Sony Alpha Dslr-A230Y
SD Memory Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SDHC Memory Card, F/3.5-5.6, F/4.0-5.6
Capture your precious moments with improved clarity and reduced blur with the Sony a DSLR-A230Y digital SLR camera. Brimming with features, the a A230 combines high-resolution 10.2-megapixel, simple operation, high sensitivity (ISO 3200), and advanced noise reduction. Plus, eye-start autofocus and pop-up flash help you shoot faster while SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization works with virtually every lens. In addition to the on-screen help guide and convenient Creative style settings,... Read more [ Report abuse or wrong photo | Share your Sony Alpha Dslr-A230Y photo ]
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Sony Alpha Dslr-A230Y
User reviews and opinions
|doctorspivey||5:04am on Thursday, October 21st, 2010|
|Qaulity is awesome and its a great starter, im not gonna sit here and explain it to you look it up yourself ;).|
|zteknofreak||5:00pm on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010|
|Excellent for most photographic work except fast sport, but then I have no interest in any sport! Better for portraiture , and landscapes. As my first true dSLR, I was impressed at the capabilities it offers versus a point-and-shoot camera.|
|Leembo||10:34am on Thursday, August 19th, 2010|
|Bought this just before christmas with twin lens kit. Noexperience of taking pictures.|
|DoxJonnyO||4:04pm on Friday, July 30th, 2010|
|We use all the time we love how great the picture look and the different types of settings. Easy To Use,Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus. This DSLR is best choice for entry level photography. despite of its plasticky body and loud shutter sound, it give u pretty good photo quality.|
|solina||11:04am on Sunday, July 25th, 2010|
|Incredible!!!! The lenses are super light so you would need to worrie about the weight. A great camera for the money and overall I bought this camera only a couple of days ago at a walmart in myrtle beach.|
|SuperIdiot||4:14pm on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010|
|Excellent amateaur DSLR Purchased this camera to replace a film-plane body, using the same AF lenses. Amazing Camera I am a novice photographer looking to improve my skills.|
|djmaps||8:06pm on Saturday, June 19th, 2010|
|After about a week with this camera, I really like it. I am a photographer and I needed a D-SLR, I wanted to start small, but not too small. My 1st Digital SLR Camera First and foremost I love this camera. I had never owned a digital SLR before so I was therefore looking across the market. Very Pleased I purchased this product for my wife, for Christmas, partly swayed I admit, by the £50 cashback offer.|
|Lance_Cox||8:37pm on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010|
|sony alpha This is my first purchase for a dslr, the build quality is excellent, the controls are well laid out, extremely user friendly.|
|bijkler||4:21am on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010|
|Sonly Alpha 230L feedback Bought this as a Christmas present - so far, am 100% satisfied with the purchase. Not knowing anything about SLRs.|
|slazzari||9:19pm on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010|
|Feature packed, excellent picture quality and really easy to use. It allows the user to either manually decide on focus.|
|gdallair||10:15am on Monday, April 5th, 2010|
|As my first true dSLR, I was impressed at the capabilities it offers versus a point-and-shoot camera.|
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Preparing the camera Before your operation Shooting images Using the shooting function Using the viewing function Changing your setup Viewing images on a computer Printing images
Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website.
Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera Instruction Manual
Printed using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink.
The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. DSLR-A230 Serial No. __________________________
To reduce fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS. DANGER - TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, CAREFULLY FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
If the shape of the plug does not fit the power outlet, use an attachment plug adaptor of the proper configuration for the power outlet.
If the battery pack is mishandled, the battery pack can burst, cause a fire or even chemical burns. Observe the following cautions. Do not disassemble. Do not crush and do not expose the battery pack to any shock or force such as hammering, dropping or stepping on it. Do not short circuit and do not allow metal objects to come into contact with the battery terminals. Do not expose to high temperature above 60C (140F) such as in direct sunlight or in a car parked in the sun. Do not incinerate or dispose of in fire. Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium ion batteries. Be sure to charge the battery pack using a genuine Sony battery charger or a device that can charge the battery pack.
Keep the battery pack out of the reach of small children. Keep the battery pack dry. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by Sony. Dispose of used battery pack promptly described the instructions.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
UL is an internationally recognized safety organization. This product has received UL Listing. If you have any questions about this product, you may call: Sony Customer Information Services Center 1-800-222-SONY (7669) The number below is for the FCC related matters only.
Even if the CHARGE lamp is not lit, the battery charger is not disconnected from the AC power source (mains) as long as it is connected to the wall outlet (wall socket). If some trouble occurs while using the battery charger, immediately shut off the power by disconnecting the plug from the wall outlet (wall socket).
Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.: DSLR-A230 Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc. Address:16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A. Telephone No.: 858-942-2230 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
For Customers in the U.S.A. and Canada
RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
Lithium-Ion batteries are recyclable. You can help preserve our environment by returning your used rechargeable batteries to the collection and recycling location nearest you. For more information regarding recycling of rechargeable batteries, call toll free 1-800-822-8837, or visit http:// www.rbrc.org/ Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking Lithium-Ion batteries.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. The supplied interface cable must be used with the equipment in order to comply with the limits for a digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
For Customers in Europe
Notice for the customers in the countries applying EU Directives
The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan Minato-ku Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan. The Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany. For any service or guarantee matters please refer to the addresses given in separate service or guarantee documents. This product has been tested and found compliant with the limits set out in the EMC Directive for using connection cables shorter than 3 meters (9.8 feet).
The electromagnetic fields at the specific frequencies may influence the picture and sound of this unit.
If static electricity or electromagnetism causes data transfer to discontinue midway (fail), restart the application or disconnect and connect the communication cable (USB, etc.) again.
Disposal of Old Electrical & Electronic Equipment (Applicable in the European Union and other European countries with separate collection systems)
Disposal of waste batteries (applicable in the European Union and other European countries with separate collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product shall not be treated as household waste. Instead it shall be handed over to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human health, which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of this product. The recycling of materials will help to conserve natural resources. For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact your local Civic Office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.
This symbol on the battery or on the packaging indicates that the battery provided with this product shall not be treated as household waste. By ensuring these batteries are disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potentially negative consequences for the environment and human health which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of the battery. The recycling of the materials will help to conserve natural resources. In case of products that for safety, performance or data integrity reasons require a permanent connection with an incorporated battery, this battery should be replaced by qualified service staff only. To ensure that the battery will be treated properly, hand over the product at end-oflife to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. For all other batteries, please view the section on how to remove the battery from the product safely. Hand the battery over to the applicable collection point for the recycling of waste batteries. For more detailed information about recycling of this product or battery, please contact your local Civic Office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.
Attaching a lens
1 Remove the body cap from the
camera and the packaging lid from the rear of the lens.
When changing the lens, quickly change the lens away from dusty locations so as to keep dust or debris from getting inside the camera.
Body cap Packaging lid
2 Mount the lens by aligning the
orange index marks on the lens and camera.
Orange index marks
3 Turn the lens clockwise until it
clicks into the locked position.
Notes A rear lens cap is not supplied with the DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Lens Kit. When you store the lens without attaching it to the camera, purchase the Rear Lens Cap ALC-R55. When attaching a lens, do not press the lens release button. Do not use force when attaching a lens.
To remove the lens
1 Press the lens release button all
the way in and turn the lens counterclockwise until it stops.
Lens release button
2 Replace the packaging lid on the
lens and attach the body cap to the camera.
Before you attach them, remove dust from them. When you purchase the DT mm F3.5 5.6 SAM Lens Kit, purchase the Rear Lens Cap ALC-R55 also.
Note on changing the lens When changing the lens, if dust or debris gets inside the camera and lands on the surface of the image sensor (the part that acts as the film), it may appear on the image, depending on the shooting environment. The camera is equipped with an anti-dust function to prevent dust from landing on the image sensor. However, quickly change the lens away from dusty locations when attaching/removing a lens. If dust or debris lands on the image sensor Clean the image sensor using [Cleaning mode] in the (page 30).
Inserting a memory card
Only Memory Stick PRO Duo media, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media, SD memory cards and SDHC memory cards can be used with this camera. A MultiMediaCard cannot be used with this camera. The Memory Stick PRO Duo media and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media are referred to as the Memory Stick PRO Duo media and the SD memory card and SDHC memory card are referred to as the SD memory card in this Instruction Manual.
Cleaning the image sensor
If dust or debris enters the camera and lands on the image sensor (the part that acts as the film), it may appear on the photo image, depending on the shooting environment. If there is dust on the image sensor, use a commercially available blower and clean the image sensor following the steps below. You can easily clean the image sensor using only the blower and the anti-dust function.
Notes Cleaning can be performed only when the battery level is (three remaining battery icons) or more. Low battery power during cleaning can cause damage to the shutter. The cleaning should be completed quickly. The use of an AC-PW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately) is recommended. Do not use a spray blower because it may scatter water droplets inside the camera body.
1 Confirm that the battery is fully charged (page 16). 2 Press the MENU button, then
select 3 with b/B on the control button.
3 Select [Cleaning mode] with v/V,
then press the center of the control button.
The message After cleaning, turn camera off. Continue? appears.
4 Select [OK] with v on the control button, and press the center
of the control button.
After the image sensor vibrates for a short time, the mirror in front is lifted.
5 Detach the lens (page 19). 6 Use the blower to clean the image
sensor surface and the surrounding area.
Do not touch the image sensor with the tip of the blower. Complete the cleaning quickly. Hold the cameras face downward to prevent the dust from resettling in the camera. When cleaning the image sensor, do not put the tip of a blower into the cavity beyond the mount.
7 Attach the lens and turn the camera off.
Note The camera starts beeping if the battery pack becomes low during cleaning. Stop cleaning immediately and turn the camera off.
Identifying parts and screen indicators
See the pages in parentheses for details of operation.
A Shutter button (48) B Power switch (23) C Control dial (62, 113) D Self-timer lamp (90) E Lens contacts* F Remote sensor G Mirror* H Mount I Built-in flash* (75) J
M Focus mode switch (69, 74)
* Do not directly touch these parts.
Image sensor position mark (71)
K Mode dial (48 68) L Lens release button (19)
(Single-shot AF) when the subject is motionless. (Continuous AF) when the subject is in motion.
Note (Automatic AF) is selected when the exposure mode is set to AUTO or one of the following Scene Selection modes: (Portrait), (Landscape), (Sunset), or (Night Port./View). (Single-shot AF) is selected when the exposure mode is set to (Macro) in Scene Selection. (Continuous AF) is selected when the exposure mode is set to (Sports Action) in Scene Selection.
Selecting the focus area (AF area)
Select the desired AF area to suit the shooting conditions or your preference. The area used for focusing is illuminated briefly.
AF area Area
Fn button t [AF area] t Select the desired setting
(Wide) The camera determines which of the nine AF areas is used in focusing within the AF area. If you press and hold the center of the control button, you can adjust the focus using the AF areas located in the center area. The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively. Choose the area for which you want to activate the focus from among nine areas with the control button. If you press and hold the center of the control button during the shooting, you can temporarily adjust the focus using the AF areas located in the center area.
Notes When the exposure mode is set to AUTO or Scene Selection, [AF area] is fixed to (Wide) and you cannot select the other settings. The AF area may not be illuminated during continuous shooting or when the shutter button is pressed all the way down without pause.
Adjusting the focus manually (Manual focus)
When it is difficult to get the proper focus in autofocus mode, you can adjust the focus manually.
lens to MF.
2 When the lens is not equipped
with the focus mode switch, set the focus mode switch on the camera to MF.
3 Rotate the focusing ring of the
lens to achieve a sharp focus.
Notes In the case of a subject that can be focused in autofocus mode, the z indicator lights up in the viewfinder when the focus is confirmed. When the Wide AF area is used, the center area is used, and when the Local AF area is used, the area that is selected with the control button is used. When using a tele converter (sold separately), etc., rotation of the focusing ring may not be smooth. The correct focus in the viewfinder is not achieved if the diopter is not adjusted properly (page 24). The direct manual focus function is not available on this camera.
Using the flash
In a dark location, using the flash allows you to shoot the subject brightly, and it also helps to prevent camera shake. When shooting into the sun, you can use the flash to shoot a bright image of the backlit subject. When the mode dial is set to AUTO, the flash pops up automatically if it is dark or you are shooting into the light.
Changing the range of color reproduction (Color Space)
The way colors are represented with combinations of numbers or the range of color reproduction is called color space. You can change the color space, depending on your purpose.
MENU button t setting
2 t [Color Space] t Select the desired
This is the standard color space of the digital camera. Use sRGB in normal shooting, such as when you intend to print out the images without any modification. This has a wide range of color reproduction. When a large part of the subject is vivid green or red, Adobe RGB is effective. The file name of the image starts with _DSC.
Notes Adobe RGB is for applications or printers that support color management and DCF2.0 option color space. Using some applications or printers that do not support them may result in or print images that do not faithfully reproduce the color. When displaying images that were recorded with Adobe RGB on the camera or nonAdobe RGB-compliant devices, the images are displayed with low saturation.
Selecting the drive mode
This camera has five drive modes, such as single-shot advanced, and continuous advanced. Use them to suit your purpose.
Shooting single shot
This mode is for normal shooting.
on the control button t (Single-shot adv.)
Note When the exposure mode is set to shoot single shot.
(Sports Action) in Scene Selection, you cannot
The camera records the images continuously at a maximum of 2.5 images per second*. * Our measurement conditions. The speed of continuous shooting is slower, depending on shooting conditions.
on the control button t (Continuous adv.)
2 Adjust the focus and shoot the subject.
When you press and hold the shutter button, the recording continues.
The maximum number of continuous shots The number of continuous shooting images obtainable has an upper limit.
Fine/Standard RAW & JPEG RAW No limit (Until the memory card is full) 3 images 6 images
Notes You cannot shoot images continuously when 0 flashes in the viewfinder. Wait until the indicator disappears. When the exposure mode is set to a Scene Selection mode other than (Sports Action), you cannot shoot continuously. The speed of continuous shooting may be slower when the battery level is insufficient or at low ambient temperatures.
The EV scale in bracket shooting
Ambient light* bracket 0.3 steps, three shots Exposure compensation 0 LCD monitor (Standard Display) Shown in the top row. Viewfinder Shown in the bottom row. Flash bracket 0.7 steps, three shots Flash compensation 1.0
* Ambient light: Any light other than the flash light that shines on the scene for an extended period of time, such as natural light, a light bulb, or a fluorescent light. In bracket shooting, the same number of indices as the number of recordable images is displayed on the EV scale. However, in flash bracket shooting, the indices are not displayed in the viewfinder. When the bracket shooting starts, the indices that indicate already recorded images start to disappear one by one. If the shutter button is pressed halfway down and released, br 1 appears. Fbr 1 appears for the flash bracket. When flash bracket shooting starts, it indicates what number the next frame is, for instance, Fbr 2, Fbr 3.
Shooting with the Remote Commander
You can shoot using the SHUTTER and 2SEC (the shutter is released after 2 seconds) buttons on the RMT-DSLR1 Wireless Remote Commander (sold separately). Also, refer to the operating instructions supplied with the Wireless Remote Commander.
on the control button t (Remote Commander)
2 Focus on the subject, point the transmitter of the Remote
Commander to the remote sensor, and shoot the image.
Note Use the eyepiece cover (page 26).
Using the viewing function
Playing back images
The last recorded image is displayed on the LCD monitor.
2 Select an image with b/B on the control button.
To return to the shooting mode Press the button again. To switch the recording data display Press DISP on the control button. Each time you press DISP on the control button, the screen changes as follows.
With recording data
Without recording data
To select the orientation when playing back an image recorded in the portrait position
1 t [PlaybackDisplay] t Select the
Note When you play back the image on a TV or a computer, the image will be displayed in the portrait position even if [Manual rotate] is selected.
Rotating an image
1 Fn button t [Rotate] 2 Press the center of the control button.
The image is rotated counter-clockwise. When you want to do another rotation, repeat step 2. Once you rotate the image, the image is played back in the rotated position, even if you turn off the power.
To return to the normal playback screen Press the button.
Note When you copy rotated images to a computer, PMB contained on the CD-ROM (supplied) can display the rotated images correctly. However, the images may not be rotated depending on the software.
You can check the recorded image on the LCD monitor right after the shooting. You can change the displayed time.
1 t [Auto review] t Select the desired
Note In auto review, the image will not be displayed in the vertical position even if [PlaybackDisplay] is set to [Auto rotate] (page 94).
Keeping the LCD monitor tuned on while looking into the viewfinder
In the default setting, while looking into the viewfinder, the LCD monitor is turned off to prevent the battery pack from wearing down. If you want to turn on the LCD monitor while looking into the viewfinder, select [Off].
1 t [Auto off w/ VF] t [Off]
Confirming the version of the camera
Displaying the version
Displays the version of your camera. Confirm the version when a firmware update is released.
3 t [Version]
Note An update can be performed only when the battery level is (three remaining battery icons) or more. We recommend that you use a sufficient battery or the ACPW10AM AC Adaptor (sold separately).
Resetting to the default
You can reset the main functions of the camera.
3 t [Reset default] t [OK]
Reset to 0.0 Graphic Display Single-image screen (with recording information) Single-shot adv. AUTO Autoflash or Flash Off Multi segment AF-A AWB (Auto white balance) 5500K Standard Standard
The items to be reset are as follows.
Exposure compensation (79) Recording information display (35) Playback display (94) Drive mode (89) ISO (82) Flash mode (75) Metering mode (81) Autofocus mode (72) White balance (83) Custom white balance (84) D-RangeOptimizer (86) Creative Style (86)
Items Image size (108) Aspect ratio (108) Quality (109) Flash compens. (80) AF illuminator (77) Long exp.NR (112) High ISO NR (112) Reset to L:10M 3:2 Fine 0.0 Auto On On
Items Eye-Start AF (71) Ctrl dial setup (113) Red eye reduc. (77) Auto review (116) Auto off w/ VF (117) Reset to On Shutter speed Off 2 sec On
Items Specify Printing Date imprint (139) Slide show Interval (97) Slide show Repeat (97) PlaybackDisplay (94) Reset to Off 3 sec Off Auto rotate
Items LCD brightness (116) Power save (114) CTRL FOR HDMI (106) Display Color (114) Help Guide disp. (114) File number (110) Folder name (110) USB connection (122, 138) Audio signals (114) Reset to sec On White On Series Standard form Mass Storage On
Notes You may be unable to play back some images depending on the image size. When an image file has been processed by a computer or when the image file was recorded using a model other than that of your camera, playback on your camera is not guaranteed. When there is no folder, first create a folder with your camera (page 111) and then copy the image file.
Using the software
To utilize images recorded with the camera, the following software is provided: Sony Image Data Suite Image Data Converter SR Image Data Lightbox SR Sony Picture Utility PMB (Picture Motion Browser)
Note PMB is not compatible with Macintosh computers.
Recommended computer environment x Windows Recommended environment for using Image Data Converter SR Ver.3/ Image Data Lightbox SR OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows XP*1 SP3/Windows Vista*2 SP1 *1 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. *2 Starter (Edition) is not supported. CPU/Memory: Pentium 4 or faster is recommended, RAM 1 GB or more is recommended. Display: dots or more Viewing images on a computer Recommended environment for using PMB OS (pre-installed): Microsoft Windows XP*1 SP3/Windows Vista*2 SP1 *1 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. *2 Starter (Edition) is not supported. CPU/Memory: Pentium III 500 MHz or faster, 256 MB of RAM or more (Recommended: Pentium III 800 MHz or faster and 512 MB of RAM or more) Hard Disk: Disk space required for installation500 MB or more Display: dots or more
x Macintosh Recommended environment for using Image Data Converter SR Ver.3/ Image Data Lightbox SR OS (pre-installed): Mac OS X (v10.4/v10.5) CPU: Power PC G4/G5 series (1.0 GHz or faster is recommended)/Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster Memory: 1 GB or more is recommended. Display: dots or more
Installing the software
x Windows Log on as Administrator.
1 Turn on your computer, and insert
the CD-ROM (supplied) into the CD-ROM drive.
The installation menu screen appears. If it does not appear, double-click [Computer] (For Windows XP: [My Computer]) t (SONYPICTUTIL) t [Install.exe]. Under Windows Vista, the AutoPlay screen may appear. Select Run Install.exe and follow the instructions that appear on the screen to proceed with the installation.
2 Click [Install].
Verify that both Sony Image Data Suite and Sony Picture Utility are checked and follow the instructions on the screen.
3 Remove the CD-ROM after the installation is complete.
The following software is installed and shortcut icons appear on the desktop. Sony Image Data Suite Image Data Converter SR Image Data Lightbox SR Sony Picture Utility PMB PMB Guide
x Macintosh Log on as Administrator.
1 Turn on your Macintosh computer, and insert the CD-ROM
(supplied) into the CD-ROM drive.
Adobe is a registered trademark or a trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. D-Range Optimizer Advanced uses technology provided by Apical Limited. In addition, system and product names used in this manual are, in general, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective developers or manufacturers. However, the or marks are not used in all cases in this manual.
If you experience trouble with your camera, try the following solutions. Check the items on pages 144 to 152. Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Check the following items. Remove the battery pack, and insert the battery pack again after about one minute, and turn on the power. Reset the settings (page 119). Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Battery pack and power
The battery pack cannot be installed.
As you insert the battery pack, use the tip of the battery pack to push the lock lever (page 15). Check the model number of the battery pack (pages 11, 16).
The remaining battery indicator is incorrect, or sufficient remaining battery indicator is displayed but the power runs out too quickly.
This phenomenon occurs when you use the camera in an extremely hot or cold location (page 156). The battery pack is discharged. Install a charged battery pack (page 12). The battery pack is dead (page 16). Replace it with a new one.
Cannot turn on the camera.
Install the battery pack correctly (page 15). The battery pack is discharged. Install a charged battery pack (page 12). The battery pack is dead (page 16). Replace it with a new one.
The power turns off suddenly.
If you do not operate the camera for given period of time, the camera turns to power saving mode and nearly shuts down. To cancel the power save, operate the camera, such as pressing the shutter button halfway down (page 114).
The CHARGE lamp flashes when charging the battery pack.
Remove and re-insert the battery pack correctly. Charge the battery pack under the suitable temperatures between 10 and 30C (50 and 86F).
Nothing is displayed on the LCD monitor when the power is turned on.
In the default setting, the LCD monitor will turn off if no operation is registered for more than 10 seconds to minimize the battery consumption.
The image is not clear in the viewfinder.
Adjust the diopter scale properly using the diopter-adjustment dial (page 24).
The image has not been recorded.
A memory card is not inserted.
The shutter does not release.
The image is whitish (Flare). Blurring of light appears on the image (Ghosting).
The picture was taken under a strong light source, and excessive light has entered the lens. Attach a lens hood (sold separately).
The corners of the picture are too dark.
If any filter or hood is used, take it off and try shooting again. Depending on the thickness of the filter and improper attachment of the hood, the filter or the hood may partially appear in the image. The optical properties of some lenses may cause the periphery of the image to appear too dark (insufficient light).
The eyes of the subject come out red.
Activate the red eye reduction function (page 77). Get close to the subject, and shoot the subject within the flash range using the flash (page 77).
Dots appear and remain on the LCD monitor.
This is not a malfunction. These dots are not recorded (page 7).
The image is blurred.
The picture was taken in a dark location without the flash, resulting in camera shake. The use of a tripod or the flash is recommended (pages 47, 75).
The EV scale b B is flashing in the viewfinder.
The subject is too bright or too dark for the metering range of the camera.
Your camera cannot play back images.
The folder/file name has been changed on your computer (page 127). When an image file has been processed by a computer or when the image file was recorded using a model other than that of your camera, playback on your camera is not guaranteed. The camera is in USB mode. Delete the USB connection (page 125).
The image does not appear on the TV screen.
Check whether the connection is correct (page 104).
Your camera cannot delete an image.
Cancel the protection (page 101).
You have deleted an image by mistake.
Once you have deleted an image, you cannot restore it. We recommend that you protect images that you do not want to delete (page 101).
You cannot mark a DPOF mark.
You cannot mark DPOF marks on RAW images.
You do not know if the OS of your computer is compatible with the camera.
Check Recommended computer environment (pages 121, 129).
--E- is indicated on the screen.
Remove the memory card, and insert it again. If this procedure does not turn off the indication, format the memory card.
If the following messages appear, follow the instructions below. Incompatible battery. Use correct model.
An incompatible battery pack is being used (page 16).
If the message still appears, change the memory card.
An incompatible memory card is inserted or the format has failed.
Reinsert Memory Stick. Reinsert SD memory card.
The inserted memory card cannot be used in your camera. The memory card is damaged. The terminal section of the memory card is dirty.
Set date and time?
Set the date and time. If you have not used the camera for a long time, charge the internal rechargeable battery (pages 23, 156).
This Memory Stick is not supported.
Use Memory Stick media available on this camera (page 21).
You tried to perform [Cleaning mode] when the battery level is insufficient. Charge the battery pack or use the AC Adaptor (sold separately).
No Memory Stick inserted. Shutter is locked. No SD memory card inserted. Shutter is locked.
No memory card of the type selected using the memory card switch is inserted. Insert a memory card, or change the type of the memory card using the memory card switch.
Unable to use Memory Stick. Format? Unable to use SD memory card. Format?
The memory card was formatted on a computer and the file format was modified. Select [OK], then format the memory card. You can use the memory card again, however, all previous data in the memory card is erased. It may take a some time to complete the format.
When Long exposure noise reduction will be done for the same amount of time that the shutter was open. You cannot do any further shooting during this reduction.
Unable to display.
Images recorded with other cameras or images modified with a computer may not be able to be displayed.
Camera overheating. Allow it to cool.
The camera has become hot because you have been shooting continuously. Turn the power off. Cool the camera and wait until the camera is ready to shoot again.
No lens attached. Shutter is locked.
The lens is not attached properly, or the lens is not attached. When attaching the camera to an astronomical telescope or something similar, set the recording mode to M.
Camera error System error
Turn the power off, remove the battery pack, then re-insert it. If the message appears frequently, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Sony ; (alpha) DSLR-A200: more features, less blur. For family photographers who want greater quality and creativity, the Sony ; (alpha) DSLR-A200 combines high-resolution 10.2 MP, simple operation, high sensitivity (ISO 3200), advanced noise reduction and convenient Creative Style settings. SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization works with every lens, including Sony zoom, advanced Sony G-Series, pro-quality Carl Zeiss lens designs and Minolta -mount lenses. Stamina power provides up to 750 shots 2 on a fully charged InfoLITHIUM battery. Eye-Start Autofocus and pop-up flash help you shoot faster -- and a bright 2.71 LCD screen displays index and high-resolution thumbnail images. SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization SteadyShot INSIDE DSLR-A200: more features, less blur. For family photographers who want greater quality and creativity, the Sony ; (alpha) DSLR-A200 combines highresolution 10.2 MP, simple operation, high sensitivity (ISO 3200), advanced noise reduction and convenient Creative Style settings. SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization works with every lens, including Sony zoom, advanced Sony G-Series, proquality Carl Zeiss lens designs and Minolta -mount lenses. Stamina power provides up to 750 shots2 on a fully charged InfoLITHIUM battery. EyeStart Autofocus and pop-up flash help you shoot faster -- and a bright 2.LCD screen displays index and highresolution thumbnail images. incamera image stabilization is built directly into the camera body, so every a-mount lens benefits from the ability to minimize blur due to camera shake. 10.2 megapixel resolution for ultra-fine detail A 10.2 megapixel APS-size CCD image sensor captures your images in stunning detail, giving you the freedom to make large prints and tight crops without sacrificing quality. Smallest, lightest series body The 230 features the smallest and lightest body of any Sony (alpha) series camera for improved portability, as well as an intuitive button layout that allows for easy single-handed operation. Integrated on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display An integrated on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display help take the complexity out of DSLR photography. The Help Guide offers clear, concise explanations of various modes and settings, while the Graphic Display helps you understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results. HDMI terminal with BRAVIA Sync compatibility An HDMI terminal gives you the option of connecting your camera to a compatible HDTV and playing back your images in stunning high definition quality (HDMI cable required, sold separately). In addition, BRAVIA Sync works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs to let you control camera playback using the televisions remote (HDMI cable and BRAVIA Sync capable HDTV required, sold separately)1. 2.7 (diag.) Clear Photo LCD Plus display Review your images and monitor camera settings on the large 2.7 (diag.) Clear Photo LCD Plus display, which provides sharp, clear viewing, even in outdoor environments. High sensitivity (ISO 3200) for superior noise reduction A broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 enables you to capture beautiful color images even in very dim light -- High ISO Noise Reduction technology reduces picture noise artifacts at high-sensitivity ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 settings by eliminating noise from RAW data after analog-to-digital conversion. Eye-Start Autofocus Eye-Start Autofocus System begins precision autofocus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye, so the camera is ready to catch the perfect moment. 9-Point AF Sensor 9-Point Center Cross AF Sensor uses with improved focus control to help bring images into sharp definition more quickly, and predictive focus control automatically calculates the position of fast-moving subjects. Up to 2.5 fps continuous shooting Continuous Shooting lets you shoot at up to 2.5 fps (frames per second) while viewing your subject through the optical viewfinder so you never lose track of the action. ADDITIONAL FEATURES Creative Style settings Dynamic Range Optimizer Built-in Pop-Up Flash Anti-Dust Technology Stamina Battery power BIONZ image processor PhotoTV HD compatibility Index and Slide Show Display Function Guide Display Dual slot Compatiblity for Memory Stick and SD media Included SAL1855 18-55mm standard zoom lens
Camera Type: Sony Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and inter-changeable lenses Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 10.2 megapixels Imaging Sensor: APS-C size CCD sensor (23.6x15.8mm) Lens Mount Type: Sony lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens Pixel Gross: Approx. 10.8 megapixels Processor: BIONZ image processor Recording Media Type: Memory Stick PRO Duo media / , SD and SDHC memory card, Recording Mode: RAW, RAW+JPEG, Fine, Standard Still Actual 16:9: L size: 3872x2176 (8.4M) M size: 2896x1632 (4.7M) S size: 1920x1088 (2.1M) Still Actual 3:2: L size: 3872x2592 (10M) M size: 2896x1936 (5.6M) S size: 1920x1280 (2.5M)
Battery Type: NP-FH50 Number of Shots: Approx. 510 images with viewfinder, approx. 230 images in live view mode (CIPA standard)
Supplied Software: PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Image Data Converter SR Image Data Lightbox SR Operating System Compatibility: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Windows XP*SP2 Windows Vista Mac OS X(v10.1.3) or later
Weight: Approx.452 g (without battery, memory card, accessories) Measurements: Approx. 128 x 97 x 67.5 mm (W/H/D, excluding protrusions)
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term: 1 Year Parts & Labor
DT18-55mm SAM Kit Lens DT55-200mm SAM Kit Lens BC-VH1 Battery Charger NP-FH50 Rechargeable Battery Shoulder strap Body cap Software CD-ROM USB cable
Color Mode(s): Display color (Black, White, Brown, Pink) Anti-dust function: Charge protection coating on low pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism BRAVIA Sync : Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B/W Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness Scene Mode(s): Scene selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view) User Interface: "Easy-tounderstand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu"
HVL-F20AM External Flash NP-FH50AM Rechargeable Battery STP-HS1AM Hand Strap STP-XS2AM Shoulder Strap LCS-LC1AM Lens Cap Holder LCS-WR1AM Wrapping Cloth LCS-SC6 Soft Carrying Case UPC Code: 027242754720
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port(s): USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP) HD Output: HDMI Memory Card Slot: Dual memory card slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo media SD and SDHC memory card Tripod Mount: Yes, 1/4"-20
1. Requires BRAVIA Sync feature in each product, including a compatible BRAVIA HDTV. Please refer to owners manual to determine compatibility. 2. When fully charged. Actual results may vary based on product settings, usage patterns and environmental conditions. 3. Compatible BRAVIA HDTV, and component cable (sold separately) required for PhotoTV HD viewing. Specifications of the BRAVIA HDTV shown vary according to market region. 2009 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, , BIONZ, BRAVIA, Sync, Clear Photo LCD Plus, SteadyShot INSIDE, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, InfoLITHIUM, HDNA, and Stamina, are trademarks of Sony. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licencing LLC. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Non-metric weights and measurements are approximate and may vary.
Operating Temperature: 32 - 104 degrees F (0 - 40 degrees C)
Please visit the Dealer Network for more information at www.sony.com/dn Sony Electronics Inc. 16530 Via Esprillo San Diego, CA 92127 1.800.222.7669 www.sony.com Last Updated: 07/06/2009
Capture your precious moments with improved clarity and reduced blur with the Sony a DSLR-A230Y digital SLR camera. Brimming with features, the a A230 combines high-resolution 10.2-megapixel, simple operation, high sensitivity (ISO 3200), and advanced noise reduction. Plus, eye-start autofocus and pop-up flash help you shoot faster while SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization works with virtually every lens. In addition to the on-screen help guide and convenient Creative style settings, the a A230Y has a bright 2.7" LCD and comes with an 18-55mm standard zoom lens and a 55-200mm telephoto lens.
|Product Type||Digital camera - SLR|
|Optical Sensor Type||CCD|
|Total Pixels||10,800,000 pixels|
|Effective Sensor Resolution||10,200,000 pixels|
|Optical Sensor Size||15.8 x 23.6mm|
|Sensor Features||Dust Reduction (image sensor vibration), Anti-Dust coating|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO auto|
|Shooting Programs||Landscape, portrait mode, macro, night portrait, sports mode, sunset|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Neutral, Vivid, Sunset, Landscape, Portrait, Night View|
|Image Stabilizer||Optical (SteadyShot INSIDE)|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 sec|
|X-sync Speed||1/160 sec|
|Exposure Metering||Multi-segment, center-weighted, spot|
|Exposure Modes||Program, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority|
|Exposure Range||EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|Auto Exposure Bracketing||3 steps in 1/3 or 2/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Metering Zones||40|
|White Balance||Custom, automatic, presets|
|White Balance Presets||Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, flash, daylight, shade|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.5 frames per second|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Memory Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SDHC Memory Card|
|Image Storage||3872 x 2592 2896 x 1936 1920 x 1280|
|Camera Flash||Pop-up flash|
|Guide Number (m / ISO 100)||10|
|Flash Modes||Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Features||AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation, wireless off-camera control|
|Type||Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 DT|
|Focal Length||18 mm - 55 mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, manual|
|Auto Focus||TTL phase detection|
|Auto Focus Points (Zones)||9|
|Min Focus Range||9.8 in|
|Optical Zoom||3 x|
|Filter Size||55 mm|
|Lens System Mounting||Minolta A-type|
|Lens System (2nd)|
|Type||Zoom lens - 55 mm - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6|
|Focal Length||55 mm - 200 mm|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||82.5 - 300mm|
|Min Focus Range||3 ft|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, manual|
|Optical Zoom||3.6 x|
|Lens Construction||9 group(s) / 13 element(s)|
|Filter Size||55 mm|
|Self Timer Delay||10 sec, 2 sec|
|Flash Terminal||Hot shoe|
|Additional Features||Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary color filter, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, PRINT Image Matching, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, shadow point display, highlight point display, Dynamic Range Optimizer, digital tele-converter, built-in help guide, Eye-Start AF system, Exif Print support|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical - eye-level penta-dach mirror|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-2.5 to +1|
|Type||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color|
|Display Form Factor||Built-in|
|Display Format||230,400 pixels|
|Connector Type||1 x HDMI output 1 x USB|
|Expansion Slot(s)||1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo 1 x SD Memory Card|
|Software||Drivers & Utilities, Sony Picture Motion Browser, Sony Image Data Converter SR, Sony Image Data Lightbox SR|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Support||MS Windows XP, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows 2000 Professional|
|Included Accessories||Dust cap, body cap, lens cap, shoulder strap|
|Cables Included||Video cable|
|Power Device||Battery charger - external|
|Supported Battery||Sony NP-FH50|
|Supported Battery Details||1 x Sony NP-FH50 Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )|
|Min Operating Temperature||32 °F|
|Max Operating Temperature||104 °F|
|Universal Product Identifiers|
|GTIN||04905524529661, 04905524547856, 00027242754720|
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