Product Type: Sony digital cameras
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Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A200
Member Name: sp055
Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A200
Advantages: A complete bargain
Why did I come to buy this camera?
I bought this camera just before I got married in October 2008. Whilst I was getting a professional photographer to take our pictures during the day, I wanted something which would take good quality snaps of the evening event. Furthermore, we were heading off to NYC on our honeymoon, we had never been outside of Europe before so this was quite a big deal for us; we wanted photos that people would want to look at!
How much did the camera cost?
We paid about £250 for the camera and a Sony 18-70 lens, at that time this was a complete bargain. I actually love this camera; I feel slightly dismayed at seeing it being sold for literally buttons on Amazon ( £2.55 plus shipping).
How did it perform?
The photos from our wedding can't be faulted, they are great. I have often found it difficult to get good photos in parties; I have either found that the pictures would come out too dark or the flash would over-compensate making it appear that the venue was brightly lit, for this reason I think that the light metering on the camera must be pretty good.
I recently read that people tend to look at the mega-pixels when buying a camera but once you are past 10 mega-pixels it doesn't make much difference unless you want to blow your picture up so big you could cover your living room wall with it, however, the light metering is really important but is something which people often don't consider, so if you are thinking about buying a camera it's worth thinking about.
Photos from NYC. Our photos from New York were amazing; I like to think that I had a lot to do with that, but if I'm honest I think that the camera did most of the work. I felt that the photos came out really nice and sharp. We took photos of the Statue of Liberty from a boat (which was obviously rocking) and was quite a distance away, we put the camera on manual focus as it struggled to focus under these conditions, but the resulting photo can be seen from my profile pic - given the conditions I think it's pretty good.
More recently I have added a separate flash to the camera - I like the over exposed photos which seem in fashion at the moment and I have loved the results.
This camera has become a handbag item - given its size I know that's a bit crazy, but the compact just couldn't live up to this.
Summary: A great camera which will give you great results.
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