LCD and Viewfinder
Sony A230 has a Fixed Type 2.7″ LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. At only 2.7″, the screen is on the smaller side and 230kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
A230 has a built-in Optical (pentamirror) viewfinder. The viewfinder has a coverage of 95% and a magnification ratio of 0.55x. 95% coverage means that what you see in your viewfinder while shooting will slightly be different from the actual image.
Max Shutter speed
Sony A230 can shoot continuously at max speed of 3 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
A230 has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Sony A230 features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 9 points to choose from.
Unfortunately Sony A230 doesn't have Video recording ability.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect A230 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Sony A230 is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 230 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR type cameras is 883 shots, Sony A230 has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend A230 owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level DSLR Cameras
Pentax K-x with its 1900shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level DSLR cameras. Check the comparison of Sony A230 vs Pentax K-x or take a look at Longest Battery Life DSLR cameras list.
Sony A230 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Sony A230 is $568.98