Live view is not an option with the A200. The only DSLRs that do well on live view are the Sony A300 and A350. Live view is good, on other DSLRs, on a tripod for macro work and set scenes(because they are slow). You will find that the viewfinder is much better to use with a DSLR, especially considering the size and you can handhold shots better with a DSLR.
Just discussing the A200 and XS, I would choose the XS. The kit lens on the A200 is the worst kit lens sold on a DSLR. Both DSLRs can produce better photos than you are capable to get out of the camera.
Other differences are:
XS has less noise and more detail in high ISO
XS has better jpeg output
Sony's current lens lineup costs more than the Canon
With Sony you get image stabilization built in, but Canon's image stabilized lens cost less than Sony's non-stabilized.
Hi, im looking to buy a DSLR camera on a low budget. i basically worked it down to the Canon Rebel XS and the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 ive done the comparison on the cnet site and the sony seems to win in all fields and is the same price. so what i wanted is to get some feedback from members about the cameras, i prefer personal experiance over technical specs on a page. are there any pros and cons between them? or any other info you can think of ill mainly be using it for outdoor landscapes and wildlife sort of photos.
or is there a better camera in the same budget range. the site did mention the pentax but i definitly want a live view.