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Sony A230 dijital SLR kameraSony'nin yeni modeli Alpha α230 dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesi daha önce eline hiç DSLR kamera almamış olan kullanıcılar da dâhil her kesimden kullanıcıların kaliteli ve inanılmaz güzellikte fotoğraflar çekmesine olanak tanıyor. Sony Alpha A230 D-SLR fotoğraf makinesi ciddi anlamda kaliteli fotoğrafları ve çekim olanaklarını çarpıcı şekilde fotoğrafseverlerin kullanımına sunuyor.Sony Alpha 230 ve mükemmel görüntü kalitesiKolay kullanım özellikleri ön planda tutularak tasarlanan yeni Sony Alpha A230 dünyanın APS-C görüntü sensörüne ve entegre görüntü sabitleme sistemine sahip en hafif dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesi olma özelliği taşıyor. Sony Alpha A230 fotoğraf makinesinin kompakt boyutları, çantalarında fazladan yer kaplamadan üstün kalitede çekim yapabilen bir cihazla seyahate çıkmalarını olanaklı hale getiriyor.Sony A230 APS-C CC görüntü sensörüSony Alpha A230 D-SLR kamera HD Ready özellikli tüm televizyonlara bağlanarak dijital fotoğrafların izlenmesine olanak tanıyor. PhotoTV HD desteği de BRAVIA televizyon modellerinde fotoğrafların çok güzel görüntülenmesini sağlıyor. Alpha serisi modellerde bir ilk olarak Sony A230 fotoğraf makinesinin sahip olduğu BRAVIA Sync uyumluluğu sadece slayt şovların kontrol edilmese imkân tanımakla kalmıyor aynı zamanda diğer izleme fonksiyonlarının da televizyonun uzaktan kumandası ile kullanılmasını sağlıyor. Buna alternatif olarak kameranın dijital fotoğraflarının kayıtlı olduğu opsiyonel Memory Stick kartının çıkartılıp Sony'nin VAIO, PLAYSTATION 3 ve dijital fotoğraf çerçevelerinde ve foto yazıcılarında kullanılması da mümkün. Sony Alpha A230 dijital fotoğraf makinesinde fotoğrafseverlere kullanışlılık sağlamak üzere SD / SDHC formatlı kartların yanı sıra Memory Stick PRO Duo ve Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo medyaları da destekleniyor.Sony A230 ve Alpha serisi değiştirilebilir objektiflerBazı kullanıcılar açısından anlaşılması zor olabilecek olan çekim hızı ve diyafram değeri arasındaki ilişki de Sony Alpha A230 dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesinin yeni ve eşsiz grafik görüntüleme özelliğiyle kullanıcının seçimine göre pozlama ayarlarının sonuçta elde edilecek görüntüyü nasıl etkileyeceğini göstererek fotoğrafseverlerin çekim işlemlerini son derece kolaylaştırıyor.Sony Alpha 230 D-Range OptimiserSony A230 dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesinin güçlendirilen D-Range Optimiser fonksiyonu çok parlak bölgeler ve derin kontrastlı gölgeli kısımlar içeren fotoğraflardaki pozlama değerlerini akıllı bir şekilde ayarlayarak çok daha iyi ve kaliteli görüntüler elde edilmesini sağlıyor. Bu sayede, ters ışıkta çekilen fotoğraflarda dahi güzel pozlanmış görüntüler elde ediliyor ve bu sistemin getirdiği fark açıkça göze çarpıyor.

Sony Alpha A230 ve HD Ready TV desteğiSony Alpha A230 dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesinin sahip olduğu APS-C görüntü sensörü Alpha serisinin diğer modellerinde de bulunan BIONZ görüntü işlemci ile uyumlu bir performans sergiliyor. Kamera elde yapılan çekimlerde dahi zengin detaylara sahip, düşük noise değerleri sergileyen sorunsuz fotoğraflar elde edilebiliyor. Güçlü BIONZ işlemci saniyede 2.5 kare seri çekim olanağı ile cihazın hızlı tepki performansının da anahtar özelliği olarak dikkat çekiyor. Cihazın yeni self-timer (kendi kendine zamanlı) çekim modu 3 ile 5 kare arasında seri çekim yaparak portre ve grup fotoğraflarında başarısız çekim ihtimalini ortadan kaldırıyor.

Sony Alpha A230 SteadyShot INSIDE görüntü sabitleyiciSony Alpha ürün serisindeki diğer tüm Alpha modellerinde olduğu gibi Sony Alpha A230 fotoğraf makinesinde de kamera elde iken yapılan çekimlerde daha berrak fotoğraflar sunan SteadyShot INSIDE özelliği bulunuyor. Sony'nin entegre görüntü sabitleyicisi fotoğrafseverlerin üçayak kullanamadığı durumlarda kamera elde yapılan çekimlerde olabilecek sarsıntıların olumsuz etkilerini düzeltiyor. Tüm bunlardan daha önemlisi ise bu sistemin Alpha serisi değiştirilebilir objektiflerin tümü ile tamamen uyumlu olması ve bunlarla kullanılabilmesi. Bunun sonucunda görüntü sabitleme özelliğine sahip hantal yapıdaki objektiflere yatırım yapılmasına gerek kalmıyor.Sony Alpha aksesuarlarSony'nin yeni duyurduğu dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesi modellerinin yanı sıra kullanıcıların bu modellerin sunduğu performanstan maksimum düzeyde yararlanılmasına olanak tanıyan ve gittikçe genişleyen çok güzel tasarlanmış Alpha sistemine yönelik aksesuarlar da mevcut. Bu aksesuarlar içerisinde uygun fiyatlı ve kompakt yapıda yeni objektifler de mevcut. Objektiflere ek olarak, Alpha serisi fotoğraf makinelerinin harici flaş yuvaları aracılığıyla kullanılabilen ince ve hafif bir harici flaş olan HVL-F20AM bulunuyor.Sony Alpha A230 dijital SLR özellikleri• 10.2 megapiksel efektif çözünürlük• APS-C tip CCD görüntü sensörü• BIONZ görüntü işlemci• ISO 3200 maksimum ışık hassasiyeti• 2.7 inç büyüklüğünde 230,400 piksel LCD ekran• SteadyShot INSIDE görüntü sabitleyici• Toz temizleme sistemi• 1/4000-30 sn çekim hızı değer aralığı• Saniyede 2.5 kare seri çekim hızı• Sony Alpha, Minolta ve Konica Minolta AF lenslerle uyum• Boyutlar: 128 x 97 x 67.5 mm• Ağırlık: 450 gram (batarya ve hafıza kartı hariç)Sony Alpha A230 incelemesiSony Alpha A230 dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesinin test örneği elimize geçer geçmez yüksek çözünürlüklü test ve deneme çekimlerinden oluşan fotoğraf galerisini ve teknik test verileriyle destekli kapsamlı Sony Alpha A230 dijital kamera incelemesini sizlere sunacağız.

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Fiyat ve Özellik Karşılaştırması - Fotoğraf Makinesi

  • Çok daha yüksek çözünürlüklü kamera 17.9 MP vs 10 MP Fotoğraflarınızı, büyük ve kaliteli baskı için %79 daha detaylı çekin
  • Harici mikrofon girişi mevcut Var vs Yok Bu modelde mevcut olan harici mikrofon girişi ile video çekimlerinizde daha profesyonel ses kalitesi elde edebilirsiniz.
  • Video kayıt imkanı 1080p @ 30fps vs Yok Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 modelinde video kayıt imkanı bulunmuyor!
  • Sinema tutkunları için 24P Var vs Yok 24P saniyede 24 kare demektir. Sinema filmleri geleneksel olarak bu hızda çekildiğinden, kayıtlarınız buna benzer bir izlenim verebilir.
  • Daha yüksek peş peşe çekim hızı 3.7 fps vs 2.5 fps Spor müsabakalarında ya da hareketli nesneleri çekerken, en iyi kareyi yakalamanız bu makinede %48 daha kolay.
  • Açılır ekran Var vs Yok Açılır ekran vasıtası ile daha değişik açılardan fotoğraf çekmeniz mümkün olabilir.
  • Ekran üzerinde, canlı çekilecek kareyi görüntüleme Var vs Yok Bu kamera ile çekeceğiniz kareyi canlı ekrandan izleyebilirsiniz. Diğer modelde maalesef sadece vizörden bakma özelliği var.
  • Maksimum ISO 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO Canon EOS 600D modeli ile az ışıklı ortamlarda diğer modele göre daha az bulanık (blur) fotoğraflar çekebilirsiniz. (Grain miktarı artabilir)
  • Daha yüksek Maks. ISO Boost özelliği 12,800 ISO vs Yok Canon EOS 600D modelinde normal aralığın dışında boost kullanılarak daha karanlık ortamlarda fotoğraf çekilebilir (Ancak grain artabilir!).Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 modelinde ISO Boost yok
  • Daha fazla sensör çözünürlüğü 5184 x 3456 vs 3872 x 2592 Doğal çözünürlük, fotoğraf işlenmeden önce sensörün yakaladığı görüntüdeki yükseklik ve genişliği piksel cinsinden ifade eder. Canon EOS 600D modelinde %79 daha fazla çözünürlük mevcut
  • Daha fazla gerçek çözünürlük 17.9 MP vs 10 MP Pazarlanan megapikselden ziyade sensör alanına göre fotoğraf makinesinin gerçek çözünürlüğü daha önemlidir. Canon EOS 600D modelinde %79 daha fazla çözünürlük mevcut
  • Daha iyi sensör tipi CMOS vs CCD Bu kamerada daha kaliteli fotoğraf üreten CMOS türü sensör kullanılmış. (Çoğu makinede CCD sensör vardır)
  • Daha yüksek çözünürlüklü ekran 1,040k dots vs 230k dots 4,52 kat daha yüksek çözünürlük
  • Daha büyük ekran 3" vs 2.7" Yaklaşık %23 daha büyük ekran
  • Bu ürünler için ortak bir dezavantaj bulamadık!

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Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR Review

Sony continue to challenge their rivals with the release of new DSLRs. The Alpha A230 is an entry level model for users moving up from prosumer compacts.

Sony Alpha A230: Specification

  • Resolution: 10.2Mp
  • Sensor size: 23.6X15.8mm
  • Sensor type: CCD
  • Image size: 3872X2592
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Focus system: TTL phase detection system
  • Focus points: 9 with centre cross sensor
  • Crop factor: 1.5x
  • Lens mount: Konica Minolta/Sony A mount
  • File type: JPEG, RAW
  • Sensitivity: ISO100-3200 equivalent
  • Focus types: Continuous, single, automatic, manual
  • Metering system: 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
  • Metering types: Multi, centre weighted, spot
  • Exposure compensation: +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
  • Shutter speed: 30sec-1/4000sec & bulb
  • Frames per second: 2.5fps
  • Flash: Built-in (guide no. 10 at ISO100), hotshoe
  • Flash metering: ADI / Pre-flash TTL flash metering
  • Flash sync speed: 1/160sec
  • Image stabilisation: Steadyshot Inside
  • Integrated cleaning: Double anti dust system (anti-static coating and CCD shift mechanism)
  • Live view: No
  • Viewfinder: Fixed eye level system with roof mirror type
  • Monitor: 2.7in Clear photo LCD Plus, 230,400dots ( 76,800px)
  • Media type: Memory Stick Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo, Pro-HG Duo HX, SD/SDHC
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Power: InfoLithium battery
  • Size: 128x97x67.5m
  • Weight: 450g
As a replacement to the Alpha A200, the A230 sits in line with the Nikon D60, Olympus E-450, Pentax K-m and Canon EOS 1000D.  All share the same resolution of 10Mp but the Sony sits a little slower in the drive mode at 2.5fps. The others have at least 3fps which is an extra five shots in a ten second period. However, not all cameras share the image stabilisation, in fact only Pentax K-m has image stabilisation built-in. The Nikon D60 has lens based VR (Vibration Reduction) which comes with the kit lens.

The command dial is set into the body making the camera smoother and more flush when viewed straight on.

The back is as simplistic as the rest of the camera in terms of layout.

A large expanse of space cries out for a button or two.

Sony Alpha A230: Features Sony appear to be showing a certain degree of maturity with the release of their new equipment and not just in the DSLR arena. At a recent showcase of Sony equipment ePHOTOzine got to see other items that could help with your entire family's photographic needs. The HS-1 Homeshare hub is a 1Tb (terabyte) storage device for everything such as videos and photos. It can then be watched on the television by using your remote control.

The interesting thing about this is it doesn't just take Sony products because you can link any brand camera or camcorder to it as well as it accepting multiple memory cards, not just Sony Memorystick. They've transited this ideology to the DSLRs by making the A230 a dual slot camera. It takes Secure Digital as well as Memorystick. “It's the first Sony capture device to take SD” confirmed Paul Genge, Technical Field Sales Manager for Sony UK, “The dual slot isn't automatic though, you have to switch between the two.” A small switch in the camera slot area chooses between the memory cards and if you choose the wrong one, the camera will flag that it has no card inserted.

Sony are very excited about the new models as they're the first DSLRs to have no design input from KonicaMinolta. It's extremely apparent in the design as the fluid design smooths out the bumpy, ruggedness of the previous models. It's only 9% smaller than the Sony Alpha A200 but looks a lot smaller due to the design such as the grip being chopped off at the top. “It's a design that will help the transition from prosumer compact to DSLR” said Eric Billette, UK DSLR Product Manager “It's lighter, but not much smaller. We've also simplified the GUI to help users who may not know what a shutter speed or aperture does.”

This certainly rings true as the user interface has a cool icon style slider similar to the one found on the Canon EOS 500D. It works by moving an indicator along a slider with icons at either side. The shutter speed has a still person at one end and a moving person at the other. This shows that a higher shutter speed is better for fast moving objects and slower ones for slow or still objects. The aperture slider has the same basis but has a person with a mountain in the background. At the wider aperture the mountain is blurred while at the narrow aperture, it's sharp like the person. It's designed to help you learn how the apertures and shutter speeds work which is a great idea.

The sliding icons help with developing understanding of how apertures and shutter speeds work.

Surprisingly there's no live view on the A230 as we all thought it was a staple requirement these days. It's funny that Sony consider this camera an upgrade from prosumer compacts (cameras that have a live viewing mode as standard) yet omit this feature from it. “It's a proposal to everyone” continued Eric but when asked if it was to keep costs down, he denied this.

Help screens also help you every step of the way explaining modes and features in good detail including giving an example of when the mode might be useful. This feature can also be switched off in the menu system when you've learned the ins and outs of the camera. When you're reading a help screen, it indicates for you to press ok when you're finished.

Now, the problem I can see is that there isn't an ok button on the camera. It's actually the AF button in the centre of the navigation pad or the shutter release but this isn't explained. While I understand that and the vast majority also understand it, this could lead to confusion in a small minority who aren't used to this type of command execution.

To aid the compatibility of the cameras with everything else in your home, the A230 is Bravia compliant so you can link the camera directly to a Bravia television and control the playback functions with your remote control.

A large command dial sits on the left shoulder which is set into the camera so can only be moved at the edge. The Minolta hotshoe remains sitting behind the built-in flash which is higher than previous models to help reduce red eye. A new small flash has also been introduced for use on any model but is aimed more at users of the A230. It has a guide number of 20, TTL and direct or bounce options. Switching it on is performed by flicking it up.

The flash sits higher to help avoid red-eye and SAM can be seen on the lens front.

The card door slides open in true Sony fashion. It uncovers the dual slot and activation switch.

On the opposite side of the prism is the exposure compensation button and shutter button with the power switch wrapped around it. Other than that it's a large expanse of curved black plastic as there's nothing else on top. However this is all part of Sony's plan to make things easier for you as the minimalistic approach to buttons continues on the back. A large function button sits above the navigation pad which also doubles up as direct access to drive, flash, ISO and display options. This is a revamp of the A200 which had more dedicated buttons on the body such as drive and ISO on the top plate. A couple of cosmetic changes have been made such as the resolution being put on the back and Steadyshot Inside logo on the front.

One extra logo present is SAM (Smooth Autofocus Mode) which can be seen on the lens. These are a new type of lenses which have the electronic focusing system inside the lens instead of the camera body making them faster and not needing the connecting lug on the lens mount which has a distinct similarity to a screwdriver and screw head. The lug and connector has remained on the mount to work with the vast back catalogue of KonicaMinolta lenses that are compatible with the A230.

Sony Alpha A230: Build and handling Despite the different design appearing more organic, it still sits in the hands nicely with all the controls falling nicely in place. Of course that's if you're right handed. 'Lefties' will still have the same problem they've always had with DSLR design and to rub salt into the wounds, Sony have added an accessory to the Alpha range which aids one handed shooting as long as you use your right hand.

Build quality is as good as you can expect from an entry level camera but it doesn't 'look' anything less than the A380. It's easy to fall into a trap of making it look like it's made of cost saving materials but hurrah for Sony, they haven't done with this.

I like the dual slot idea, it helps with the transition from compact to DSLR as most compacts take SD these days. It also shows Sony's willingness to accept that different companies exist. They joined the DLNA (Digital Lifestyle Network Alliance) which creates an open standard. The idea being that if you already have some DLNA gear, seeing the same symbol can give you confidence that you're going to get full compatibility.

Sony Alpha A230: PerformanceePHOTOzine went to see Sony in London where they showed the A230. I managed to get away with it and take a few shots. The colours of the red brick and pale blue sign have come out nicely although I think the camera has under exposed by a fraction, maybe a third of a stop. It's not unappealing to look at and it's something I often do to saturate colours a little anyway.

I shot the wooden door in the three main metering modes available on the Alpha A230. In spot metering, the walls are vastly over exposed due to the camera ignoring them and only concentrating on the tiny percentage in the middle of the frame. There's little difference in centre-weighted and pattern metering but I think there's a little extra detail in the pale patch of wall on the right.

Pattern metering takes a reading from segments of the image before calculating the exposure.

Centre-weighted metering takes an average reading from 75-85% of the image giving priority (weight) to the centre of the image.

Spot metering reads from a tiny percentage (typically 2-3%) of the centre of the frame ignoring everything else around it.

I also tested the new lens and photographed the telephone box at f/3.5, f/11 and f/22 to see if there's any drop in sharpness. The new SAM focusing system is quieter, faster and certainly smoother.  It's done its job with the wide open aperture throwing the background out of focus and keeping the phonebox sharp. The smallest opening of f/22 isn't very sharp and the best result comes from f/11 which is what I'd expect.

Shot at f/3.5 the image is nice and sharp on the phone box and drops off in the distance as it should.

Shot at f/11 and is the sharpest image of the three as is usually the case.
Looking soft at all settings, I first thought the shot was out of focus but it's not. Portraits give a balanced skin tone and shadows aren't completely lost.
I like the portrait image because the skint one looks good and there's a nice amount of detail in the hair. Sony's dynamic range optimisation is working by bringing out some detail in the shadow areas of the skin.

Aspect ratio at 3:2 which is the default setting.

Converting to wide screen doesn't give a wider field of view but lessens the top and bottom meaning I have to think of extra things to write in the space below.

The Sony Alpha A230 has multiple aspect ratios but here I've illustrated 3:2, which is the default setting, and 16:9 widescreen. It works in a similar fashion to how APS used to make panoramics by cropping the top and bottom off the screen. The APS system was only an optical illusion but this isn't marketed as a panoramic feature anyway.

Back in the studio with the unit and the colour test chart shows that in JPEG, the Sony Alpha A230 has an overly saturated primary blue. Red is a strong contender, as is yellow. The earth brown and forest green colours show a promising result in landscape shots but the skin tone is a little disappointing. There's colour showing in the pale pastels and I like the balance of the mono tones.

Primary colours have come out nicely as have the earthier colours.Skin tone is a little pale but other tiles look good.

A little underexposed from the landscape mode although the sun was behind clouds at the time. However it wasn't a dull day.
The landscape image is surprisingly underexposed when taken in landscape mode and while it was overcast at the time of taking the shot, the sun was breaking through the clouds on a regular basis so it was far from dull.

There's a good amount of detail in the foreground and the letters on the balance beam are legible. I used the kit lens set to 50mm for this shot to see if I got any fringing and none is visible even on the high contrast areas such as the trees overlapping the sky.

Sony Alpha A230: Noise test Sony make their own sensors and supply them to other manufacturers such as Nikon. The noise test images start to get more rough and grainy at ISO400 although it's by no means a problem and it's not until ISO1600 that detail starts to drop from the petals while coloured patches start to become more invasive to the grey card.

ISO3200 is the maximum setting and I think Sony have played a good card capping it there. I don't think the noise reduction systems would be able to cope with the next setting as the sharp lines dividing the black, grey and white boxes are broken up due to disfiguration caused by noise.

The ISO100 test.

The ISO200 test.

The ISO400 test.

The ISO800 test.

The ISO1600 test.

The ISO3200 test.

Sony Alpha A230: VerdictFor an entry level model, the Sony Alpha A230 looks pretty good and performs well. I love the UI giving as little masterclass as you use it. It will probably be more subliminal but if it teaches the user more about photography then surely that can ony be a good thing?

It's styled nicely and is smaller and lighter than the previous model, the Sony Alpha A200. While the smoother, more fluid design isn't my personal cup of tea, I can see the appeal to users who like their equipment to be ultra modern.

For users who want to move up from a prosumer or superzoom bridge compact but don't want a huge camera hanging from their necks, this is a perfect solution. 

Sony Alpha A230: Plus pointsNice designImage stabiliserDual slot SD/SDHC & MSEasier GUI (Graphical User Interface)Minimalist design to prevent confusion

Sony Alpha A230: Minus pointsNo OK button despite being asked to use itNo live view

FEATURES HANDLING PERFORMANCE OVERALL

The Sony Alpha A230 costs around £443.99 and is available from Warehouse Express here:

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A230: Digital Photography Review

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The Sony A230 is the successor to the A200 as the junior partner in Sony's DSLR line-up. The camera has been restyled and offers new ergonomics and an easy-to-use interfaces, but the underlying specification of the predecessor are retained. The A230 comes with a 10MP sensor and while it feature-wise provides all the essentials, there are better specified and more customizable cameras in the entry-level segment. Most notably the A230 is lacking a live-view system. Its high ISO performance is not quite up with the best in class but overall it is a solid overall performer with a feature set that is more than adequate for its very attractive price point.

Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 3872 x 2592
Effective pixels 10 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.7″
Screen dots 230,400
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Storage types SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 490 g (1.08 lb / 17.28 oz)
Dimensions 128 x 97 x 68 mm (5.04 x 3.82 x 2.68″)
GPS None

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Sony Alpha A230 Review | Trusted Reviews

All of the major manufacturers have entry-level models in their DSLR line-ups. They are usually sold with a standard zoom kit lens, or a twin lens kit with the addition of a telephoto zoom. Pentax has the K-m (£380 including 18-55mm lens), Nikon has the new D3000 (£434 including 18-55mm VR lens), Canon has the EOS 1000D (£385 including 18-55mm lens), while Olympus has its bargain-priced E-420 (£290 including 14-42mm lens). Sony, always keen to expand its growing share of the DSLR market, has just updated its own entry level model, so today I’m taking a look at the new Alpha A230, which is currently available with a new kit lens for a very competitive £330.

Buying an entry-level digital SLR is a serious business, because you’re not just buying a camera, you’re buying into a system. Once you’ve chosen a camera and a lens, and you’ve had it a few months and come to appreciate the superior control and image quality, you’ll probably want to buy maybe a spare battery, then an additional lens, and maybe a good flashgun. Before you know it you’ve got an ever-growing collection of accessories that cost more than the original camera.

The trouble is that once you outgrow the capabilities of your entry-level camera and want to upgrade to something a bit more sophisticated, you will naturally want to still be able to use all these accessories, and so rather than sell everything and move to a different system you’re far more likely to buy a mid-range camera from the same brand.

This built-in brand loyalty is the reason why the big camera companies are so keen to get us all buying DSLRs and other system cameras. They know that if they can sell you an entry-level kit they’ve probably got a customer for life. They may not make a lot of profit on the entry-level cameras, but those expensive lenses are a gold mine.

The Sony Alpha DSLR system is relatively new, having only been launched in 2006, but it is based on the old Minolta Dynax system, and Sony Alpha cameras can use most old Minolta and Konica-Minolta accessories, including a wide range of high quality lenses that are easily found on the second-hand market. Sony’s own range of lenses, including the fantastic Carl Zeiss T* lenses, is steadily growing, and there are good ranges of Sony compatible lenses from third-party manufacturers including Sigma and Tamron.

The A230 is, as you’d probably expect for the price, a very basic model with only the bare minimum of features. To keep development costs to a minimum it has the same Sony-made 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor previously seen in the Alpha A100 and A200. In fact it’s pretty much the same camera as the A200, but with a new body design and a new compact 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

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