Average Camera Review Rating [10 reviews]
This camera is currently ranked at #12 of the top camera sales ranking in US
On January 29 2012, Sony announced five new H-Series Cyber-shot SuperZoom cameras
- the DSC-HX200V, DSC-HX30V, DSC-HX20V, DSC-HX10V and DSC-H90. The HX200V (30x zoom), HX30V (20x zoom), HX20V (20x zoom) and HX10V (16x zoom) all have a new Sony 18.2 Megapixels Exmor R CMOS sensor featuring fast AutoFocus speeds of approximately 0.13 seconds in daylight and 0.21 seconds in low-light shooting situations. It features Clear Image Zoom digital zoom technology, which boosts optical zoom to 2x virtual capabilities while maintaining full resolution. These new models has Optical Steady Shot to reduce any blurring caused by camera shake during shooting.
The HX200V features Extra High Sensitivity technology which enhances low-light shooting capabilities. It comes with a 3.0-inch 921k dot resolution tilting LCD screen and supports Full HD Movie Shooting capability (1920x1080/60p) and Optical SteadyShot Active Mode (3 way shake cancelling). there's an embedded GPS functionality as well as the Photo Creativity interface and 9 Picture Effect options for creating unique, custom-styled photos and video. The DSC-HX200V is listed for $480 in black only. It's currently selling at around $429. Here's the summary of review by Pocket-lint, giving the camera a rating of 4.5 out of 5:
"When we reviewed the HX100V in May 2011, we remarked that although image quality was good, the 16.2-megapixel sensor wasn't able to pull off the "critical detail" that we'd hoped for. So for Sony to squeeze in yet another two million pixels and up the resolution to 18.2-megapixels in the HX200V set alarm bells ringing. More megapixels spread across the same 1/2.3in sensor surface means light is spread more thinly, which can produce a poorer signal and, therefore, poorer image quality. However the HX200V's images are similar, if not better-processed, than the previous model, in spite of the resolution increase. At the preview launch of the HX200V we were told that this latest sensor is twice as sensitive at the sensor level compared to the HX100V, thanks to a new design. It seems this little nugget of information seems to go some way to explain our findings. The HX200V's images appear sharper compared to the HX100V's shots, and any purple fringing - those "bleeding" purple edges around some subjects - are cleared up with greater attention. ISO sensitivity begins at ISO 100 and ranges up to ISO 12,800. High ISO settings can be useful in low-light conditions, where the signal is amplified and processed to produce a bright, accurate exposure. However, such amplification produces image noise which shows as white and/or coloured flecks throughout an image. In-camera processing attempts to remove such nasties, but in so doing softens and blurs detail and mutes true colour presence. The Sony's ISO 100-200 settings are of good enough quality, while ISO 400-1600 progressively diminish in quality but still remain of use. ISO 3200 is significantly softer, ISO 6400 of little use and ISO 12,800 close to useless. We'd not recommend shooting above ISO 1600 in order to hold on to some of that all-important detail in your shots. Though, ideally it's ISO 100 that's the real winner.
The HX200V takes Sony's already decent superzoom formula and further improves the recipe. Although we had anticipated that image quality would be a step down compared to its predecessor, the HX200V's new 18.2-megapixel sensor delivers the goods. Sure the shots aren't going to see off those from larger sensor cameras such as DSLRs, but they are sharp and well processed, even if no more standout compared to other compact cameras. Its the 30x zoom lens with its manual zoom/focus ring and zoom toggle combination that makes the HX200V what it is. Autofocus is fast and image stabilisation is also a winner. There are few moans to be had, though at £429 it is a pricey bit of kit - more expensive than its nearest competitors. The HX200V may be up against some other tip-top 30x zoom cameras but it more than holds its weight. This is one feature-packed superzoom that delivers across the board."
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Sony DSC-HX200V Camera Reviews Roundup
|Imaging Resource: "Sony packs a ton of features into the HX200V superzoom and, for many people, it will offer more than enough camera for a range of shooting situations. Anyone who likes to travel but doesn't want to lug around an expensive DSLR camera body and a bevy of interchangeable lenses might find the Sony HX200V to be the ideal traveling companion. And that's before we even mention the built-in GPS function that lets you geo-t..." - Nov 14 2012 More »||N/A|
|Trusted Reviews: "As with other higher-end Sony compact models, the HX200V comes with the full compliment of proprietary shooting modes, namedly Sweep Panorama, Backlight Correct HDR, Handheld Twilight and Portrait modes. Although these are primarily aimed as convenience tools for the less experienced user they all perform quite well in use and offer a straightforward and much more time-efficient alternative to capturing your images..." - Oct 24 2012 More »|
|Digital Camera Info: "Based in part on the spec sheet but mostly on the price tag, the Sony Cyber-shot HX200V sits in the top tier of superzoom cameras, circa late 2012. It features a long zoom lens and a high-res sensor that unlocks fast performance and excellent video options. It has an eye-level electronic viewfinder that some photographers find essential, and it gives you the option to control the exposure yourself or let the camera..." - Oct 18 2012 More »|
|LetsGoDigital: "Shooting with the Sony DSC-HX200V camera is a pleasure; the user-friendly menu and the many manual and automatic settings make it possible for anyone to work with this camera. Almost all photos shot with the Sony HX200V were sharp. The camera has an Extra High Sensitivity mode for shooting clear, noiseless photos in low-light circumstances. In the manual mode, a shutter time of 30 seconds can be selected, which make..." - Sep 22 2012 More »|
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