"Super 8M Camera"on by jecnet
Pros ease to use, i used a nikon 8700 before and it was a very dificult to change the settings, a200 is user friendly, manual zoom is fast, focus i found it better than nikon 8700, image quality= A+.
Cons the 30 seconds bulb is too short for me. but to most peolpe is more than enough,
Summary ease to use, i used a nikon 8700 before and it was a very dificult to change the settings, a200 is user friendly, manual zoom is fast, focus i found it better than nikon 8700, image quality = A+. the software to manage the raw files is excellent, to manipulate the white balance, you can control the degree of color temp., sharpness, EV, Contrast, Saturation and apply diferent filters, my review is compared to the nikon 8700,
Pros Go for RAW files
Cons Dont waste your time shooting in jpeg format.
Summary Wasn't terribly impressed initially as colours were a bit bland and there was evidence of a red colour cast at times on photos taken in jpeg format. Yes,you can increase the saturation but who are you trying to kid? But if you shoot in RAW everything appears more natural and you can fine tune the images with Photo Shop or Paint Shop but dont over do it!! By all means convert your files to jpegs ultimately if you want to get them processed at Jessops etc. But make sure you retain a copy of the original RAW files - preferably on CD.
"Very satisfying natural-light hand-held snaps, capable for the few shots I actually print."on by NateJG
Pros Hand-held telephoto roomlit photography!!! Swivel viewscreen. Quick white-balance set-up. Comfortable to use. Diopter correction. Wireless remote.
Cons Wireless flash feature of A2 not carried over to A200; I kill the battery in about 2 hours of use; manual focus is hard due to poor viewer resolution; white balance requires manual intervention.
Summary Over 3,000 shots thus far.
Since I rarely use a tripod -- and prefer natural-light indoor shots, the digital stabilization and reasonably-fast lens and swivel viewer provide me with an on-target solution to my wants.
When I need better shots, I'll simply dust-off an old stand-by camera and shoot a roll of Kodachrome.
I bought the wide and telephoto adapters, the powerful and versatile 5600 flash and the off-camera flash cord (cuz the darned thing doesn't have the wireless flash controller, arrgh!).
Fill-flash shots of people/animals (dog shows) at the end of the 300mm (equiv) lens are quite satisfactory -- and not being required to use the TTL viewfinder of a Digital SLR was one of my requirements.Updated
Takes capable hand-held natural-light (indoor) pix; but long save-times, focus-times, no off-camera (wireless) flash capability, STEP-DOWN-PERFORMANCE/features from A2, no-zoom when using telephoto/wide and high noise make me wish I had purchased a DSLR (spent $2K on lenses, flash, wires, etc only to have a mediocre performer for the cost).
Pros Excellent pics and has all the controls of a 35mm SLR.
Cons Not for action or low light situations
Summary This camera is in desperate need of an AF(Automatic Focus) illuminator for those low light situations. And the Auto-Focus is too slow. By the time it locks on to a moving target. The subject is either halfway out of the frame or out of focus. Other than that the picture quality is excellent and its loaded with features.
Pros Anti shake feature: I spent the same amount of money on another camera. Unless I used a tripod, not one picture came out without some blur no matter what the setting. The A200 totally eliminates that problem. I get perfectly focused shots every time!
Cons I spend way more time with my A200 than with my husband!