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
Here's my rating of the Sony MVC-CD200: (2 megapixel compact prosumer)
|Detail||Rating (out of 10)|
|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.
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.
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