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3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK, June 26, 2012
This review is from: 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) (Electronics)
Bought this to replace an old Lumix which I loved, but broke. It's definitely better than a three year broken bridge camera or a cheapo pocket point and shoot. I know a little about cameras and have owned several, but am no pro. I've had this for two weeks and have taken a ton of pics.

PROS:
1) Has about every feature that a bridge camera should have and then some, including HD video and some in-camera editing, which I haven't tested out.
2) Super zoom capabilities

CONS (or should I say, irritations)
1) As a birdwatcher, quick focusing is essential, and this camera seems slow to hone in on a bird -- by the time it focused, the bird was sometimes gone.
2) Too often poor ability to focus at all. Switching to manual mode worked, but took time
3) No useful user guide -- Yes, it's online, but you can't readily print it out. You also can't buy one.
4) The LCD screen smudges really easily and wiping it off with something handy makes it worse
5) The viewfinder is pretty dark and sometimes doesn't show the whole scene
6) Worse lens cap ever! Pops off if you set the camera down wrong and half-way pops off and gets stuck if you accidentally turn the camera on with the lense cap still on.
7) Doesn't come with a lens hood or stand-alone battery charger. You have to charge the battery with the camera.
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Initial post: Jun 26, 2012 4:24:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 7, 2012 4:14:26 PM PDT
Con Sumer says:
i've never owned one like this but i think charging from usb is a huge plus. i charge "all" my gadgets (smart phone) from usb anyway when not near pc, so carrying one AC usb adapter with micro or mini usb cable is better than having another proprietary charger. hope my next camera charges from usb.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2012 7:16:53 AM PDT
Richie Rich says:
What if have multiple batteries that needs charging while shooting; YOUR SCREWED.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 9:05:24 PM PDT
It doesn't have a fleece rain coat either. The gall!

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 5:29:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2012 5:32:38 AM PDT
D. Kemp says:
It is ridiculous that Sony publishes a manual with the camera that contains no useful information, and an online user guide that wasn't included with the camera in the first place and can't be downloaded. To top it off, when I tried to email customer support to ask for a downloadable user guide, "this application is not working, try again later".

My camera always focuses quickly, but it doesn't always lock on the desired object. I assume you've put it in spot focus mode and are still having trouble locking in on the birds, but it only took me a couple of attempts to lock in on a leaf on a busy background and the result when it did lock was perfect (search photobucket for user tarnot1 to see). I don't know if there's a trick to aiming for proper spot focus or not.

One other hint: if you power on the camera with the "play" button instead of the "power" button, it won't try to extend the lens against the lens cap. I cursed the lack of play mode on the rotating P/S/A/M dial (like my old DSC-H1 has) until I figured that out.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 3:28:05 AM PDT
Philip S. says:
Check on Manualsink.com for the printed manual. A little costly at $19.95 but printed in a fold flat plastic binding. Better than priniting out 200 page of the download manual.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 1:18:12 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 2:28:38 PM PDT
set says:
it should be free or much cheaper

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2012 7:06:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 28, 2012 7:06:32 PM PDT
Bob Johnson says:
They do not list a manual for this product, only for the HX100.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 11:44:41 PM PST
Digiphoto says:
if you need to shoot a bird, you need to get a DSLR with higher shutter speed, POS cameras are not meant to replace DSLR, its point and shoot, thats it.
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