Previous page Next page


Conclusion - Pros

  • Good colour accuracy and saturation, good resolution for a 2.1 megapixel
  • Low media costs (8cm CD-R offer excellent $/MB ratio)
  • Relatively quick now with better buffering, decent shot-to-shot times
  • Ability to share images immediately with any computer fitted with a CD-ROM drive
  • Excellent colour reproduction (although a little cooler than its CD200 sibling)
  • Great 2.5" LCD (shame the sunlight hybrid bit of it doesn't work too well)
  • Good low light / night / twilight performance
  • Good high ISO performance
  • Very little chromatic aberrations
  • Three image burst mode
  • Good build quality
  • Good manual features, good range of "photographic" options, ISO selection
  • Addition of jog-dial
  • One-push manual white balance
  • AF assist lamp
  • Excellent battery & supplied AC adapter / charger
  • Relatively good macro ability
  • Better start up times (no extending lens)
  • USB connectivity
  • EPSON Print Image Matching compliant
  • More attractive price (than CD300)


Conclusion - Cons

  • Bulky, large in size and weight
  • Time taken to finalize / unfinalize / format can be a bit tedious (note if you're using CD-RW you don't need to Format each time, you can just "delete all" images)
  • Battery life can be deceiving, a lot of disc access (initialize / finalize / unfinalize) will take a much larger toll
  • Slow image display / thumbnail display (which is down to disc spin up and seek times)
  • Zoom controller is too sensitive
  • Terribly positioned tripod mount
  • MPEG movies only 8 frames per second (except MPEG HQ)
  • Occasional "wandering white balance"
  • Barrel distortion at wide angle
  • Lack of preset white balance modes


Overall conclusion

Here's my rating of the Sony MVC-CD200: (2 megapixel compact prosumer)

Detail Rating (out of 10)
Construction 8.5
Features 8.5
Image quality 8.5
Lens / CCD combination 9
Ease of use 8
Value for money 9

Reviewing the CD300 before the CD200 gave me a good insight into how I expected it to perform, and indeed it gets identical ratings to the CD300, the CD200 performed well in all our tests, everything we would expect from a 2 megapixel prosumer digital camera before considering the CD-R/RW storage ability. It offers an excellent solution to those who don't have a need for three megapixels, it comes in $200 cheaper, fits more images onto a single CD-R/RW and does so slightly quicker.

CD-R/RW storage offers several advantages: (a) shoot-to-archive, the instant digital negative stored immediately on archive media, (b) images on a finalized CD-R are readily accessible on most modern CD-ROM drives, no need for USB cables, special readers or adapters (b) very, very cheap $/MB shooting costs. Disadvantages? Larger, heavier form factor for the camera.

Highly Recommended

So which one should I buy? A question I get asked several times a day, and I wouldn't like to say. In a new addition to my reviews (after the amount of feedback I normally get) I've added a link to a specific forum in which you can discuss the review or ask me specific questions which I've not answered in these pages.

Buy the Sony MVC-CD200 direct from our
approved affiliate retailer
- help support this site and future reviews

Want to make sure you don't miss out on any future reviews?
Sign up for our free weekly newsletter!

Enter the 'Sony Talk' Discussion Forum

Previous page Next page
1
I own it
0
I want it
0
I had it
Discuss in the forums
We are retrieving offers for your location, please refresh the page to see the prices.

Comments