Sony's $700 dSLR looks like a contender
Sony's first real entry-level digital SLR has the right specs to take on veterans from Nikon and Canon.
- 10-megapixel, 23.6mm x 15.8mm Super HAD CCD
- ISO 100 to 3200
- Super SteadyShot sensor-shift image stabilization
- 9-point AF sensor with single cross-type sensor in center
- 40 segment exposure metering system
- 230,000-pixel 2.7-inch LCD
- Maximum burst speed 3fps (unlimited JPEG, 3 frames Raw+JPEG, 6 frames Raw)
- Viewfinder 95 percent coverage, .83x magnification
On one hand, the A200 seems to compare quite favorably to the Nikon and Canon competition--it delivers the same (D40x) or better (XTi) resolution and similar rated performance, but with the added attraction of the in-body stabilization, large LCD and user interface that I liked so much on the
The $699 DSLR-A200K kit will include the f3.5-5.6 DT 18-70mm lens, while a dual-lens DSLR-A200W kit bundles an additional f4.5-5.6 75-300mm lens for $899. Both will ship in February.