Top of camera controls (right)
The top right of the camera is the home of the shutter button, control dial and the ISO and drive mode buttons. While the control dial is located right next to the shutter button and therefore can be easily operated with your 'shooting finger' you'll have to (at least slightly) shift your hand position to reach the buttons. It's not a massive problem but it can interrupt your 'shooting flow' when you have to change ISO and/or the drive mode.
Like many of its direct competitors the A200 has to make do with just a single control dial. This is hardly ever a problem though. In Shutter and Aperture priority modes only one variable needs to be modified and in Manual mode the control dial can be configured to change either shutter or aperture and Sony uses the conventional 'Exposure compensation button + dial' combination to adjust the other setting. The control dial can also be used to scroll through menus and settings screens brought up by the ISO, drive button and so forth.
Buttons (shooting mode)
|Changing ISO (not all settings shown)||Changing drive mode (not all settings shown)|
Pressing the ISO, drive mode or exposure compensation buttons on the top of the camera brings up a dedicated menu for that function - you cannot directly change settings from the information screen as you can with the Alpha 700.
|Drive mode (turn front dial or use four-way controller to change setting)
• Single frame advance
• Continuous advance
• Self-timer (Press left/right to choose 10 or 2 seconds)
• Continuous bracketing (press left/right to select exposure step)
• Single frame bracketing (press left/right to select exposure step)
• White balance bracketing (press left/right to select Hi / Lo step)
Exposure compensation / Flash Output control
ISO (turn dial whilst pressed to change setting)
Used to change settings and navigate menus, by default also used to select shutter speed (or aperture if you'd prefer) in M mode. The dial is also used for scrolling through images in playback mode.