AUTO and be ready to shoot. Getting rid of features has to do with cutting costs and improve the sales of upgraded models by offering extra features. t's like cars. You buy the bottom of the line model, you get nothing. As you move up, they become more and more fetaure rich.
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Tullio-

You surely do make a valid point. However, for somebody brand new to digital SLR cameras, I think that perhaps ease of use, at least in the early stages, has a bit more priority. For some brand new to the DSLR challenge, feeling comfortable and making that transition from point and shoot to DSLR is a sizable change.

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Well T, you have been in my thoughts lately-

With the school year underway, I would imagine that you will soon face the challenge of some "on stage" photos. Perhaps this photo, taken on our last contract, will offer some encouragement.

This was done with the Sony A-230 and the Sigma 18-125mm lens. No flash was used at all, just the stage lighting. I used ISO 1600. I sincerely believe that no point and shoot could do as well at ISO 1600, in existing light conditions and no flash.

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Or if you want a group shot-

How about this one?Same camera and lens, but the ISO was increased to 3200. Existing light, without flash.

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