Sony Alpha 200 (DSLR-A200) Announced.

Here’s the spec of the Sony Alpha 100 successor – Sony Alpha 200 (DSLR-A200). The recent photos leak of the Sony Alpha 200 on 2 Jan 2008
Sony Alpha 200 (A200) Photos Leaked are indeed genuine, but a 12,24 Megapixel sensor and 3″ LCD were initially expected. Instead of the above mentioned, Sony Alpha 200 has a 10.2 Megapixel sensor and 2.7″ LCD. The specs and photos are as follow:

Sony Alpha A200 (dslr a200) with Battery Grip

Alpha A200 (dslr a200) with Battery GripSony Alpha A200 (dslr a200) Back

Sony Alpha A200 (dslr a200) Back

Sony Alpha A200 (dslr a200)

Sony Alpha A200 (dslr a200)Front

Press Release

LAS VEGAS(CES BOOTH 14200), Jan. 6, 2008 – Sony is advancing the digital SLR category for mainstream photographers with today’s introduction of the new α (alpha) DSLR-A200 camera.

The DSLR-A200 model features upgrades influenced by the recently-introduced, enthusiast-class DSLR-A700 camera and replaces the former Sony DSLR-A100 model, which was Sony’s first in the DSLR class.

The new model is designed to be faster, lighter and easier to use. Upgraded features include a wider, 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCDTM screen for easy playback viewing; a more compact body and an easily-accessible mode dial; an easy-to-use function menu (camera function display); improved noise control for higher quality images; an auto focus speed 1.7x faster than the previous model; improved predictive control performance; quieter shutter sound; automatic pop-up flash; and a battery life indicator that displays the percentage of battery life remaining so you know exactly when to recharge.

As seen in all α (alpha) camera bodies, the DSLR-A200 camera incorporates Super SteadyShot? image stabilization in the body to allow shooting at shutter speeds of 2.5 to 3.5 steps slower than otherwise possible – a benefit realized with every compatible lens attached to the camera. Compatible lenses encompass all Minolta Maxxum? mount lenses, in addition to Sony a (alpha) lens lineup – including Carl Zeiss? lenses.

“With the DSLR-A200, we are helping consumers capture high-quality images with advanced technology that’s practical and easy to use,” said Phil Lubell, director of marketing for digital cameras at Sony Electronics. “This model is an ideal step-up for point-and-shoot users who are looking for a camera that can capture virtually all of the photographs they want.”

High-Quality Images

With its 10.2-megapixel (effective) APS CCD image sensor, the DSLR-A200 camera continues to offer high-quality images by allowing more light to pass through to each pixel – increasing sensitivity, reducing noise, and providing greater detail.

Clean, reduced-noise signals are sent from the image sensor to Sony’s BIONZ processing engine, which processes data-rich picture information at high speeds and reduces picture noise in the RAW data stage before image JPEG conversion. The results are high-resolution, detailed images with rich tonal reproduction.

The DSLR-A200 model supports JPEG and RAW file format support. It has a slot for CompactFlash Type I/II media cards. An adaptor for Memory Stick Duo? media cards is sold separately as an accessory.

Get The Photo Results You Want

In addition to Super SteadyShot image stabilization for virtually blur-free photos, the new model incorporates Sony’s D-Range Optimizer (DRO). It helps you capture well-exposed images, especially when shooting high-contrast or backlit scenes that often lead to loss of highlight and shadow detail. Sony’s DRO modifies the range from highlights to shadows, including gain and contrast, through its in-camera hardware processing to produce more natural, evenly exposed pictures. The camera’s image analysis technology studies the captured image data and instantly determines the best exposure and color tonality for the image before JPEG compression.

The BIONZ image processing engine powers the camera up immediately and the eye-start autofocus starts the focusing system before you even press the shutter. The camera can shoot up to three continuous frames per second at 10.2-megapixels at the finest JPEG compression level.

As seen in previous α (alpha) models, the new model carries a static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter which is gently vibrated to dislodge any dust that might have collected each time the camera is powered off.

Additionally, the DSLR-A200 camera’s supplied lithium ion battery offers up to 750 shots per full charge.

Bright and Easy Playback

The camera’s smaller, more compact body along with its wider, 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD TM screen and a new on-screen navigation interface make it easier to carry and to use. The vibrant, easy-to-view screen features 230K-pixel resolution, an anti-reflection coating and glare-reducing layer assures vivid, accurate colors with a wide viewing angle, even in daylight. The on-screen navigation display shows camera settings and key shooting information in large, easy-to-read text. The display’s orientation automatically switches from landscape to portrait position when the camera is turned on its side.

a 200 Key Features

Camera type
Digital SLR with built-in flash and interchangeable lenses

Lens mount
Compatible with Sony a lenses and Konica Minolta /Minolta MAXXUM/
DYNAX lenses

Image sensor
APS-C size CCD with anti-dust system

Sensor resolution
10.2 effective megapixels

Image processor
Sony BIONZ engine

Image stabilisation
Super SteadyShot with approx. 2.5 – 3.5 EV decrease in shutter speed (actual stabilisation depends on shooting conditions and lens)

Noise reduction
Long exp. & High ISO NR at ISO1600 / 3200

Creative Styles Preset modes:
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night View, Sunset, B/W, Adobe RGB. Adjustable parameters: Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness

D-Range Optimiser operating modes:
Off, Standard, Advanced

Scene Selection modes
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night Portrait / Night View

Viewfinder Field of view:
95% / Magnification: 0.83x

AF system
TTL phase detection, centre-cross 9-point

ISO100 – 3200 equivalent (Recommended Exposure Index)

Light metering
40-segment honeycomb with multi-segment, spot and centre weighted modes

Flash modes
Auto, Fill-in, Wireless, Rear, High Speed Synchro and Slow Synchro (Wireless and High Speed Synchro modes require optional accessory flash HVL-F56AM or HVL-F36AM)

Built-in flash system
Auto popup (GN 12) with manual popup button

Shutter speed range
1/4000 sec. – 30 sec., bulb (Flash sync speed 1/ 160 sec.)

Continuous shooting rate
Up to approx. 3 fps

Max no. of frames
JPEG Fine/Std: unlimited (until memory card is full), RAW+JPEG: 3, RAW: 6
recordable (continuous)

Monitor screen
Transparent TFT / 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD (230k dots) with AR coating

Histogram display
Brightness, RGB

Function menu
Camera Function Display with direct control of Flash Mode, AF Mode, WB, Metering Mode, AF Area, DRO

Battery type
NP-FM500H with InfoLITHIUM % power remaining display on screen

Battery life
Approx. 750 shots (CIPA measurement)

Vertical control grip
VG-B30AM (optional) accepts up to 2x NP-FM500H batteries

Recording media
CompactFlash card: Type I, Type II (Microdrive)
Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo with optional adaptor.

Dimensions (WxHxD)
Approx. 130.8 x 98.5 x 71.3 mm (excl. protrusions)

Weight Approx.
532 g (w/o batteries or memory card)

More information in Swedish

Sony A200: Prisvärd och lättanvänd systemkamera med hög upplösning och hög bildkvalitet

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