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Old May 25, 2010, 4:23 AM   #11
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Sony Alpha A230L



Would this be a better buy?

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Old May 25, 2010, 9:25 AM   #12
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The Sony A-230 is a very compact DSLR styled and designed to make the transition from P+S to DSLR very easy. It also has a higher ISO capability than the FZ-35/38.

The A-230 is a full featured camera. I got by for a long time with the Sony 18-55mm kit lens and the Sony 55-200mm lens. That gives you a 28 to 300mm reach when you make use of both lenses.

Currently I have a Tamron 18-250mm lens on my A-230 which is the single lens solution that is quite popular. It can also use SD cards and the Sony Pro Duo Memory Stick simultaneously. You switch can select either memory card by simply actuating a switch.

Initially, your investment would be somewhat greater, but you could amortize that by keeping the camera longer. Actually, the FZ-38, a pretty sophisticated camera, has a few more features, but the A-230 is a very solid photographic tool. You could deal with a wider range of photo environments with the A-230 than the FZ-38. But you would not have the almost 500mm long zoom reach of the FZ-38.

I have attached a photo taken without flash on stage with the A-230 at ISO 1600. In it I have zoomed in on the performer from the audience.

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Old May 26, 2010, 4:19 AM   #13
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Quite a grainy pic.

So, is the Sony a better buy than the FZ38? Better pics etc etc? Worth the extra cost?
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Here in the USA, the cost of the Sony A-230 is not much more than the FZ-35/38. The Sony A-230 is running at $(US)385.00 with the kit lens, while the Panasonic FZ-35/38 is priced at $(US)335.00.

Yes, there is some graininess in the photo above. However, the photo was taken without flash from a distance of about 50 feet using just an increased ISO setting of ISO 1600. With the FZ-35/38 you would have had no really usable photo at all.

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Here in the USA, the cost of the Sony A-230 is not much more than the FZ-35/38. The Sony A-230 is running at $(US)385.00 with the kit lens, while the Panasonic FZ-35/38 is priced at $(US)335.00.

Yes, there is some graininess in the photo above. However, the photo was taken without flash from a distance of about 50 feet using just an increased ISO setting of ISO 1600. With the FZ-35/38 you would have had no really usable photo at all.

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Nice reply. Shows you know a lot more than me! Thanks for helping out with my questions people.

The Sony does look like a nice bit of kit.
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Old May 26, 2010, 12:14 PM   #16
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The Sony A-230 is a very easy camera to use. I like it a lot. When my friend needed some money he offered to sell me his Tamron 18-250mm lens that he had used on his Sony A-350 camera for $(US)200.00. That was a good deal so I purchased the lens.

So now I have a Sony A-230 with a single lens that does everything and I must admit, it is very convenient.

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Thanks. I will look into that camera a bit more now. Has it got a large sensor? I ask as i have heard that some canon ones have a smaller sensor?
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The image sensor on the Sony A-230 is physically 10 to 12 times larger than the image sensor on the Panasonic FZ-35/38, that accounts for the A-230's much better image quality and it ability to shoot at much higher ISO settings.

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Old May 30, 2010, 5:55 AM   #19
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Got the choice of 3 cameras now:

Sony Alpha A230L

Panasonic FZ38

FUJI FINEPIX S6500

I can get the Fuji for around 100 2nd hand, is it still worth buying?

Still can't make up my mind!!
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The Fuji S6500 was a good camera in it day, but it is now 4 generation of technology old. A lot has changed since the S6500 was manufactured. Personally I would pass on the S6500 and purchase the FZ-38.

You get a very user friendly camera, a camera with a full feature set and a camera that is capable of very good image quality.

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