The 18MP Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V is a high-end superzoom camera that does just about everything imaginable. Whether you're talking about its built-in GPS, 360 degree panorama maker, 10 fps burst shooting, instant HDR photos, or 1080/60p videos, the HX200V has nearly every bell and whistle ever created. To top it off, the HX200V has one of the most powerful zoom lenses (30X, 27-810mm equivalent) available in any camera of this type. Image quality is perfectly acceptable for this class, but falls down when examined critically. The HX200's big wins though are it's all-round performance and feature set (not to mention its huge zoom lens), which add up to a really fun-to-use camera.
|Body type||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Max resolution||4896 x 3672|
|Effective pixels||18.2 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800|
|Focal length (equiv.)||27–810 mm|
|Min shutter speed||30 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||583 g (1.29 lb / 20.56 oz)|
|Dimensions||122 x 87 x 93 mm (4.8 x 3.43 x 3.66″)|
The Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V has virtually every feature imaginable for a super zoom camera, most of which allow you to take shots that were otherwise impossible. The image quality isn't great when viewed at 100%, but for most people, it's more than adequate.
Good for: Photographers looking for an enormous zoom range, a built-in GPS, multi-exposure features for low light shooting. and top-notch video quality.
Not so good for: Those who make very large prints, desire RAW, take a lot of people pictures (due to redeye), or desire manual controls in movie mode.