Overview: The Sony DSLR-A230L package contains the A230
camera body and the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM lens. The A230 features the smallest
and lightest body of any Sony Alpha-series camera for improved portability. Its
intuitive button layout allows for easy single-handed operation.
Play and Print Functions
LCD Monitor: The camera uses a 2.7"
Clear Photo LCD Plus screen with 5-step adjustable brightness. This design makes it easy to read the camera's
setup menus even in bright sunlight and gives you better visibility when you use
the screen to view your recorded images. The LCD monitor cannot be used
as a viewfinder to shoot.
Optical Viewfinder: The DSLR-A230 uses a fixed eye-level, penta-Dach mirror
viewfinder with a 95%
field of view. The built-in diopter-adjustment dial, located just to the right
of the viewfinder, allows you to focus the viewfinder to your eyesight.
Eye-Start Autofocus System:
The Eye-Start Autofocus System allows the DSLR-A230 camera to begin its precision autofocus
adjustment the moment you raise the camera to your eye. This cuts down focusing
time so your camera is ready to capture the shot.
10.2 MP APS-C Imager: The large 23.6 x15.8mm APS-C
size imager with Sony's advanced design allows more light to pass to each pixel,
increasing the sensitivity and reducing noise. This technology provides greater
detail when you make big prints or crop in close on your subject. The camera's
imager features 10,800,000 gross pixels and 10,200,000 effective pixels.
To keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures, the DSLR-A230 camera utilizes
a static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter. In addition, an anti-dust vibration
automatically shakes the CCD to dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.
SteadyShot INSIDE: The camera is equipped with SteadyShot
INSIDE image stabilization, which compensates for shaky hands, to enable you to
take crisp, sharp pictures at shutter speeds 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 steps slower than
would otherwise be possible without a flash or using a tripod. SteadyShot INSIDE
works with every lens, including Sony zoom, advanced Sony G-Series, pro-quality
Carl Zeiss lens designs, and Minolta ±-mount
BIONZ Image Processor: The advanced BIONZ image processor uses hardware-based Large
Scale Integrated (LSI) circuitry
that responds 10 times faster than software image processors. This reduces
noise, improves white balance and exposure control to give you clear, sharp
pictures even at high sensitivity settings.
Dual Slot Memory Card Compatibility: The DSLR-A230 has dual slots for
inserting two types of memory cards. The camera is compatible with high-capacity
Memory Stick PRO Duo and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, as well as SD and SDHC Memory
cards. You can easily select which memory card you want to use by sliding the
memory card switch to the desired position. Memory Stick PRO Duo media with a
capacity of up to 16 GB and SD memory cards with a capacity of up to 32 GB have
been confirmed to operate properly in this camera.
The Sony DSLR-A230 can shoot still images in the JPEG and RAW
(uncompressed) formats. You can also select RAW + JPEG to create two image
files: a JPEG image for viewing and a RAW image for editing. When shooting in
JPEG, you can select an
appropriate image compression rate, Fine or Standard, depending upon the image quality
Image Size: You can set the image size you want to record
based on the aspect ratio you set:
|Aspect Ratio 3:2
||3872 x 2592 pixels
||2896 x 1936 pixels
||1920 x 1280 pixels
|Aspect Ratio 16:9
||3872 x 2176 pixels
||2896 x 1632 pixels
||1920 x 1088 pixels
Image Capacity: The number of recordable images when the camcorder is
set to Image Size L10M and an aspect ratio of 3:2. The capacity of Memory Stick
PRO Duo and SD Memory Cards differ slightly:
|Size / Capacity
|Raw & JPEG
|Size / Capacity
|Raw & JPEG
Help Guide: An on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display help take the
complexity out of DSLR photography. The Help Guide offers clear, concise
explanations of various modes and settings. The Graphic Display helps you
understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the
effect each has on photographic results. For more advanced photographers, the
Help Guide and Graphic Display can be turned off, allowing you to perform the
next operation more quickly.
Exposure Modes: The Auto mode allows you to easily shoot any
subject under any conditions, because the camera automatically chooses the
settings depending upon the subject and lighting situation. By turning the Mode
Dial on the top of the camera, you can select from the following Exposure Modes:
- Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted
automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value).
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture
value manually (the shutter speed is set by the camera). You can adjust the
depth of field by opening the aperture (shallow) or closing the aperture
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter
speed manually (the aperture is set by the camera). You can freeze your
subject with a high shutter speed or trace the movement and flow of your
subject with a slower shutter speed.
- Manual Exposure:
This mode allows you to shoot after manually setting both the
aperture and shutter speed to get the desired exposure. The Manual "Bulb"
setting allows you to shoot long exposures to capture trails of light
(fireworks, stars). In the Bulb mode, the shutter stays open as long as the
shutter button is pressed.
- Scene Selection: For specific settings, you can select
one of the following Scene Selections:
This setting shoots with the backgrounds blurred out and the subject is
- Landscape: This setting shoots scenery with vivid and sharp colors.
This setting lets you shoot subjects such as flowers or insects
close up while achieving clear and sharp focus. With the included
18-55mm lens, the minimum focus distance is 9.84".
- Sports Action:
This setting lets you shoot moving subjects outdoors or in bright places.
This setting accentuates the red of a sunset or a sunrise more than
- Night View/Portrait: This mode lets you shoot night
scenes at a distance without losing the dark atmosphere of the
surroundings. Use of the flash is recommended only when shooting at
night with a person in the foreground. Since the shutter speed is slower
in this mode, use of a tripod is
Shooting Modes: When shooting in the Program (P),
Aperture-Priority (A), Shutter-Priority (S), or Manual (M) modes, you can set
the camera as follows:
- Autofocus Mode: You can choose how the camera focuses on the
subject: Single-shot, Automatic AF, or Continuous AF.
- Metering Mode: You can select how the camera measures the
brightness of the subject: Multi segment, Center weighted, or Spot.
- White Balance: You can adjust the white balance to suit a
specific light source: Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten,
Fluorescent, and Flash.
- AF Area: You can select the Autofocus area to suit the shooting
conditions or your preference: Wide, Spot, or Local
- D-Range Optimizer: You can correct the brightness of the image
when there is a sharp contrast of light and shadow between the subject and
the background: Standard, Advanced, or Off.
- Creative Style: For those times when you wish to be more creative
with your photos, you can select from the following settings: Standard,
Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Nightview, Sunset, and B&W. In addition, you can
individually adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness.
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the
value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can
adjust the exposure from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
High Sensitivity: Broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO
3200 enables the DSLR-A230 to capture beautiful color images even in very dim
light. High ISO Noise Reduction technology reduces picture noise
artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings by eliminating
noise from RAW data after analog-to-digital conversion.
Flash Mode: The Sony DSLR-A230 features a built-in flash. In a dark
location, using the flash allows you to shoot the subject brightly and it also
helps to prevent camera shake. When shooting into the sun, you can use the flash
to shoot a bright image of the backlit subject. The camera offers the following
- Autoflash: In auto mode the flash automatically fires if it is dark
or against light.
- Fill-Flash: In this mode the flash fires
whenever the shutter is triggered.
- Slow Sync: Slow sync shooting allows you to shoot a clear image
of both the subject and the background by slowing the shutter speed. In this
mode the flash fires whenever you trigger the shutter.
- Rear Sync: In rear sync mode the flash fires right
before the exposure is completed.
- Wireless: The camera fires an external flash (sold
separately) that is off the camera and away from it. This gives the image a
3-dimensional feel. This requires a flash capable of Wireless Ratio Control,
such as the HVL-F58AM (158HVLF58A) or HVL-F42AM (158HVLF42A).
- Flash Off: The flash will not fire even in dark
Flash Compensation: When shooting with the flash, you can adjust the amount of flash light alone, without
changing the exposure compensation. You can only change exposure of a main
subject which is within the flash range.
AF Illuminator: The built-in AF illuminator
function may fire the flash to enables the camera to focus when the subject is poorly lit.
The AF illuminator works in a range between 1 and 5 meters (3.3' to 16.4').
Noise Reduction: This feature is used to reduce the
grainy noise typical in long exposures or high ISO settings. When you set the
shutter speed to a second or longer, Long Exposure Noise Reduction is turned on
for the same duration that the shutter is open. When shooting with the ISO set
at 1600 or above, the camera reduces the noise that becomes more noticeable when
the camera sensitivity is high (High ISO NR). Both NR settings can be turned on
or off independently.
Histogram Display: A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a
particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera
shows the brightness on the horizontal axis (left side is black, right side is
white) and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.
Optics: The DSLR-A230L camera kit features a Sony DT
18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Lens. The DT lens is a more
compact, lightweight lens, designed specifically for the APS-size CCD imager
used in the Sony DSLR-A230. The lens employs a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
to deliver smooth and silent autofocus operation, and offers a flexible focal
range that allows you to capture everything from wide angle to midrange
telephoto shots with ease.
Zooming: The lens allows you to rotate the
zooming ring to set the desired focal length. The lens features a 3.0x optical
Focusing: The lens can be used in the
auto-focus or manual focus mode. You can switch between focusing modes using the
2-way switch on the lens barrel.
Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.727",
Length=3.027" to 3.441" (without lens caps).
- 35mm Equivalent: 27-82.5mm
- Angle of View: 76° to 29°
- Minimum Focus: 0.82' (9.84")
- Filter Diameter: 55mm
- f-stop: f/3.5-5.6 maximum, f/22-36
- Weight: 7.5 ounces
Optional Lenses: In addition to the supplied lens, the DSLR-A230 can
use any of the Sony α (alpha) lenses, most
Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses, and third party lenses with the
Sony/Minolta bayonet-type mount.
Play and Print
Auto Review: This feature allows you to check a recorded image on the
LCD monitor right after the shooting. The length of the display time can be
Image Playback: When you press the playback button, the last
recorded image is displayed on the LCD monitor. You can view the image with or
without the recording data showing, and with a histogram display.
Image Index: This feature allows you to view your pictures 4,
25 images at a time.
Slide Show: Plays back all recorded image in order in a Slide
Show fashion. The slide show automatically stops after all the images have
been played back, or you can set the slide show to repeat. You can also
adjust the interval between images (default is 3 seconds).
Rotating an Image:
You can rotate a playback image upside down or horizontally. You can copy
rotated images to a computer depending on your computer's software.
Enlarge Images: This camera allows you to enlarge an image for closer
examination. The scaling range depends upon the image size: Large image (1.1x to
12x), Medium image (1.1x to 9.1x), Small image (1.1x to 6.1x).
PhotoTV HD Compatibility: The DSLR-A230 is compatible with the "PhotoTV
HD" standard. With an optional HDMI cable (mini-HDMI to HDMI) you can share your
photos in high definition. If you connect the camera to a compatible Sony BRAVIA
HDTV, the TV automatically switches to Photo mode and begins playback of the
images. If the TV supports BRAVIA Sync, you can operate the camera with the TV's
Printing Options: There are four ways you can print your pictures from your camera.
Printing directly using a
PictBridge compliant printer.
Printing directly using a Memory
Stick PRO Duo or SD Card compliant printer:
Printing using a computer with
the supplied software and requirements.
Printing from a picture station
at a retail shop.
Lithium Ion Battery: The supplied NP-FH50 Lithium
Ion rechargeable battery lets you take up to 510 shots with the viewfinder on a full charge based on CIPA standard.
With a fully depleted battery, a normal charge takes approximately 205 minutes,
while a full charge requires approximately 265 minutes.
Copying Images To A Computer: Using the camera's USB port
and supplied USB cable you can copy images to your computer from an inserted memory card. The following environment is recommended for a
computer connected to the camera to import images:
- Operating System (pre-installed):
Windows 2000 Professional SP4
- Windows XP SP3 (64-bit and Starter editions not supported)
- Windows Vista SP1 (Starter edition not supported)
- USB: USB port provided as standard (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed recommended)
- Operating System (pre-installed): Mac OS X v10.1.3 - v10.5
- USB: USB port provided as standard (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Application Software CD-ROM: The Sony DSLR-A230L comes
supplied with an Application Software CD-ROM which contains the following
Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Ver.4.2.1 (Windows XP/SP3 and Vista/SP1 only):
- Import images shot with the
camera and display them on the camera
- Organize images on the computer
on a calendar by shooting date to view them
- Retouch, print, and send images
as e-mail attachments and change the shooting date
- Create a data disc using a CD burner drive or DVD burner drive
Image Data Converter SR Ver.3.1 (Windows XP/SP3 and Vista/SP1,
- You can edit images recorded in
RAW mode with various corrections, such as tone curve, and sharpness
- Adjust images with the white balance, exposure, and creative style
- You can save the images as RAW date or in a
general-purpose file format
- Image Data Lightbox SR Ver.1.0 (for Windows/Macintosh):
- Display and compare RAW/JPEG images recorded with this camera
- Rate the images on a scale of five
- Display an image in "Image Data Converter SR" and make adjustments to
Recommended Computer Environments:
||Image Data Converter SR
Image Data Lightbox SR
|Picture Motion Browser
||Image Data Converter SR
Image Data Lightbox SR
||Windows XP SP3
Windows Vista SP1
|Mac OS X v.10.4/v10.5
||Pentium 4 or faster
1 GB RAM or more
|Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (800 MHz or
256MB RAM or more (512MB RAM or more recommended)
|Power PC G4/G5
1.0 GHz or faster
Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo
||500 MB or more for installation
||1 GB or more
||1024 x 768 dots or more
||1024 x 768 dots or more