Sony A230 Review

3.5
September 14, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Viewfinder

  • Diopter Adjustment : -2.5 - +1.0m-1
  • Eye relief : Approx. 16.5 mm from the eyepiece / 10.9 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter
  • Field of View : 95%
  • Focusing Screen : Spherical Acute Matte Screen
  • Magnification : 0.83x (with 50mm lens at infinity)
  • Type : Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror

LCD Display

  • Brightness Control : Selectable in 5 steps
  • Coverage : 100% (Playback)
  • Type : 2.7” TFT Clear Photo LCD (230,400 pixels)

Operating Conditions

  • Operating Temperature : 32 - 104 degrees F (0 - 40 degrees C)

Service and Warranty Information

  • Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & Labor

Weights and Measurements

  • Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 128 x 97 x 67.5 mm (W/H/D, excluding protrusions)
  • Weight (Approx.) : Approx.452 g (without battery, memory card, accessories)

Power

  • Battery Type : NP-FH50
  • Number of Shots : Approx. 510 images with viewfinder, approx. 230 images in live view mode (CIPA standard)

Flash

  • Flash Compensation : ±2EV (in 0.3-stop increments)
  • Flash Coverage : 18mm in focal-length of lens attached
  • Flash Metering System : ADI flash (automatic change for Pre-flash TTL)
  • Guide Number : 10 (in meters at ISO100)
  • Modes : Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Slow sync, Hi-speed sync*., Wireless
  • Recycling Time : Approx. 4 sec.
  • Type : Auto Pop-up

Inputs and Outputs

  • HD Output : HDMI
  • Memory Card Slot : Dual memory card slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media SD and SDHC memory card
  • Tripod Mount : Yes, 1/4"-20
  • USB Port(s) : USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)

Convenience

  • Anti-dust function : Charge protection coating on low pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
  • Color Mode(s) : Display color (Black, White, Brown, Pink)
  • Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B/W Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
  • Scene Mode(s) : Scene selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view)
  • User Interface : "Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu"

General

  • Camera Type : Sony α Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and inter-changeable lenses
  • Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters
  • Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 10.2 megapixels
  • Imaging Sensor : APS-C size CCD sensor (23.6x15.8mm)
  • Lens Mount Type : Sony α lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens
  • Pixel Gross : Approx. 10.8 megapixels
  • Processor : BIONZ™ image processor
  • Recording Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media / , SD and SDHC memory card,
  • Recording Mode : RAW, RAW+JPEG, Fine, Standard
  • Still Actual 16:9 : L size: 3872x2176 (8.4M) M size: 2896x1632 (4.7M) S size: 1920x1088 (2.1M)
  • Still Actual 3:2 : L size: 3872x2592 (10M) M size: 2896x1936 (5.6M) S size: 1920x1280 (2.5M)

Software

  • Operating System Compatibility : Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Windows XP*SP2 Windows Vista Mac OS X(v10.1.3) or later
  • Supplied Software : PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Image Data Converter SR Image Data Lightbox SR

Control

  • AF modes : Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, (AF/MF selectable)
  • Drive Mode : Single-shot, Continuous, Self-timer, Self-timer Continuous, Bracketing, Remote Commander
  • Exposure Compensation : ±2EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
  • Exposure settings : Auto, Auto Flash Off, Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
  • Focus Area : Wide (Up to 3 active focus points glow), Spot, Local (9 local areas selectable)
  • Focus Features : Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-start AF, AF illuminator (Built-in flash, Range: approx. 1-5m)
  • Focus Points : 9 points
  • Focus Sensitivity : EV0 - 18 (ISO100)
  • Focus System : TTL phase detection system
  • ISO : Auto, 100 to 3200 (in 1 EV steps,Recommended Exposure Index)
  • Metering : TTL metering w/ 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
  • Metering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Metering Sensitivity : EV1 - 20 at ISO100 with F1.4 lens, (EV3 - 20 in spot metering mode)
  • White Balance : Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom

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