Sony a230 vs Canon EOS 1D Mark II

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony a230 and Canon EOS 1D Mark II. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Sony a230 is manufacturered by Sony but Canon EOS 1D Mark II is from Canon. Both Sony and Canon are well known brands though.

Sony a230 were released 2009 and Canon EOS 1D Mark II was released 2004. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony a230 2009
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 2004

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony a230 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor while Canon EOS 1D Mark II has a "Canon APS-H"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony a230 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 65 mm
Canon APS-H sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.3

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Sony a230 has a 10 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 1D Mark II has 8,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony a230 10 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 8,2 MP
8185344 pixels
3504 x 2336

Sony a230 has a 23 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1D Mark II. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 1D Mark II has a larger ISO-range than Sony a230. Canon EOS 1D Mark II has an ISO range that stretches from 50 to 3200 while Sony a230 has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Sony a230 100-3200
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 50-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a230
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1D Mark II

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony a230 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 1D Mark II can shoot up to 8,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony a230 2,5
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 8,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

Though, neither Sony a230 or Canon EOS 1D Mark II can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II weighs 1565 gr (equal to 3.45 lb) which is 219% heavier than Sony a230 and its 490 gr (or 1.08 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony a230 490 gr
1.08 lb
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 1565 gr
3.45 lb

Sony a230 vs Canon EOS 1D Mark II Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony a230 and Canon EOS 1D Mark II, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Sony a230
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Name Sony a230 Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Manufacturer Sony Canon
Release Date and Price
Sony a230
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Release Year 2009 2004
Release Date 2009-05-18 2004-01-29
MSRP 549 USD 4499 USD
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Camera Type
Sony a230
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Sony a230
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-H (approx 27.9 x 18.6 mm)
Sensor Type CCD CMOS
Resolution 3872 x 2592 pixels 3504 x 2336 pixels
Megapixels 10 MP 8,2 MP
Image Processor Bionz DIGIC 2
Image
Sony a230
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
ISO Range 100 - 3200 50 - 3200
White Balance Presets 6 8
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony a230
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Focus Points 9 45
Lens Mount Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
APS-H Sensor
1.3x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 31 mm
50 mm becomes 65 mm
100 mm becomes 130 mm
200 mm becomes 260 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony a230
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 2.7 2
Screen dots 230400 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view No No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.83 (0.55 35mm equiv.) 0.72 (0.55 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Sony a230
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Frames per second 2,5 fps 8,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 10 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony a230
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Video recording No No
Video format N/A N/A
Video resolution N/A N/A
Built-in Microphone No No
Built-in Speakers No No
Storage
Sony a230
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony a230
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
HDMI Output No No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (N3 connector)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Sony a230
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion NP-FH50 rechargeable battery & charger
Ni-MH pack NP-E3
Battery Life (CIPA) 230 shots N/A
Width 128 mm 156 mm
Height 97 mm 158 mm
Depth 68 mm 80 mm
Weight 490 gram 1565 gram