HX200V - an all-purpose point & shoot

Started May 15, 2012 | User reviews thread
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Joe6
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HX200V - an all-purpose point & shoot
May 15, 2012

I've been using this camera for 6 weeks now. I love for being an all-purpose point and shoot. There's a clear division of labour: I'm in charge of composing the shot. The camera does the rest. That's fine with me.

Pros:
- Good image quality, but not as good as a DSLR or the interchangeable lenses series.
- Very fast response (start-up, shot to shot, etc).
- Fast, accurate autofocus.
- Great low-light performance. I barely use the flash. In a 10 days holiday to Berlin I've only used the built-in flash once, including all indoor and outdoor night shots.
- Very usable 30X zoom. I've never used a tripod (I don't even have one). I know people say things about the 'X' and 'MP' wars. I don't care. It allows me to compose the shot I want. I don't have the patience to do post-editing & cropping.
- It feels good. Not too bulky, not too small.
- Plenty of usable features, I'm not going to list them all. HDR, GPS with track logging, panorama, tracking focus, manual tweaking.
- Excellent video quality.
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Problems:

- It's not a DSLR. Nor a coffee maker or psychotherapist
- No RAW support, external flash or external mic connectivity (Wake up Sony!)
- The lens hood is annoying – you've got to remove it manually prior to camera start-up. I can live with it.
- No stand-alone charger.

Joe6's score
4.5
Average community score
4.7
bad for good for
Kids / pets
great
Action / sports
unrated
Landscapes / scenery
great
Portraits
excellent
Low light (without flash)
excellent
Flash photography (social)
unrated
Studio / still life
unrated
= community average
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