Sony HX200V review

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

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With a serious matt black finish that denotes a enthusiast-targeted piece of kit without even delving into the riches of its feature set, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC HX200V is one of the more impressively attired superzoom cameras out there.

Yet even with its manual focus/zoom lens ring combo, for us it can't quite beat the construction and handling of the Fuji HS series and the Fuji X-S1, although the smaller form factor and price difference may have potential users plumping for the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX200V as a cost-effective alternative.

We liked

Wed a solid-feel construction and rugged finish - that puts the obvious plastic of entry-level Sony Alpha DSLRs to shame - to a whopper of a focal range and a plethora of auto and manual functionality. And if you don't want to bother with changing lenses, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC HX200V pretty much has it all.

We disliked

A few more dedicated function buttons, particularly controlling the likes of ISO, would have been a welcome addition.

Slightly more flexibility to the rear LCD screen so that it can be flipped out parallel to the body and twisted to face the user for self portrait shots or flipped to face inwards might have been nice too, but this is being picky.

Final verdict

The Sony HX200V costs £479 in the UK or $479.99 in the US, which while not cheap - and a similar price to a starter DSLR with standard lens - nevertheless feels 'wearable' given the considerable lens reach we're getting for our money.

We also got sharp results at maximum zoom from shot to subsequent shot when it was used handheld. That's almost unheard of on rival models.

What the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX200V has going for it are a rugged build, reliability and a price tag that, while not inexpensive and could otherwise buy you a starter DSLR and standard lens kit, nevertheless feels fair when you weigh up the feature and the creative possibilities of an extremely broad focal range on a relatively compact camera body.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCyber-shot H
HD Movie ModeYes
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
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
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
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height86.6 mm
Width121.6 mm
Depth93.3 mm
Product SeriesH
Focal Length4.80 mm to 144 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX200V
Product NameHX200V Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX200VB.CEH
Manufacturer Website Address
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.

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
Limited Warranty1 Year