Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX200V

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This maximum 27mm equivalent wide-angle shot reveals natural colours, a good even exposure and an impressive level of detail across the frame, although to be picky we are seeing a slight softening towards the corners, particularly noticeable in the tree branches top left of frame. There is also some purple fringing visible on close inspection.

Sony HX200V review

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By contrast this is a maximum telephoto shot taken from the same position - and taken handheld too. You really see the possibilities of that 30x optical zoom here, which is capable of picking up the rusting paint on these gates that were themselves barely visible from 300 or 400 yards back.

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On an overcast day, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX900V's Vivid picture mode can be deployed to add punch otherwise missing, here really bringing out the pinkish beak of the ostrich and also the umber-coloured sand of its enclosure, background sympathetically defocused by virtue of shooting towards the telephoto end of the zoom.

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A handheld maximum wide angle close up shot taken in the low light of an aquarium, with the Sony's lens pressed up against a Perspex screen to cut down on reflection and the possibly blurring effects of hand wobble. OK, it's not razor sharp, but given all the elements that were conspiring against us, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX200V has acquitted itself well here.

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Another image that shows the very best of the Sony Cyber-Shot HX900V's capabilities - this one taken handheld at maximum telephoto setting; again there's bags of detail preserved in the face, and, again, desirable bokeh.

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A wide-angle shot that makes the most of the Vivid setting selectable in Program mode, which here produces an attractive but not at all unnatural result. There is some slight barrel distortion here witnessed in the slightly leaning houses right of frame, but it's reasonably subtle.

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This was taken at ISO 800 in very dim conditions, but there is a decent amount of detail present.

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Taken using the Black and White: Green mode, which makes everything apart from the colour green black and white. There are also red and blue options.