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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model)

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  • 18.2 megapixels "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance
  • 30X optical zoom
  • 3.0-inch LCD
  • GPS and Compass record shot location & direction
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 3-way Active Mode
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: DSCHX200V/B
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 18.2 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 30 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 5 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006K551TO
  • Item model number: DSCHX200V/B
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (447 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 27, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

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Frame your shots like a pro with the DSC-HX200V. Its 18.2MP sensor and
30X optical/60X Clear Image zoom capture breathtaking photos at up to
10fps, plus ultra-stabilized Full HD 1080/60p videos.
HX200V  
Exmor® R CMOS Sensor. High speed AF. 60x Clear Image Zoom/ 30x optical zoom.
The 18.2MP Exmor® R CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the sharp Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens. The sensor enables advanced processing that reduces noise levels resulting in stunning low light images with incredible details.
Focusing is faster than ever thanks to the collaboration of four technologies: an advanced Sony G lens, Exmor® R CMOS sensor, a newly-developed BIONZ® image processor and optimized focus processing.
The HX200V combines impressive 30x optical zoom with Clear Image digital zoom technology to offer a whopping 60x total zoom.

Technology
18.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Image Sensor
The 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor captures high resolution images that take full advantage of the camera's sharp Sony G lens. Advanced BIONZ® image processor analyzes data from the sensor & activates By Pixel Super Resolution technology reducing noise, resulting in stunning low-light images.
High speed AF
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor® R CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera's BIONZ® processor. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds, even in low light.
60x Clear Image Zoom
Zoom in close for great travel, sports and wildlife photos without the inconvenience of additional lenses or equipment. The HX200V combines impressive 30x optical zoom with Clear Image digital zoom technology to offer a whopping 60x total zoom. Powerful pixel-by-pixel processing reduces graininess for crisper, more realistic, higher-quality images.
Full HD 1080/60p
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080.1 This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on
your HDTV.2
Never Miss a Moment
Capture up to 10 frames per second at full 18.2MP resolution. The perfect feature for high-speed sports or capturing a unique sequence of photos, no matter how fast the action, you know you'll get the shot. Plus, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects for even crisper, clearer high-speed shots.
Say Goodbye to Blur
Don't let a not-so-steady hand prevent you from capturing the moment. Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization compensates for camera shake by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control for steadier videos even at long focal lengths.

Product description and full feature list
Explore the full range of features and options below.
 

18.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Image Sensor
The 18.2MP Exmor® R CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera's sharp Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens. The sensor enables advanced processing that reduces noise levels resulting in stunning low light images with incredible details.

High speed AF
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor® R CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera's BIONZ® processor. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds, even in low light.

Optical zoom plus Clear Image zoom
Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.

Full HD 1080/60p
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080.1 This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.2 With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.

Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with 3-way Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths.

GPS and Compass
GPS and compass record location data and camera direction as you shoot movies and photos. GPS Log lets users track a photographic journey and later view the path and images on a map. Map View in PlayMemories Home™ software, allows users to view images on a map showing where they were taken. The logged path and images can also be displayed on Google Earth.4

Capture the decisive moment
with up to 10fps

Capture full 18.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

Picture Effect for
more expressive photos

Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Select camera models have up to nine different effects.

Photo Creativity
Photo Creativity allows you to fine-tune your exposure settings, such as brightness, color, and vividness, and quickly choose the right enhancement for your subject. Now you can view Picture Effects and Photo Creativity effects in real time on the camera's monitor or in the viewfinder before shooting.

Background Defocus
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear.

Intelligent Sweep Panorama™
HR mode

With Intelligent Sweep Panorama™ HR mode just press the shutter, pan the landscape and let the camera do the rest. It automatically links together each frame to produce a high resolution panoramic image providing the ability to zoom in on small details. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.

Superior Auto mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and movies, making it easy to get the best shot.

Face Detection technology
Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.

Smile Shutter™ technology
Smile Shutter™ technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter™ button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can now be used together with Smile Shutter™ mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on.

3D still image and 3D Sweep
Panorama™ mode

Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama™ capabilities.3 Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way.

Anti-blink Function
It's frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.

Soft Skin mode
Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.

Intelligent Scene Recognition mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects 33 different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.


What's in the box: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Digital Camera, NP-FH50 H-Series Info-Lithium Battery Pack, AC-L200 AC Adapter, Micro USB Cable, AC Cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, Lens Cap Strap, Instruction Manual and 1-Year Limited Warranty.


1. Records in 29 minute segments

2. Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold separately

3. Requires 3D HDTV, HDMI cable (at least 10.2 Gbps) and active 3D glasses sold separately.

4. Service provided by Google and subject to change without notice.

© 2012 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, Cyber-shot, Optical SteadyShot, Smile Shutter, Sweep Panorama, Exmor, BIONZ, PlayMemories Home and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac is a trademark of Apple, Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.


NP-FG1

NP-FG1

InfoLITHIUM® G Type Rechargeable Battery
3.6V typ. 3.4Wh (960mAh)

NP-BN1

NP-BN1

LITHIUM Ion N Type Rechargeable Battery
3.6V typ. 2.3Wh (630mAh)

NP-BX1

NP-BX1

LITHIUM Ion X Type Rechargeable Battery
3.6V typ. 4.5Wh (1240mAh)

NP-FV100

NP-FV50

InfoLITHIUM H-Series Rechargeable Battery
6.8V typ. 6.1Wh (900mAh)

NP-FG1 NP-BN1 NP-BX1 NP-FV100
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Product Description

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V 18.2 Megapixel 3D Panorama Bridge Camera - Black DSCHX200VB Digital Cameras

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Not super happy with the fussy focus while doing macro shots. Pictures are very clear. Lots of options to learn. Read more ›
Great lens, photos are beautiful. It has so many features though, that I haven't even begun to learn them all. Read more ›
My daughter especially loves the panorama prints. It's only downside is that it doesn't fit in your pocket, but the results are awesome. Read more ›
If your hand is trembling the video will appear to have a slow ocean wave type of movement which is much more tolerable then…The exposure for pictures is very good as well. Read more ›
Still trying to get through all the options on this camera - there are so many. Bottom line is that it takes a great photo and is easy to use. It gives you an option of… Read more ›
Easy to use. Photos are clear and has good zoom. Really good for the Mom or Nana that are not Techno oriented, but want above average quality. Read more ›
It's absolutely great! The zoom is amazing, and it has tons of great features. Great find! Read more ›
This camera can do anything you need it too with lots of great features like manual focus, panoramic photos, and image filters. The zoom is great for far off shots too. Read more ›
I had a earlier version Cybershot so getting used to the camera was easy without an instruction book. The 18.2 megapixels make for clear pictures and the zoom is awesome. Read more ›
I have all but stopped using my older DSLR (Nikon D70) since getting this camera. The pictures are more crisp (18mp, baby) and the 30x optical zoom is amazing. With the… Read more ›
Its no expert equipment but it gets the job done. The zoom is a plus for those long shots. Read more ›
I usually use the camera on my Iphone and that takes nice pictures but when I use this camera there is a night and day…The zoom works great and the clarity is beautiful. Read more ›
This was my…Although I am not a professional nor do I know how to utilize all of the features of this camera, the auto-program setting works well and takes quality photos. Read more ›
Takes enhancement to overcome the additional step of…The Auto features are fantastic but don't be afraid to explore the auto settings available in the SCN Feature. It's… Read more ›
Although I have not used the video mode, it probably is…The menu is clearly shown on the screen and you don't have to go thru many levels to find the setting you need. I… Read more ›
Easy to operate for normal use, however, for tricky photography, you would be better served if you…Options are plentiful, quality of pics is remarkable, even in low light. Read more ›
I am impressed with the ease of use…The automatic settings are good enough to get very good pictures and video in almost any light condition, distance from subject, etc. Read more ›
I looked at reviews for about a week on all different cameras of this category and this one for the price and what it offers with its features was great. My wife uses this… Read more ›
The pictures come out like postcards... along with my HP photoplus printer, i cannot be happier. the features are easy to use. I used this at a military graduation, and my… Read more ›
We are still using it to this day and have taken it on many trips, including Hawaii. Takes very clear pictures and is easy to operate. Read more ›
We haven't taken many pictures as yet but the camera is easy to use and takes great pictures so far. Read more ›
Easy to use; quite fast; great resolution; handy adjustable viewer. Still trying to figure out how to do manual focus...I use it to photograph birds, and they aren't always… Read more ›
Love this camera! Easy to use and the 30X is fantastic and even with my shaky hands the pictures turn out perfect. I do recommend this camera to anyone but would also… Read more ›
The camera is easy to use, the battery lasts a long time, excellent image quality and Amazing quality video- Advanced options for photographers and automatic options for… Read more ›
Came home with beautifully sharp photos. The video was beautiful. I didn't use the myriad of features, mostly auto mode. Read more ›
While the newer HX200…The HX100 produces video that is exceptionally clean for a camera of this class, and even though the color is accurate, it is a little undersaturated. Read more ›
I just need to figure out all the features so I can take even…The video quality is also great and a main reason to get this in lieu of getting an HD camcorder as well. Read more ›
It does well in low light conditions, anti jitter works very good close up and with telephoto. Videos are sharp. Tried the video out at a fireworks display, hand held and… Read more ›
Don't have the hassle of changing lenses due to the great lens for wide…My fiancé has an older model and I received the latest model and the video button is great. Read more ›
The body feels sturdy and has a rubber grip like a dslr. The video quality is excellent and the options for photography are great! There are so many customizable features… Read more ›
The automatic scene selection modes are on point. Focus is quick and the image quality is excellent in my opinion. I'm still learning and this camera is making it a very… Read more ›
The camera so far (owned if for 3…The only gripe I have so far is that at zoom levels over 10x the autofocus does not function as well and the sharpness is noticeably lost. Read more ›
The most noticeable thing for me is that even though I am not strictly steady…Also the zoom and focus is powerful, easy to use, and, again, allows for very clear shots. O… Read more ›
Pictures are really great. the auto focus is extremly easy to use. Would purchase again Read more ›
If you are gonna buy this one keep in mind to buy at least 16Gb of memory for the best quality in pics and video. Manual and auto focus are quite fast also to establish. Read more ›
I was mainly searching for the zoom length…Pictures are fast, crisp and in focus, and the colors are, I must admit, much better out of the camera than those with my Canon. Read more ›
I love this camera! The price was great seeing how much a new one cost. I would recommend this camera to anyone who is looking for quality photos at a modest price! Read more ›
The zoom strength is superb. The price was very reasonable and the delivery time was fanastic. I would recommend this camera to family, friends and fellow travelers. Read more ›
The continous shooting is different then my old one and harder to use. The old one is better for that. but so far really happy with it and the price was great. Read more ›
One thing I want to point out: the seller of this camera is KNOCKOUT DEAL via amazon. Good price. But, there is no sony warranty document come with it. Read more ›
It's a really good camera at a decently affordable price (for this nice of a camera). I'd buy it again if I had to do it over. Read more ›
Arrived intact Wonderful Price Free Delivery Read more ›
The Z981 has an image stability process but this camera has a much, much better system so I can handhold long zoom shots and get a good picture. The lens is incredibly sharp. Read more ›
This is my first "real" camera and wanted something high quality enough to take great photos without having to worry about changing lenses.... It is so easy to just… Read more ›
Zoom and MP are very good. Lens works OK, Full High Definition is perfect. Read more ›
The carl zeiss lens is incredible. Features are easy to use and the photos blow up to 20 x 30 look clear. Read more ›
The build quality feels…However, when the lense is fully retracted, if you shake the camera a little, you can feel play/movement of the lenses barrel inside the body. I… Read more ›
It arrived on time. Carl Zeiss is a perfect lens. I'm living it! Read more ›
I've taken plenty of pictures that show good detail. (I'd love to say "great" instead but I'll leave that for the $800 cameras). Read more ›
Once I start learning more functions I'm sure it will be…pictures are coming out with greater detail than I thought they would even when zooming in a picture from the PC. Read more ›
The zoom is amazing! took a sample picture of a village about 3/4 to 1 mile away and with full zoom at sunrise I can clearly see the details of the wall of a hut. No blur… Read more ›
18.2MP is great, 30x zoom with the 60x clear digital zoom is…I've always wanted a camera that could zoom in to the moon and show great detail and the Sony does just that. Read more ›
Using the sony zoom compared to the nikon there were interesting…The sony photo image has clear image detail along with excellent color rendition compared to the nikon. I… Read more ›
I also took some pictures in bright sun of some flowers in my garden, and I was pleased with the rich details that were processed. One thing to watch out for is this thing… Read more ›
That makes for a great travel camera, if not a great all around shooter without…The colors are beautiful, the resolution just fine, and the whole experience is fantastic. Read more ›
Great photos for someone at my level (beginner photographer). Very nice and clear; great color. I love all the settings! Read more ›
great camera, The zoom is just incredible. The video HD quality is the best, great viewfinder and video, Great color, and it had GPS. what more can I ask , Read more ›
This is such a good camera. Still are so clear and so rich in color. The video is full hd and with stereo sound which was amazing for my daughter's 1st bday. Read more ›
Did I say the zoom is great? The zoom is great and the colors awesome! My camera came quickly and safely. Read more ›
Sony doesn't seem to issue…I have also set my Contrast, Sharpness and Color-Saturation functions in the Menu to the high positions and I get a richer and better image. I… Read more ›
The zoom is fantastic and the see-thru window allows me to get on…The tilt and swing LCD display is also great so you don't have to have your face aligned with the LCD. C… Read more ›
3" LCD is bright and sharp with 921,000 pixels. Can be seen outdoors in brighter light where others can't Read more ›
The Sony seemed to focus fast and get the shot way more often and the 3 inch screen was nice.. I have now Read more ›
The partial colour shots are great. The LCD screen is very good, nice and bright. Nice touch to use the optical viewfinder and have the screen turn off. Read more ›
Very happy with the zoom factor and that you can use automatic settings or use…It also has a small viewfinder as well as a screen and I consider this a required factor. V… Read more ›
Not as many bells and…The lens is incredible, the zoom is outstanding, using the features is intuitive, and the LCD is so great I doubt I'll use the viewfinder even once. Read more ›
The menu navigation is awful... I felt like I had to click around 40 times before I found what I…While the shutter speed is fast, the focus is great sometimes, slow others. Read more ›
This camera has everything, video, decent wide angle (but not great) but great zoom. The shutter speed is very quick. Obviously not as quick as a DSLR, but much quicker… Read more ›
I was tired of using cheaper cameras ($100 range) because of…This camera has quick shutter speed and even has the option of taking 5 shots with the push of the button once. Read more ›
We have used very few features on this camera yet, but so far we love the picture quality and the fast shutter speed! The shutter speed was the main reason for the purchase… Read more ›
i like it a lot. it is a smart camera and very fast speed. Recommended to everyone who love compact camera Read more ›
It…This is my third ultrazoom and as much as I wanted blazing fast shutter speeds and extreme low light capabilities, buying another ultrazoom was a no-brainer in the end. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

432 of 440 people found the following review helpful By TechGuy on March 24, 2012
For some reason this was available in New Zealand, via Asia, before the US/UK release. I've had it for about a week now. So, it is as spec'ed in the preview comments about it so far from the various websites.

It starts fast, focuses quickly, does not have shutter lag and is easy to handle and has tons of functions. It handles well for its size and does not feel heavy. Having the zoom on the side of the lens is great - makes it more stable to hold the camera. I've taken some pretty amazing shots with it - the zoom allows good creativity and the low light capability produces detailed and pleasing shots. How much different this camera is to the previous model I'm not really sure in terms of the additional megapixels via the new sensor. My previous camera was a Olympus E620 DSLR - in comparison there is less detail with the Sony, although not hugely noticeable on a 23" LCD computer monitor. The camera is a lot of fun to use and it just begs you to be more creative when shooting. The partial colour shots are great. The LCD screen is very good, nice and bright. Nice touch to use the optical viewfinder and have the screen turn off. The built in user manual is great - to look up what a function does without having to refer to the manual. Also when you find what you want it provides the option to go to that function right away - so for example I wanted to look at the ND filter function, once I've read what it does I can then select to open the function from the help screen rather than exiting help and then trying to find it through the menu system.

It provides good flash coverage and the slow-sync function is great to prevent those deer in the headlights shots - as this flash can put out a lot of light.
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285 of 292 people found the following review helpful By YnotMe on May 13, 2012
I found myself wanting to up grade my super-zoom point and shoot camera. I had a Samsung HZ50W and was
very happy with it, but I felt it was time for change.

I read reviews from everywhere I could, from camera experts to everyday people, I decided on looking at five
cameras, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V, Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR, Nikon COOLPIX P510,
Panasonic DMC-FZ150K, and Canon SX40 HS.

I decided if I was spending $400 to $500 on a camera I was going to try them out in stores first. I like to buy things
online, but I don't like returning items, so off to the local shops.
First I'll have to say that I drove about 90 miles to look at cameras. Unfortunately I couldn't find 2 cameras, the
Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR or the Panasonic DMC-FZ150K no one carried either one.

I played around with the other 3 cameras quite a bit, all were very nice and I don't think I would have gone
wrong with any of them. It was little things that made me pick the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V. The Canon
had I smaller screen and auto focus seem to struggle at times, plus 2 different sales people told me if you buy
a Canon get the extended warranty, although I don't see any issues like that in any reviews. The Nikon was nice but
it seemed to miss a good shot more often, whether taking to long to focus or a little blurry.

The Sony seemed to focus fast and get the shot way more often and the 3 inch screen was nice.. I have now
owned this camera for a week and can't stop taking pictures and video. I have tried to put this camera in every
situation possible and it has worked every time.
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260 of 269 people found the following review helpful By pcarnut on March 28, 2012
Wanted a superzoom with Panorama mode so the choices are fairly limited. This week both the Sony HX200V and Nikon P510 came out so bought them both to compare. The first review by "techguy" gives some nice details about the camera so I won't repeat his comments. I've played with them now for a couple of days and do not claim to be an expert by any means so take these comments with a grain of salt. These are just initial impressions.

I found overall the Sony took nicer pictures than the Nikon which tended to give a slight yellow hue on grass. And when enlarging the pictures the detail was better. The Sony produced slightly clearer pics both indoors and out and skins tones were a little warmer and more natural. The Sony also allows you to adjust the color and vividness to personal taste, don't believe the Nikon allowed for this.

I did like the size and feel of the Nikon better, the menu was a little more user friendly I thought and so was the layout of buttons. Start up time was about equal, although be aware with the Nikon if you choose to have it display the "Coolpix" icon it delays this by a couple of seconds.

One feature I found very useful is the Sony tells you how much time remains in minutes, not just a bar graph, I hate running out of power unexpectedly. Biggest gripe so far with the Sony is the power cord/charger. It's nearly as big as my laptop charger. Wish they would do it like Nikon or Panasonic. I travel on a motorcycle and space is very limited so this is a pain.

Sony puts the Panorama mode on the top dial while Nikon buries it with the Scene mode and the view finder turns on automatically if you put your eye to it, both thoughtful touches. I really wanted to like the Nikon more, mainly due to the better charger layout but in the end, good pictures is what it all about so the Nikon will be going back.
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