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Sony Alpha DSLR-A230
The A230's $450 list price (with an 18-55mm lens) is within striking distance of the high-end point-and-shooters, and with the recent announcement of a follow-up DSLR-A290 coming in July for $500, you're likely to find even better deals on the A230. But despite the bargain price tag, it's a solid entry-level dSLR. It's relatively light and compact at 15.9 ounces and 5.0x3.8x2.7 inches, which will appeal to those looking to upgrade from a point-and-shoot to a dSLR. And because there's a pretty basic feature set, operation is relatively simple and straightforward.