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Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V review

By dpreview staff on May 11, 2012 at 20:33 GMT

Just posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V in-depth review. The second review expanded from Jeff Keller's work at the Digital Camera Resource Page looks at Sony's latest full-size superzoom camera. The Sony HX200V combines the company's latest 18MP back-lit CMOS sensor with a 30x zoom lens giving a 27-810mm equivalent range. There's image stabilization, as you'd expect for such a long zoom range and, as indicated by the 'V' in the model name, it also has built-in GPS. So does this add up to a perfect vacation camera or an unwieldy confection?

This review is based on one originally published at the Digital Camera Resource Page, enhanced with a full set of our own product images, our usual studio comparisons and an expanded samples gallery, plus the addition of a standard dpreview score.

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PaulRivers
By PaulRivers (May 11, 2012)

I think it's really annoying when anyone lists internal charging as a "negative".

I searched for "hx200v battery charger" on amazon - the first result that came up is $6.

On the Sony site, they list the external charger at - $50.

It's one to thing say "external charger expensive", but it's not a drawback, imo - the lack of internal charging has been an issue a couple of times on my own cameras, I go on vacation, somehow forget the charger, and - that's that. Can't charge my camera.

As long as an external charger is available, external charging is "not for everyone" either, it's burned me a couple of times...

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peevee1
By peevee1 (May 11, 2012)

Looks like zoom power is a new megapixel. Can anybody get reasonable results handheld at 30x? Will anybody shoot from a tripod with a camera with such a tiny sensor?

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (May 11, 2012)

Nikon P510 has 42x optical zoom so this cam isn't really pushing the zoom envelope.

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wb2trf
By wb2trf (May 12, 2012)

You don't know what you are talking about. That's not a barrier to posting here, but maybe you want to learn something.
Here is 810mm handheld indoor light at 1/20 sec taken with the HX-100V. The small font you are looking at on that globe is about 3pt size. The IS on these cameras is incrediblly good. http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/4179087231/photos/1466743/dsc05439

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Rubenski
By Rubenski (May 11, 2012)

DPR wrote: 'Good photo quality, if you don't look too closely'.

Come on guys, what kind of standard is this?!

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Auke B van der Weide
By Auke B van der Weide (May 11, 2012)

haha, if you dont look too closely..... my goodness, pretty funny way not to say something bad. Is Sony a sponsor of dpr?

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Revenant
By Revenant (May 11, 2012)

I suppose it just means that the IQ is fine for small prints and for posting images on the web, but not for pixel-peeping.

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jeff@dcresource
By jeff@dcresource (May 11, 2012)

What Revenant said.

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (May 11, 2012)

IQ is actually decent for the amount of pixels they crammed on to the sensor. People buying this won't really be pixel peeping anyways and what they get here will be sufficient enough, not to mention the zoom ability.

Not every camera needs to have the IQ of an X100 or D800. ;)

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Ultan
By Ultan (May 11, 2012)

And so long as you never need anything over ISO 800. After that it's just crummy.

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