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5.0 out of 5 stars Has features that others do not., May 24, 2012
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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)
There are three cameras that one should consider the Canon Powershot SX40 the Panasonic DMC FX150 and then this one the Sony HX200V.

Researching these three is interesting because you will find sites listing each of the three as the very best over the other two. I think the bottom line is that any of the three will give good photos and satisfy the user.

I purchased this camera because of two features that are largely ignored by the professional reviewers but to me they give this camera the edge over the others. First is Sony's proprietary optical steady shot stabilization. A good stabilization system is extremely important because no matter what the camera if you don't have good stabilization or a tripod then you have fuzzy pictures. Here is what Techradar had to say in their review of the HX200V; "We got sharp results at maximum zoom from shot to subsequent shot when it was used handheld. That's almost unheard of on rival models. On most superzoom rivals we've needed to take two or three shots of the same subject to arrive at one that wasn't soft." The reader should go to the Techradar site review and then go to SAMPLE IMAGES. The first photo is taken at wide angle and shows a long tree lined path ending at a distant white building. The next photo was taken handheld at the same spot but now at full telephoto and WOW. You now clearly see a fence that you did not see before and the paint is rusted in spots and there is an emblem on the fence that you can read. Also go to SENSITIVITY AND NOISE. Here you can see how the level of noise at different ISO settings effects the photos. Which brings me to another subject. Some professional reviewers point out that higher megapixels do not necessarily mean better photos because noise can increase depending on the CMOS sensor which is true but then they are completely baffled at why the Sony engineers increased the megapixels on this new camera. Well I'm not sure either however I am sure they didn't make the camera worse than the competition but rather better.

My second reason for selecting this camera is the Superior Auto Mode. This mode shoots multiple shots of the same scene in rapid sequence and then creates the best single picture as a composite Here is what Squidoo says in their review; "Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The DSC-HX200V 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." If you Google tumblr HX200v you will see sample photos of the Superior Auto Mode which are impressive.

So did the camera meet my expectations, yes it did. The stabilization worked as advertised however the lens does have limitations. It works best in bright light. The alternative would be stepping up to a more expensive and larger Digital SLR camera along with lens. For example Canon has a 800mm lens to fit the more the expensive cameras but it is 18 inches long weights 10 pounds and costs $13,499.00.

The Superior Auto Mode also met my expectations. It does not improve all photos but it does make astonishing improvements in photos that would benefit from this mode such as back light etc.
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Initial post: Sep 3, 2012 1:17:36 PM PDT
Kai Lau says:
thanks for the logical and concise reasons for favoring the Sony over Panasonic & Canon.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 1:18:29 PM PDT
Kai Lau says:
thanks for the logical and concise reasons for favoring the Sony over Panasonic & Canon.

Posted on May 7, 2013 10:16:23 PM PDT
Tbone says:
Hi i'm looking for a good low light (stages/concerts/night city view) camera. How does this one perform?
Also did you test the Panasonic Lumix DMC - FZXXX model?
Thanks for any info you can share...

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2013 3:50:36 AM PDT
RosieAndMe says:
I did not test the Panasonic. In its price class I think it does quite well in low light. It has a setting for taking photos in low light no flash. Last week I attended an indoor graduation ceremony and from 400 ft I got a nice head shot of one of the speakers. A women with me who had a very expensive Canon was not able to match my photos. At the Safari Park in San Diego I took a wide angle shot of the gorilla exhibit and in the distance was a cave type enclosure which a gorilla was sitting in. It was very difficult to see him but I zoomed in and got a real nice sharp photo, no tripod. I can send photos if you send your email address. rosienme@gmail.com
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