Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 Review
Announced in January 2005, The DSC-P200 is the direct replacement for the DSC-P150, the first ultra-compact 7 megapixel compact. The changes are minimal (a slight redesign, a new, larger screen, an additional metering mode and the addition of custom white balance) - though pricing is inevitably a lot keener after a year in this fast-moving market. As with the P-150 before it, the P-200 is essentially a 'point and shoot' camera with a Carl Zeiss 3x zoom lens, 7.2 megapixel sensor and a smattering of photographic controls.
- 7.2 effective Megapixels
- Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens
- 3x Optical Zoom, up to 14x Smart Zoom, 6x Precision Digital Zoom
- Large 2.0" LCD
- Stamina Battery Life (approx 370 shots by CIPA standard)
- Manual Exposure Setting
- Slim and Compact High Quality Aluminium Body with Hair Line Finishing
- MPEG VX Fine with Audio
- AF Illuminator
- Histogram Indication
- USB 2.0 High Speed Transfer
- Scene Selection Mode
- Available in Red, Silver and Black versions
- Conversion Lens Compatible (Optional
- Cyber-shot Station Compatible (Optional)
Note: Due to the minor nature of the changes, the majority of this review is based on the DSC-P150 review, September 2004.
Sony DSC-P200 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $370
|Body Material||Metal (aluminum)|
|Sensor|| 1/1.8" Sony Super HAD CCD
7.2 million effective pixels
3,072 x 2,304
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480 pixels @ 30fps
640 x 480 pixels @ 15fps
160 x 112 pixels @ 8fps
Motion JPEG (.avi)
Clip length limited only by media capacity (streaming)
640 x 480 pixels / 30 fps only with Memory Stick PRO media
Carl Zeiss 38 - 114mm equiv. (3x optical zoom)
|Focus|| TTL autofocus
5 Area Multi-Point AF
5-step Manual focus
6cm macro mode (Wide), 30cm (Tele)
|Metering|| Center, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|White Balance|| Auto
Saturation (3 levels)
|Continuous|| 0.6 to 0.9 fps (5 shots 7MP / JPEG fine)|
|Flash|| Built-in flash
Auto, Forced On, Forced Off, Slow Synchro
Range (ISO auto): Wide; 0.2 - 3.5 m (0.66 - 11.48 ft)
Tele; 0.3 - 3.5 m (0.98 - 11.48 ft)
|Storage|| Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO
32MB Memory Stick supplied*
|Viewfinder|| Real Image Optical|
|LCD monitor|| 2.0 " TFT, 134,000 pixels|
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0
|Power|| NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery,
AC adapter included (in-camera charging)
|In the box*||
NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium Battery
PictBridge and DPOF compatible
|Weight (inc batt)||144 g (5.4 oz)|
|Dimensions||104 x 52 x 28 mm (4.1 x 2 x 1.1 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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