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Sony HX200V review

Sony's 18.2MP bridge camera offers a 30x optical zoom, Full HD movies and GPS

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.

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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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution18.2 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot H
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom30x
Digital Zoom120x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)531 g
Flash Memory Capacity105 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor R CMOS
Total Camera Resolution18.9 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-FH50
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), microSD Card, microSDHC Card, Eye-Fi Card
Height86.6 mm
Width121.6 mm
Depth93.3 mm
Product SeriesH
Focal Length4.80 mm to 144 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX200V
Product NameHX200V Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX200VB.CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing InformationThe ultimate Cyber-shot experience

The flagship of the Cyber-shot range delivers extraordinary image quality with DSLR-like creative features, Extra High Sensitivity Technology and manual controls. Explore new shooting possibilities with ultra-powerful zoom range, Full HD 50p video, GPS and 3D shooting.

Battery Life490 Shot/4.08 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • HX200V Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FH50
  • AC Adapter AC-L200C/L200D
  • Micro USB
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • AC Cable
  • Instruction Manual
  • Lens Cap
  • Strap
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker