Product Type: Sony digital cameras
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Excellent package deal
Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A200H
Member Name: areajohn
Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A200H
Advantages: Good Quality, fantastic pictures, robust feel
Disadvantages: Large camera, one battery
Bought this camera as a deal with the 50mm and 75-300mm lenses and havent looked back since. Having prviously owned a 35mm film Canon AE1. I was unsure about SLR digital cameras however stuck with what I knew which is Sony. It came with very easy to use instructions and after charging I was able to run through all the menus on the large LCD screen on the rear of the camera. You look through the viewfinder on the top as with a SLR camera however the picture you get sits slightly outside of this area.
This is OK as you never just miss anything and with the ability to crop pictures then there is no real issue with having too much. Like an ordinary SLR film camera you also have the ability to change your settings on the top left of the camera body or leave it in automatic mode and the camera focuses on its own and chooses to use the flash or not dependent on conditions. The flash pops up from the top of the camera body and is robust and easy to push back down after use. It also has a non flash mode for those times that you just know your going to get red eye.
The battery in contained underneath the body in an easy to access pop open flap and it can only go back in one way which makes it easy to put back. I have used the camera for several days and not run out of juice - there is an indicator on the screen giving you the percentage left in the battery and this is very acurrate. The camera only comes with one battery and a charger but I invested in another just in case. However it dosnt take long to get 50% charge into the unit so that you can use it.
The memory card is sony's own and as you would expect can come with a heafty price tag. But shopping around gives competitive prices and some good deals a 2 GB can take about 300 pictures on a high setting so no need to buy too many cards. The strap for the camera is very good and sits the camera in the right place if you have it hung around your neck. I have taken this camera to France and dragged it around every World War Two bunker on the Normandy coast and also to the top of Ben Nevis and I dont believe there is a scratch on it. The caps for the front of the lense can be awkward but not a major issue and the caps supplied for the other end of the lense is better and screws on to save any damage.
As with most cameras like this you need a bag to carry it around and the Sony alpha bag is not up to the job, I tried one and it didnt last and went for a small rucksack version by a differnet maker.
Ultimately the pictures that the camera takes are second to none. You can also review as you go and delete the ones that "didnt quite make it" The quality as you enlarge on the screen stays with you and allows you to print to A4 size without any issues at all. I have had excellent feedback from people I have taken pictures for at do's etc and of course you can just send them a disc with them all on.
Summary: A good quality camera that you can take anywhere and it still performs.
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