Sony has unwrapped a new entry-level digital SLR in the shape of the 10.2-million-pixel A200 which is expected to replace the A100 model launched in 2006.

Sony UK has confirmed a body-only price of £369. It will also be available in a kit that includes an 18-70mm lens, priced £449; and with an 18-70mm and 75-300mm lens in a kit priced £599.

Due in UK stores in February the A200 features an APS-C size CCD sensor, a top equivalent ISO of 3200 and dust protection, using a sensor-shift system combined with an anti-dust coating on the low-pass filter.

Differences over its predecessor are expected to include a 2.7in LCD screen and faster AF using the same AF motor used in the A700 model announced last year.

The A200 also includes eight creative styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, b&w and Adobe RGB.

An improved AF control algorithm is said to help focusing on low contrast subjects.

UK specification and availability have yet to be announced.

The newcomer was revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Sony unveils Alpha A200 digital SLR


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

Sensitivity                    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)