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158 of 170 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive Sony SuperZoom, February 21, 2013
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This review is from: Sony Cybershot H200 Black 20.1MP 26X (OLD MODEL) (Electronics)
This camera was pre-ordered from Sony and it arrived yesterday (2/20/13). I have been very impressed with the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10 that I bought here at Amazon a little over a year ago in their "Today's Deals" that it might be worth the shot to give this a try. The software and hardware components must be very similar since the interface and pictures that both cameras produce tend to be very similar too which can be both good and not quite so good.
The good:
1. Tough to beat 20.1MP and 26X optical zoom in this price range plus Sony quality.
1. Not that I intend to use it but "Face detection" works really well in timer mode; there is even a "Blink" alert.
2. Very good pictures if you back down the EV -0.7 in both "Program Auto" and "iSCN+".
3. Panorama mode has "Standard", "Wide" and "360" which is very easy to use.
4. AA batteries !!! They are available everywhere no matter how remote a destination you go.
5. Very easy to use for non-camera people.
6. Beautiful rear display.
7. DRO, Dynamic Range Optimization which is supposed to optimize the difference between light and dark parts of the subject seems to work really well.

The not so good:
1, The colors are slightly brighter than life so I use the Program Auto mode to correct this and bring the EV down to -0.7 which is not perfect but quite satisfactory. The setting does not keep in "iSCN+" mode.
2. No hot shoe.
3. No High Resolution Panorama mode like the DSC-TX10. The high resolution panorama mode gives you a 43MP panoramic image; this H200 is not even close at 5+MP.
4. No Superior Auto Mode like the DSC-TX10. I have not done a side by side comparison with this camera and the DSC-TX10 but I like this feature.
In Superior Auto mode, the camera shoots burst images based on the recognized scene, then creates a composite of the burst images (Overlay shooting). The camera automatically corrects the backlight and reduces noise by overlaying images, so a higher quality image results.

I look forward to leaving the heavy expensive lenses associated with the SLR with realistic expectations and will update this review as more experience is gained with this camera.

Update 3/21/2013:
I added some pics on the "customer images" showing exposure differences and a few pics taken with this camera.
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Initial post: Mar 2, 2013 5:20:47 AM PST
I just purchased one of these cameras--and i am having trouble opening the battery compartment. The instructions for opening it are a bit vague. Maybe you could explain it better. It is probably just something simple that I'm fumbling with--but it's getting a little frustrating. thanks for any advice you can give.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 7:32:42 AM PST
Homer Adame says:
Can you send a link of photos taken with this camera? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 12:51:41 PM PST
RSD says:
It is not really intuitive :)
All you have to do is slide the lock with one finger and hold it there then simultaneously pull the cover towards the side (long side of the camera if you are looking at it bottom side up).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2013 12:52:54 PM PST
RSD says:
I am on a trip to Peru and will post a few when I get back.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 1:34:12 PM PDT
Hi, for some reason the customer images aren't showing up. I would love to see them, did you upload them here or somewhere else? thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2013 3:01:25 PM PDT
RSD says:
I uploaded them here and should show up with the product in customer images. I tried loading them again today but on a smaller size so they would hopefully show up. The camera takes very good pics but the colors are a little brighter than normal which I also noticed on the DSC TX-10 so they might be running the same basic software and prefer backing down the exposure by about -0.7.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2013 7:05:21 AM PDT
I see them now, and the difference is better, thank you for posting them

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2013 5:59:44 AM PDT
RSD says:
Glad it finally works :)

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 4:18:53 AM PDT
SB's Amazon says:
How does the image stabilizer work? Have you taken pictures in motion?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2013 7:30:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 29, 2013 7:56:41 AM PDT
RSD says:
The image stabilization capabilities of the camera are satisfactory IMHO. We took a lot of scenic pics while on a moving bus and train as we headed to Machu Picchu and almost all of them have none to very little motion blur/artifacts.
There was one picture taken under duress (due to the tour guide rapidly moving) to see how it would turn out with the camera handheld and in full or close to full optical zoom IIRC (pic info indicates an equivalent 35mm focal length of 580mm) of an "Inca Trail" on an adjacent mountain which turned-out pretty good much to my surprise. I wish that I could have come back and properly compose that pic with the camera mounted on a tripod :)
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