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Old Jun 4, 2010, 1:59 PM   #1
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What is the difference between the A200 and the A230?

Reason i ask is that i can get the A230 for 250 but been offered a 2nd hand A200 for 190. Thanks
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Old Jun 4, 2010, 2:41 PM   #2
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There are a number of minor differences, but I'd hesitate to buy a used dSLR unless the person that bought it new was a family member.

The A200 can use CF cards, which are faster than the SD and SDHC cards that the A230 uses. The A230 is smaller (due, in part, to the switch from CF to SD) and the menu system was redone so it's supposed to be easier to use. The A230 lacks the DOF Preview button and the AE Lock button.
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I have used both cameras. and they are essentially the same except for physical size and flash memory. I ultimately sold the A-200 as I prefer the A-230.

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So, the A230 is a better buy than the A200?

What about the A300? Been offered one for 250.
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If the camera is a used DSLR camera, I would be very cautious. The advantage/disadvantage of the A-300 is that it has while it has LiveView implementation, its optical view finder is smaller.

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So, it is better to go for the A230? Does a Live View really matter then?

I did try the A230 and although the grip is not ideal, the camera seemed awesome!
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LiveView is not a big deal to me at all. But to be correct and fair, I had to mention it.

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If the A200 or A300 feel better in your hand, and you trust the seller, then those are good deals.
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I was in a similar situation as you a few months back. I went with the slightly used a200 over a new a230 and am very happy with it. My decision was based on two things: I got a killer deal on the a200 and I read a review that suggested that technically the cameras were very similar, but the a200 was asthetically superior. After picking up an a230 display model the a200 does feel better in my hand. The grip and button arrangement just fits me. YMMV. I don't have any experience with the a230's menu layout, so I can't speak to that. If I can find the review I cited, I'll post a link.

It was mentioned in a previous post that the a230 doesn't have a DOF preview, but neither does the a200. It does have an AEL button though.

But... another item to consider is that the a230's 18-55mm kit lens is apparently a much better lens than a200's 18-70mm lens. Compared the the 75-300mm full frame zoom I picked up, I have to admit the 18-70 is a bit softer if you're pixel peeping. I am considering an upgrade. My next $300-350ish is going either toward a Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.0, or a ZS7. Haven't decided yet.


Not sure if this does anything more than muddy the waters, but that's my experience and understanding.

Good luck and report back on what you decide.
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For what it's worth, you can find some samples of my a200 shots here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/3puttpar

Keep in mind a couple of things about my photos:

- Check my comments because there are pics from a few different digital and film cameras, but most are from the a200. I note the lens I used as well.

- I like wilder color than most people so I crank up the saturation and contrast on the "vivid" setting in-camera--sometimes too much.

- Some of the shots of moving subjects are cropped for composition, but I don't do any sharpening in my PP.
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