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Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 Kit
10.2-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm lens
Item # 158A230L | MFR # DSLRA230L
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Our take on the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 Kit by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
The DSLR-A230 brings fantastic SLR picture quality together with point-and-shoot simplicity in Sony's smallest, lightest Alpha camera body ever. The A230's user-friendly menu system and built-in, on-screen help guide make it an ideal choice for SLR newcomers, or any photographer who'd rather not carry the owner's manual around. Plus, its big, bright 2-11/16" LCD screen makes reviewing your images or confirming camera settings a breeze.
Snap great-looking shots with a sharp Sony lens
The supplied 18-55mm Sony zoom lens gives you crisp pics and versatile, all around performance for everyday use. Add optional wide-angle, closeup, or long-range telephoto lenses to optimize the 'A230 for all kinds of different shooting situations.
High-resolution 10.2-megapixel image sensor
The 'A230 has what it takes to deliver beautiful, accurate photographs. Sony's powerful 10.2-megapixel image sensor offers a top resolution that's more than sufficient for cropping out portions of a shot, blowing them up, and printing them at large sizes. The sensor also handles an extended range of ISO (film speed equivalent) sensitivity ideal for accurate shooting in tricky conditions, especially indoor and low-light environments. The sensor's wide dynamic range, combined with the speed of Sony's proprietary image processor, permits faithful rendering of complex subjects, like sunny highlights on a subject with plenty of shadow.
In-camera image stabilization for sharp photos
Sony's built-in image stabilization technology minimizes unwanted blur caused by an unsteady hand. This advanced system physically shifts the position of the image sensor to compensate for camera shake, maintaining optimum picture sharpness. And because the system is built into the camera instead of the lens, you can take advantage of its benefits with any lens you use. The same technology that keeps your images blur-free also helps to keep them spotless. Every time you power off the camera, the sensor-shifting system vibrates to dislodge any dust particles that might have accumulated.
- 10.2-megapixel effective recording
- APS-C-size CCD image sensor (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
- DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Sony zoom lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm)
- 3X optical zoom (approximate)
- built-in sensor-shift SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization (provides image stabilization with all attached lenses)
- 2-11/16" LCD screen
- optical SLR viewfinder (with diopter adjustment)
- Eye-Start® Autofocus System begins focusing your picture as soon as you bring your eye to the viewfinder
- built-in anti-dust technology to keep image sensor clean for spotless photos
- 9-point autofocus with center cross-type sensor for accurate, high-speed focusing
- Dynamic Range Optimizer for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
- built-in auto pop-up flash with flash compensation
- user-friendly on-screen menus with built-in help guide
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- compatible with Sony Alpha, Minolta, and Konica/Minolta A-type bayonet mount autofocus lenses
Exposure Modes and Controls:
- continuous shooting mode: 2.5 frames per second
- shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds
- sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-3200
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, flash off auto, and fully automatic exposure modes
- preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in various shooting environments
File Formats and Storage:
- image storage modes: JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG (Fine or Standard)
- 3:2 JPEG options (pixels): 3,872 x 2,592; 2,896 x 1,936; 1,920 x 1,280
- 16:9 JPEG options (pixels): 3,872 x 2,176; 2,896 x 1,632; 1,920 x 1,088
- accepts optional Memory Stick® PRO Duo, SD and high capacity SDHC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
- high-speed USB interface
- mini HDMI output for sharing images on a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
- 5-1/16"W x 3-7/8"H x 2-11/16"D (without lens)
- weight (body only): 15.9 oz.
- supplied lens weight: 7.4 oz.
- 18-55mm Sony lens
- rechargeable NP-FH50 lithium ion battery
- battery charger
- adjustable neck strap
- USB and video cable
- software CD-ROM
What's in the Box:
- DSLR-A230 Digital camera body with installed body cap
- DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Zoom lens with installed end cap
- Lens cap (installed)
- Eyepiece cover
- BC-VH1 Battery charger (8.4V/0.28A)
- NP-FH50 rechargeable InfoLithium battery (6.8V/6.1Wh)
- 56" USB cable (has a USB type A connector on one end and a mini USB connector on the other end)
- Adjustable camera strap
- Application software CD-ROM
- A230 Instruction Manual
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Sheet
- Lens brochure
- On-line registration sheet
- Accessories brochure
- Lens Operating Instructions
- "Lens Precautions Before Using" booklet
Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||2.7"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||27mm-82.5mm|
|Sensor Size||23.6 x 15.8mm|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||3872 x 2592|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||25.2|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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.
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.
Anti-Dust Technology: 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 lenses.
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.
Image Formats: 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 you desire.
Image Size: You can set the image size you want to record based on the aspect ratio you set:
|Aspect Ratio 3:2|
|L:10M||3872 x 2592 pixels|
|M:5.6M||2896 x 1936 pixels|
|S:2.5M||1920 x 1280 pixels|
|Aspect Ratio 16:9|
|L:8.4M||3872 x 2176 pixels|
|M:4.7M||2896 x 1632 pixels|
|S:2.1M||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:
- Memory Stick PRO Duo:
|Size / Capacity||1GB||2GB||4GB||8GB||16GB|
|Raw & JPEG||48||98||195||392||797|
SD Memory Card:
|Size / Capacity||1GB||2GB||4GB||8GB||16GB|
|Raw & JPEG||47||96||194||392||797|
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 (deep).
- 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:
- Portrait: This setting shoots with the backgrounds blurred out and the subject is sharpened.
- Landscape: This setting shoots scenery with vivid and sharp colors.
- Macro: 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.
- Sunset: This setting accentuates the red of a sunset or a sunrise more than other modes.
- 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 recommended.
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 Flash Modes:
- 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 situations.
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 zoom.
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 minimum
- 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.
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 adjusted.
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, 9, or 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 remote control.
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):
- Microsoft 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):
- Operating System (pre-installed): Mac OS X v10.1.3 - v10.5
- USB: USB port provided as standard (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed recommended)
Application Software CD-ROM: The Sony DSLR-A230L comes supplied with an Application Software CD-ROM which contains the following software programs.
- 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 it
Recommended Computer Environments:
|Compatible Software||Image Data Converter SR |
Image Data Lightbox SR
|Picture Motion Browser||Image Data Converter SR |
Image Data Lightbox SR
|OS||Windows XP SP3 |
Windows Vista SP1
|Mac OS X v.10.4/v10.5|
|CPU/Memory||Pentium 4 or faster |
1 GB RAM or more
|Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (800 MHz or
faster recommended) |
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
|Hard Disk||---||500 MB or more for installation||1 GB or more|
|Display||1024 x 768 dots or more||1024 x 768 dots or more|
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