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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)
Overall score: 72%
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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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||450 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921600|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||18.2 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||12,800|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif 2.3), 3D: MPF|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||105|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||TTL autofocus (9-point)|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||SLR-like (bridge)|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||3.43 x 3.66 x 4.8 inches|
|Item Display Weight||531 grams|
|Item Weight||1.29 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||900 Milliamp Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||810 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,896|
|Memory Storage Capacity||32 GB|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||27 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||18.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||2.43 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-FH50 battery and charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Review summary from DPReview
The Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V has virtually every feature imaginable for a super zoom camera, most of which allow you to take shots that were otherwise impossible. The image quality isn't great when viewed at 100%, but for most people, it's more than adequate.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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From the Manufacturer
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.
|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.
|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
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 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.
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™
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
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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