Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 Review
Externally the P200 is virtually identical to its predecessor, aside from a few design tweaks (including a smoother body and slight re-jigging of the controls) and a slightly larger screen. Aside from the power (on/off) and shutter release buttons, which sit on the top of the thin body, the cameras controls are all on the rear plate, to the right of the 2.0 " LCD. The lens retracts fully into the body when powered down, meaning the P2000 is truly pocketable. The all-metal body exudes quality, and feels remarkably solid in the hand. All the buttons and switches are metal too - mostly chrome - giving the camera a slightly more serious feel than appearances might suggest.
In your hand
It may not look it, but the P200 handles really well. At 180g fully loaded it is just heavy enough to feel solid and stable, and the lack of any grip on the front of the camera is offset by a small 'thumb grip' on the far right of the rear panel. This means it's perfectly safe to shoot one-handed, though I personally found the zoom a lot easier to operate if i supported the P200 with my left hand when shooting. The camera feels well balanced, but a word of caution; the lens is on the far left (looking from the back), and your hand is on the far right. This means camera shake is an ever-present threat when shooting single-handedly (a small movement of your hand can mean a big movement of the lens). We saw this in some of our quickly 'grabbed' shots at speeds as high as 1/200 second.
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